The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Fellowship is seeking to hire a program associate. It is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduates school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.
The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.
The Scoville Fellowship Program invites recent college and graduates school alumni to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.
Provided By: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to recruit and train the next generation of policy and advocacy leaders on a range of international peace and security issues by providing recent college and graduate school alumni with an opportunity to work with one of the participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC.
- Award Amount:
- Number of Awards: Varies
- Study Level:
- Requirement: Varies
- Submission Categories: Online
- Application Deadline: January 7, 2019, for fall and October 1, 2019, for spring
Who May Enter:
To be eligible for the Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
- If you are a non-U.S. citizen currently living in the United States, you are eligible to apply.
- If you are a U.S. citizen currently living outside the United States. You are eligible to apply.
- People who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the field, and not intended for those who want to try a semester in Washington.
- Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast paced office environment. They are seeking people considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media.
- Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy such as
- Organizing a campus forum and/or outreach campaign, meeting with decisionmakers, or rallies
- Working with or joining a campus, local, or national organization
- Active participation in conferences
- Writing and publication of opinion pieces in both traditional and new media
- Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences.
- Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.
- Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
- Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.
To participate, applicants must email the following items to email@example.com
Reference letters and transcripts that are not available by email may be mailed to
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
820 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Submit all the following as a part of the application:
A cover sheet that includes the following items. Do not submit a cover letter.
- Telephone Number
- Email Address
- Semester for which you are applying
- Name, address, email address, and telephone number for each of your two references (whether these letters are included with your materials or will be emailed separately).
- List 5-6 of our participating organizations that you would like to work with if chosen as a Scoville Fellow. Please check this list of organizations to see which are eligible to host a fellow during the upcoming term.
- How you learned about the Scoville Fellowship. Be specific about the publications, websites, professors, career advisor/career office, friend, web search, etc.
Full curriculum vitae/Resume. The C.V. should include complete educational and professional data, as well as information on the applicant’s extracurricular activities, and should be no more than two pages.
A personal essay of no more than 1,000 words discussing the candidate’s qualifications, interests, fellowship objectives, and career goals. The essay should clearly address the candidate’s experience and interest in and passion for the area of international peace and security, particularly in public education.
A policy/opinion essay of no more than 1,000 words relevant to the field of peace and security taking a position on a contemporary, contentious issue addressed by the fellowship (see the list of issue areas). Essays must be titled. Candidates may submit an essay (or an excerpt of one) written for a course so long as it does not exceed the 1,000-word limit.
Official transcript(s) detailing the candidate’s entire college academic record including undergraduate, graduate and foreign study in a single PDF, and listed in chronological order.
Two letters of reference. Each letter should address the accomplishments and standing of the candidate; the candidate’s interest and experience in international peace and security issues; the candidate’s ability to communicate, both orally and in writing; the candidate’s maturity and judgment, and the candidate’s potential to make a significant contribution to peace and security issues.
In order to expedite the processing of the applications they request that applicant and others submitting materials on their behalf using the following titles when naming attachments:
- If you are submitting all required documents in a single email, including all transcripts and reference letters, merge the items into a single file in the order listed above and title the attachment Last name of applicant-Complete.
- If one or both of your reference letters or your transcript is being sent separately, either by email or mail, title your attachments as follows:
||Title of attached document
||Last name of applicant-1-4
|Items 1-4 and all transcripts
||Last name of applicant-1-5
||Last name of applicant-Transcript
|Two letters of reference
||Last name of the applicant-Last name of the letter writer
||Last name of applicant-Complete
There is no need to write Scoville Fellowship or the semester for which you are applying in the title of each document.
Read the following instructions for submitting applications.
- All application materials must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line write Scoville Application–Last name of the applicant. Do not submit more than one copy of your application.
- Items 1-4 must be emailed as a single PDF or Word document and must not exceed 10 pages. We will not accept any of these documents in paper form.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application items as one compiled Adobe PDF file or Microsoft Word document in the order listed above.
- Applicants should submit all items in a single email, even if that email contains multiple attachments, rather than sending materials in two or more emails.
- Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including reference letters and transcripts, arrive on time.
- Official academic transcripts should be scanned and emailed rather than sent in the mail.
- Complete applications do not exceed 2 MB.
- Official academic transcripts should be scanned and emailed rather than sent in the mail.
- Applicants are requested to list their name on each page of the application and to number each page of a multi-page document.
- Board members reviewing applications will only read items sent as attachments. Any message to the program director may be sent in a separate email to email@example.com.
- Applicants should not submit blank pages or extraneous documents.
- Applicants are requested not to submit materials for more than one month prior to the deadline.
- Fellows receive a salary of $3,200 per month and basic health insurance compensation, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC.
- The program also provides $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees, or to take a language or policy course.
- The program arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts and social networking events with alumni. Fellows also receive mentoring from a board member and a former fellow.
- Some lenders may permit Scoville Fellows to defer college loan payments during their fellowship. Check with your individual lenders.
- Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-six organizations participating in the program. With the assistance of alumni, board, and staff, fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization.
- Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision, and guidance for fellows’ work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, fellows may undertake a variety of activities; including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.