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Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

Each year 16-20 participants are selected for this eleven-month program. Fellows are placed for half their term of service with urban and rural community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups and faith-based organizations. They then move to Washington, DC to complete the year with national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement, including national advocacy organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies. Through this unique program, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse personal, educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. Additional qualifications include:

-Commitment to social justice
-Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
-Commitment to anti-racism
-Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
-Creativity and initiative in problem-solving
-Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
-Some experience with anti-hunger and anti-poverty work



Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Location:

  • Washington, DC

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Service
  • Travel

Citizenship:

  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • 11 months

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate

Amount:

  • $16,000/year living allowance + health insurance + relocation stipend + $4,000 housing + end-of-service cash award of $3,500