Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellowship 2016/2017

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday, August 5th.

The Penn Kemble Democracy Forum aims to foster an intelligent discussion about the nature of democratic development among Washington’s young foreign policy professionals. 

The Forum convenes monthly to discuss the ideas and realities that drive the world today, and provides additional opportunities for networking, mentorship, and learning. The monthly round table discussions are led by key foreign policy experts, government officials (past and present), democracy practitioners, and civil society experts. In 2015-16, Penn Kemble Fellows met with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and many others.

The Forum will run this year from October 2016 to June 2017. It is organized and sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy with the assistance of a distinguished advisory committee of scholars and practitioners.

The Endowment is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 cohort of Penn Kemble Fellows.

Applicants should be early-to-mid-career young professionals working on foreign policy, democracy, development or related issues within think tanks, government, and the private or non-profit sectors. For participation, applicants need to be based in the Washington, D.C., area. The program is unpaid and nonresidential. Successful applicants are expected to attend at least one monthly seminar (to be held after working hours), although additional events and meetings will be scheduled.

Before applying, please consider if your professional and personal obligations will allow you to participate fully. Upon acceptance, you will receive additional information about the program.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to complete the application form below, which includes the following required documents:

  • Current resume
  • A statement of interest (500 words maximum) describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the Forum
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer or academic supervisor detailing the applicant’s intellectual and analytical abilities, international commitment or experience, and personal qualities

All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 5th. Applicants will be notified of their selection by early September, and the program will begin in October.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellowship 2016/2017

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