Named in honor of NED principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded. Further, an international exchange program that offers democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders. Also, scholars from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). They will be spending their five months of fellowship in Washington, D.C.
Moreover, The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) offers five-month fellowships for practitioners to improve strategies. Also, techniques for building democracy abroad and five-month fellowships. Further, for scholars to conduct original research for publication. While in residence, fellows reflect on their experiences; engage with counterparts; conduct research and writing; consider best practices and lessons learned, and develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.
Fellows are expected to complete a written product relating to their proposed research project. The fellowship culminates in a formal presentation in which fellows typically focus on their research project. Or another topic relating to the state of democracy in their country.
- Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses.
- Further, basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period.
- Fellowship payments are calculated to cover the cost of a short-term, furnished rental apartment. Also, “cost of living” for food, local transportation, and other necessities.
- Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, plus a limited budget for long-distance phone calls. Further, professional travel within the United States.
- Please note that fellows who wish to bring family members with them to Washington, D.C., will be expected to cover the costs of their dependents’ roundtrip travel and stay within the United States.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
- Propose a project focusing on the political, social, economic, legal or cultural aspects of democratic development.
- Be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the 5 month fellowship period (October 1-February 28 or March 1-July 31). No other fellowships or jobs may be at this time.
- Prior to their arrival in the United States, prospective fellows who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States must obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa in order to travel to the United States.
- Accompanying family members must obtain a J-2 visa.
- Fellowship applicants cannot have participated in a J-1 research scholar program within the 24 months immediately preceding their Reagan-Fascell fellowship.
- Fellows who are on their J-1 visa are typically by U.S. law to return to their home country for two years following the completion of their fellowship before they may apply for an H visa, an L visa, or for
- legal permanent residence.