The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.
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To provide an opportunity for the next generation of aspiring democracy practitioners and foreign policy professionals to engage in networking, education, and training opportunities with counterparts who share a commitment to international engagement and advancing democracy. Through the forum, which will run this year from September 2015 to June 2016, these young leaders - Penn Kemble Fellows - will engage with leading foreign policy experts, democracy practitioners, civil society activists and former government officials. Associates will also be invited to a range of other events.
Applicants should be young professionals working on foreign policy, democracy, development or related issues within think tanks, government, and the private or non-profit sectors. A limited number of rising seniors and recent graduates will be considered for participation as well. 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.
How to Apply
Applicants are asked to fill out the application form below, which includes the following required documents:
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
Deadline - All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 7th. Applicants will be notified of their selection in late August, and the program will begin in September. Any questions should be directed to Michael Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org).