Youth Forum (Multiple Openings) - National Endowment for Democracy

Organization Description

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. 



1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004


Forum Description

The National Endowment for Democracy is accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Penn Kemble Youth Forum on Democracy.

The Forum is named for Penn Kemble (1941-2005), one of the democracy movement’s most committed activists and strategists. The Forum is an opportunity for mentorship, networking, and education for young professionals and students (rising seniors, graduate students) who share Kemble’s commitment to advancing democracy around the world.

From October 2014-June 2015, Kemble Forum members will participate in small, private seminars with leading foreign policy experts, democracy practitioners, civil society activists and former government officials. Forum members will be invited to a range of other events as well.

The forum is organized and sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy with the assistance of a distinguished advisory committee of scholars and practitioners.


Forum Requirements

Applicants should be rising college seniors, recent graduates and young professionals up to the age of 35, working on foreign policy, democracy, development or related issues within think tanks, government, and the private or non-profit sectors in the Washington, D.C., area. Forum membership is unpaid and nonresidential. Successful applicants will be expected to attend the Forum's monthly seminar; additional events and meetings will be scheduled but attendance will not be mandatory.

Before applying, please consider whether 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 (http://www.ned.org/for-reporters/2014-2015-penn-kemble-forum), 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; and,
  • The name, title, and affiliation of a second appropriate person who will provide a letter of reference.



All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 19th. Applicants will be notified of their selection in late September, and the program will begin in October.  Any questions should be directed to Michael Allen (michaela@ned.org).