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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program in USA, 2014-2015

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-eight organizations participating in the program. Fellowship covers salary, per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC, conferences or meeting expenses that could cover travel, accommodations and registration fees. Application deadline is October 1, 2014.

Study Subject(s): The fellowship is awarded in peace and security:
– Arms Control/Disarmament, including Nuclear Test Ban, Ballistic Missile Proliferation/Defense, Conventional Arms Transfers, Weapons Proliferation–Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
-Conflict Prevention/Resolution
– Defense Budget
– Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union
– Environmental and Energy Security, including the Nexus of Climate Change and Energy Use, Conflict, and Resource Scarcity
– Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
– Export Controls
– International Security
– Regional/Ethnic Conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia, Middle East
– United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping
Course Level: This is a six-to-nine month fellowship program for graduate students in USA.
Programme Provider:
Generous funding for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is provided by: Carnegie Corporation of New York, New-Land Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Ploughshares Fund, Rockefeller Financial Services, Adam and Stephanie Scoville, and the Stewart R. Mott Foundation.
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Eligibility: Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Open for International Students: US citizens are eligible for this Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.

Description: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy. Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-eight organizations participating in the program. With the assistance of the program director, Fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for Fellows’ work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, Fellows may undertake a variety of activities; including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues.

Number of award(s):  Not Known

Duration of award(s): Fellows have to spend six to nine months in Washington.

What does it cover? Fellows receive a salary of $2,700 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provides $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees.

Selection Criteria: This is a highly competitive fellowship designed for people who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the field, and not intended for those who want to try a semester in Washington. Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast paced office environment. We are seeking people considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media. Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.

Notification: Interviews take place approximately 12-15 weeks after the application deadline. All unsuccessful applicants will be notified at that time.

How to Apply: Applicants must email the following items to apply-at-scoville.org
-A cover sheet
A full curriculum vitae
-A personal essay of no more than 1,000 words discussing the candidate’s qualifications, interests, fellowship objectives and career goals.  The essay should clearly address the candidate’s experience and interest in and passion for the area of international peace and security, particularly in public education.
-A policy/opinion essay of no more than 1,000 words relevant to the field of peace and security taking a position on a contemporary, contentious issue addressed by the fellowship. Essays must be titled.  Candidates may submit an essay (or an excerpt of one) written for a course so long as it does not exceed the 1,000 word limit.
-Official transcript(s) detailing the candidate’s entire college academic record including undergraduate, graduate and foreign study.
-Two letters of reference

Application Deadline: The application deadlines are:
-Spring 2015 Fellowship–October 1, 2014
-Fall 2015 Fellowship–January 5, 2015

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application