Hurford Youth Fellowship 2024 in Washington, USA (Fully Funded)

A great opportunity for the  youth and the youth leaders from all over the world to spend 3 month in Washington D.C. to attend the Hurford Youth Fellowship 2024. This opportunity will help you build your leadership skills and meet other young leaders from around the world. This project is organised and hosted by World Movement for Democracy network with sponsor organisation e.g., National Endowment for Democracy, the Hurford Foundation, and International Forum for Democratic studies.

Hurford Youth Fellowship 2024 in Washington, USA (Fully Funded)

About the program

The Hurford Program seeks to build the leadership skills, enhance the organisational talents and harness the potential of emerging democracy leaders from around the world.

Youth activists who participate in the Fellowship program spend three months in Washington, D.C. during which time they broaden their global networks, pick the brains of activists from other democracy organisations, and help shape the global movement for democracy. Fellows will be asked to lead online forums that encourage participation from young activists all across the world. Hurford Youth Fellows will participate in strategic discussions, carry out research, plan presentations, and facilitate information-sharing sessions on the following particular topics mentioned in the "What's Next? Youth Declaration:"

• Expanding Civic Space for Young People

• Countering Disinformation

• Building Citizen-Centric Accountability

• Delivering Democracy


 The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is open to applicants from any country. 

- Applicants must be no older than 30 years of age.

- Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in democratic activism and in the advancement of democracy in their respective communities, as well as worldwide.

- Youth affiliated with civil society organisations are especially encouraged to apply.

- Working knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for participating in the program.

Selection process:

Fellows will be selected by the World Movement Secretariat staff, NED regional program staff, and the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network following an application process.

Selection will be based on a set of criteria including demonstrated activism or interest in the advancement of democracy, a desire to network with others, and a clear explanation of how the fellowship will benefit their own efforts for advancing democracy. 

Finance and Benefits 

Each participant will receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.

The program will provide for round trip travel costs to and from Washington D.C.

Each participant will get basic health insurance.

Participating Fellows will be provided with a fully equipped office, including Internet and email access, and a limited budget for the relevant long-term fellowship and remote phone calls.

Applicants should keep in mind that the cost of living (housing, furniture, food, and other basic living expenses) in the Washington DC area is very high and that fellowship stipends do not include covering the financial needs of the family for those who want to accompany their family.


Application deadline: All application materials must be submitted by July 31, 2023.

Starting the program: 1st of March, 2024

Ending the Program: 31st of May, 2024

How to apply:

You must create a new account on the application portal and attach all the required documents in English. (In the event that you applied for the previous year and did not obtain acceptance, a new account must be created with a new email to apply)

The application form consists of 4 sections: -

(1) Personal data section

(2) Project proposal section 

Your project proposal is the most important part of your fellowship application. It should be clear, concise, and comprehensible to individuals outside your own field or concentration. Your proposal must correspond to one of the following action areas outlined in the Youth Declaration:

• Expanding Civic Space for Young People

• Countering Disinformation

• Building Citizen-Centric Accountability

• Delivering Democracy

Your proposal, in no more than 1200 words, should describe the steps you will take to organise and complete your fellowship project (online discussions, research, strategic meetings). Fellows are expected to use participatory research methods to conduct a project that aims to offer solutions and new ideas to help achieve the goals in the “What’s Next? Youth Declaration.” Please review the Declaration before applying.

(3) Curriculum vitae section

(4) Section of the two letters of recommendation

Note: Please, format your documents as MS Word (doc.) or Adobe PDF (pdf.).

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