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Democracy Fellows Program for experienced activities and practitioners

The Reagan-Fascell program was established primarily to support democratic activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of democracy promotion in emerging and aspiring democracies.
The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is intended primarily for citizens of new and aspiring democracies.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
Named in honor of NED's principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program was established in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Congress to enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and
journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum
for Democratic Studies, NED's research arm located in Washington, D.C. Dedicated to international exchange, the program offers a collegial environment for fellows to reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct research and writing; develop contacts and
exchange ideas with counterparts in Washington, D.C.; and build ties that contribute to the development of a global network of democracy advocates.

The Forum hosts 16 to 20 Reagan-Fascell Fellows per year, divided into two five-month sessions:
* the Fall session starts on October 1 and ends on February 28
* the Spring session begins on March 1 and ends on July 31

The program offers two tracks, a practitioner track and a scholarly track.

The Practitioner Track
The Reagan-Fascell program was established primarily to support democratic activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of democracy promotion in emerging and aspiring democracies. The program seeks to provide experienced activists
with an opportunity to reflect on their work, learn from counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin. Fellowships on the practitioner track typically culminate in a strategy memorandum, short article or op-ed,
and a formal presentation of the fellow's analysis and ideas.

The Scholarly Track
Recognizing the importance of intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of democracy, the program offers a scholarly track principally for professors and researchers from emerging and aspiring democracies. Accomplished scholars from established democracies are also eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D., or academic equivalent, at the time of application, and to have developed a rigorous research outline. During their stay at the Forum, scholars make at least one formal presentation and complete a substantial piece
of writing (a monograph or book) for publication.

Facilities and Services
Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period. Fellows also receive a fully equipped office and research support through the Forum's Democracy Resource Center and the Research Associates Program.

While in residence at the Forum, fellows have the opportunity to interact with staff and other visiting scholars and activists in the collegial environment at NED, and with the policy, media, and academic communities in Washington, D.C. Fellows are encouraged to consult with
counterparts in the United States, and to participate in the many conferences and seminars held at NED and at the various universities, think tanks, and nongovernmental organizations in the metropolitan area.

Application Information

Fellowships in 2011-2012

We will begin accepting applications for fellowships in 2011-2012 through our Online Application System at http://fellowships.ned.org on
August 1, 2010. Please visit our application system at that time in
order to submit your application for 2011-2012. Our application deadline
is Monday, November 1, 2010.

2011-2012 Fellowship Sessions:

Fall 2011 Session: October 1, 2011--February 28, 2012
Spring 2012 Session: March 1-July 31, 2012

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