Are You a Youth Leader at Your Community? Hurford Fellowship Program Is for You

Youth under 30 has the chance to apply for a fully-funded three-month-long Hurford Youth Fellows program which will take place on 1 March – 31 May 2021 in Washington D.C., USA. Two young activists will work at the National Endowment for Democracy and have all their expenses covered.


The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy.  The World Movement Secretariat staff plays a vital role in helping fellows realize their fellowship objectives by collaborating with them on their fellowship projects and engaging them in ongoing discussions about their work. The Hurford Program seeks to build leadership skills, enhance the organizational talents, and harness the potential of emerging democracy leaders from around the world.

Fellows will be expected to organize online discussions to generate active engagement among youth activists around the world. Fellows will engage in strategic meetings, conduct research, and organize and lead presentations. Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C. Stipends take into account the cost of living in Washington, D.C. Fellows are provided with a fully equipped office, including internet and email access, and a limited budget for fellowship-related long-distance phone calls.

The deadline is on 31 May 2020.


Main criteria

  • Applicants from any country are eligible to apply
  • Candidates 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 organizations are especially encouraged to apply
  • Knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program for general communication purposes

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