The 2025 Hurford Youth Fellowship Program is NOW OPEN

The 2025 Hurford Youth Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. This program aims to develop the leadership skills and tap into the potential of young activists who are passionate about democracy from all over the globe.

During the three-month Fellowship program, youth activists will have the opportunity to broaden their global network, learn from fellow activists involved in democracy movements worldwide, and contribute to the growth of the World Movement for Democracy. Fellows will be expected to organize online discussions to foster active engagement among youth activists globally.

Hurford Youth Fellows will participate in strategic meetings, conduct research, and organize and lead presentations and information-sharing sessions on specific areas outlined in the “What’s Next? Youth Declaration,” including expanding civic space for young people, countering disinformation, building citizen-centric accountability, and delivering democracy.

Upon successful completion of each fellowship, the fellows will become regional/country focal points. They will work with the Hurford Youth Fellowship Alumni Network to stay engaged and take the lead in youth-related activities.

Eligibility for the Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

  1. To be eligible for the Hurford Youth Fellows Program, applicants must be no older than 30 years of age.
  2. They should demonstrate a strong interest in democratic activism and the advancement of democracy in their communities and globally.
  3. Youth affiliated with civil society organizations are particularly encouraged to apply.
  4. Applicants must have a working knowledge of English as it is essential for effective communication during the program.
  5. All application materials must be submitted in English.

Residency Requirements: Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

  1. Fellows are required to dedicate their full-time efforts to their fellowship projects at the NED office in Washington, D.C. During the fellowship period, fellows are not allowed to hold any other fellowships or engage in any other employment without obtaining explicit permission from the World Movement Secretariat staff.
  2. If there are any additional fellowships or work opportunities that coincide with the fellowship period, it is essential to inform the World Movement Secretariat staff before accepting a Hurford Fellowship.
    Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to the cancellation of the fellowship.
  3. Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, along with basic health insurance and roundtrip travel to and from Washington, D.C.
  4. The stipends provided take into consideration the cost of living in Washington, D.C. Fellows are also provided with a fully equipped office, including internet and email access, as well as a limited budget for long-distance phone calls related to their fellowship.

How to Apply for the Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

  1. Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
  2. 1. Applicant Form
    2. C.V./Resume
    3. Two Letters of Recommendation
  3. All application materials should be uploaded to the application portal.
  4. For details visit the Official Webpage of the Hurford Youth Fellows Program.
  5. Deadline is July 31,2024

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