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Fellowships

The National Endowment for Democracy is proud to host a variety of fellowship programs aimed at helping individuals deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to strengthen democratic progress. With programs for both courageous activists and scholars from throughout the globe, as well as DC-based foreign policy professionals, NED provides opportunities for its fellows to explore new ideas and share best practices in a comparative context.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows

In the spirit of international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program, based at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, supports democratic activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to conduct independent research, build individual capacity, and exchange ideas to strengthen democratic development in their countries, regions, or fields of expertise.

Named in honor of two of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the program has hosted more than 250 fellows from nearly 90 countries since its founding in 2001.

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  • HURFORD YOUTH FELLOWS

    Global youth leaders up to the age of 30 with an interest in the advancement of democracy

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  • PENN KEMBLE FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY

    Young, DC-based foreign policy professionals committed to supporting democratic values

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  • VISITING FELLOWS

    Scholars and practitioners who wish to conduct research and writing at the Forum

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  • About the Forum

    A leading center for research, discussion, and analysis on the theory and practice of democracy around the world

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  • FELLOWS SPOTLIGHT

    Dr. Gábor Demszky

    Dr. Gábor Demszky is a sociologist who has dedicated much of his academic and political career to the plight of the Roma minority in Hungary. After his research license was suspended by the communist authorities in 1980s for signing Charter 77, he continued his dissident writings...

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    Mr. Tilak P. Pathak

    Mr. Tilak Pathak is an op-ed editor and analyst at Kantipur Daily, Nepal’s largest Nepali-language daily newspaper. He is also chair of the Center for Media Research, a Kathmandu-based think tank that conducts research and training related to media, as well as a lecturer...

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    Mr. Lamii Kpargoi

    Mr. Lamii Kpargoi is a civil society activist, journalist, and lawyer, who currently serves as officer in charge of the Liberia Media Center, where he works to foster transparency and bolster media capacity through trainings and research. In 2015, he co-founded the Justice Initiative...

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    Ms. Shad Begum

    Ms. Shad Begum is founding director of the Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT), an organization working toward the economic and political empowerment of communities in underserved areas of Pakistan. Under her leadership, ABKT has mobilized...

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    Ms. Simegnish Mengesha

    Ms. Simegnish Mengesha is a seasoned journalist, media consultant, and translator, who has served most recently as director of the Ethiopian Environment Journalists Association. An outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, she has worked extensively with foreign news outlets,...

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FELLOWS VIDEOS

NED fellows offer their specialized knowledge and fresh perspectives to audiences in person and online through presentations of their work.

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