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

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  • FELLOWS SPOTLIGHT

    Alex Magaisa

    Dr. Alex Magaisa is a prominent Zimbabwean lawyer and constitutional expert currently teaching law at the University of Kent Law School in England. Between 2012 and 2013, he was chief of staff and principal advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai, then Zimbabwe’s prime minister in a coalition government and leader...

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    Passy Mubalama

    Ms. Passy Mubalama is a pro-democracy and women’s rights activist with over 7 years of experience in promoting democracy, human rights, good governance and the rule of law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is founder and executive director of Action and Development Initiative for the...

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    Maria Baron

    Ms. María Baron is an Argentine journalist and global executive director of Directorio Legislativo, an organization that promotes transparency in government, democratic consolidation, and enhanced access to public information throughout Latin America. She is also founding chair of the Latin American...

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    Nadeem Paracha

    Mr. Nadeem Paracha, or “NFP” as he is known, is a prominent Pakistani journalist and satirist, currently serving as head of ideas and creative strategy at Adcom Leo Burnett, an independent advertising agency. A widely read columnist who has commented on the rise of religious extremism and the importance...

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    Alberto Vergara

    Dr. Alberto Vergara is a professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru). He received his PhD from University of Montreal and he was a Trudeau Foundation doctoral fellow. Previously, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University supported...