Apply for the Penn Kemble Forum Fellowship

The Application for the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Penn Kemble Fellowship is now open! Please find the application at the bottom of this page. All completed applications are due by July 22, 11:59pm ET, no exceptions. 

Applicants should be professionals with between 5 to 10 years of experience in foreign and national security policy and who are working in government, think tanks, media, and the private or non-profit sectors.

For participation, applicants need to be based in the Washington, D.C., area. The program is unpaid and nonresidential. Successful applicants are expected to attend the monthly seminars (to be held after working hours), although additional events and meetings will be scheduled.

This is a very competitive program, limited to 30 fellowship positions.  Before applying, please consider if your professional and personal obligations will allow you to participate fully. Please also bear in mind that due to the likely ongoing impact of the pandemic, sessions will initially be conducted virtually until such time as the Endowment permits in-person meetings with appropriate social distancing restrictions.

Requirements

  • Fellows need to be based in Washington, DC.
  • Fellows need to be available to attend a Saturday morning retreat held at the NED offices in mid-September. Please note for the 2020-2021 Cohort, this retreat may be held virtually.
  • Fellows are expected to attend a minimum of two-thirds of the monthly round tables. Attendance at other events (such as happy hours and career development seminars) is optional.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to complete the application form below, which includes the following required documents:

  • Current resume
  • A statement of interest (500 words maximum) describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the Forum
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer or academic supervisor detailing the applicant’s intellectual and analytical abilities, international commitment or experience, and personal qualities