The program seeks to create effective leaders who will understand and develop innovative solutions to the problems and root causes of hunger and poverty through political means. For the first five months of the yearlong program, fellows are placed in community-based organizations throughout the country. The remainder of the term is spent in nonprofits or government agencies in Washington, D.C. where fellows use the practical experience that they gained to develop policy at a national level to fight problems of hunger and poverty.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Candidates for the Emerson Fellows Program must:
Have a visa to work in the U.S. (U.S. citizenship is not required).
Have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
Be able to demonstrate a commitment to racial equality and social justice.
An applicant should have experience working in low-income communities—namely, anti-hunger or anti-poverty work.