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Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month Fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.

Scoville Fellows will be placed with one of the 23 organizations participating in the Program. With the assistance of the Program Director, Fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for Fellows' work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues.


The Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,800 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC.

Issue areas covered by the Scoville Fellowship

include the following:
Arms Control/Disarmament, including Nuclear Test Ban, Ballistic Missile Proliferation/Defense, Conventional Arms Transfers, Weapons Proliferation--Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
Conflict Prevention/Resolution
Defense Budget
Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union
Economic Conversion
Environmental Security, including Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
Export Controls
International Security
Regional/Ethnic Conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia, Former Yugoslavia, Middle East, Newly Independent States
United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping

Selection Criteria

Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.

Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy can include the following:
Organizing a campus forum, letter-writing campaign, meeting with decisionmakers, or rallies
Working with or joining a campus, local, or national organization
Active participation in conferences
Writing and publication of opinion pieces
Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the Fellowship commences. Preference is given to United States citizens, although a Fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically based on availability of funding. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.

Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Application materials

There is no application form. Complete applications for the Fellowship must include the following items:

A letter from the candidate indicating his/her desire to apply and providing addresses and telephone numbers of the two people who will be writing the candidate's reference letters. The letter from the candidate should indicate how he/she first learned of the Scoville Peace Fellowship Program.
Two letters of reference. Each letter should address: the accomplishments and standing of the candidate; the candidate's interest and experience in peace and security issues; the candidate's ability to communicate, both orally and in writing; the candidate's maturity and judgement, and the candidate's potential to make a significant contribution to peace and security issues.
Candidates should briefly discuss their qualifications, interests, Fellowship objectives and career goals. They should also list 4-5 organizations they would like to work with if they are chosen as a Scoville Fellow.
In addition, each candidate must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words relevant to the field of peace and security taking a position on a contemporary, contentious issue, such as Ballistic Missile Defense, Comprehensive Test Ban, the role of U.S. troops as part of UN Peacekeeping operations (e.g., Bosnia, Somalia), significance of environmental factors as sources of conflict, etc.
A full curriculum vitae. The c.v. should include complete educational and professional data, as well as information on the applicant's extracurricular activities.
Official transcript(s) detailing the candidate's entire college academic record including undergraduate, graduate and foreign study. Applicants who have attended more than one college or university must submit official transcripts from each school if the grades do not appear on the transcript of the school from which they graduate. Photocopies of official transcripts are acceptable; web-printed transcripts are not. Candidates whose current courses are not listed on their transcript are required to submit a list of these courses on a separate sheet of paper.
Applicants will be notified by the Fellowship office if any of the required materials have not been received by the deadline.

Applications and related reference letters should be mailed (not faxed or e-mailed) to:

Paul Revsine, Program Director
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
322 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-4100 x124


The deadline for receipt of all application materials is:

Spring Fellowship-- October 15
Fall Fellowship-- February 15

Selection process

The Fellowship's board of directors selects the top applicants for Washington interviews. The Fellowship pays for travel and accommodations for the finalists during the interview weekend. Interviews take place approximately 7-8 weeks after the application deadline.

Starting dates for Fellowship

Spring Fellowship--begin between January 15 and April 1
Fall Fellowship--begin between July 15 and October 1

For further, more complete information, visit:

Asia Institute