Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

A one year fellowship through the Congressional Hunger Center for individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

This is a unique leadership development opportunity for individuals committed to social change. Each year 20 participants are selected for this 11-month program. Fellows are placed for half of their term of service with urban and rural community-based organizations all over the US. Examples include grassroots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups and faith-based organizations.

Fellows then move to DC to complete the year with national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement, including national advocacy organizations, think tanks and federal agencies.

One of the goals of the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program is to develop effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national levels that will enable them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

Benefits: living stipend for 11 months, free housing at field site placements, and additional housing stipend during the DC placement, health insurance and an end-of-service award

Deadline Information

Deadline: Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Fellows participate in intensive training, workshops and retreats.

Eligibility Requirements

US citizenship or permanent residency required. This is a highly competitive fellowship, and criteria for selection include a Bachelor's degree, commitment to social justice, demonstrated leadership and skills, and creativity and initiative in problem solving.

Successful applicants have demonstrated both academic excellence (e.g. Phi Beta Kappa) and a commitment to social justice and service.