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.

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.

Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-six 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.

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 and Energy Security, including the Nexus of Climate Change and Energy Use, Conflict, and Resource Scarcity;
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.

Eligibility for The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program :

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;

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;

Application procedure :

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

  1. A cover sheet that includes the candidate’s name, semester for which they are applying, phone number and email address.
  2. A signed 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.
  3. A full curriculum vitae
  4. A personal essay discussing the candidate’s qualifications, interests, Fellowship objectives and career goals.  Candidates should also list 5-6 of our participating organizations they would like to work with if they are chosen as a Scoville Fellow.
  5. A policy/opinion 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, significance of environmental factors as sources of conflict, etc.
  6. Official transcript(s) detailing the candidate’s entire college academic record including undergraduate, graduate and foreign study.
  7. 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, etc.

All application materials must be submitted via email to : scoville@clw.org
On subject line type: Scoville Application – Name of applicant

Deadlines for The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program :
October 1, 2010 for Spring 2011
January 14, 2011 for Fall 2011

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