Posted by: MM | October 27, 2011

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Each year 20 participants are selected for this eleven-month program. Fellows are placed for half their term of service with community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups and faith-based organizations. They then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement, including national advocacy organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies. Through this unique program, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

The application deadline for the 2012– 2013 program is January 17, 2012.

Selection Criteria
Commitment to social justice
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
• Commitment to anti-racism
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 
• U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
• Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
• Creativity and initiative in problem solving
• Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work

Application Timeline
January 17, 2012: Applications Due
February & March 2012: Interviews with semi-finalists (via telephone and/or in person in Washington, D.C.)
April 2012: Notification of Emerson Fellows Class of 2012-2013
Late August/Early September: 19th Class Fellows begin their service
For more information about the Program and for details on the application process, please visit our website:
If you have questions, please email or call (202) 547-7022 ext. 29


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