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Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

Dear faculty members,

We are pleased to share with you the opportunity to participate in Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program by National Endowment for Democracy (NED). NED is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world.

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. Under this program, practitioners, scholars, and journalists can spend five months in residence at NED, Washington D.C.; the fellowship period can either be Fall 2018 (October 1, 2018-February 28, 2019) or Spring 2019 (March 1-July 31, 2019)

Located within NED's International Forum for Democratic Studies, the program provides a rich intellectual setting for educational exchange and professional development.

While in residence, fellows:
- reflect on their experiences;
- engage with counterparts;
- conduct research and writing;
- consider best practices and lessons learned;
- develop professional relationships within a global network of democracy advocates.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Please find the details below and feel free to contact us at internationaloffice@iba.edu.pk, in case of any concern.

Kind regards,

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest; and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Projects may address the economic, political, social, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches.

While the two tracks share many common elements, they have different eligibility requirements and distinct goals, activities, and products associated with them.

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Eligibility Requirements for all Applicants:
- Proficiency in the English language
- Topics focusing on the political, social, economic, legal, or cultural aspects of democratic development
- Availability to be in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C., during the year for which candidates are applying for a fellowship

 - Students enrolled in an ongoing degree-granting program at the proposed start of the fellowship period
 - Students seeking scholarships, or other types of financial aid, to defray the cost of their education
 - Ph.D. candidates & postdoctoral scholars seeking funding to pursue doctoral/postdoctoral research
 - Professionals seeking financial assistance to pay for trainings, attend conferences, or pursue internships
 - Individuals without proficiency in the English language
 - Applicants whose projects fail to draw a connection to democracy and human rights
 - Candidates unavailable for a fellowship in Fall 2018 (October 1, 2018-February 28, 2019) or Spring 2019 (March 1-July 31, 2019)

The are two different roles for which the participants can apply.

The Practitioner Track
The Reagan-Fascell program was established with the primary purpose of supporting democracy activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of building democracy in emerging and aspiring democracies. The program provides practitioners with a needed break from their daily routine so that they may reflect on their work, exchange ideas and experiences with counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin.

Practitioner fellowships are typically five months in duration and culminate in a report, short article, op-ed, handbook, or another product, as well as a formal presentation of the fellow's analysis and ideas.

Applicants interested in the practitioner track are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track. A Ph.D., for instance, is not required of practitioner applicants. While there are also no age limits, applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights.

Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include human rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, labor leaders, political party activists, diplomats, professional staff of civic or humanitarian organizations, and other civil society professionals from developing and aspiring democracies.

The Scholarly Track
In recognition of the importance of intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of democracy, the Reagan-Fascell program offers a scholarly track for scholars, professors, and established writers. Applicants for this track may be scholars from emerging and aspiring democracies or accomplished scholars from the United States and other established democracies.

Fellowships on the scholarly track are typically five months in duration. Scholars make at least one public presentation of their work and complete a substantial piece of writing (typically an article or book) for publication.

Applicants interested in the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have a proven record of publications in their field, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.

Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, researchers, journalists, and other writers from developing and aspiring democracies. Distinguished scholars from the United States or other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Occasionally, a professional who is planning to write a book or other scholarly publication may qualify to apply on the scholarly track.

Application Link: https://fellowships.ned.org/applications/default.asp

Application Procedure:
The Reagan-Fascell Program is now accepting fellowship applications for Fall 2018 (October 1, 2018-February 28, 2019) and Spring 2019 (March 1-July 31, 2019). There are five steps to the online application process. Please click on each of the links below for an explanation of each step:

- Step 1: Applicant Information
- Step 2: Project Proposal for the Practitioner Track or for the Scholarly Track
- Step 3: Letters of Recommendation
- Step 4: Resume/CV and Biography
- Step 5: Certification

Link to Website: http://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program/applying-for-a-fellowship/