Fellowship Opportunity! Washington D.C. | SCOVILLE PEACE FELLOW | 6-9 months, F/T, paid

Fellowship Opportunity! Washington D.C. | SCOVILLE PEACE FELLOW | 6-9 months, F/T, paid. Candidates should have strong interest in peace and security issues. Apply by Oct. 3 for spring fellowship



The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine-month paid fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host institution, and directly support public education and advocacy initiatives. Fellows may explore a range of issues, including nuclear, biological, and chemical arms control and nonproliferation; conflict prevention,  peacebuilding, and atrocity prevention: conventional arms trade; environmental security; defense budget; diplomacy; emerging technology threats; and global health security. They may also attend coalition meetings, congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related disciplines and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the federal government, academia, and media.

Areas of Responsibility 

Applicants are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences; those with a graduate degree are also encouraged to apply. Candidates must have an excellent academic record 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. The program is open to all United States citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. who already have a work visa. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Educational Background 
College degree
Excellent academic accomplishments
Strong interest in issues of peace and security
Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy

Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $43,200 ($3,600 per month), and receive basic health insurance compensation, mentoring, a small stipend for professional development purposes, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship. 

How to Apply 

See https://scoville.org/overview/how-to-apply/ for application requirements and the link to the application form. Applications must be submitted via our online form, which is open about one month before each application deadline.

Additional Information 

Application Deadlines 
Spring 2023 Fellowship: October 3, 2022 (begin between January 15 and April 1, 2023)
Fall 2023 Fellowship: January 7, 2023 (begin between July 15 and October 1, 2023)

Contact Information and Social Media
Facebook facebook.com/ScovilleFellowship
Instagram instagram.com/scovillefellowship/
Twitter @ScovillePF

See our video describing how the Scoville Fellowship helps launch careers in international peace and security at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CuQ08o-1po


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to recruit and train the next generation of policy and advocacy leaders on a range of international peace and security issues. The fellowship ensures a pipeline of the brightest, most dedicated, and diverse next-generation experts into leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC in order to inspire creative new approaches to the pervasive challenges to peace and security.


Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows work full time at the participating organization of their choice. They contribute to their host institutions through research, writing, and multi-media advocacy activities. They create conferences and policy briefings, advocacy platforms, and coalitions. Fellows receive a small stipend for professional development and mentoring from a board member and an alum. The program arranges meetings with policy experts so the fellows can ask about issues and career advice, and schedules networking events for the current and former fellows.

Why Work For Us? 

Our goal is to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world by providing an entree for mission-driven grads eager to learn about and contribute to public-interest organizations. The Scoville Fellowship has a proven track record of attracting talented people with strong academic and advocacy backgrounds in international peace and security issues. The majority of former Scoville Fellows continue to work with public-interest organizations or in government capacities after concluding their fellowships, and many go on to graduate degrees in related fields.