Scholarship Details

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Application Deadline:





The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.


Commitment to social justice
Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
Commitment to anti-racism
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
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
Enthusiasm for peer learning in a tight-knit community of Fellows

Terms of Award:

Semifinalist selection will be complete by mid-February; interviews will be scheduled in Washington, D.C. in March; and final selection decisions will be made in April.

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Applications to the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship will be accepted online only.

The application has three parts: an information form, a 3 page application document, and letters of recommendation. Applicants can complete the form and upload their application document online; recommendations are accepted by email, fax or mail. Application documents should consist of one .pdf or MS Word document, three pages in length (single spaced): the first page should be your resume, the second page your personal statement, and the third page your answers to two short essay questions. Please give your document the filename: Last name_First name_Middle initial.doc.

Resume: Please be certain to include your email address and phone number.

Personal Statement: What values, principles, and personal factors (social, economic, and cultural) have shaped your interest in participating in the Emerson Hunger Fellows Program? What particular qualities, knowledge, experiences, and skills will you contribute to your field and policy placements? How do you expect this fellowship to contribute to your professional goals?

Short Essay Questions:
1. What role do you believe the government plays or should play in ending hunger?
2. How have your community work and/or general experiences changed your perspective on poverty over time?

Two Letters of Recommendation: Please ask your recommenders to evaluate your written and oral communication skills, demonstrated leadership qualities or experience, and professional skills, if applicable. At least one letter should be from a supervisor (as opposed to a professor or advisor). Letters should include a telephone number and email address, and should be sent by the recommender via email to, via fax to 202-547-7575, or via post to:

Emerson Selection Committee
Congressional Hunger Center
400 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite G100
Washington, D.C. 20001

Online Application: