The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

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The Scoville Peace Fellowship Program invites recent college and graduate school alumni 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. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.

Newly selected Scoville Peace Fellows have the opportunity to choose the organization with which they will work. Fellows are offered advice and objective guidance on the groups they are considering from the Scoville board members, past and present fellows, and fellowship staff.

Fellows receive a monthly salary, and a professional development stipend.


  • Received a bachelor’s or master’s degree within the past few years
  • Have a background and strong interest in one or more of the approved policy issues addressed by the fellowship
  • Excellent academic accomplishments
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable
  • Considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media
  • United States citizens living in the U.S. or overseas are eligible to apply
  • Non-U.S. citizens may only apply if they live in the U.S. and have a U.S. work visa for the duration of the fellowship. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply.

Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.

Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Selection Criteria

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. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.

Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy such as:

  • Organizing a campus forum and/or outreach campaign, meeting with decisionmakers, or rallies
  • Working with or joining a campus, local, or national organization
  • Active participation in conferences
  • Writing and publication of opinion pieces in both traditional and new media

Application Procedure

Apply directly via the fellowship website. There is both a spring and a fall fellowship, and the deadlines are generally in early October and January, respectively.