Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with senior-level policy experts at one of more than two dozen leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC for six to nine months. Scoville Fellows may focus on arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, defense budget, diplomacy, environmental and energy security, terrorism prevention, and other international security issues. They attend policy talks, Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and small group events with experts in government and NGOs arranged by the fellowship, and receive active mentoring and networking from the board of directors and former fellows. Many Scoville Fellows have gone on to prominent positions in the field of peace and security with the Federal Government, domestic and international NGOs, academia, and media. The fellowship recruits from across the U.S. twice a year and provides a salary, benefits, travel expenses to DC for interviews and moving, in addition to a small stipend for attending conferences, policy courses, and foreign language classes.

Salary, benefits, stipend: $2,800 monthly, health insurance, $1,000 for attending conferences, policy courses, and foreign language classes


  • 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.

Application Process

Applicants must email all application materials to apply@scoville.org by the deadline, including the following (see the link below for specifics):

  • A resume/c.v.
  • A personal essay of no more than 1,000 words
  • A policy/opinion essay of no more than 1,000 words
  • An official transcript
  • Two letters of reference

See the Scoville website for more application information and requirements and here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Deadline

October 2019 for the Spring 2020 Fellowship (occurs between January 15 and April 1, 2020)

January 2020 for the Fall 2020 Fellowship (begins between July 15 and October 1, 2020)

For more information, please contact gufa@georgetown.edu