On Friday, October 16, the Hunger Center will begin accepting applications for the next classes of Mickey Leland International and Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowships. Whether you’re motivated to promote food and nutrition security around the world, or to focus on policy solutions to hunger in the United States, the Leland and Emerson Hunger Fellowships are unique opportunities to gain professional experience, and to learn and grow as a leader as part of a dynamic cohort.
"During my fellowship, I was able to [...] build a varied and robust knowledge and skill base that will be applicable in a community setting or in a boardroom. As a fellow I have had the incredible opportunity to experience all dimensions of anti-hunger work and hone essential skills necessary to become an interdisciplinary leader."9th Class Leland International Hunger Fellow ('17-'19),
Ready to join us our network of over 600 Hunger Fellow alums? Read on to find out which program may be right for you, and how to prepare for application day!
If you’re interested in becoming an agent for change in the movement to end global hunger, the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship may be for you! Over the two years of the fellowship, each class of twelve to fifteen Leland Fellows develops professional and leadership skills while advancing the goal of a hunger-free world through placements with host organizations. Each class forms a community of practice, where fellows share experiences with a supportive network of peers and help each other question, troubleshoot, learn, and develop a deeper understanding of the sector.
Get Ready to Apply
Read our 2021-2023 Application Guide for prospective Leland Fellows for more information on the fellowship and the application process, and don’t miss our helpful tips for writing a successful application!
If you’re interested in getting a deeper understanding of effective solutions to hunger and poverty in the United States and the role you can play in reaching zero hunger, consider applying for the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. The Emerson Fellowship bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as each cohort of fellows supports community-based and national host organizations through work placements. Emerson Fellows receive more than 30 days of professional and leadership development training, including the history of hunger in the United States, the policymaking process, and the status of current anti-hunger/anti-poverty policy issues.
Get Ready to Apply
Read our 2021-2022 Application Guide for prospective Emerson Fellows for more information on the fellowship and the application process, and don’t miss our helpful tips for writing a successful application!
Which Program is Right for You?
While the Leland and Emerson Hunger Fellowships share some structural similarities, there are some important differences between the two programs. Take a look at the table below to see some highlights:
|Leland Fellowship||Emerson Fellowship|
|Duration||two years||11 months|
|Host organizations typically include||International NGOs, local NGOs, foundations, agencies, private sector entities||Food banks/pantries, advocacy organizations, policy councils, local, state, regional, federal gov’t agencies|
|U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency||required||required|