Deadline: Applications for the Emerson Hunger Fellows Program due Jan. 13th


The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement end hunger and poverty.  Apply now!

Each year 16-20 participants are selected for this year-long program. Fellows are placed for the first six months with community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups, and direct service providers. Fellows then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with national nonprofit organizations and federal government agencies to develop, implement, and advocate for policies that address hunger and its root causes, including racism. Through this unique program, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger, poverty, and racism at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.


The application deadline for the 2016– 2017 program is January 13, 2016.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
  • Creativity and initiative in problem solving
  • Enthusiasm for learning from experts in the field, and searching for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
  • Experience working in low-income communities
  • Excitement about peer learning in a tight-knit community of Fellows

Application Timeline

January 13, 2016: Applications Due
February & March 2016: Interviews with semi-finalists (via telephone, video conferencing, and/or in person in Washington, D.C.)
March-April 2016: Notification of Emerson Fellows Class of 2016-2017
Late August: 23rd Class of Emerson Fellows begin

If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call (202) 547-7022 ext. 29

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