The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program fit for those committed to social justice. For more information about the program and application, see the fellowship website, or see the application site to apply right now!

Each year, twenty fellows are chosen from across the country to participate in this year-long program that gives them both practical and policy experience.

As the site says: "Fellows are placed with community based organizations around the country fighting hunger at the local level, such as grassroots organizing groups, advocacy agencies, food banks, and local service providers. In Washington, D.C. they are placed with national policy organizations (advocacy groups, think tanks, and government agencies).  Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects."

Eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
  • Commitment to anti-racism
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • 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

Benefits from the program include:

  • $16,000 annual living allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Travel expenses
  • Housing during field placement
  • $3,500 end of service award
  • $4,000 housing subsidy in DC
  • Relocation subsidies
  • Connection to an extensive community of Hunger Fellows and network of alumni, partners, and experts
  • Experience with community and policy leaders
  • Training / mentoring / leadership development
  • Experience in project management