Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine months 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. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.


  • Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. (with proper work visa) is awarded periodically.
    • Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
  • Open to all academic fields
  • Graduating senior (and required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences) or alumni (graduated within two years of fellowship start and able to work for six months)

Award Highlights: 

  • Fellows receive a stipend of $3,100 per month, health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, D.C.
  • The program also provides $1,000 per Fellow to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees

Application Components: 

  • Cover sheet which includes applicant’s five or six top choices for organizations to work with
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal essay (750 word maximum)
  • Policy/opinion essay (75- maximum)
    • Answering the following question: What is the greatest emerging threat to international peace and security and why? Must refer to one or more of these issues areas: Nuclear Nonproliferation and WMD, Climate and Security Nexus, Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, Emerging Technology Threats
  • Transcript (s)
  • Letter of recommendation (s)
Award Website


application Deadline

Spring 2024 Fellowship: October 2, 2023

​​​​​​Fall 2024 Fellowship: January 16, 2024

Contact the Advising Team

Advisor: Office of Distinguished Scholarship