Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, sponsored by the nonpartisan Congressional Hunger Center, seeks to create effective leaders who will understand and develop innovative solutions to the problems and root causes of hunger and poverty through political means. For the first part of the 11-month program, fellows are placed for several months in community-based organizations throughout the country with a regional or local focus. The remainder of the term is spent in nonprofits or government agencies in Washington, D.C., where fellows focus on policy at a national level. Throughout the fellowship year, fellows hone their leadership skills and build a strong cohort through trainings, retreats, and professional development sessions. The fellowship provides a total financial package in the range of $38,000 to $45,000, depending on placements.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have earned a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the fellowship, be able to demonstrate a commitment to racial equality and social justice, and have experience with anti-hunger or anti-poverty work in low-income communities. Applications are due on Jan. 13, 2023.

To learn more, please:

  • Attend the Emerson Fellowship Q&A session with Emerson alums, Dec. 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET, hosted by the Congressional Hunger Center. Register here
  • Email Dr. Kathleen Barry (kbarry18@jhu.edu) in the National Fellowships Program, who is available to advise prospective applicants and provide feedback on application materials.