Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship: Fighting Hunger and Poverty

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program helps participants gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, DC.

Each year, 20 participants are chosen from across the country, meet in Washington, DC in August for orientation, national programs designed to address hunger and poverty, and various approaches to social change. Fellows are then placed for five months with community-based organizations involved in fighting hunger and poverty at the local level.

In mid-February the Fellows regroup in Washington, DC to share their experiences and go through an intensive policy training to learn about national anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy work.  They then work in nonprofit organizations and government agencies at the national level and meet regularly for professional development trainings. For more information: .


  • $16,00 living allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Travel expenses
  • Housing during field placement
  • $3,500 end of service award
  • $4,000 housing subsidy in D.C.
  • Relocation subsidies
  • Connection to 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

Application details:

  • Deadline to apply for the 2012-2013 program is January 17, 2012.
  • Online applications accepted only:
  • Semifinalist selection complete by mid-February 2012
  • Interviews scheduled in Washington, DC in March 2012
  • Final selection decision made in April 2012

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