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Emerson National Hunger Fellows

Goes By: Emerson

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


Emerson Electronic Deadline
Friday, January 12, 2024
11:59 p.m. EST

About this Fellowship

11-month fellowship program to develop leaders with an understanding of hunger and poverty who will help find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

Each year, 16-20 participants are selected from around the country for this year long program. They gather in Washington, D.C. in August for a comprehensive orientation and field training, where they learn about hunger, poverty and social inequality in the United States, the local and national programs designed to address the issues, and the various approaches to social change.

Emerson Fellows are placed for the first five months with community-based organizations all over the country. Each host organization identifies specific goals and outcomes for the Fellows and provides the supervision and resources necessary to accomplish them. Field site partner organizations include:

grassroots organizing groups

food banks

economic development agencies

city governments

food policy councils

local advocacy organizations.

In mid-February, the Fellows regroup in Washington, D.C. to debrief and share their field experiences and participate in an extensive policy training to learn about national anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy work.

Fellows then work at national policy organizations (advocacy groups, think tanks, and government agencies) working on hunger and poverty policies at the national level. During their time in D.C., Fellows complete research, outreach, advocacy, and public education projects that support national policy initiatives. They also meet regularly for professional development trainings.

During the Fellowship, Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects. Past field and policy placements have addressed the following issues:

Federal nutrition programs

Child nutrition

Racial equity

Food justice


Public health and nutrition

Emergency food

Affordable housing and homelessness

Economic development

Award Value

One-year fellowship of between $38,000 and $43,000 depending upon site placement, as well as training, mentoring, and leadership development, and entry into an extensive alumni network. Alumni are also eligible for tuition discounts at Carnegie Mellon and UVA when pursuing graduate degrees in public health or public policy.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Senior, Alumni/Non-enrolled

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen, Permanent Resident
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: January 19, 2024

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