Scoville Peace Fellowship

About the Scoville Peace Fellowship

Established in 1987, the Scoville Peace Fellowship provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. For six to nine months, fellows work as paid full-time junior staff members at the participating nonprofit, public-interest organization of their choice, addressing peace and security issues. Many former Scoville Fellows eventually pursue graduate studies in international relations and related fields. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy and those considering a career in international peace and security issues with public -interest organization, the Federal government, academic or media.

Issue Areas Covered by the Scoville Fellowship include:
– Arms Control/Disarmament/Non-Proliferation – nuclear, biological, chemical and conventional
– Conflict Prevention/Resolution
– Defense Budget
– Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons
– Environmental and Energy Security, including the nexus of climate change and energy use, conflict and resource scarcity
– Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
– Export Controls
– International Security
– Peacebuilding and peacekeeping
– Regional/Ethnic Conflicts
– Terrorism prevention, including biological and nuclear

Preference is given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington DC area.

Fellows receive a salary of $3,200 per month and basic health insurance compensation, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provide $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees, or to take a language or policy course.

Location of award, if applicable: Washington, D.C.

Eligible applicants:

– are U.S. citizens or foreign nationals residing in the U.S. (Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply)
– have completed a bachelor’s degree by the time the fellowship starts
– are considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media
– are good writers who are adept at working in a fast paced office environment

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or legal resident

The Scoville Peace Fellowship application process:

Review the information on the fellowship website on eligibility requirements and selection criteria to determine whether it is a good fit for your academic background and career goals.

Next, explore the list of participating organizations ( to identify those that interest you (you will need to give 5 – 6 options). Consider what contemporary issue to discuss in the policy/opinion essay.

Contact CFSA and your mentor(s) to discuss your interest and plans to apply for the fellowship.

Application components include:
– cover sheet with information specified by the scholarship website
– personal statement of no more than 1,000 words
– full curriculum vitae
– policy/opinion essay of no more that 1,000 words relevant to your field of peace and security, taking a position on a contemporary, contentious issue addressed by the fellowship
– official transcript(s)
– two letters of reference

The application deadline to be considered for spring semester fellowship is in early October while the deadline for fall semester fellowships is in early January.

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email: More Information:

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