The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace FellowshipThe Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national program that provides recent college and grad school graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC. While working with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organization, Scoville fellows get a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. The program has awarded 154 fellowships since its inception and is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows have written articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury, members of Congress, academia, and media, and attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

Issue Areas Covered by the Scoville Fellowship

  • Arms Control/Disarmament, including Nuclear Test Ban, Ballistic Missile  Proliferation/Defense, Conventional Arms Transfers, Weapons Proliferation–Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
  • Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Defense Budget
  • Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union
  • 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
  • Regional/Ethnic Conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia, Middle East
  • United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping

Applicants whose area of interest falls outside of the above list are unlikely to be selected as a Scoville Fellow.

Selection Criteria

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship designed for people who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the field. Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast paced office environment. Twice a year, the fellowship’s board of directors selects top applicants to spend six to nine months in Washington.

Who can Apply

All U.S. citizens, as well as non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. who have an appropriate work permit, are eligible to apply; foreign nationals living outside the United States are not eligible.


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides a salary, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington, DC. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students. The program also provides $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees.

Some lenders may permit Scoville Fellows to defer college loan payments during their fellowship. Check with your individual lenders.


The deadline for receipt of all application materials is:

  • Spring 2015 Fellowship–October 6, 2014
  • Fall 2015 Fellowship–January 5, 2015

Starting dates for Fellowship:

  • Spring Fellowship–begin between January 15 and April 1
  • Fall Fellowship–begin between July 15 and October 1

How to Apply

Applicants must email application materials to between September 1, 2014 and October 6, 2014 for the spring 2015 semester. More information on application materials and application submission process can be found at

If you have any other questions or if we may be of further assistance, please contact the Graduate Office.

Good luck with your application process.