Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is pleased to announce Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program. The fellowship is open to individuals who are committed to social justice and anti-racism, enthusiastic about participating in the fellowship community. They support a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty, and oppression and nurture an innovative national network of creative and inspiring change agents, who share the vision of a just world. The Congressional Hunger Center will provide Emerson Fellows with a total financial package of no less than $36,000 over the duration of the fellowship.

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers in the U.S. government and to rise a new generation of leaders to fight against hunger and poverty.


  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
  • Creativity and initiative in problem-solving
  • Enthusiasm for learning from experts in the field, and searching for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
  • Experience working in low-income communities
  • Excitement about  peer learning in a tight-knit community of Fellows

How to Apply:

 Supporting Documents:

  • Resume:one-page resume.
  • Personal Statement: What values, principles, and identities (race, class, gender, etc.) have shaped your interest in participating in the Emerson Hunger Fellows Program? What particular qualities, knowledge, experiences, and skills will you contribute to your field and policy placements? How do you expect this fellowship to contribute to your professional goals?
  • Short Essay Questions:
    how have your community work and life experiences changed your perspective on poverty over time?
    2. What role do you believe the government plays or should play in addressing complex social problems such as hunger, poverty, and racism?
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: At least one letter should be from a supervisor (as opposed to a professor or advisor).

Financial Aid and Award Money:

Fellows receive a total financial package of no less than $36,000 over the duration of the fellowship

Emerson Fellows also gain:

  • Membership in a dynamic learning community of Fellows
  • Connection to an extensive network of alumni, partners, and experts
  • Experience working with community and policy leaders
  • Training / mentoring / leadership development
  • Project management experience

Application Deadline:

Interested candidates are invited to apply until January 11, 2017.

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