Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with senior-level policy experts at one of more than two dozen leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC for six to nine months. Scoville Fellows create a project, in partnership with their host organization, related on of four broad areas: nuclear nonproliferation and WMD, climate and security nexus, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, or emerging technology threats. They attend policy talks, Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and small group events with experts in government and NGOs arranged by the fellowship, and receive active mentoring and networking from the board of directors and former fellows. Many Scoville Fellows have gone on to prominent positions in the field of peace and security with the Federal Government, domestic and international NGOs, academia, and media. The fellowship recruits from across the U.S. twice a year.

Fellows receive a salary of $3,300 monthly, health insurance compensation, travel expenses and $1,000 for professional development such as attending conferences, policy courses or foreign language classes.

Participating D.C. Organizations

Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-six organizations participating in the program. From this list, applicants are asked to list their top 5 – 6 choices.


  • Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences.
  • 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.
  • The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit all documents through an online application form

Application Materials

• Cover sheet which includes your 5 to 6 top choices for organizations to work with

• Full resume/c.v.

• Personal essay of no more than 750 words

• Policy/opinion essay of no more than 750 words answering the following question: What is the greatest emerging threat to international peace and security and why? Must refer to one or more of these issue areas:

  • Nuclear Nonproliferation and WMD
  • Climate and Security Nexus
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
  • Emerging Technology Threats

• Official transcript

• Two letters of recommendation

See the Scoville website for detailed instructions on the application requirements and process. And here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2025 Fellowship–October 7, 2024
Fall 2025 Fellowship–January 6, 2025

Starting Dates

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

For more information, please contact fellowships@georgetown.edu