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Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

university fellowships committee

The Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to provide college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice. The Program awards 5-6 Fellowships each year. The Fellows receive a generous monthly stipend and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC.

Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to translate their social concerns into direct action.

Prospective Scoville Fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. A college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. 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, based on availability of funding. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

There is no formal application form. Complete applications for the Scoville Fellowship must include the following items:

  • A complete résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • An official academic transcript;
  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words taking a position on a contemporary, contentious issue in the field of peace and security.

Applications are accepted twice each year. The deadline for fellowships commencing in the Spring is October 15; the deadline for fellowships commencing in the Fall is February 1. The top applicants will be invited to Washington for interviews. The Fellowship pays for travel and accommodations for the finalists during the interview weekend. Interviews take place approximately 7-8 weeks after the application deadline.

Applications and information can be obtained from the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Scoville Fellowship program. To be competitive, interested students should contact the Campus Coordinator at least two months prior to the application deadline, to begin preparing their applications.

To get additional information about the Herbert Scoville Peace Fellowship program, the participating organizations, and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Scoville Peace Fellowship web site.