Fellowship Overview

Fellowships offered through USAID’s Democracy Fellows and Grants Program place experienced technical specialists within USAID to support USAID’s policy and programs in the democracy, human rights, and governance fields. Fellowships become available according to USAID’s needs and are advertised on the DFG website. To be notified of new Fellowships, interested applicants are encouraged to join the DFG Mailing List.

Democracy Fellows represent a wide range of technical specialties and academic and professional skills, in areas as diverse as transitional justice, disability rights, social media, impact evaluation, and more. Visit the Current Fellows page to learn more about current Fellows and their work on the DFG program.

The DFG program offers different types of Democracy Fellowships: full-time, part-time, and short-term. The type of Fellowship depends on USAID’s specific needs, and is published with each Fellowship opportunity. Full-time Democracy Fellows are hired as salaried IIE staff with benefits; initial appointment is generally for one or two years, with the possibility of extension dependent on performance and funding. Most short-term or part-time Fellows are hired as consultants, allowing scholars or students with long-term commitments to other academic and research institutions to contribute to building USAID’s technical leadership in democracy promotion.