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Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program

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The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work. Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. During the first year, fellows work directly to build food security in the field. In the second year, fellows apply their field experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and international level. In addition to their field and policy work, fellows take part in annual Congressional Hunger Center (CHC)-sponsored training sessions and a range of professional development activities aimed at further adding to their skills and expertise. During their service, CHC provides the fellows with: a financial package that includes a stipend, public market health insurance premium support, and additional subsidies toward housing and relocation costs; professional development funds; training and advising; and connection to a dynamic fellowship community and alumni network.

Award / Eligibility Details:

Fellowship applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated leadership qualities, experience, maturity, flexibility, and commitment to fighting hunger. The strongest candidates are interested in both field and policy work, possess a relevant graduate degree or equivalent experience, have spent time working or volunteering in a developing country on issues related to hunger and poverty alleviation, and possess a demonstrated commitment to ending hunger. Leland Fellows must be US citizens or permanent legal residents. Please note that certain fellowship placements may also require specific skills such as foreign language fluency, a particular graduate degree or expertise, or other technical skills.

Deadline: Mid-January every other year

Academic Level: Graduate, Post-Graduate, Post-Undergraduate

Type/Purpose: Internship / Professional Development, Public Service Program

Field of Study: All, Arts & Humanities, Business, Education / Teaching, Public Affairs / Policy, Social Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Location: International

Citizenship eligibility: Permanent Resident, US Citizen, US National

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