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Emerson National Hunger Fellows


The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is an eleven month program that is divided into two phases. The first phase focuses on service, and places fellows in community organizations across the country that are battling hunger. For the second phase of the fellowship, fellows move to Washington DC, where they work on policy with national organizations to combat hunger and poverty-related issues. There are 20 fellows total; both the field placement and policy work are related to hunger issues.


The Congressional Hunger Center will provide Emerson Fellows with a total financial package of no less than $36,000 over the duration of the fellowships.  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

Institutional Endorsement:  This fellowship does not require U-M endorsement.  Applications are submitted directly to the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program.

Application Deadline: Early January.  Please visit here for more information, as well as to learn more about the fellowship timeline.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


·         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

·         Experience working in low-income communities

Application Instructions:

·         The application consists of three total pages and will include the following:

o   Resume (limit to one page)

o   One page Personal Statement

o   Short Essay Questions

·         Recommendation letter: Please have someone familiar with your skills and abilities (preferably a supervisor) submit a recommendation letter here.