Apply Now: Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

Past fellows of the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

Apply Now: Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

Deadline: January 11, 2017


The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.


The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.


Applications Include:


Resume: Please limit your resume to one page.


Personal Statement: What values, principles, and identities (race, class, gender, etc.) have shaped your interest in participating in the Emerson Hunger Fellows Program? What particular qualities, knowledge, experiences, and skills will you contribute to your field and policy placements? How do you expect this fellowship to contribute to your professional goals?


Short Essay Questions:
1. How have your community work and life experiences changed your perspective on poverty over time?
2. What role do you believe the government plays or should play in addressing complex social problems such as hunger, poverty, and racism?

Two Letters of Recommendation: Please ask your recommenders to evaluate your written and oral communication skills, demonstrated leadership qualities or experience, and professional skills, if applicable. At least one letter should be from a supervisor (as opposed to a professor or advisor). Letters should be submitted by the recommender here.



  • January 11, 2017: Application deadline for the 2017-2018 class of Emerson Fellows
  • The selection committee will review applications throughout January and we expect to make decisions on a rolling basis, with most interviews in February and March.
  • April 15, 2017: Decision notification deadline
  • Late August 2017: 24th Class of Emerson Fellows begin

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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu


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