Emerson National Hunger Fellows

Training Leaders in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty


Training Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a unique leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains emerging leaders committed to social justice.

Program participants gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. In this unique program bridging community-based efforts and national public policy, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

The Program

Each year, twenty participants are selected from around the country for this year long program. They assemble in Washington, D.C. in August for a comprehensive orientation and field training, where they learn about hunger and poverty in the United States, the local and national programs designed to address the issues, and various approaches to social change.

Fellows are placed for five months with community-based organizations involved in fighting hunger and poverty at the local level, such as grassroots organizing groups, advocacy organizations, economic development agencies, food banks, and local government agencies. Each host organization identifies specific goals and outcomes for the Fellows and provides the supervision and resources necessary to accomplish them.

In mid-February, the Fellows regroup in Washington, D.C. to share their field experiences and participate in an extensive policy training to learn about national anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy work.

Fellows then work in nonprofit organizations and government agencies involved in designing, implementing, researching, and advocating for anti-hunger and anti-poverty policies at the national level. During their time in D.C., Fellows complete research, outreach, advocacy, and public education projects that support national policy initiatives. They also meet regularly for professional development trainings.


● ●$16,000 annual living allowance

● ●Health insurance

● ●Travel expenses

● ●Housing during field placement

● ●$3,500 end of service award

● ●$4,000 housing subsidy in D.C.

● ●Relocation subsidies

● ●Connection to an extensive community of Hunger Fellows and network of alumni, partners, and experts

● ●Experience with community and policy leaders

● ●Training / mentoring / leadership development

● ●Experience in project management


The application deadline for the 2012–2013 program is January 17, 2012.

D.C. and national locations
Publicaton Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Congressional Hunger Center
Job Type: