The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 25th Class (Aug. 2018- Aug. 2019). The Emerson Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty. Fellows are placed for the first six months with community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, local advocates, and direct service providers. Fellows then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with national nonprofit organizations and federal government agencies to develop, implement, and advocate for policies that address hunger and its root causes, including racism. Throughout the year, the Fellows develop a strong learning community for reflection, resource sharing, and skill building that supports their field and policy work and their leadership development. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger, poverty, and racism at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

Application and Fellowship information:

The deadline for applications for the next class of Fellows is January 10, 2018. Applications are accepted online only. The 25th Emerson Hunger Fellowship cohort will start in late August 2018 and conclude at the end of July 2019. Fellows receive a financial package of no less than $36,000 over the duration of the Fellowship. For more information about the program and for details on the application process, visit our website: