Penn Kemble forum
The Penn Kemble Democracy Forum aims to foster an intelligent discussion about the nature of democratic development among Washington’s young foreign policy professionals.
The Forum convenes monthly to discuss the ideas and realities that drive the world today, and provides additional opportunities for networking, mentorship, and learning. The monthly round table discussions are led by key foreign policy experts, government officials (past and present), democracy practitioners, and civil society experts. In 2015-16, Penn Kemble Fellows met with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and many others.
The Forum will run this year from October 2016 to June 2017. It is organized and sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy with the assistance of a distinguished advisory committee of scholars and practitioners.
About Penn Kemble
Penn Kemble’s death in October 2005 robbed the democracy movement of one of its most committed activists and strategists. His political evolution took him from early involvement in the young socialist and civil rights movements, through engagement with the U.S. labor movement in combating Communism, especially within Central America, to more recent initiatives, including the Transatlantic Democracy Network and Civitas, an international program to promote civic education. He served as deputy and acting director of the United States Information Agency in the Clinton administration, and Secretary of State Albright appointed him U.S. representative to the Community of Democracies. In 2002, Secretary of State Powell appointed him to lead a group to investigate slavery and human trafficking in Sudan.
Apply to the join the 2016-2017 cohort!
The Endowment is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 cohort of Penn Kemble Fellows.
Applicants should be early-to-mid-career young professionals working on foreign policy, democracy, development or related issues within think tanks, government, and the private or non-profit sectors. For participation, applicants need to be based in the Washington, D.C., area. The program is unpaid and nonresidential. Successful applicants are expected to attend at least one monthly seminar (to be held after working hours), although additional events and meetings will be scheduled.
Before applying, please consider if your professional and personal obligations will allow you to participate fully. Upon acceptance, you will receive additional information about the program.
Applicants are asked to complete the application form below, which includes the following required documents:
- Current resume
- A statement of interest (500 words maximum) describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the Forum
- Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer or academic supervisor detailing the applicant’s intellectual and analytical abilities, international commitment or experience, and personal qualities
- All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 5th. Applicants will be notified of their selection by early September, and the program will begin in October.
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