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Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

Provides support for students to attend a year long training program on the topics of hunger, poverty and social inequality in the United States, including five months of field work with a community-based organization.


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.

Selection Criteria

The ideal candidate will have some previous experience working with hunger and inequality issues, and have a deep commitment to all social justice issues.


  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
  • Commitment to anti-racism
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
  • Creativity and initiative in problem solving
  • Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
  • Enthusiasm for peer learning in a tight-knit community
    of Fellows


Fellows receive a living stipend, health insurance, and housing support during the course of the Fellowship. Upon completion, Fellows receive an end of service award and become part of the Emerson Hunger Fellows alumni community and professional network.


The Fellowship runs for one calendar year, including training in Washington, D.C., and field work with community based organizations around the country.

For more information:

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program