Democracy Fellowships


Based at IFES' F. Clifton White Applied Research Center for Democracy and Elections, fellows have access to IFES experts and conduct independent research with IFES mentors for six to eight weeks. At the end of the program, fellows must complete a paper for presentation to the public or IFES colleagues.

IFES awards two to four $5,000 Democracy Studies Fellowships to bring outstanding graduate students to Washington, D.C. to engage in democracy development research.

The William and Kathy Hybl Fellowship, funded by William Hybl, vice chairman of IFES Board of Directors, and wife, Kathy, awards one grant to bring an outstanding U.S. or international graduate student from a university in the Rocky Mountain region to Washington to conduct research in democracy-building.

The Charles and Kathleen Manatt Fellowship, funded by the late U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and former chair of IFES' Board of Directors, Charles Manatt, and his wife Kathleen awards a student from the American Midwest the opportunity to work with IFES experts and conduct research on democracy and governance.

IFES’ Election Administration Residency is a professional enrichment program for Humphrey Fellows. This program brings one outstanding Humphrey fellow to Washington, DC, each year to learn more about democracy development, election administration and civic participation in the political process.

Humphrey Fellowship

Hybl Fellowship

Manatt Fellowship

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