Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

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.

The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.


The majority of candidates who apply and are accepted for the program are recent college graduates or have 1-3 years of post-college work experience. Fellows typically bring a variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences to the program, but all have leadership experience and a firm commitment to social justice.

Period of Study

Fellows are placed for half the year 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, hospitals, and local government offices. Fellows then work in nonprofit organizations and federal government agencies involved in designing, implementing, researching, and advocating for anti-hunger and anti-poverty policies at the national level. 

Special Considerations

Most Fellows have been involved in service or advocacy work, but there is no specific anti-hunger service criteria required for selection.


Applications and additional information is available on the Emerson Fellows Website.


They will begin accepting applications for the next Class of Emerson Fellows in Fall 2022.


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service


  • North America
  • DC

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