Democracy Studies Fellowship Program

Now seeking graduate student applications

January 21, 2020 |

The Charles and Kathleen Manatt Fellowship Program at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) brings outstanding graduate students to the Washington, D.C., area each year to conduct research in democracy development, election administration, legal frameworks and civic participation in the political process. Previous fellows have found the Manatt Fellowship to be an excellent boost to their careers in international development or research. Manatt fellows have direct access to IFES experts and benefit from Washington, D.C.’s wide network of democracy professionals, institutions and resources.

Once at IFES, Manatt fellows are supported by the Center for Applied Research and Learning and carry out research under the mentorship of IFES staff during a fellowship term of six to eight weeks. Manatt fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 and must complete and present a research paper that furthers the understanding of a technical topic aligned with IFES’ work.


The Manatt Fellowship is open to Ph.D., master’s and law students who are working toward a degree or concentration in international relations, political science, public administration, public interest law, data science or a related area at a university in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their research can directly benefit from IFES’ institutional expertise, as well as how their research could contribute to IFES’ technical leadership in the democracy and election assistance field.

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