The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for six to nine month fellowships with NGOs in Washington, DC, including CSIS PONI, focusing on arms control, conflict resolution, peace, and international security issues.


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to recruit and train the next generation of policy and advocacy leaders on a range of international peace and security issues by providing recent college graduates with an opportunity to work with one of the participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. The fellowship bridges the gap between academia and the working world by providing an entree to socially-conscious people eager to learn about and contribute to the world of public-interest organizations. The fellowship is named for Dr. Herbert (Pete) Scoville, Jr., a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a long-time nuclear arms control activist in both government and private life who encouraged young people to become involved in arms control and related topics. The Scoville Fellowship has a proven track record of attracting talented people with strong academic and advocacy backgrounds in international security issues. Scoville Fellows contribute to the work of their host organizations by research and writing, arranging conferences and policy briefings, and encouraging advocacy activities. A large number of former Scoville Fellows continue to work for public-interest organizations or government on arms control and peace issues, or are attending graduate programs in international relations. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Scoville Fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice. In the program’s first thirty years, one hundred and seventy-six fellowships have been awarded. Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have rich opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to help translate their social concerns into direct action. In addition, each fellow selects a board member and a former fellow to serve as mentors, smoothing the transition to Washington, DC.

Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.

Participating organizations including: Alliance for Peacebuilding; Arms Control Association; Brookings Institution; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Center for Public Integrity; Center for Strategic and International Studies; Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund; Green Cross International; Institute for Energy and Environmental Research; Institute for Science and International Security; National Security Archive; Natural Resources Defense Council; Nuclear Threat Initiative; Partnership for Global Security; Partnership for a Secure America; Peace Action Education Fund; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Project On Government Oversight; ReThink Media; Stimson Center; Truman Center for National Policy; Union of Concerned Scientists; Win Without War; and Women’s Action for New Directions.