Mission

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-one 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.

The goals of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship program are to:
•    provide a unique educational experience to outstanding individuals who might otherwise not have the opportunity to work on peace and security issues in Washington, DC;
•    develop leadership skills that can serve the fellow throughout a career in the peace and security field or related areas of public service;
•    contribute to the critically important work of the participating nonprofit, public-interest organizations; and
•    continue the work of Herbert Scoville, Jr. by encouraging young people to contribute to this field.