What Scoville Fellows Do

Newly selected Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellows have the opportunity to choose the organization with which they will work. Fellows are offered advice and objective guidance on the groups they are considering from the program director, Scoville board members, and past and present fellows. Each new Scoville Fellow gets to choose an organization that best suits his or her experience, education, and substantive interests as well as the needs of the host organization. Fellows may have the opportunity to work on research and/or advocacy projects.

Each Scoville Fellow is supervised at the host organization by senior level staff. Fellows work on such issues as the control of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction; conventional arms sales; energy and environmental security; and regional security and peacekeeping. Depending on the fellow’s experience, the organization chosen, and the project on which he or she works, fellows may have the opportunity to conduct research for others in their office, write articles, blogs, factsheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, and reports, help organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and participate in advocacy activities, including building public awareness through outreach, participating in strategy and helping to craft a message on an issue. Fellows may focus on a single project or topic for the duration of their fellowship or might work on several issues concurrently or sequentially. The fellowship is not intended to provide office space for independent research that is unrelated to the work of the host organization. Fellows may also have the opportunity to attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings. The program arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts to facilitate discussions of issues and solicit career advice. Through their various activities, fellows have the opportunity to meet a broad network of people and learn about and experience the processes related to peace and security issues in Washington, DC.

Each new fellow signs a free standing contract with his/her supervisor that outlines the project(s) that the fellow will work on during the fellowship and the products–research, publications, conferences–that will result. They also sign a document, prepared by the fellowship, that lists the expectations of the program and outlines the responsibilities of the host organization and the fellow. These documents help both the fellow and his/her host organization understand the parameters of the fellowship. Each new fellow selects a mentor, chosen from the Scoville Fellowship Board of Directors, to provide counsel and support.