National Endowment for Democracy


The endowment seeks to strengthen democratic institutions (including political parties and business, labor, civic, education, media, human rights, and other groups that are working for democratic goals) around the world through nongovernmental efforts.


Established in 1983 in DC - Founded by an act of Congress

Grantmaking Programs

Grants Program

The endowment, through two types of grants (Core Institutes Grants and Discretionary Grants), supports projects that promote political and economic freedom, a strong civil society, independent media, human rights, and the rule of law. The endowment's flexible and efficient grants program is able to assist democratic activists in diverse situations, such as transitional countries where the goal is democratic consolidation, authoritarian countries where the goals are liberalization, and the protection of human rights.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

The program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. The program offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest, and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED's research arm in Washington, D.C. The program is intended primarily to support individuals from developing and aspiring democracies. A working knowledge of English is required. Applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights. There are no specific degree requirements. Applicants interested in the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D. or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have a proven record of publications in their field, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project. The forum hosts sixteen to twenty fellows per year. Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel.

Visiting Fellows

Fellows are scholars and practitioners who wish to conduct research and writing at the International Forum for Democratic Studies for a limited period of time but do not need any financial assistance. Space permitting, fellows may be in residence for periods ranging from three to ten months, during which time they are expected to carry out a written or other project related to democracy. While fellows do not receive stipend and travel support, fellows will have access to the Democracy Resource Center and Library and, depending on space availability, a fully-equipped office.