Leland International Hunger Fellow

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Full Time



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810 7th Street Northeast
District of Columbia
United States


The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a two-year program that combines professional development through field and policy work, leadership development training, and facilitated cohort learning. Each Leland class consists of 12-15 skilled and committed individuals with the potential to become agents of change. 

Leland Fellows develop and strengthen professional and leadership skills while actively working to build food and nutrition security through programs and policy. The Leland Fellowship consists of a field placement and a policy placement, each 11 months long. During the field year, fellows work to at a programmatic level to support food and nutrition security interventions. During the policy year, fellows apply their knowledge and experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and/or international level. The fellowship years can be in either order.

Leland Fellows are placed with host organizations who design the fellow’s work plan and supervise the fellow’s day-to-day work. Most fellows serve their field and policy placements with the same organization, but it is possible for a fellowship to be split between two different organizations. Leland host organizations include international and local NGOs, research institutions, private sector entities and UN agencies. Click here to see a complete list of past and present Leland Host Organizations. 

Fellows work on a variety of issues related to food security. Past placements have included: 

·        Agriculture productivity 

·        Maternal and child nutrition 

·        Humanitarian nutrition 

·        Ag-Nutrition linkages  

·        Social inclusion 

·        Climate-smart agriculture 

·        Agribusiness development 

·        Market systems 

·        Gender equity 

·        Water, sanitation and health 

Fellows do a variety of types of work. Past work plans have included:  

·        Quantitative and qualitative research  

·        Monitoring and evaluation  

·        Program design 

·        Nutrition assessment 

·        Knowledge management 

·        Advocacy 

·        Capacity-building  

·        Coalition-building 

·        Training  

·        Communications  

·        Policy analysis 

Field and policy placements are coordinated so that the fellow sees one issue from two different perspectives and gains experience along the full field-policy spectrum. 

You can read about the field and policy work of past fellows

Leland Fellows are chosen through a highly competitive application process. Fellowship candidates apply to the Leland Program itself rather than to a specific placement. Candidates are first assessed on their fit for the fellowship. If successful, they are matched to potential placements for another round of assessment. The most recent selections and matching process is described in detail in this blog post.  

While CHC seeks candidates with the appropriate technical skills, character and leadership potential play an equally significant role. The most competitive candidates for the Leland Program are those who exhibit:  

·        Commitment to food and nutrition security 

·        Commitment to the Leland Program model of field and policy work 

·        Desire to be an agent of change 

·        Flexibility and ability to adapt  

·        Resilience in the face of challenges 

·        Critical thinking skills  

·        A learning mindset 

·        Integrity and self-motivation 

·        Ability to communicate and work well across cultural contexts 

·        Ability to thrive in a developing country context  

*Note also that Leland Fellows must be US citizens or permanent legal residents

**The Congressional Hunger Center seeks talented applicants from every sector and background who are dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty on a global scale. We know that a diversity of perspectives from different communities, cultures and lived experiences is critical to solving the complex challenge of hunger. Accordingly, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as those with lived experience of food insecurity are especially encouraged to apply.

During their service, CHC provides Leland Fellows: 

·        Financial support: Each fellow receives a financial package designed to support living expenses (placement location specific), and help offset the costs of housing, relocation, and acquisition of public market health insurance. 

·        Leadership development training: Leland Fellows complete a leadership development curriculum during their two years in the fellowship. This curriculum is based in CHC’s Leadership Capabilities Model, content knowledge and cohort support and learning. It is delivered via a mix of platforms including in-person training weeks and virtual discussion fora. 

·        Advising: Each Leland Fellow receives advising and professional development support from CHC staff in formal and informal ways. 

·        Professional Development Funds: Leland Fellows are given access to funds that can be used for specific professional development activities identified by the fellow. PDF is especially useful in allowing each fellow to gain skills and experience different from and additional to the on-the-job learning they do at their placements. 

·        Membership in a dynamic learning cohort of fellows: Each fellowship class comprises a valuable learning community. Accordingly, we select placements and fellows that represent a diversity of subject matter, type of work, experience and background. 

·        Connection to an extensive network of alumni, partners and experts. 

Host organizations provide: 

·        Substantive work plan 

·        Active supervision 

·        Office Space/Equipment 

·        Expenses due to work-related travel in line with organizational protocols for employee travel 

·        Travel to and from overseas placement locations 

·        Assistance in securing visa/work permit for field placement  

·        Cost Share to help CHC cover the costs of running the Leland Program 

·        First response in the case of a medical, political or security emergency  

·        Assistance in finding suitable and secure housing 


Each fellow receives a financial package designed to support living expenses (placement location specific), and help offset the costs of housing, relocation, and acquisition of public market health insurance. 

Level of Language Proficiency

English Proficiency (Reading/Writing/Speaking)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Apply for the Leland International Hunger Fellowship using the Smartsheet URL.Please note that partially completed applications cannot be saved. We encourage you to prepare all materials (resume/CV and written responses before beginning your application).