Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship trains and inspires new leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the United States. Fellows gain vital first-hand experience through placements with community-based organizations across the country as well as policy-focused organizations in Washington, D.C. The program bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.


A commitment to ending hunger and poverty in the United States
• An ability to adjust and adapt to new situations
• A commitment to racial equity and social justice
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
• An ability to solve problems in creative and innovative ways
• Enthusiasm for learning from a wide variety of individuals with expertise in the area anti-hunger/anti-poverty space
• A willingness to search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
• A lived experience with hunger and poverty
• Experience working in low-income communities
• Excitement about peer learning in a tight-knit community of fellows
• Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience
• U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residency


The Hunger Center establishes its financial packages for fellows based on their location, taking into consideration the cost of living at both the field and policy placements. One resource we consider when setting financial packages is the MIT Living Wage Calculator. Emerson Fellows typically receive financial packages of no less than 48,000 over the duration of the fellowship.