Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Housed in the Congressional Hunger Center, 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 11-month fellowship includes orientation and field training in Washington, D.C., a 5-month field placement with community-based organizations throughout the United States, and a second policy placement with organizations and government agencies focused on national anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy in D.C.

The UCI Basic Needs Center has been a field placement host organization for previous Emerson Fellows.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience).

Applications for the 2025-2026 class will open in Fall 2024.