Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship


The Charles and Kathleen Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship Program at IFES invites outstanding students to study election administration and civic participation in the political process. Established by the former Chair of the Board of IFES and his wife, this fellowship brings students to Washington, D.C., for a summer of research. Under this program, graduate students are selected annually from colleges and universities in the Midwestern region of the United States for a four to six-week fellowship. Fellowships are normally awarded for the summer months, but timing is flexible. The students will work in IFES’ library at IFES and will be exposed to a wide variety of challenging and exciting international projects.


The Manatt Fellowship is open to students who have completed their undergraduate studies and who are working towards a graduate degree in international relations, political science, public administration, or a related area in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

Award Amount

$5,000 ($2,000 upon the start of the fellowship, $2,000 midway through the fellowship, and $1,000 upon receipt of research paper)