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“The Scoville Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with senior-level policy experts at one of more than two dozen leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC for six to nine months. Scoville Fellows contribute to the work of their office through research, writing, public education, and advocacy. They may focus on arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, defense budget, diplomacy, environmental and energy security, terrorism prevention, or other international security issues. They attend policy talks, Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and small group events with experts in government and NGOs arranged by the fellowship, and receive active mentoring and networking from the board of directors and former fellows. Many Scoville Fellows have gone on to prominent positions in the field of peace and security with the Federal Government, domestic and international NGOs, academia, and media. The fellowship recruits from across the U.S. twice a year and provides a salary, benefits, travel expenses to DC for interviews and moving, and a small stipend for attending conferences, policy courses, and foreign language classes.

In 2017 the fellowship is celebrating thirty years of providing opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders in peace and security.

The fellowship is named for Dr. Herbert (Pete) Scoville, Jr. (1915-1985), a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, former Deputy Director for Research at the CIA, Assistant Director for Science and Technology at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, President of the Arms Control Association, and mentor for numerous young people in arms control, national security, and peace issues.

For additional information about the program, including a list of participating organizations, links to publications by current and former fellows, and videos, see our website at www.scoville.org.”


Kathryn Hewitt (Brookings Institution) will work with Robert Einhorn and Steven Pifer in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative on issues related to: the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea’s nuclear program, and strategies for reducing incentives for countries to obtain/pursue nuclear weapons, and may focus on how to ensure that Iran continues to find the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to be its best option. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017 with a Master’s in Global Studies and a concentration in Global Politics. Her Master’s thesis, “Profits and Proliferation: The Role of Economic Elites in Starting and Stopping Nuclear Weapons Programs,” introduced a new theory for understanding why countries pursue nuclear weapons and begins to explore more nuanced takes on ways to deter these pursuits. She received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Gonzaga University in 2013. Hewitt is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Farsi, the Gesa Continuing Education Scholarship, and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at UNC. Before entering graduate school, she served as a Community and Organizational Development Adviser with the Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova from 2013-2015 where she worked on human rights advocacy for persons with disability and learned Romanian and Russian. As an undergraduate, she interned at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s policy office in DC on emerging technology policy and published “The Future of U.S. Manufacturing – a Literature Analysis (Part III)”; participated in American University’s International Law and Organization’s program; interned with President Obama’s grassroots reelection campaign; was a member of STOP Human Trafficking and Social Justice clubs; co-founded The Golden Bow project – an awareness campaign for social justice issues; was a Gonzaga Achievement Scholar and upon graduation was honored at Gonzaga’s Social Justice Missioning Ceremony for her demonstrated commitment to the university’s mission. Much of her passion for nuclear weapons policy is rooted in her hometown of Richland, WA – home of the Hanford Site of the Manhattan Project. In high school, she interned at a nuclear energy facility, Energy Northwest, with the VP of Nuclear Generation and the VP of Technical Services. She speaks Farsi, Romanian and some Russian.

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