NextGen Initiative

The Religious Freedom Institute’s NextGen Initiative encompasses three programs designed to educate and equip a new generation of leaders to be informed, effective defenders of religious freedom for everyone, everywhere.

Emerging Leaders Program:
An intensive, transformational learning opportunity for high-school and college-level students with an interest in civic life and public service. ELP courses span one to two weeks and are led by world-class instructors who have been diplomats, advocates, and scholars working to advance religious freedom in the United States and across the world. 

Junior Fellows Program:
The Junior Fellows Program is a year-long opportunity for university and graduate students to work at RFI, deepen their understanding of religious freedom, develop research and communication skills, and participate in a network of peers and professionals studying religious freedom.

Program for Internships, Research Assistants, and Fellowships:
Join the Religious Freedom Institute and become a contributing member of one of our action teams. Assist in research and writing projects, contribute to online publications, design and host events. Take advantage of professional development opportunities in Washington, D.C. and receive guided instruction to deepen your understanding of religious freedom and the mechanisms for advancing it globally.

For more information on any of the NextGen Initiatives contact us at

RFI Research Assistants, Junior Fellows, and Interns: