McLarty Scholars: Advancing Progress Globally

The McLarty Scholars program provides young leaders with the opportunity to support, engage with and learn from leading non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C.  While making their own distinctive and enduring contributions to each organization, scholars also work alongside change-makers around the globe who are advancing progress for women and girls in significant ways.

The Scholars are high-achieving students or recent graduates from the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas.  They are highly motived, pursuing an interest in international affairs and women’s empowerment issues.

Scholars placed with Vital Voices Global Partnership conduct essential research, monitoring and evaluation.  Their collected data directly allows the organization to confirm the effectiveness of its programs to support and empower the ever-growing network of women and their male allies, or cause it to pivot, charting a new course as the situation demands.

Former scholars have also engaged with Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security, conducting rigorous research into the role of women in conflict prevention and resolution.  Their research has contributed to the growing body of knowledge that helps to inform practitioners and public policy makers.

McLarty Scholars support and impact the enduring missions of both institutions, allowing each to adjust and adapt to fluid situations.


“Being a McLarty Scholar has taken my professional career to the next level, helping me connect with top organizations advancing the rights of women and girls around the world. It's the close-knit community of the McLarty Scholars that makes it so special. Not only have I had access to exceptional professional opportunities, I've developed close friends and mentors through the McLarty Scholars network. ”

Anna Applebaum, McLarty Scholar