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• Carnegie Junor Fellows
Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 300 colleges.
Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, trade, US leadership, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.
For more information contact
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave
NW - Washington D.C. 20036-2103
Phone (202) 483-7600
Fax (202) 483-1840
An additional resource is
Paula Warrick, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Merit Awards, American University Career Center
5th floor, Butler Pavilion 4400, Massachusetts Ave.
NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone (202) 885-1817
• Clinton Global Initiative University
• Coro Fellows Program
The Coro Fellows program is an intensive nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the program is rigorous and demanding, and is an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. Each year, after a rigorous national selection process, sixty-four Coro Fellows are chosen from across the country to serve as Coro Fellows at one of the following Coro Centers: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis.
Field assignments are at the heart of the Fellows Program and provide the most challenging opportunity to truly learn by doing. Each Fellow works in a series of assignments with a government agency, business, political campaign, labor union, media organization and non-profit group. One-third of the nine-month program is devoted to public service projects. Focus weeks allow the Fellows to sharpen their knowledge in a particular issue area or sector by learning from individuals with very different and often conflicting viewpoints. Fellows also meet on Tuesday evening and all day Friday for seminars throughout the program.
As a Coro graduate, you will be able to analyze the resources, needs and goals of different institutions and organizations, communicate effectively with members of diverse communities, build consensus among individuals with differing viewpoints and agendas, understand the dynamics of working with groups and individuals, design, undertake and evaluate projects, promote effective decision-making, and build and maintain a career network.
For more information contact
Coro New York Leadership Center
Phone (212) 248-2935, x305
• The Fund for American Studies
The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) was founded in 1967 to help instill in young people an appreciation for the American form of government and the free enterprise system. TFAS sponsors Institutes that teach college students about the principles and values upon which the United States was founded. Summer Insitutes as well as semester programs in DC in partnership with Georgetown University are offered and can be viewed at the TFAS website.
• German Chancellor Fellowship
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Brazil and India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, and the arts. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious program builds on Germany's established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow's international leaders.
During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions. The project should involve original exploration of a topic or issue, or research in the fellow's respective field of interest. The fellows are mentored by hosts in Germany, whom the fellows have chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective areas. Projects should be of relevance to modern societies, have a long-term and visible impact, and help to advance fellows' careers and professional development. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence - all essential qualities for future professional leaders.
• IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
Science Policy Fellowship Program
Science Policy Fellowship Program
This two-year fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for recent bachelor's degree recipients to gain experience in addressing diverse challenges related to science and engineering research in such areas as energy and the environment, education, information and communication technologies, innovation and competitiveness, national security, and international cooperation. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and for such federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
• ISI Undergrad Honors
America's conservatism since 1950 has been marked by an ongoing tension between tradition and liberty. ISI's Honors Program explores the points of agreement and tension within modern American conservatism. It features lectures from the most articulate voices within the academy and provides an opportunity for careful reading and discusssion of significant texts from the modern conservative movement.
This fellowship is available to graduating high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduating college seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
For application requirements, please visit http://www.isi.org/programs/honors/honors_program.html
• The J Street Mikva Fellowship
The Mikva Family Fellowship is a unique one-year opportunity for a highly-qualified recent college graduate to gain in-depth experience in political organizing, legislative and policy developments in Congress, community organizing, and advocacy work around US efforts to help secure a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They invite college seniors and recent graduates to apply.
The Mikva Fellowship, based in Washington, DC, is tailored to the personal skill-sets, interests, and ambitions of the Fellow selected. Over the course of one year, the Fellow will go through three rotations lasting four months each, working for a handful of departments within J Street and J Street PAC, including, for example, Government Affairs, Political Affairs, Communications and J Street U. Actual rotations will be determined based on the Mikva Fellow's skills and interests, as well as the priorities of the organization.
The Mikva Fellowship is designed to prepare the Fellow for future work in political advocacy and organizing, particularly around issues related to Israel, US foreign policy, security, Jewish communal affairs, and diplomatic efforts to achieve a two-state solution. With that in mind, the Fellow will gain insight and skill-sets critical to the work of J Street's overall legislative, advocacy, and grassroots mobilization, as well as exposure to the inner workings of a multifaceted and significant American political advocacy organization.
• James Madison
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools.
The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution--its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government. The benefits of the fellowship program are manifold and lasting. Fellowship recipients have a unique opportunity to strengthen their research, writing, and analytical skills. In the process they form professional ties that can significantly influence their career aspirations. Fellows gain a deeper understanding of the principles of constitutional government which they in turn transmit to their students. In this way the James Madison Fellowships ensure that the spirit and practical wisdom of the Constitution will guide the actions of future generations of American citizens.
Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree.
The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference):
Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government");
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department);
Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.
For more information
• Pickering Foreign Affairs
Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. It is for any U.S. citizen, regardless of ethnicity, who is interested in international affairs and a career in the U.S. Foreign Service as well as pursuing a master's degree at one of the APSIA schools. The fellowship award includes tuition & fees, room/board, 1 round trip travel a year to school, and books for the junior and senior years of college as well as the first year of graduate school.
The fellowship has the following components:
- Junior year summer institute in public policy and international affairs
- 2 paid summer internships with the Dept of State - one in Washington DC and one overseas at an embassy or U.S. delegation (these are both after graduation from college)
- 2 year master's degree
- minimum 4 and a half years in the foreign service
Also there is a graduate version of this fellowship for people who have graduated from college. It is similar in that they have 2 paid internships, but the program covers both years of the master's program in any relevant field to international affairs / foreign service work and they have a minimum 3 year commitment.
Several students at our university are seeking either graduate or undergraduate awards from the Pickering Fellowship for the US Dept. of State (managed, however, by www.woodrow.org). However, they have each met with a host of problems in trying to get reliable information about it; many have not received applications that were repeatedly requested by website months ago. The deadline for undergraduates is 21 Feb, for graduates, 28 Feb.
In the meantime, I believe we have scrambled to find the relevant application materials. I am hoping that one of you, with more experience than I, can affirm whether the following materials will comprise a complete application:
- Instructions on applying are available at
- Personal Statement (2pp/~500 words)
- Employment Data Forms SF-181 [Race and National Origin Identification, 1p.] and SF-256 [Identification of Handicap, 2pp.]
- GRE Scores (graduate) or SAT (undergraduate)
- Certification of Citizenship [ie. birth certificate]
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Official Academic Transcript
- Official FAS Financial Aid Statement from institution.
Q. To what degree is "financial need" a factor? The language of the application reads: "Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding academic achievement and leadership skills, demonstrate financial need...If you did not receive financial aid, please state reason on a separate piece of paper."
Does this mean that applicants who demonstrate need edge out other applicants when all else is equal? It seems to me to say that if you're at college with no financial aid, you may still apply. Has anyone observed how this has been applied in practice?
• PPIA Summer Program
The Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program invites college juniors, from diverse communities, to apply for the PPIA Fellowship Program. Each year over 100 students will be selected to become part of this exciting fellowship program that spans from junior year of college to graduate studies in public policy, public administration, international affairs or related fields.
The PPIA Fellowship Program provides students with a unique training experience over a seven-week period in graduate level courses at participating Junior Summer Institutes (JSI). This experience will enhance their leadership skills, guide them in their decisions about graduate school and expose them to the possibilities and various professional fields in public service.
To apply, applicants must:
- Have an interest in public service
- Be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (Princeton University JSI also accepts international students)
- Be a college junior when applying for the fellowship and/or must return to college after the completion of the JSI with at least one full semester or two quarters of coursework remaining
- Submit a completed online application form that includes a personal statement, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, official transcript(s), Student Aid Report (SAR) and student financial aid award letter
- Fully funded JSI, which includes room and board, books, and eligibility for travel expenses and $1,000+ stipend
- Opportunities for professional development and possibly internships
- A minimum of $5,000 towards graduate schools from PPIA's consortium members
Additional information and applications are available at
• Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. This allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
You are encouraged to develop your own proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Your public service proposal should be submitted with your application.
Awards will be based on the quality of your proposal, your academic record, and other personal achievements. Semi-finalists will be personally interviewed prior to their selection for the award.
Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sciences Po (Institut d'Etudes Politiques)
This is not a fellowship but a graduate school for which the French Department assists student applicants. "The Sciences Po fellowship is in political science in France. There is a one-year diploma program for which I applied that is composed of graduate work (Cycle International d'Etudes Politiques, CIEP). Should you do well the first year, you have the possibility of continuing on to a second year of study, for which you receive your graduate degree. Do applications through the French Department. The deadline is around mid-April. Announcements are in July."
• Scoville Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with a public-interest organization focusing on international security issues. The program has awarded 115 Fellowships since its inception in 1987. The fellowship is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students.
Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. They have written fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, magazine articles, briefing books and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Many former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Federal Government, and academia, or attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.
Those interested in peace and security issues should visit the website at www.scoville.org. Although the majority of Scoville Fellows received college degrees in political science, government, international relations, or history, we do not require any specific major; science majors are particularly encouraged to apply. There is no application form; the application requirements are listed on the website, as are links to the websites of each of the twenty-five participating organizations and information on the work of current and former Scoville Fellows. Applications may be submitted via email.
All U.S. citizens, and foreign nationals residing in the United States, are eligible to apply; non-U.S. citizens living outside of the United States are not.
Paul D. Revsine
Herbert Scoville J. Peace Fellowship
322 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-4100 x2110
• The White House Fellows Program
The White House Fellows Program is a non-partisan fellowship that offers exceptional young men and women a first-hand experience at the highest levels of the Federal government by working with senior White House and Cabinet officials. White House Fellows repay that privilege after their Fellowship year by working as private citizens on their public agendas and contributing to the Nation as future leaders.
Established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the White House Fellowships have provided nearly 600 Americans with first-hand experience in government. Fellows enhance their knowledge of public policy, learn about other cultures, and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing our country and the world as they serve at the highest levels of government.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have completed an undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions.
For White House Fellowship application strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.
For more information contact
Janet Slaughter Eissenstat, Director
• Woodrow Wilson School Summer Institute in Public
Policy & International Affairs
Policy & International Affairs
Woodrow Wilson School has a 7-week summer institute in public policy and international affairs. This isn't a fellowship but it is good preparation for graduate school and you get to meet all of the directors of graduate admissions for the APSIA School. I did the program in 1999 as part of my Pickering Fellowship and another student ('99) did it in 1998 as part of a different fellowship. The program is going through some changes from being a minority program to having broader participation. The contact person here is Jose Ochoa, the Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions at WWS.
Find out more at http://wws.princeton.edu/jsi/
• UNESCO Laura W Bush Traveling Fellowship
The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.
The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations.
During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.
Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
The United States believes that peace depends upon building strong foundations of knowledge that bridge nations, enlarge freedoms, and promote democracy.
The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship was established in 2008 to enlist young Americans to work toward this end.
The Fellowship provides supplemental funding for applicant designed proposals to conduct brief activities in a foreign country related to the mandate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.
Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel.
Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application.
Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States.