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Brower Youth Awards

What: An annual national award that recognizes six young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. The winners of the award receive $3000 in cash, a trip to California for the award ceremony and Yosemite camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island Institute.

Who: Young activist leaders ages 13 to 22.

Where: United States and Puerto Rico

Why: Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Award to honor young people working in the bold spirit of David Brower. Earth Island is committed to nurturing new leaders who address this problem solving for a vital future.

David Ross Brower: One can define youth by how true one stays to their ideals. David Brower, perhaps more than any other figure in the history of environmental advocacy, persistently re-envisioned the definition of "environment" over some 60 years of active work. He wanted to understand the true nature of complex ecological relationships, drawing at every point on the latest science and the latest creative thinking in order to define the urgent and emerging issues needing attention. Time after time, he led in setting the agenda for public interest advocacy on a broad range of fronts. He helped establish nine national parks and pioneered new ways to protect threatened communities and wild places, using the tools of photography, publishing, film, litigation, lobbying, and advertising. Whether it was the connections between nuclear power and nuclear war, globalized trade and the importance of labor union involvement, or the environment and social justice, David Brower always reached out to youth for their perspectives and energy.

To apply contact:

Jason Salfi
Earth Island Institute
415-788-3666 x144

Website: http://www.broweryouthawards.org/

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities. Those who successfully complete the program enter the State Department Foreign Service. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2013, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials are at www.rangelprogram.org.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.


Harriman Foreign Service


The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. The Awards are offered annually to three outstanding undergraduates from across the nation. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend a summer in a professional position with the United Stats Department of State.

The Harriman Fellowship Program is nationally competitive and highly selective. Offering an eleven-week service opportunity, as well as a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses. While one fellowship is reserved for a student at The College of William and Mary, the other two fellowships are open to eligible juniors and seniors throughout the United States.

For more information contact Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships at harriman@wm.edu

Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action is an international organization that educates, inspires and connects a network of university students and young professionals committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship in their own communities and around the world.

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore different national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice, as well as examples of contemporary human rights issues affecting minority groups. The programs are intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize the need to protect minorities and promote human rights in their own communities and around the world.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship includes:
  • A two-day orientation in Washington, DC at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • A four week fellowship program in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw
  • Daily lectures and discussions with leading academics, journalists, politicians and activists
  • Site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials
  • Participation in the annual Humanity in Action International Conference
  • A final project in which participants research and publish in-depth articles that draw attention to issues that were explored during the Fellowship
Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates (undergraduate classes of 2012 and 2013) at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States.

In the coming year, Humanity in Action will award fellowships to approximately 40 outstanding scholars from the United States.. Selections are made on the basis of demonstrated commitment to social justice, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement, entrepreneurship and social maturity. In 2013, Humanity in Action received more than 550 applications and awarded 42 fellowships to students representing 37 academic institutions.

Students of all academic disciplines, interests and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship and provides financial aid to cover travel costs for those with demonstrated need.

To learn more, please visit www.humanityinaction.org.

The International Foundation for Education and
  Self-Help in Africa

Opening the Doors to the World for Every Person

The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) was established as a nongovernmental, nonprofit, charitable organization under the vision and leadership of the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan to reduce hunger and poverty, empower local African community by raising the standard of literacy, and to foster cultural, social, and economic relations between Americans and Africans, particularly those Americans who are of African decent.

Our commitment to self-help principles is based on the premise that in order for emerging democracies to be sustained in Africa and for law and order to be upheld, a country's citizens must be literate and capable of making informed choices. Education and training must be the cornerstone of economic and social reform.

IFESH focuses on empowering individuals of developing nations through the operation and support of community-based programs in the areas of literacy, education, vocational training, agriculture, nutrition and health care. The organization seeks the development and utilization of technical skills of all people, regardless of race, color, creed or sex. The primary area of concern is sub-Saharan Africa.

Our mission is to establish and maintain programs and activities in the areas of education and health, business and economic development, and democracy and governance that will help sub-Saharan African nations to reduce poverty and unemployment, and build civil societies. We assist sub-Saharan African countries through literacy, basic education, and the creation of employment and income-generating opportunities for youths, increasing health awareness to vulnerable populations, and stabilizing populations through conflict mitigation and resolution.

The full listing of IFESH programs can be found at

An opportunity available primarily to students is the International Fellows Program, a nine-month overseas internships for graduate students or recent college and university graduates. More information can be found at http://www.ifesh.org/what-we-do/.

For additional information please contact:
The International Foundation for Education & Self-Help
5040 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 260
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-4687
Phone: (480) 443-1800
Fax: (480) 443-1824
Email: info@ifesh.org

Insight Collaborative


The Insight Fellowship Program fosters a community of global-minded individuals prepared to contribute more effectively to their local, national, and international communities. One-year Insight Fellowships are awarded to exceptional individuals to study and promote conflict management theory and skills, make humanitarian contributions locally and internationally, and engage in self-development.

The Fellowship includes a $25,000 expense allowance to support multiple international placements totaling one year, typically in 3-4 month blocks. The first three months take place at the Boston offices of the Insight Collaborative and its affiliate, Insight Partners. During their tenure in Boston, Fellows advance their understanding of the theory and practice of effective negotiation, communication, and mediation, meet pivotal figures in the field, attend workshops, receive personalized coaching, and see first-hand how international conflict management professionals operate in the academic, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. The remaining nine months of the Fellowship are divided into foreign placements proposed by the Fellow. Placements are approved by the Insight Collaborative on the basis of safety, and the extent to which they meet the Fellowship Guidelines.

For more information, contact Randi White at rwhite@insightpartnersonline.com

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
  Summer Program

Students interested in the learning more about the program can visit http://www.dcinternships.org/ipvs/about/index.asp where detailed information and online applications are available. In addition, I would be happy to mail or email a brochure that can be shared with students. The Institute is an intensive six-week residential program for college undergraduates from across the nation. During the summer, approximately 35 students take two courses on the history and ethics of philanthropy and volunteerism worth 6 hours of academic credit from Indiana University. Students also hold internships with nonprofit organizations, attend presentations by leading figures from the nonprofit sector and participate in a variety of service projects. Over half of the students accepted to the program will receive a full or partial scholarship. The Institute is sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 6 - July 19, 2003. If you have any questions about the program or application process, please don't hesitate to contact me at sgoldsmith@tfas.org or toll free at 1-800-741-6964.


Ms. Shane M. Goldsmith
Director, David R. Jones Center for
Leadership in Philanthropy
The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 986-0384 Fax: (202) 986-0390

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows
Simon Noble Purpose

This fellowship is an unrestricted cash grant that will be awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen our civil society.

Each year ISI will award three Fellowships for Noble Purposes. The top award will be for $40,000. Two additional fellows will be chosen each year to receive a grant of $5000 each. Examples of how recipients may use their award include:
  • Engage directly in the civic life of their community.
  • Help to create opportunity for others, including job creation.
  • Advance their expertise.
  • Fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose.
There is no limit to the number of applicants that ISI will accept from any one college or university. Interested students must email name, address, and phone number to simon@isi.org. See website for more details and deadlines.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship   Programs

The Pickering Fellowships help talented students — highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates — who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship prepares outstanding young people for careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org.