External Fellowships

Abe Fellowship - http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/abe-fellowship/ - The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/4074.html - The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA the opportunity to conduct a project as guests of the partner of their choice in Germany. With the support of your host you can spend a year concentrating on a project you have chosen yourself and give your career that crucial boost. German Chancellor Fellowships are open to an array of sectors such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture.

Alfa Fellowship Program - http://culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/professional-fellowships/alfa-fellowship - The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas. The program accepts up to 15 American and British citizens per year. The program includes intensive Russian language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, a monthly stipend, and health insurance. The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.

The American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Program - http://researchfellowships.americancouncils.org/ - The American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three to nine consecutive months in Central Asia, Moldova, Russia, the South Caucasus, and Ukraine. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible to apply for the program. While a wide-range of topics receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field.

AJC Goldman Fellowship - https://www.ajc.org/ajc-goldman-summer-fellowship - AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program is designed to develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to work in offices domestically and throughout the world - from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. Fellows work closely with supervisors in a mentor relationship with senior AJC personnel to learn about strategy, advocacy, and the development and implementation of programming. Fellows may also spend part of their time developing an independent project with the AJC office to which they are assigned.

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) - apaics.org/congressional-fellowship/ - APAICS is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)  participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. The APAICS Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C. providing exceptional graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members of a congressional office.  The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.

Boren Fellowships - https://www.borenawards.org/fellowships/boren-fellowship-basics - Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program - http://culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/professional-fellowships/robert-bosch-foundation-fellowship-program#application - The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany. Bosch Fellows participate in an intensive German language training program (as needed), complete high-level work phases at leading German institutions, and meet with leaders across Germany and Europe while traveling on professional seminar programs.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellowship Program - https://chci.org/programs/graduate-fellowship-program/ - Every year, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellowship Program offers up to 20 promising Latinos from across the country the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows have the opportunity to work in areas such as international affairs, economic development, education policy, housing, or local government. Eligible students must have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency. Applicants should have graduated from a college or university (with a BA/BS degree) within one year of the application deadline, or be currently enrolled as graduate students. Applicants must also have high academic achievements with 3.0 GPA or higher, evidence of leadership potential, consistent active participation in activities for the common good, and superior analytical and communication skills (oral and written).

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - http://www.clscholarship.org/ - A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.

The Democracy Fellows Program - https://www.iie.org/Programs/USAID-Democracy-Fellows-and-Grants-Program/Fellows - The Democracy Fellows Program is intended to promote the career development of primarily junior- and mid-level individuals through practical field work with a USAID overseas mission or Washington office. Fellows hone their skills through substantive activities including the development of democracy strategies, as well as evaluation methodologies and indicators. The fellowship is in the amount of $30,000 plus travel expenses and benefits. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship for fellowships requiring a national security clearance, the ability to receive a U.S. national security clearance if required, as well as a Ph.D., J.D. or Master's degree. An undergraduate degree plus significant related democracy and governance experience may be considered on an exceptional basis when requested by USAID or the sponsoring organizations. Previous professional democracy and governance experience and professional language capabilities are also required.

East-West Center Visiting Fellowships - http://www.eastwestcenter.org/ewc-in-washington/visiting-fellows -

This fellowship supports scholars and analysts who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and writing in one of the following areas:

1.      International relations and conflicts in Asia;

2.      Political change in Asia;

3.      U.S.-Asia relations; and/or

4.      Economic integration and architecture in the Asia-Pacific.

The fellowship finances a three-month residence in Washington, D.C., and, optionally and at the Fellowship’s discretion, a small grant to cover field research in Asia prior to the start of the fellowship. Fellows will complete articles or a monograph and must give a seminar on their topic.

Arit Summer Fellowship for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul - http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.html - American Research Institute in Turkey offers 15 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul.  This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.  

Fulbright U.S. Student Program - http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/fulbright-us-student-program - The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

German Marshall Fund Manfred Wörner Seminar - http://www.gmfus.org/programs/tli/manfred-worner-seminar/ - The annual Manfred Wörner Seminar brings together 30 young Americans and Germans to examine German and European security policy and to discuss U.S.–German and U.S.–European security interests.  The Seminar serves to deepen understanding between participants from both countries and offers an excellent opportunity to broaden professional networks. The ten-day program takes place each year in three German cities — Bonn, Cologne, and Berlin — and in Brussels, Belgium, and consists of meetings with experts on security and defense in both the German–American and European–American framework.  Participants are drawn from a diverse range of professional and educational backgrounds and, once selected, pay a $700 fee to attend the Seminar. All other program expenses, including travel, accomodations, and meals, are paid by the German government.

Harold Rosenthal Fellowship - http://www.rosenthalfellowship.org/fprogdes.htm - The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship offers qualified students pursuing a career in international relations the opportunity to spend a summer in professional fellowship positions with a Member of Congress or in the State Department. In the past several years between 9 and 17 fellows have been selected, each receiving a stipend. The Fellowship is in honor of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member who was a victim of international terrorism, killed in 1976 at the age of 29. He had already begun a successful career in international relations. There have been 158 outstanding fellows to date. Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service, their education and interest in international relations as well as their experience and dedication to those values and professional standards set by Mr. Rosenthal and the outstanding legacy of Rosenthal Fellowship alumni. The fellowship positions are carefully chosen to ensure that the fellows have the opportunity to perform substantive work in international relations and security policy. At least one fellow a year also participates in the European Union's Visitors Program.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program (FLAS) - http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsflasf/index.html - The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. FLAS grants (allocations of fellowships) are awarded to institutions for a four-year project period. Institutions conduct competitions to select eligible undergraduate students and graduate students to receive fellowships, in accordance with FLAS program eligibility requirements and the institutions’ FLAS selection procedures.

INTERPOL Internship Program - https://www.justice.gov/interpol-washington/internships - The INTERPOL Internship Program  offers full-time, nonpaid internships for six-month cycles (January-June; July-December) in one of six different divisions: Criminal, Drug, Investigative Services, Financial/Fraud, Alien/Fugitive, or State and Local Police Liaison. Interns will assist with processing of routine criminal record check information. This internship is seeking candidates with a degree or career in Criminal Justice, Political Science, or a language-related degree (Spanish or French preferred). Internships in the Office of the Director and Executive Office are suitable for those who are seeking degrees in Public Administration, Finance, Business Management, Computer Science, Information Systems or Information Management, and other related fields.

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies - http://www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/10month.html - The Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies offers an intensive ten-month program of training in Japanese designed to bring each participant to a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. The Center's 10-month program is intended for students who are embarking on careers in some area of Japanese studies or a profession in which fluent Japanese is necessary. The Committee welcomes applications from graduating seniors, graduate students, or full-time professionals who can demonstrate a mature commitment to a career related to Japan. Admission to the IUC is based on the student's academic qualifications and professional goals and is entirely independent of financial considerations.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program - http://www.jetprogramme.org/ - The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations through the use of American teachers. JET Program participants get the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private junior and senior high schools. There are three types of positions offered by the JET Program. Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) participants are engaged in language instruction in local boards of education or public junior and senior high schools. Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) participants are engaged in internationalization activities, and are placed in offices of local authorities or related organizations. Sports Exchange Advisors (SEA) promote international exchange activities through certain designated sports, and are generally placed in sporting facilities or boards of education. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree and have intermediate to low-advanced level Japanese language skills. It is desirable that participants are adaptable and have a positive interest in Japan. For more detailed eligibility information and application deadlines, please see JET's website.

Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program Mission - http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/ - The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program (10 weeks) offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment, culture and collections of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Through the Junior Fellows program, the Library of Congress furthers its mission to provide access to a universal record of knowledge, culture and creativity as exemplified by its collections, while supporting current and future generations of students and scholars. The fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats.

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship - https://www.hungercenter.org/fellowships/leland/ - The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship is a unique leadership development opportunity for experienced, motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty worldwide. This two-year program begins with a one-year field placement in a developing country to address hunger and poverty-related issues including agriculture, food security, health and nutrition, and private sector development. Fellows spend their second year in a policy environment, usually at the headquarters of the organizations where they served during their field placements. Eligible applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents.

NNSA Graduate Program - http://ngp.pnnl.gov/ - The NNSA Graduate Program, beginning in 2013, combines the two previous NNSA post-graduate programs – the Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program and the Future Leaders Program – into one dynamic opportunity for recent graduates. Key elements of the new program for 2013 are:

  • Applicants must be at the master’s or Ph.D. level

  • Positions are full time for one year. Fellows are encouraged to compete for open federal positions after completing their assignments.

  • Assignments are available across the NNSA enterprise. Many placements are in Washington, D.C.; some are at other NNSA sites across the country.

  • The range of positions requires a variety of skills, including technical, policy, health/safety, safeguards and security, and program management support.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program  - http://www.ned.org/fellowships - Named in honor of the two principal founders of NED, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research arm located in Washington, D.C. The Forum hosts 16 to 20 Reagan-Fascell Fellows per year for periods ranging from five to ten months.

Partnership for Public Service Fellows Program https://ourpublicservice.org/about-us/internship-program.php - The Public Service Fellows program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills. At the Partnership, fellows are integral to the day-to-day operations, programs and activities of our organization. We value the contributions of fellows and work to provide relevant and useful experiences in return. That’s why fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events, and projects to help revitalize the federal government by focusing on the people working in it.

Peace Corps - http://www.peacecorps.gov/ - The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

The Pew Leadership Year - http://www.pewtrusts.org/template_page.aspx?id=58216 - The Pew Leadership Year provides individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors with hands-on experience in solving today’s most challenging problems. By applying a rigorous, analytical approach to public policy advocacy, research, government relations and communications, Pew Leadership Year participants gain invaluable perspective on developing fact-based solutions to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. Called “fellows,” Pew Leadership Year participants have recently completed an undergraduate or advanced degree and serve in full-time, paid positions. Individuals selected for the program start in September and continue working through August of the following year. Fellows are asked to commit to the entire duration of the program. All positions are based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Polaris Project's Fellowship Program - http://www.polarisproject.org/about-us/fellowship-program - Polaris Project's Fellowship Program is a formalized leadership development program focused on training future leaders to serve in the anti-trafficking movement and other related fields.  Based primarily out of Polaris Project's Washington, D.C. headquarters office, this program is integrated into all of our programmatic and operational departments to offer fellows the maximum amount of opportunities.  Fellows also participate in our local client services offices in Washington, D.C. and Newark, New Jersey.  The Fellowship Program is nationally recognized as one of the premiere leadership development programs exclusively focused on the issue of human trafficking and on providing young professionals with training and on-the-ground practical experiences in the anti-trafficking movement.  After participating in an intensive training and orientation process, fellows engage in meaningful projects and continuing education and professional development activities.  Since the fellowship program's inception in Spring 2003, more than 300 fellows have completed the Fellowship Program, many of whom have gone on to fill important roles in the anti-trafficking movement and other related fields.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship - http://www.bpichicago.org/pg.php - The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school and public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. BPI Fellows have gone on to become the executive director of a non-profit organization that serves youth interests, practice affordable housing law, accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more. In addition to receiving an invaluable learning opportunity by engaging in BPI's day-to-day work, Fellows receive an annual salary of $46,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need. The duration of the Fellowship term is one year, renewable for a second, beginning in the summer or fall.

The Rabin Scholarship for the Advancement of Peace and Tolerance - http://www.cfhu.org/students-rabin-scholarship - The Rabin Scholarship for the Advancement of Peace and Tolerance will enable one Canadian, one Jewish/Israeli and one Arab (from Israel or another Middle East country) student to study for a one year period at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The selected Rabin Scholars will be enrolled in a specially designed Visiting Graduate Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy and Civic Education. The award is for $15,000; the student is asked to complete a research project or essay in return, as well as speak at a Canadian institution. Nominations of women and men of all cultural, ethnic, political, racial and religious backgrounds are strongly encouraged. Candidates must demonstrate superior academic abilities as well as individual initiative and leadership skills. The Canadian Scholar must be a Canadian citizen with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited Canadian, American, or Middle East University. Scholars may come from a variety of disciplines including political science, international relations, Middle Eastern studies, economics, law, or other areas relating to the pursuit of peace. This scholarship has an application deadline of late March. 

White House Fellowship - https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/fellows/ - Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

The White House Internship - https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/internships/ - The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation.