Scholarships & Fellowships

Demystifying the Process.

You know what scholarships are. The term “fellowships” might seem more unclear. Often these words are used interchangeably. However, a distinction that is sometimes made is that scholarships often provide support for a student’s current work, while fellowships provide new opportunities in and of themselves. As an example, you might receive a scholarship from a foreign university to support undergraduate study abroad there. After you graduate, you might be awarded something like the Scoville Peace Fellowship that would allow you to work with institutions in DC that you would not have otherwise had the opportunity to engage with.

Did you know that there are a number of government and institutional scholarship and fellowship programs that will not only pay for your education or language study abroad, but often also provide living stipends and other benefits? For instance, the U.S. Fulbright Program provides opportunities for American students and scholars to get Master’s degrees, PhDs, conduct independent research, or even teach english abroad. It awards funding to nearly 2,000 students per year to complete these activities in about 160 countries around the world. There are other lesser known programs, like the Critical Language and Boren Scholarships which provide financial assistance for students interested in intensive language study abroad. These are just a few examples of many, which you can find in more detail below.

You’ll be interested to know that some Scholarships Advisors have pointed out a ‘snowball effect’ in this world, meaning that the smaller scholarships you receive at your undergraduate institution can often lead to bigger, international ones—so don’t look down on the smaller awards or accolades you receive early on! And, of course, don’t discount yourself if you haven’t received these yet!

NameTypeSponsorBrief SummaryApplication YearGeneral Due DateRestrictions
Critical Language ScholarshipSummer AbroadState Department1st, 2nd, 3rd, 34thFall preceding desired summerSome require previous relevant language study; matriculated student at time of application
Boren ScholarshipSemester/Summer AbroadDefense Department1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4thJanuary preceding desired summerRequires previous language study;
Gilman ScholarshipSemester/Summer Study AbroadState Department1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4thPell Grant Recipient
Language Flagship ProgramsXXX
Foreign Area and Language Studies (FLAS) ScholarshipSemester/Study AbroadState Department
IRM Specialist ProgramState DepartmentFull-Time job positions at State Department hiring AA/BA recipients for IT positionsAnytime with degreeXXXAA Minimum
Truman ScholarshipPrestigious HonorHarry S. Truman FoundationPrestigious Scholarship for Future Public Service Leaders; provides mentoring opportunities and funding for graduate schools. 3rd Year (Junior Status)January Restricted to junior status
Public Policy and International Affairs Program Summer Enrichment2nd Year (Sophmore Status, incoming junior)
Fulbright Summer Institute Summer EnrichmentState Department 1st, 2nd
Rangel Summer Institute Summer EnrichmentState Department2nd, 3rd, 4thSophmore Status at time of application
US Foreign Service Internship Program Professional Internship Program State Department2nd or 3rd yearSeptemberMust be current sophomore or junior to apply.
Virtual Student Federal Service Program (VSFS)Professional Internship Program State DepartmentSeptember
Consular Fellows Program Professional Program State Department
Hansen Summer Institute for LeadershipSummer EnrichmentUC San Diego
Foreign Affairs IT FellowshipProfessional Program & ScholarshipState DepartmentProvides funding for two years of IT undergraduate or graduate school, up to $37,500/year, plus two paid internships in exchange for a 5-year commitment to serve as a Foreign Service IT specialist. 2nd yearSeptember
Charles Rangel International Affairs ProgramGraduate FellowshipState DepartmentProvides funding for graduate school degree program, two internships with the State Department, and full comission at a Foreign Service Officer with a five-year service commitmentFall
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs FellowshipGraduate FellowshipState DepartmentProvides funding for graduate school degree program, two internships with the State Department, and full comission at a Foreign Service Officer with a five-year service commitmentFall
Payne FellowshipGraduate FellowshipUSAIDProvides funding for graduate school degree program, two internships with the USAID, and full comission at a Foreign Service Officer with a five-year service commitmentFall
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship ProgramProfessional Program & ScholarshipCIAThe Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers undergraduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Undergraduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the Agency. While working at the CIA, you will be exposed to real intelligence challenges while performing meaningful work that relates to your college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation, while a foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. An international relations major might brief a senior policymaker and, as a final example, a human resources major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

1st, 2nd, 3rd yearFall
FBI Honors Internship Program Professional Program FBISummer internship at FBI location 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Fall
Freeman-AsiaStudy AbroadFreeman FoundationFunds Study Abroad in AsiaMust recieve need based aid;
Humanity in Action FellowshipSummer EnrichmentThe Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of injustice and resistance—including the political foundations of racial hierarchies, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and colonial domination as they affect different minority groups today. The Summer Fellowship Program takes place in one of five cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo or Warsaw. Each interdisciplinary program features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.Provides unique summer opportunity at intersection of peacebuilding, advocacy, and social conscience in one of five cities overseas. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4thJanuary
Olive Tree InitiativeSummer EnrichmentProvides unique trip to Israel/Palestine
Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Program in the Middle EastSummer EnrichmentQueens College/the Ibrahim FoundationProvidues unique 6-week trip through the Modern Middle East1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4thJanuary
Scoville Fellowship

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