Awards for International Relations

Awards for International Relations

Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship
Provides an average of $2,500 to support four to six weeks of work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for students who express an interest in international collaboration but have not had many opportunities to travel abroad. Fellows participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Payne International Development Fellowship
Provides tuition and a stipend to support pursuit of a master’s degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service (e.g., economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, agriculture, environmental sciences, or urban planning). Fellows participate in two summer internships: one with a member of Congress and one overseas. Fellows must commit to three years of service as a USAID Foreign Service Officer. Two fellowships awarded each year. Deadline for seniors: late January.

Thomas J. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship
Provides up to $37,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and first year of graduate school for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in programs relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State, such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages. Deadline for juniors: early February.

Thomas J. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Provides up to $37,000 per year for a two-year master’s degree program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, management, or foreign languages. Fellows participate in two summer internships: one with a member of Congress and one overseas. Fellows must commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer. Deadline for seniors: January.

PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Program
Enables college juniors to attend a seven-week Junior Summer Institute focused on preparing students for careers in public policy, public administration, or international relations. The curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic and international policy issues, and leadership topics–all designed to sharpen students’ quantitative, analytic, and communication skills. Fellows who successfully complete the summer program are given assistance in applying and receiving financial assistance for graduate school. Deadline for juniors: early November.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
Six-week summer program at Howard University for undergraduate students interested in international affairs. Students live on campus, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, D.C. Deadline: early February.

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Provides up to $90,000 for a 2-year master’s degree for students interested in becoming Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Fellowship also arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. The program encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at Deadline: mid September.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Provides a 6- to 9-month paid fellowship in Washington, D.C. for college graduates to work on key issues of peace and security. Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice (including the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Deadline: early October for fellowship beginning in spring, early January for fellowship beginning in fall.

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