Awards for Public Policy and Public Service

Awards for Public Policy and Public Service

Echoing Green Fellowship
Provides $80,000 in seed money to social entrepreneurs seeking to start non-profit or for-profit organizations to address a serious social problem in an innovative way. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, resilience, passion in their ideas, and an ability to attract additional resources. Fellows must commit to working full-time on their funded project for two years. Fellows receive a health insurance and professional development stipend. Deadline: early January.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Highly competitive full-cost scholarships for students to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Must show evidence of outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and commitment to improving the lives of others. Deadline: mid October.

Global Health Corps
Year-long paid fellowship in the U.S. or Africa to work on global health issues. Background in public health is not required, but applicants should have a passion for health equity. Open to non-US citizens. Deadline: early February.

Humanity in Action Fellowship
Five-week interdisciplinary, overseas summer program for U.S. and international students to study minority rights and research how resisting intolerance has protected democratic values. Programs available in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon, and Warsaw. Application available in the fall.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Applicants must develop a proposal for public service in the U.S. or abroad, either working independently or through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Deadline: mid January.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Provides $7,000 to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student of public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management). For students intending to pursue a career in public service. Deadline: mid February.

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program
A highly selective, 6-week summer program for rising college juniors focused on developing leadership skills. Fellows live at George Washington’s estate just outside Washington, D.C., and meet with some of the nation’s top leaders. Each fellow is paired with a mentor who helps shape an individualized capstone project. Fellows receive free housing, transportation, meals, and a stipend. Deadline for sophomores: not available (application available in October).

New York City Urban Fellows Program
Nine-month, full-time fellowship that combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy through a hands-on approach. Fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend and health insurance. Deadline for seniors: early January.

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. U.S. citizens only. Deadline for seniors: late January.

Peace First Prize
Recognizes young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change with a two-year $50,000 fellowship. For individuals who have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and inspired others to make lasting change. Deadline: mid April.

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 the State Department in Washington, D.C., and one overseas. Fellows must commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer. U.S. citizens only. Deadline for seniors/alumni: 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.

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.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Provides up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school for juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service, including careers in government, the nonprofit sector, advocacy, or education. Highly competitive. Campus deadline for juniors: November. (This scholarship requires a campus endorsement. Contact the Fellowships Office for more information.)

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