Established in 1977, the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship was created to expose young scholars of international relations to the inner workings of the U.S. Federal Government and Capitol Hill. The Fellowship honors the memory of Harold Rosenthal, a young Senate staff member who was a victim of international terrorism. As a tribute to his memory, service, and commitment to the profession of international affairs, a select group of graduate students from APSIA schools are chosen to become Rosenthal Fellows each year.
I. Features of the Program
The Rosenthal Fellowship offers qualified students the opportunity to spend a summer in Washington, D.C. pursuing professional fellowship positions with a Member of Congress or in the U.S. Federal Government. Fellows receive fellowship placements and, in some cases, financial stipends to support their summer in Washington. Rosenthal Fellows also join the ranks of a growing and vibrant alumni network, whose members stretch the globe.
While in Washington, fellows are encouraged to attend the Rosenthal Roundtable Series. These lectures and panels provide students with the chance to discuss international issues with key decision-makers and government representatives. In addition to the opportunity to share knowledge and debate, the discussions offer networking experience for students with policymakers and Rosenthal Alumni.
Rosenthal Fellows also receive preferred consideration for the European Visitors Program.
II. Nomination Process
APSIA member schools may nominate up to three candidates from their institution who meet the eligibility criteria for the program. Members’ methodologies for selecting student nominees and internal submission deadline are left to the discretion of each APSIA member school. Students should contact their career office for more information related to their school’s internal deadline and requirements.
At the time of the submission of nomination documents, candidates must fulfill all of the following eligibility requirements:
Students who have already secured a summer internship placement with a U.S. federal agency or a member of Congress are still eligible to apply for the Rosenthal Fellowship. However, applicants who have funding through their internship, school, or other scholarship are ineligible for Rosenthal stipends.
(2) Nomination Documents:
The following nomination documents, including items supplied by the student nominee, must be sent electronically by the member school to the APSIA Executive Office by December 1 each year:
Note: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The Rosenthal Fellowship Committee, in consultation with APSIA, reviews all nomination documents to select semifinalists based on their:
The APSIA Executive Office will notify candidates whether they have been selected as semifinalists by January 31 of each year. Selected candidates must confirm their continued interest in the Rosenthal Fellowship with APSIA by email within three business days in order to remain semifinalists.
Semifinalists then participate in the following interviews:
(Round 1) Interview with the Rosenthal Selection Committee– Required of all semifinalists
Based on round one interviews, Rosenthal Fellowship Committee members select finalists for the Fellowship program. If selected as a finalist, candidates seeking an internship placement then:
(Round 2) Interview with internship placement offices – Required of Rosenthal finalists without pre-existing internship placements
The Committee determines interview and placement assignments based on the positions available, office requirements, and the Committee’s assessment of semifinalists. For a list of previous placements, please visit the Rosenthal website
IV. Selection of Fellows
Finally, internship placement offices, in coordination with the Rosenthal Fellowship Committee, select the Rosenthal Fellows for that year.
After both rounds of interviews have concluded, APSIA will notify finalists of their status as soon as possible. Notification will depend on how quickly the Rosenthal Fellowship and placement offices finalize their selections.
A select number of qualified Fellows will be eligible to receive a stipend from the Rosenthal Fellowship. The number of stipends changes from year to year. Students will learn whether or not they will receive funding concurrent with their fellowship offer.
By accepting a Rosenthal Fellowship, finalists also agree to accept their Rosenthal-provided internship placement and to write a memo to the Fellowship Committee at the end of the summer describing their experiences.