Find Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate school is an investment in your future, not just in what you are paying but also in what you are not earning by being out of the workforce.  With this in mind make sure to explore all the ways in which you plan to pay for your graduate education.  The world of loans and scholarships is a confusing process and takes time to research and navigate.  You should be exploring this piece of the puzzle as early as possible.   

- Leigh Morris Sloane, former APSIA Executive Director

 

 

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Resources for United States Citizens

 

 

Graduate Fellowships that require applying while an undergraduate:

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Covers senior year of undergraduate and first year of graduate study.

Beinecke Scholarship Program

Since 1975 the program has selected more than 490 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service.  Provides financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowships.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) – Extra Innings Fellowship Program

JRF aims to promote the study of a broad range of topics that will have a substantive impact on communities across the country and contribute to the intellectual growth of tomorrow’s leaders. Fellows may receive up to $10,000 per year.

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Graduate Fellowships

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

ThomasR. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages.  Funding for first and second year

Charles B.  Rangel International Affairs Program

Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.

Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 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.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Mitchell Scholars Program

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program

This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Dolores Zorhab Liebmann Fund

Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).

Humane Studies Fellowship

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. The fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility program that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries.

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Graduate Fellowships Abroad

Alfa Fellowship Program (Russia)

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, and public policy.

Luce Scholars Program (Asia)

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year

Congress – Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (Germany)

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant’s career field.

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program (Germany)

The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag). Internships afford students an excellent opportunity to gain government work experience, improve their advanced German language skills, and learn about German culture firsthand.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program (Germany)

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers twenty accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive 9-to-12 month professional development program in Germany.

American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellowship for Service (India)

The Fellowship pairs a select number of young professionals with credible NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable.  Together, AIF’s Clinton Fellows and development sector leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange technical skills and knowledge, as well as their passion, commitment, and new ways of looking at the world; ultimately transforming both the individual and organization.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service (Germany)

Offers various fellowships for study and research in Germany

Dorot Fellowship in Israel (Israel)

Between 10 and 15 Dorot Fellows are chosen each year to live in Israel, where they sharpen the characteristics and skills, acquire the experience, and broaden the networks required for Jewish leadership in the 21st Century.

German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders (German)

The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious program builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.

IndiCorps (India)

Indicorps offers one or two-year grassroots service Fellowships for young professionals of Indian origin who want to make a real difference in India.  Fellows are responsible for implementing high impact projects that have been defined by Indicorps and local grassroots organizations to address particular community challenges.

Finlandia Foundation National Student Scholarships Program (Finland)

Scholarships are available for full-time undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines currently enrolled in accredited post-secondary schools in the United States and Finland.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (various)

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships for International Students in Japan (Japan)

Scholarships for International Students in Japan contains details of scholarships provided by various organizations that responded to a questionnaire survey carried out by JASSO.

OAS Academic Scholarships for Academic Studies (OAS member states)

Graduate scholarships are offered for study towards a Master’s or Doctorate degree. They may also be used for graduate research, if required by a specific academic program. The total financial award from the OAS may not exceed US$30,000.00 per academic year which includes tuition, other scholarship benefits, and administrative costs.

Echoing Green Fellowship (anywhere)

Echoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships and Grants (Scandinavia)

The ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study or research projects.

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Graduate Fellowships in the U.S.

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program combines a paid public policy internshipwith two career and policy seminars. Fellows gain real-world experience, take a crash course in market-based policy analysis, and acquire the professional skills necessary to effect change. Participating internship hosts include more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Twice yearly, the Fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually.  The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an internship with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Summer Internships

The Foundation’s internship programs bring together top level students to work on current global issues in the areas of peace, security and international law. Interns work at the headquarters in downtown Santa Barbara, California.

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Resources for Non-United States Citizens

Graduate Fellowships

Global South Scholar-in-Residence Program

This fellowship at the Graduate Institute is open to outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies, broadly defined, and working in disciplines such as anthropology, history, law, politics and political science, and economics.

British Chevening Scholarship (non-US and non-UK)

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarships programme. Established in 1983, these scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one-year Masters’ degrees – for students with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers.

AAUW International Fellowship (female)

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships and Grants for Advanced Study or Research in the USA (Scandinavian)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers over $500,000 in funding to Scandinavians to undertake study or research programs (usually at the graduate level) in the United States for up to one year. Candidates for awards are recommended to the ASF by our cooperating organizations.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Studies Program (WB member states)

In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Each year, the Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank.

Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship (Eurasian countries)

The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program brings emerging leaders in key professional fields from Eurasia to the United States for one to two years of graduate study at institutions across the United States.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (European)

Erasmus Mundus aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

Fundação Estudar (Brazilian)

Founded in 1991, Fundação Estudar is a non-for-profit organization that supports talented young Brazilians with a great potential who can contribute to Brazil’s development in different fields. Facilitating the access to high level education and qualified orientation, it has invested on more than 500 of the most prominent young professionals of Brazil over the last two decades.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (non-UK)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

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Work-Study & Internships

Canadian Federation of University Women Fellowships and Awards (Canadian)

Founded in 1919, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a national, non-profit, non-governmental, women’s equality-seeking organization of close to 9,000 members in 110 Clubs across Canada.

Finlandia Foundation National Student Scholarships Program (Finnish)

The Finlandia Foundation National Student Scholarships Program was established in the late 1950s with awards to students attending prestigious music institutions.   Today’s scholarships are available for full-time undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines currently enrolled in accredited post-secondary schools in the United States and Finland.

Alfa Fellowship Program (British)

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.

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program (Canadian)

The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag).

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program combines a paid public policy internship with two career and policy seminars. Fellows gain real-world experience, take a crash course in market-based policy analysis, and acquire the professional skills necessary to effect change. Participating internship hosts include more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States.

Echoing Green Fellowship

Echoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.

German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders (Chinese and Russian)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential.  During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and grad school graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.

IndiCorps (Indian background)

Indicorps offers one or two-year grassroots service Fellowships for young professionals of Indian origin who want to make a real difference in India.  Fellows are responsible for implementing high impact projects that have been defined by Indicorps and local grassroots organizations to address particular community challenges.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award (much be a graduating senior from a US college or university)

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college 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.

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