The Cycling for Access team has compiled a list of globally-focused scholarships and fellowships. Many of these programs have a particular focus on recruiting diverse students from all demographic backgrounds and geographic areas. This is not an exhaustive list, but does provide a peak into available opportunities.
Scholarships for undergraduate students:
- Critical Language Scholarship Program: This State Department program sends U.S. students abroad to over a dozen countries to study less-common, critical languages for approximately 8 weeks over the summer. All fees (including airfare, room, board, visa, etc.) are paid for by the program. Applications are due in mid-November.
- Gilman Scholarship: This scholarship provides up to $5000 (or $8000 if studying a critical language) for accredited study abroad programs. The scholarship is targeted at students with limited financial resources. Application deadlines vary depending on the start date of your program.
- Boren Scholarship: This federally-funded program provides up to $20,000 for students to study critical-need languages. Students are responsible for applying to study abroad programs/exchange programs separately—the Boren Scholarship only provides funding. In exchange, recipients must work for the U.S. government for one year. Applications due in January for the following academic year.
- Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship: FEA provides up to $10,000 to students participating in study abroad program of at least four weeks in the summer, semester, or academic year. FEA focuses on providing funds to students who are underrepresented in study abroad, which includes first-generation, minority, and low-income individuals. Applications are due in January for summer, fall, and academic year programs, and September for spring programs.
Summer Internships and Programs:
- U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program: This two-summer internship program with the U.S. Department of State is a paid position. The first summer is spent in Washington, DC and the second at an overseas embassy. Applications are open for 7-10 days in late September to early October. Applications must submit an analytical essay, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.
- Rangel Summer Enrichment Program: This six-week, fully-funded summer program in Washington, DC is designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.
- Pathways Internships: Supported by individual departments in the federal government, Pathways interns spend up to one year working in a professional office. Successful interns are then able to secure a full-time job at that office. Applications are rolling based on availability within departments. Check USAJobs regularly.
- Meeting Russia: This 3-day program introduces foreign students to the current political environment and hot topics in Russia. Lodging is covered for all participants. Airfare can be provided on a case-by-base basis.
- Cultural Vistas: This program provides fully-funding summer internships for students attending underrepresented U.S. universities. Interns work eight weeks in Argentina, Germany, or Hong Kong. Applications are due November 15 for the following summer.
- Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year they will offer nearly 3,000 positions with 50+ federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government. Applications are open to U.S. college students from July 1 – 31 on USAJOBS.gov. Real experience is waiting for students at NASA, the Smithsonian, U.S. Department of State, Forest Service, Indian Health Service, CIA, National Park Service and others. You can see the projects offered at http://vsfs.state.gov/ by clicking on “See All Projects” at the top! All applicants must be U.S. citizens in student status at a university in the U.S. or abroad. VSFS is open to undergrad through PhD candidates taking classes full or part-time, in-person or on-line.
Reach out to VSFS@state.gov with additional questions.
Fellowships/Programs for Recent Graduates:
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Fulbright Students spend one year conducting research or teaching English in one of over 140 countries. All airfare, visa fees, and housing is included, and students get a living stipend (usually around $1000/month). Applications are due mid-October for the following academic year.
- Luce Scholars: This one-year fellowship is for recent graduates who have had little or no experience in Asia. Learn the language and culture of one of fifteen Asian countries. All expenses paid. Applications are due in mid-Fall. Your university must nominate you and be part of the 75-school consortium.
- Princeton in Asia/Africa/Latin America: This one-year program is for recent grads interested in working with NGOs and non-profits around the world. Fellows are matched with NGOs based on skillset and need. Housing and a small living stipend is included, but fellows are responsible for their own airfare. Applications due in November to leave the following summer. Selected applicants must finance their transportation to Princeton University for interviews in February-March.
- The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX): This year-long fellowship in Germany includes two months of intensive German language study, one semester of classes and one’s career field, and three months of an internship. The program is for individuals between 18.5 and 24 years old. Applications are due December 1.
- Volunteers in Asia: Spend one year working with a NGO in Asia—perfect for people interested in breaking into international development. Most volunteers have a few years of post-college experience under their belt, but there are a few who come straight from undergrad. The deadline is in November each year
- Global Health Corps: U.S. students can spend one year in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, or Zambia. Fellows are matched with global health NGOs and work on specialized projects based on organizational need and the fellow’s skillset. Applications are due in February to leave the next summer.
- Peace Corps: Spend 2-2.5 years working in one of over 60 countries on projects ranging from HIV/AIDS education to agroforestry. Applications rolling.
Fellowships/Scholarships for Graduate Studies
- Rangel Fellowship: This program aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.
- Pickering Fellowship: The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.
- Payne Fellowship: The Payne Fellowship Program awards ten fellowships valued at up to $48,000 annually for a two-year program. The award includes up to $22,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $16,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships (see below). At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.