Government & Public Policy Scholarships

White House Fellowships*

These are for one-year assignments in Washington for young professionals. E-mail ( or write President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, 712 Jackson Plaza, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20503.
Deadline: February 1, annually 

New York City Urban Fellows & Government Fellows Programs* (

These programs offer outstanding college seniors and graduate students the opportunity and challenge of an intensive field work experience in urban government. Fellows work closely with City officials on long- and short-term projects and attend weekly seminars to get an academic perspective on the workings and problems of local government. Urban Fellows are selected annually in a nationwide competition and serve for a full academic year, from mid-September to mid-June. Government Fellows participate in a 10-week program. They receive a stipend from the City and a choice of paid health insurance plans. A fellow must be about to start his/her senior year, or must be an accepted or actual graduate student.

All students who are interested in an involvement in urban government are encouraged to apply regardless of previous field of training. For further information write: Director, Urban Fellows Program, 32 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013.
Deadline: Early January 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award* (

Graduating seniors may apply directly for these awards for $10,000 for a proposal that encompasses any activity that furthers the public good. The activity can be undertaken by the student alone or working through established charitable, religious, education, governmental, or other public service organizations. One to two awards are given nationally. Approximately 120 applications are received each year, and about 20 finalists are selected for an interview. Applications are available from the Samuel Huntington Fund, 25 Research Drive, Westborough, MA 01582, 508-389-2125.
Deadline: Mid-February 

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) Fellowship Program (

TRPI directs research and analyses on issues related to political and civil engagement, education and the economic well being of the Latino community. The TRPI Public Policy Fellowship Program targets bright, enthusiastic graduate-level students from across the country to offer them experience in conducting relevant research which can biased to inform community leaders, policymakers, and other experts in formulating public policy affecting U.S. Latinos.

For eight weeks, two Fellows will participate in ongoing research projects at the Institute’s Claremont, California office in a professional, nonprofit, nonpartisan research-oriented setting. Each Fellow will work full-time under the direction of one of TRPI’s Senior Researchers. Participating Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,000
Deadline: Contact TRPI 

State of California Capital Fellows Program* (

The Center administers the Assembly and Executive Fellowship, Senate Associates, and the Judicial Administration Fellowship programs. These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Associates, 18 Executive Fellows and 5 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. More information is available by contacting The Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819, telephone (916) 278-6906.
Deadline: February 24, 2010

California Executive Fellows Program* (

This is a one-year public service and leadership development program to extend knowledge of California government, to prepare leaders for public careers and to promote civic education. The Center for California Studies, CSU Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6081, 916-278-6906,
Deadline: February 24, 2010

Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship (

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month Fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.
Deadline: mid-October for spring, and mid-February for fall 

Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship (

Part of the Tisdale Fellowship program, a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students.  Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is interested in diversity and ethics issues, and in learning about high-tech public policy issues, can apply for this Fellowship.
Deadline: February 15

Google Public Policy Fellowship

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Deadline: March 24

Open Society Community Youth Fellowship

The Youth Exchange is based within the Open Society Foundations’ Strategy Unit team and seeks to support meaningful engagement with youth across the Open Society network. The Youth Exchange seeks to work with dynamic youth activists who impact change and uplift the mission and values of an Open Society.

Deadline: April 7

* indicates a Work Experience Fellowship/Professional Internship