International Relations Scholarships

Acumen Fund Fellows Program

This is a 12-month fellowship for individuals with the dedication of serving the poor in the developing world and the business skills to effect change. Fellows will be responsible for overseeing and managing a variety of investments currently in the Acumen Fund portfolio and will provide leadership on projects for organizations that offer goods and services to impoverished populations. At the same time, fellows will play an instrumental role in scoping and developing new investments.

African Woman Public Service Fellowship

The fellowship expands the opportunity for African women to prepare for public service in their home countries. As fellows at NYU Wagner, African women study in one of two graduate programs: the two-year Master of Public Administration or the one-year Master of Science in Management of International Public Service Organizations. The awards for either program will support tuition, housing, travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses. Applicants commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF)

This is a unique, on-the-job training program for print journalists from developing and transitional countries with an emerging free press. Mid-career reporters and editors spend five months in U.S. newsrooms for an in-depth, practical introduction to the professional and ethical standards of the U.S. print media. In 2003 a Daniel Pearl Fellowship (DPF) was created under the auspices of AFPF to honor slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

American India Foundation Service Corps Fellowship

The American India Foundation Service Corps Fellowship is a selective program that builds bridges between the United States and India by sending talented and skilled young U.S. nationals to work with leading NGOs in India for a period of nine months. The Fellowship runs from September to June each year. During this time, the Fellows immerse themselves with organizations working on causes related to livelihood, primary education, public health, and human rights.

Ashoka Fellows

The Ashoka Fellows is an international nonprofit program that supports social entrepreneurs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, East Central Europe, the United States, and Canada. Ashoka Fellows focus their talents on serving the public good by creating projects with a broad social impact on issues such as health, environment, education, legal rights, women, children, and development.

The Foundation for Young Australians

This foundation provides seed money for young Australians (ages 12 to 25) who pro-actively seek co-funding to develop initiatives for change and social justice.

Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy

A nine- to twelve-month program sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund that seeks to build a network of policy-oriented health care researchers in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fellowships provide an opportunity for fellows from the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand to spend four to twelve months in the United States conducting research relevant to health care policy and practice in both the United States and the fellow’s home country.

Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship In International Jewish Communal

Offered by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. This prestigious Fellowship offers future leaders of the Jewish community, whether lay or professional, a significant experience in international Jewish communal service. One fellowship is awarded annually, and provides an insider’s perspective on JDC’s global programs. The year of work-study is comprised of a range of unique assignments that respond to the changing needs of Jewish communities around the world. The first 2-3 months are spent in an orientation period in New York, followed by two overseas assignments lasting 4-5 months each.

International Fellows Program (IFP)

A public-private sector initiative created in 1987 to provide recent college graduates and graduate students an opportunity to work overseas for nine months as International Fellows. Fellows are assigned to various development organizations such as Africare, CARE, Save the Children, TechnoServe, Opportunities Industrialization Centers International, Counterpart International, and UNICEF to work on various types of community-based development activities.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program

Organized by the Women’s Law & Public Policy Program (see their other fellowship program in the U.S. Fellowships section below). It provides training to African lawyers who are interested in women’s issues by facilitating their pursuit of a Master of Law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center and arranging on-the-job experiential training at organizations committed to the advancement of women’s rights.

McCall-Pierpaoli Fellowship

Created to enable former refugees to learn to become effective advocates on humanitarian issues. Fellows work closely with staff to research humanitarian issues, analyze situations involving forced displacement, and advocate for solutions. This Fellowship is available through Refugees International in Washington, DC. This fellowship is for one year and recruitment is in the early summer each year.

New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships

The New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships are ten-month stipend fellowships at organizations working to advance social justice and democracy in Israel. Each fellowship is designed to enable a talented and committed Jewish professional or recent graduate to spend a year contributing to social justice while experiencing Israel first-hand.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship

This fellowship recognizes the importance of familiarizing U.S. professionals with the political, economic, and cultural environment of Europe and of the Federal Republic of Germany. This is an international professional fellowship program with the goal of fostering a community of future transatlantic leaders, and it also contributes to the participants’ professional competence and expertise, and broadens their cultural horizons.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships

Pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and advanced research grants in both the social sciences and humanities. Some programs also provide support for natural scientists and non-academic professionals.

UNU Institute of Advanced Studies Ph.D. & Postdoctoral Fellowships

Ten fellowships are offered each year to promising postdoctoral and Ph.D. level candidates engaged in research on sustainable development. The program aims to provide young scholars, particularly from developing countries, with an opportunity to experience the unique international academic environment of United Nations University, as well as providing an opportunity for young scholars from developing countries to interact with the Japanese academic community and, in doing so, provide a conduit between Japan and developing country academia, as well as Japan and the UN system.

Youth Service Opportunities Project Fellows Program

engages young people in direct service, while encouraging their development as the future leaders of nonprofit organizations. The program is a year-long fellowship for recent graduates. YSOP Fellows are involved with every aspect of the organization; they lead high school and college students in our Workcamps, identify and schedule service placements at service agencies, and encourage reflection on the volunteer experience. YSOP Fellows help organize and prepare for all aspects of the programs, including contacting guest speakers, reviewing program evaluations, and training Workcamp staff.

Bundeskanzler/German Chancellor Scholarships* (

These scholarships offer one year of study/research or a one-year internship in Germany for U.S. citizens aged 30 and under who demonstrate leadership potential. See web site or email Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, for more information.
Deadline:Late October 

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarships (

Offers twelve $2,000 scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students for a winning essay on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest. Application consists of a resume, cover letter and essay of 500 words.
Deadline: Early December

Fascell Fellowship Program*

Fellows serve at U.S. diplomatic or consular missions in Eastern Europe, Russia or the Newly Independent States (NIS). Applications should be requested from and submitted to the US Department of State. Fellowships are granted for 1 year. Housing and several other benefits will be provided. Eligibility: Must be US citizens 21 years of age, have language proficiency in one or more of the following languages: Czech, Romanian, Slovak, Hungarian, or Russian, currently enrolled in or have completed a program focused on Romanian or Slavic languages or area studies of the aforementioned countries. Amount: $19,081. Contact Information: Fascell Fellowship Program, Recruitment Division, US Department of State, P.O. Box 9317, Rosslyn Station, Arlington, VA 22219 Phone: 703-875-7490.
Deadline: Early June

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship* (

This is a six-month professional internship in Washington, D.C. Fellows are supported by a monthly stipend and serve as full-time project assistants at one of the nineteen participating organizations. For more information, contact the program director via the web site or at The Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Suite 409, Washington, D.C. 20022, 202-543-4100.
Deadline: Mid-October for spring, mid-February for fall, annually 

Winston Fellows Program* (Http://

They will provide two or more individuals per year with professional training at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of Eastern Mennonite University’s Conflict Transformation Program. An internship of two months minimum with a non-governmental organization will follow the coursework at EMU. Individuals from the U.S. and other countries will be eligible to apply. Winston Fellows Program, Institute for Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, 540-432-4490,
Deadline: Late December – Contact CTP office directly for application 

Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies (

The Institute (Jerusalem and Washington DC) invites top college graduates in strategic studies, international relations, political science and related fields to apply for a fellowship program in Washington, DC, beginning October. The program consists of three parts: 1.The first part is eight weeks of seminars (October 23 to December 31) taught by recognized scholars in their fields, including Dr. Angelo M. Codevilla, the Program’s director. During this portion of the Program the Fellows are trained in substantive areas including the fundamentals of missile defense, geopolitics, and an introduction to security and strategy. A comprehensive examination is given in each course at the end of this rigorous portion of the Program. 2.Part two is subsequent placement in a Congressional committee, subcommittee, or Member’s office as a research fellow. During the Congressional portion of the Program, IASPS Strategic Fellows concentrate on areas particularly important to the Committee staff or their Member of Congress. 3.The third part of the Program is the most challenging. Beginning in December, Fellows will begin to prepare a proposal for a piece of original research that they will submit for publication in our series: IASPS Research Papers in Strategy. After having the topic approved, the Fellow must produce a paper of 25 -35 pages that will serve as a model for the work they might do at the highest levels of policy making. Successful applicants who are offered enrollment in the program may apply for a modest monthly stipend ($1,000).
Deadline: Unknown – Check website and contact Institute for updated information on the fellowship 

Global Horizon Project, Inc. (

Global Horizon aim to enable internationally-oriented students of color to secure the experiences necessary to mature their international interests, and thereby to establish and maintain an international orientation for their professional futures. We seek to accomplish this through a diversified portfolio of educational programs and reference tools, including regional workshops on international careers as well as scholarships to sponsor students working internationally during summer semester.
Deadline: late December–check website for more details