Public Service Scholarships

Institute for Social Innovation Fellowship

StartingBloc’s Institute for Social Innovation is a fellowship program that educates young leaders on corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable development, and then offers them various internships, jobs, and graduate and MBA program opportunities. In addition to the fellowship curriculum, StartingBloc offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and work with a diverse selection of talented and highly motivated leaders of tomorrow.
Contact: Jocelyn Trigg, Program Associate, StartingBloc NFP
90 Park Avenue, 17th Floor, NY, NY 10016, telephone: 212.786.7445, fax: 617.321.4016
Deadline: Contact StartingBloc

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. For further information contact the Fellowship Coordinator at (909) 621-8897 or at
Deadline: Contact TRPI 

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

This prize is for juniors and seniors. The prize is given based on an essay competition through which students are challenged to examine and analyze urgent ethical issues confronting today’s society. The essay topic and application will be available in September. Five prizes are awarded ranging in value from $500 to $5000.
Deadline: Early January 

AAUW Educational Foundation

Offers a variety of funding opportunities for women. Programs include fellowships or grants for doctoral work & research, career development, community action, teaching in public schools, international students and for study in specific degree programs where women’s participation has traditionally been low.
Deadline: Varies 

US Golf Association Fellowship in Leadership & Service*

Three-year post-graduate fellowship program. Fellows will help staff the USGA Foundation’s Grants Program and gain experience in the nonprofit sector and the functions of the foundation world as well as the USGA’s role as the governing body of golf. Continuous emphasis on leadership and management development. While assuming increasing levels of responsibility for Foundation programs and the grant making process, Fellows will prepare for leadership positions on community, state, and national levels. Starting salary is at least $21,500 depending on experience.
Deadline: Early January

Advocacy Institute Fellowship Program*

The Angie Martin Public Interest Fellowship is open to undergrad, grad, or recent graduates that display an interest in advocacy, social justice and social change. Work on programs such as the Capacity Builing Program and the Tobacco Control Project. Projects include writing and editing articles, developing advocacy case studies, training for global social change leaders, and interviewing and research. The position is paid, full-time for 6 months at the Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C. (note: a summer internship position is also available). E-mail
Deadline: April 

Anheuser-Busch/Frank Horton Fellowship Program*

This is a one-year internship for US citizens or permanent residents to encourage a college graduate who has a commitment to the Asian Pacific American community to pursue a public policy career. The fellow will participate in a nine-month program in the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) office, and will work on, among other things, campaign finance issues, particularly in relation to the Asian Pacific American community and Asian Pacific American political empowerment. APAICS, (formerly CAPACI, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute) 2445 M Street, NW, Suite 250 , Washington , DC 20037 , 202-296-9200.
Deadline: Early April 

Humanity in Action Fellowship Summer Program

The core programs provide the fundamental foundation and experience for participation in HIA. During the five-week period, the international groups of HIA Fellows explore the minority issues basic to the HIA mission and enter the extensive HIA network. It is during this period they that research and write their reports and prepare to engage in outreach after the core programs are over. The associations with other Fellows and the immersion in the minority issues provides common experiences for all the Fellows—experiences that aid the development of careers based upon concern for human rights and the protection of minorities.
Deadline: January 

Russian Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program

Successful U.S. participants will have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, interest in public service or experience in community service, and proficiency in Russian. The program is designed to promote leadership and community service in both the United States and the Russian Federation . U.S. participants will be placed in non-degree programs at leading universities throughout the Russian Federation . The program also includes weekly community service commitments and a three-month professional internship. Grants will include round-trip airfare, medical insurance, monthly stipends for housing and living expenses, and limited allowances for books, tuition, and cultural enhancing activities.
Deadline: Late November 


This is a nine-month experience-based, graduate-level training program in public policy. 48 fellows are selected (12 at each CORO center in New York , San Francisco , St. Louis and Los Angeles ). The program offers intensive leadership training in public affairs. 44 Wall Street , 21st floor, New York , NY 10005 , 212-248-2935.
Deadline: Early January 

Common Ground Community Fellows*

Fellows work as staff members and participate in seminars, conferences and events designed to complement and enhance the practical work of The Times Square, a not-for-profit housing organization focusing on providing housing and economic and job development opportunities for the homeless and low-income adults in New York City. Write to Common Ground, 255 West 43rd St. , New York , NY 10036 , 212-768-8989.
Deadline: Unknown, apply through AmeriCorps 

El Pomar Fellowship in Community Service*

This is a two-year postgraduate program in community service for seniors or recent graduates who have a connection to Colorado.Write to Director of Programs, El Pomar Foundation, 10 Lake Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
Deadline: Two weeks prior to each Board of Trustees meeting. El Pomar Trustees meet six to eight times each year. 

Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship Program*

Program encourages a college graduate who has a commitment to the Asian Pacific American community to pursue a public policy career. Depending on the preference and career goals of the successful applicant, the Daniel K. Inouye Fellow will be placed either in the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) office or in the office of a member of Congress or congressional committee, a federal agency, or a nonprofit public policy organization. The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in research on policy issues and will be expected to write a substantial paper during the Fellowship. APAICS, (formerly CAPACI, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute) 2445 M Street, NW, Suite 250 , Washington , DC 20037 , 202-296-9200.
Deadline: Early April 

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

Levy Institute Forecasting Fellowship*

This is a two-year fellowship for an outstanding individual who has completed undergraduate study and may be considering graduate work and a career in economics, business, public policy, or related fields. The fellowship is an opportunity to learn more about economic forecasting in a program different from but complementary to formal training at the Levy Institute of Bard College.
For more information, contact: Coordinator, Levy Forecasting Fellowship Program, The Jerome Levy Economics Institute, Levy Forecasting Center, 69 South Moger Avenue, Mt. Kisco, New York 10549, 914-666-0641.
Deadline: Contact institute

The Do Something BRICK Awards for Community Leadership*

The awards reward twenty-somethings who are making the world a better place to live. The Do Something BRICK Award gives a $100,000 grant to the national grand prizewinner, plus nine grants of $10,000 each to the other winners to further the good work done by extraordinary young men and women. You must be under 30 years old and a permanent, current US resident. No group or team applications will be accepted. Each candidate must enter on his or her own behalf. Apply directly to: The Do Something BRICK Awards, 423 West 55th Street , 8th floor, New York , NY 10019 , tel. 212-523-1175. Application information and forms are available on the web site.
Deadline: Rolling 

U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs

Provides community service fellowships for graduate students in health-related fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in various areas of the U.S. Includes programs in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire & Vermont, New York City, and North Carolina.
Deadline: Varies by location.

Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation*

This is an award for not-for-profit organizations that are already established. It is named after internationally known economist and oriental art expert Peter F. Drucker, formerly a professor at Claremont College . The award is $25,000 and a video documentary of the winning project or program.
Deadline: August

Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships

These are two-year $60,000 ($30,000 per year) awards for an innovative public service project anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions of age, citizenship, or grade point average. 20 to 30 awards are given annually of $30,000 each ($90,000 for partnerships). Echoing Green Fellows make a commitment of two years toward their project. It may be a project that ends after that time (a test or seed project) or the project may continue, under the initiator’s direction, or it may be self-perpetuating, although no further funding is guaranteed.
Deadline: Mid-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 

Lindbergh Grants Program*

The program was founded to further Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s shared vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation. Each year grants of up to $10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the “Spirit of St. Louis”) are given for projects in the following categories: agriculture; aviation/aerospace; conservation of natural resources; education (including humanities/education, the arts and intercultural communication); exploration; health; and waste minimization and management.
Deadline: Mid-July 

J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Students Working in Public Service Internships*

$1,000 will be awarded to one or more undergraduate or graduate students working in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds. Applicants should send a resume together with a statement of short and long-term goals to the J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund, 1524 31st Street, N.W. , Washington , DC 20007 . Also include three references and a supporting letter from a faculty member.
Deadline: Unknown

* Seventeen/Cover Girl Volunteerism Awards

These awards are for young women ages 12 to 21 who have done something extraordinary in the field of volunteerism, and whose accomplishments have benefited others in a major way. You may enter yourself or you can nominate someone you feel is deserving of an award. First-place recipients will win $10,000 plus an additional cash donation will go to a charitable organization they’ve worked to support. Second-place winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a cash donation for the organization they support. Up to 24 more winners received honorable mentions and a $1,000 Savings Bond. Look for more information in fall issues of Seventeen Magazine. 212-407-9700.
Deadline: See fall issues of magazine or call their office
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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The program provides scholarships and fellowships for outstanding low-income African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian-Pacific American students to attend the undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice. Individuals selected as Gates Millennium Scholars at the undergraduate level will receive funds for the cost of tuition, fees, books and living costs not covered by grants and scholarships already committed as part of a student’s financial aid package. Scholars who pursue advanced degrees in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, education or library science will receive up to four years of full financial support for post-graduate study, up to and including the doctorate.
Deadline: Mid-March annually 

Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Awards approximately ten fellowships to encourage new Ph.D. recipients to undertake research now, and throughout their careers, on topics of interest to HUD. This research will be valuable to the agency, as well as to practitioners and other researchers, and will promote a diversity of perspectives in the academic and policy arenas. The program enables fellows to engage in postdoctoral research on topics of interest to HUD for fifteen months. Through this fellowship program, recent doctoral recipients will be able to make a positive impact on the scholarship relating to housing and urban development, and demonstrate the value and necessity of such research to their discipline. Extensive eligibility requirements must be filled–see website for details.
Deadline: Early June, annually

20/20 Vision Kate Sherman Peace and Environmental Fellowship*

Work experience designed to provide graduating seniors with an educational, challenging and productive experience in public policy work on a wide range of peace and environmental issues, and to encourage participants to consider a profession in public policy work. This is a one-year fellowship, starting in May 1999. Stipend: Minimum of $1000/month, plus health insurance. Call for an application, 202-833-2020.
Deadline: Unknown

Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program*

Fellows have completed a bachelor’s degree when the fellowship year begins and are interested in a public service career. Recent fellows have had diverse backgrounds. Eighteen are selected from a national pool. This prestigious and competitive program is for 11 months, October through August. Amount: $17160. Sponsor: California State Assembly. Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship, 1020 M Street, Suite 402 , Sacramento , CA 95814 . 800-776-1761.
Deadline: February 

New Voices National Fellowship Program*

Sponsored program areas are: international human rights, women’s rights, racial justice/civil rights and many more. A New Voices Fellowship offers the following benefits: support for salary and fringe benefits for two years, financial assistance to cover student loans and/or other approved expenses, professional mentoring and a professional development account, and biannual leadership training conferences. For more information, email, or call 202-884-8051.
Deadline: Early January 

Public Allies*

Public Allies places young adults in paid one-year community leadership positions in non-profits or government agencies, with 1 day/week in training seminars. They select the community’s most promising leaders to serve as Allies – talented young adults, aged 18 – 30, who commit to ten months of intensive leadership training and a professional apprenticeship. Allies receive a living allowance, health and child care benefits, and an educational award. They create full-time professional apprenticeships in non-profit and public agencies where Allies take responsibility for projects in areas such as youth development, health, education, economic development, and public safety.
Deadline: Varies

The American Prospect Writing Fellowship*

The American Prospect is a national, bimonthly magazine that focuses on politics, policy and culture. The magazine offers six yearlong grants of $20,000 each to writers under 30 who exhibit the drive and motivation to become critical journalists and public intellectuals. Throughout the year, participants will create two to four articles for The American Prospect and two to four articles for other national magazines.
Deadline: February 

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program*

A one-year program that trains emerging leaders in the fight against hunger. Leland Fellows spend the first six months of the program working in grassroots organizations at sites throughout the country learning about hunger and poverty through hands-on experiences. The following six months are spent in Washington , DC at national nonprofit organizations working on hunger and poverty policy. Two intensive ten-day training sessions are held in Washington , DC during August and February to help the Fellows prepare for and reflect upon their work and experiences. You may also contact Mickey Leland Hunger Fellows Program at (202) 547-7022 ext. 17 or fax (202) 547-7575 or e-mail
Deadline: Mid-February 

Fellowship in Creative Responses to Homelessness*

Sponsored by the Common Ground Community, a not-for-profit housing organization focusing on providing housing and economic development as well as job development opportunities for the homeless and low-income adults in New York City. The Fellows will work as staff members and participate in seminars, conferences and events designed to complement and enhance the practical work experience at Common Ground. Fellows will be provided with a housing unit at The Times Square Hotel, a 652-unit building, renovated and managed by the Common Ground, in the heart of NYC’s Theater District. In addition, a yearly stipend of $10,000, health and dental benefits will be provided. Fellows are expected to begin work the first week of September. 212-279-2079.
Deadline: Varies

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship*

Fifteen Massachusetts Promise Fellows serve one year with non-profit organizations and state and local agencies in order to actively engage citizens, corporations, organizations, and communities to improve the lives of children by guaranteeing access to fundamental resources children need to grow to be healthy and productive adults. The Massachusetts Service Alliance is the nonprofit state commission on community service. The mission of the Alliance is to generate an ethic of service throughout the Commonwealth by creating and supporting diverse, high quality service and volunteer opportunities for all ages groups, resulting in stronger communities and more active citizens. Stipend and Benefits During 12 months of full-time service Fellows receive: a $13,000 living allowance, health insurance, excellent training, free coursework at Northeastern University , $4,725 post-service educational award.
Walt Horner
Massachusetts Service Alliance
120 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston , MA 02116
Fax: 617-542-0240
Phone: 617-542-2544 x229
Deadline: Varies

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: Late February

The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

The goals of the Villers fellowship program are three-fold:
To improve access to health care for all Americans, especially for low-income and other vulnerable constituencies; to develop a network of young leaders who share a passion for social and health care justice; and to inspire Villers fellows to continue to work for health care justice throughout their lives.
Deadline: Early February 

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.

Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, particularly from the Black/African American, Latino, and American Indian communities.  The goals of the Wellstone fellowship program are three-fold: to address disparities in access to health care; to inspire Wellstone fellows to continue to work for social justice throughout their lives; and to increase the number and racial and ethnic diversity of up-and-coming social justice advocates and leaders.
Deadline: Early January’s Fellowships in Public Service

Descriptions and contact information for a variety of domestic & international nonprofit and public policy fellowships.
Deadline: various; please check the individual listing

* indicates a Work Experience Fellowship/Professional Internship