Below are a few fellowship and scholarship opportunities through individual organizations. These fellowships offer paid work (usually for a period of one year) upon completion of your degree. Current students may also apply for these fellowships if they plan to graduate by the June after the application deadline.
Many deadlines are in early fall - note that many of these fellowships are for US citizens, but other countries have equivalent fellowships.
For Undergraduate students and Alumni with at least a BA:
- Bienecke Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies is for college juniors of exceptional ability and achievement to receive $34,000 for graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. UW Deadline in January.
- Carnegie Junior Fellows Program matches fellows with senior associates- academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists from around the world- to work on a variety of international affairs issues in DC. UW deadline in November.
- The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals aged 18-28 who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least 6 months in length and emphasize a work component. Application deadlines in March, July & October.
- Fulbright Program funds a year abroad for individually designed study/research projects or an English Teaching Assistantship. UW deadline in September. US Citizens Only. (International students interested in the Fulbright Program must apply through the binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies.)
- Luce Scholars Program funds a year in Asia, including language training and individualized professional placement for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity to come to know Asia. UW deadline in September.
- The Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program is for young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Application deadlines in January. US Citizens only.
- Pew Leadership Year provides individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors with hands-on experience in solving today’s most challenging problems.
- The Pickering Graduate Fellowship offers financial support through graduate school. 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, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Application deadlines in January. US Citizens Only.
- Rangel International Affairs Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service. Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 fellows (from about 200 applicants) and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. Application deadlines in January. US Citizens Only.
- 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.Application deadlines in January.
- The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates (and those who will have graduated by the start of the program) 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. Application deadlines in October.