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Hellmann Award: $5,000 scholarship for undergrad international studies students

April 19, 2024

Patagonia by Madeline Gunderson
Patagonia, Chile and Argentina. Photo by Madeline Gunderson.

Jackson School undergrads can now further their international policy experience even more, thanks to the establishment of The Donald C. and Margery S. Hellmann Scholar award, an annual gift that will be bestowed on one student each academic year. Read more here about Professor Emeritus and Japan expert Donald Hellmann, who also founded the Donald C. Hellmann Task Force Program at the Jackson School, a capstone, hands-on experience in foreign policymaking for all international studies majors.


The Donald C. and Margery S. Hellmann Scholar award will provide a $5,000 stipend to support the education and training of a Jackson School undergraduate major with demonstrated excellence in international studies, a clear interest in a career in international affairs, and with a strong and creative commitment to promoting the international public good.

For example, consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated strong interest in working with diplomatic missions, government offices, companies, or foundations/think tanks dedicated to foreign policy or international issues. The awardee will be designated as the Jackson School’s Donald C. Hellmann Scholar for the duration of the 2024-25 academic year.


Applicants must be current undergraduate majors in the Jackson School (any degree program) who are seniors in the 2024-25 academic year.


The application for the 2024-2025 academic year is currently open and due Friday, May 31st, 11:59 p.m. Applicants must submit the following items on the JSIS Scholarship database.

  • Resume
  • A 1-2 page personal statement, double-spaced. This statement should explain:
    • The applicant’s academic and professional interests, experience, and aspirations or plans (as they relate to foreign policy)
    • How this scholarship would make a difference in the applicant’s academic and professional development over the course of their senior year
    • The applicant’s post-graduation goals
  • One reference
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended

The Hellmann Scholarship Committee will evaluate applicants based on the strength of their academic record, their personal statement, and their letter of recommendation.

Meet the past recipients of the Hellmann Scholarship!

Please direct questions to Office of Academic Services,