Government, Public Policy, and Foreign Affairs

NOTE: The awards below appear in alphabetical order. This list is not comprehensive. Use the databases on our Resources page and your own independent research to find awards not represented here.



Center for CA Studies

Capital Fellows Programs

The Center for California Studies administers four fellowship programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs. These nationally recognized public-policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government. Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public-policy issues and projects, and they are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Graduating seniors and recent alums are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017

 

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment offers 10-12 one-year fellowships to highly qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past year. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. Strong candidates will have significant research experience, rigorous coursework, and a GPA of 3.65 or above. Northwestern may nominate two candidates. For more on the campus application process, click here. For last year's program description, click here.
Campus deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017



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Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

The six-week Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program provides undergraduates with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day, and a stipend of $3200. Second-, third-, and fourth-year students who are US citizens with at least a 3.2 GPA are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Thursday, February 2, 2017



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Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHCI) Institute Congressional Internships

The CHCI offers paid summer internships for promising Latino undergraduates. Interns work in a congressional office and participate in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. First-, second-, and third-year students who are US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, or work-authorized non-US citizens are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017

 

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellowship

Fellows with the CHCI will spend nine months working in Washington, D.C., with significant exposure to leaders in congressional offices, federal agencies, national non-profit advocacy organizations, government-related institutes, and more. Fellows will spend four days each week (Monday-Thursday) learning all facets of public policy, and on Fridays join other fellows for a full day of leadership development. Applicants must be recent graduates who are U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
National deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017

 

Emerson

Emerson National Hunger Fellows

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program working to develop fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty. Fellows spend five months with community-based organizations located across the country and then regroup in Washington, D.C., to participate in extensive policy training and work in non-profit organizations and government agencies working on hunger and poverty policies on a national level. The award includes a total financial package of no less than $36,000. Students who are committed to racial equity and social justice, with strong leadership skills and a completed bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 

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Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship program invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, D.C. 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. Graduating seniors and recent alums are eligible to apply. Preference is given to US citizens, but a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the US is awarded periodically.
National spring-semester deadline: Monday, October 2, 2017

 

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James H. Dunn, Jr., Memorial Fellowship

The Dunn Fellowship Program provides highly motivated college graduates with a unique opportunity to experience the operations of the Illinois state government for one year. Dunn Fellows are paid $31,332 and receive state benefits. A majority of fellows are based in Springfield, with limited placements in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Graduating seniors and recent alums who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017

 

Urban Fellows

New York City Urban Fellows

The New York City Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship that combines work in mayoral offices and city agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Awardees are placed with agencies across New York City to learn about public policy through a hands-on approach. The fellowship award includes a $30,000 stipend and health insurance. Graduating seniors and graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degrees within the past two years and who are eligible to work in the US are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017

 

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Pickering Fellowship

The Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department's premier recruiting programs aimed at increasing diversity among US Foreign Service officers. The fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the US Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Third-year undergraduates and recent alums seeking admission to graduate school who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017



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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes (JSIs)

The PPIA Fellowship begins with the completion of a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Students who are selected for the JSI Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of five participating universities. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a JSI is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits. Third-year students are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

 

Harvard

Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC)

The PPLC is held at Harvard Kennedy School each February to inspire talented, driven, and diverse undergraduate students to pursue careers in public service. The conference introduces students to a graduate school environment focusing on public policy and international affairs, and provides them with fellowship opportunities that may help fund their graduate studies. First- and second-year students who are US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

 

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San Francisco Fellows

The San Francisco Fellows program works to foster community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates for leadership roles in public service. Awardees work as full-time city employees, earning approximately $50,000, plus health insurance. In addition to a weekly learning component and an assigned mentor, fellows conduct projects that span a broad range of city functions, including analytical, planning, and operational work. Students who have completed their bachelor’s degrees within the past five years are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

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Truman Scholarship

As the living memorial to our thirty-third President, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public-service leadership. Along with providing scholarships for graduate school, the Foundation operates a weeklong program for each new class of Truman Scholars that builds community among them and ensures deep mentoring from more seasoned scholars. Scholars are also placed in positions with the federal government or with nationally focused nonprofit organizations upon graduation and before graduate school. Applicants must have academic records commensurate with their proposed graduate degree programs. Third-year students who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Monday, November 28, 2016



Udall

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards $7000 scholarships for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship honors the legacies of Morris and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact upon American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. Northwestern may nominate up to four candidates for tribal public policy and up to four candidates for the environmental category. Second- and third-year students who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Tuesday, February 7, 2017