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.

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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.
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


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internships

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus 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 deadlines: Friday, January 20, 2017


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


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


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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 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