Public Service-Based Fellowships, Scholarships and Opportunities

The Autry Fellowship

  • Offers recent graduates the opportunity to work as full-time, paid staff members at MDC for one-year
  • MDC seeks to improve social equity and opportunity in the South via education, economic development, civic cultures, and leadership
  • Usual deadline:  January
  • Available to:  U.S. citizens or residents who will graduate the year of application or who have graduated within the last 2 years
  • More information at http://www.mdcinc.org/autry-fellowship

Bosch Foundation

• Provides young American professionals with two high-level work placements in the federal government and private sector in Germany
• There are 20 fellowships awarded each year
• Usual deadline: Mid October
• Available to: U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. between the ages of 23 and 34 at the application deadline; those with a BA should have 5 years of professional experience (internships excluded) while those with a graduate degree should have 2 years of professional experience within one of the target fellowship fields: business administration, cultural management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra), journalism, law, non-profit, public policy, and urban planning
• More information at www.cdsintl.org/fromusa/bosch.htm

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

• Provides full-time, nine-month graduate-level leadership training for those dedicated to public affairs
• Program is available in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis
• 64 Fellows chosen each year to learn by experience in a series of placements that may include government, business, electoral politics, organized labor, media and non-profits
• Coro Fellows must pay tuition, but will be given a monthly stipend
• Usual deadline: mid-January
• Available to:  U.S. citizens dedicated to public affairs
• More information at www.coro.org

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

• Fellows participate in a 4 part program where they receive training on hunger, poverty, and social inequality, work with community-based organizations, receive extensive policy training, and then work with non-profits and government agencies
• 20 Fellows are chosen annually for the 1-year program
• Applicants should have a firm commitment to social justice
• Usual deadline: mid-January
• Available to:  U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• More information at www.hungercenter.org/fellowships/emerson

Humanity in Action Internships

• Selects Fellows to perform research on minority rights, intolerance, and democracy for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw
• Promotes collective exploration of social issues related to discrimination while encouraging informed dialogue
• Usual deadline:
• Available to:  Students and recent graduates from the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine
• More information at http://www.humanityinaction.org

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

• Provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue 1-year of public service anywhere in the world
• Applicants must generate a proposal for public service that encompasses any activity that furthers the public good
• Applicants may propose to work alone or through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental or public service organizations
• Usual deadline: mid-January
• Available to:  All graduating students from accredited colleges in the U.S.
• More information at http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp

Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service

• Provides coursework at Georgetown University, housing in Washington, DC, and an 8-week competitive internship to undergraduates dedicated to volunteerism and the non-profit sector
• Accepted students also participate in a group community service project that directly impacts the DC community
• Students do pay tuition (scholarships available based on strength of application and need); housing is provided
• Usual deadline: March, November and June (Summer, Spring, and Fall programs)
• Available to:  Undergraduates (including freshmen) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a dedication to volunteering and the community
• More information at http://www.dcinternships.org/?programs=philanthropy-and-voluntary-service

New York City Urban Fellows Program

• Offers 25 Fellows the opportunity to work in mayoral offices and city agencies to explore current urban issues affecting public policy for nine months
• Fellows earn $30,000 and receive health insurance
• Applicants must be recent graduates (2012 or later for the 2014 application)
• Usual deadline: early January
• Available to:  those eligible to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship
• More information at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/urbanfellows.shtml

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

• Provides funding for the academic and professional development of participants preparing to enter the foreign service
• Encourages the applications of women, minorities, and those with financial need
• Graduate fellowships provide up to $40,000/year for the first and second years of graduate study in fields related or applicable to foreign service
• Chosen candidates are obligated to a minimum of 3 years of service as a Foreign Service officer
• Usual deadline: late-January
• Available to:  U.S. citizens with a 3.2 or higher GPA who are planning to enter graduate school and the foreign service
• More information at www.woodrow.org/index.php

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

• Provides funding for the academic and professional development of participants preparing to enter the foreign service
• Encourages the applications of women, minorities, and those with financial need
• Undergraduate fellowships provide up to $40,000/year for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study in fields related or applicable to foreign service
• Chosen candidates are obligated to a minimum of 3 years of service as a Foreign Service officer
• Usual deadline: late-January
• Available to:  U.S. citizens with a 3.2 or higher GPA who are planning to enter graduate school and the foreign service
• More information at www.woodrow.org/index.php

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program 

• Provides 2 years of graduate school support, internship and professional development opportunities, and assistance entering the Foreign Service to 20 Fellows annually
• Fellows are expected to pursue (and accept) positions as Foreign Service Officers
• Members of underrepresented minority groups and those with financial need are encouraged to apply
• Usual deadline: mid-January
• Available to:  U.S. citizens entering graduate school with a minimum 3.2 undergraduate GPA
• More information at www.rangelprogram.org

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

• Offers 15-20 undergraduates the opportunity to participate in a 6-week summer program that explores issues and trends in international affairs, as well as a greater understanding of career opportunities in that field
• Participants live and attend classes at Howard University in Washington, DC
• Usual deadline: early February
• Available to:  U.S. citizens with a minimum 3.2 undergraduate GPA who have an interest in international affairs
• More information at www.rangelprogram.org

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

• Provides college graduates the opportunity to serve as junior staff members at participating organizations in Washington, DC
• Fellows are supported by a salary as they gain experience in issues of peace and security
• Usual deadline: early October and early January (Spring and Fall selection)
• Available to:  U.S. citizens and non-citizen able to obtain a work visa; open to graduating seniors and graduate students
• More information at http://scoville.org

Truman Scholarship***

• Provides recipients with over $20,000 for graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a field related to future public service (government, education, non-profit sector, etc.)
• Intended for students who are leaders with a commitment to public service and have potential to be agents of change
• Applicants must have a GPA over 3.5, a very strong record of public service, and articulate public policy issues well
• Usual deadline: early February
• Available to:  U.S. citizens with junior-level standing
• More information at www.truman.gov
***Requires Nomination by Elon University

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

  • Offers up to $90,000 worth of benefits over two years, including a two-year master's degree, internships on Capitol Hill or USAID missions overseas, professional development, and support services
  • Fellows who complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers
  • Fellows may pursue a master's degree in any area relevant to work at USAID, including international development or relations, public policy, business administration, languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning
  • Usual deadline:  January
  • Available to:  college seniors or graduates with a 3.2 (or higher) GPA interested in a career with USAID; applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need encouraged to apply
  • More information at www.paynefellows.org

White House Fellows

• Provides the opportunity to serve as a Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries other other top-ranking government officals
• Fellows are paid, full-time staff for one year (GS-14, step 3)
• Fellows are expected to apply their experiences to their future professions and public service
• Usual deadline: mid-January
• Available to:  U.S. citizens who hold a BA and are working in their field;  Fellows should demonstrate a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership skills, a commitment to public service, and ability to work in a team, and a strong character
• More information at http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/fellows