Political Science, Public Service, and International Relations

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research across the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The fellowships support graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

NAU Representative: Mariel Goble, International Internship Coordinator
The Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The scholarships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study.

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

Women's Policy, Inc. awards WREI's annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with proven commitment to equity for women. WREI Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C. Fellows receive stipends for tuition and living expenses.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., which conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Twelve to 14 graduating seniors/recent alumni are hired annually as Junior Fellows to work at the Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year. The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program allows you to work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.

Humanity in Action

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has awarded more than 1,300 competitive fellowships to outstanding college students, recent graduates, and young professionals from universities in the United States and Europe. Recipients participate in an orientation hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC and a month-long human rights fellowship program in one of five European cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. Applications for the HIA Fellowship open in September and the application deadline is in January.

There is also a new program for graduate students: The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is an educational program for 24 American and European graduate students about the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity. In Washington, DC and Paris, the Fellows explore how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international and national diversity issues. The program’s guiding mission is to increase awareness of the importance of diversity in diplomacy and other international fields and to encourage and sustain the careers of professionals from minority backgrounds in foreign affairs. Applications open in September and the application deadline is in January.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $10,000 to a graduating senior to support a year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world before going onto a career or graduate school. Applicants develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the individual alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. 

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a program of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years. The organization's mission is to foster understanding of the world by immersing promising individuals in a region, country, or globally important issue and by sharing the benefits of their knowledge with society. Language proficiency required.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Seniors, recent graduates, graduate students within the first four years past the bachelor’s, and with demonstrated records of leadership and civic commitment, can receive full funding for three years to pursue graduate education at Stanford University. The goal of the Knight Hennessy Scholars is to develop a new generation of global leaders.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program

The goal of the Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate 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. Underrepresented students, women, and those with financial need are eligible to apply. The program funds graduate study and two summer internships, followed by appointment to the Department of State Foreign Service. Service requirement of five years with the Foreign Service. 

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The purpose of the Presidential Management Fellows program is to attract outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. If you have completed an advanced degree (masters, doctoral, or professional) from a qualifying university during the two years prior to the opening date of the PMF application announcement in a given year (usually November), you are eligible to apply.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

The Rangel Program seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Each year, the Rangel Program offers twenty Graduate Fellowships to outstanding seniors and recent graduates. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

The Rangel program also accepts 15-20 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that prepares global-minded undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. Both programs are competitive and seek applicants with a strong academic background, a commitment to service and an interest in making a difference in the world around them.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellows are selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. Alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations. The Rotary Foundation provides fellows with funding to cover the required tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from the study city, books and supplies, and an applied field experience. Interested applicants must contact their local Rotary Club to apply.

Schwartzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars funds a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in China in the areas of international relations, public policy, or economics and business. Taught in English. For seniors, graduate students, or recent graduates under the age of 29 with high leadership potential. 

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and grad school graduates an opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. 

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council funds several fellowships for dissertation research. The largest, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship, supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. Since 1997, the program has funded some 400 graduate students to conduct research in more than 100 countries on a wide range of subjects.

Stanford: Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford maintains a listing of fellowships, internships, and service programs.

Star Fellowship

Each spring and fall, seven Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process.  Star Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors.  Star Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,000 living stipend for the semester.

Truman Scholarships

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides funding to students planning to pursue graduate degrees in preparation for a career in government or other public service/public policy fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection with a strong record of public service, government, and political activities and capable of being "change-agents" and policy-makers.

Udall Congressional Internship

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.  

Udall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the environment, or who are Native American or Alaska Native intending to pursue careers in Native American health care or tribal public policy. 

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship 

The Payne Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as foreign service officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. 

The White House Fellows Program

The White House Fellows Program is an excellent way for early-career professionals to get the experience of working at the highest levels of government. The applicant must have completed his or her undergraduate education, but there is no formal age restriction. There is an application and interview. The White House Fellows are looking for individuals with a record of remarkable professional achievement early in their career, evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and the skills to succeed at the highest levels of the federal government and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

The White House Internship Program

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

Also see opportunities under Government ResourcesGraduate Study in the UK and International Opportunities.