Additional External Opportunities

This list of opportunities is provided by USC AHF to help students explore the vast array of competitive scholarships and fellowships available.  For more information about the following opportunities be in touch directly with the sponsoring foundation.

Amgen Scholars Program at Caltech 

Caltech’s Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace selects ten to twelve recent graduates to serve as research assistants each year. Carnegie Junior Fellows are matched with senior associates – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists – from around the world to work on a variety of international affairs issues.

Carnegie Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1) at Carnegie in Washington, D.C. as a research assistant and receive a full-time salary with benefits.

Eligibility: Applicants must complete a Bachelor’s degree by the start of their fellowship. U.S. Citizens and some international students with U.S. work eligibility are invited to apply. Students on an F-1 Visa will need a full 12 months of OPT to be eligible.

Competitive candidates have strong research and writing skills, relevant coursework, relevant work and/or internship experience, and strong letters of recommendation.

Applications are typically due in early December.  Review a recent Call for Applications for more information or contact USC’s campus liaison:

Linda Cole
Associate Director, USC School of International Relations
VKC 330    (213) 740-2139   lcole@usc.edu

Capital Fellows Program

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering 64 college graduates unique experiences in policy-making and development with California state government. These 10-11 month fellowships are an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service, prepare for a future career and gain experience under a seasoned mentor.

City Year 

Every year, nearly 3,000 young people join City Year and dedicate 11 months to make a lasting impact on students and communities across the country. #makebetterhappen is a place where you can hear some of the great things that are happening every day, from the AmeriCorps members themselves. It’s a place where thousands of stories all add up to #makebetterhappen. At City Year, we’re working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, we’re helping to increase graduation rates across the country, and changing the lives of the students we serve.

Eligibility: 

  • Have a college degree or have attended some college, have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to dedicate 11 months to full-time service
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
  • Have served no more than 3 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC or VISTA program
  • Agree to a background or security check

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a full year fellowship, funded by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag.  The fellowship is awarded annually to 75 candidates in a broad range of career fields.  Fellowship includes:

  • Two months of intensive German language training
  • Four months of study at a German university or equivalent
  • Five-month internship with a German company or organization
  • Accommodations with a German host or in a student residence
  • Roundtrip transatlantic airfare and program-related travel costs
  • Monthly stipends to cover cost of living
  • Various seminars throughout program

Eligibility: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 24 with clear career goals, some relevant experience in their career field, an interest in German and international affairs, and a strong sense of American identity.  Previous German language knowledge is not required, but is preferred.  Candidates in all fields are encouraged to apply.

Coro Fellows Program

The Coro Fellows program is an experience-based program that develops the next generation of civic leaders through a 9-month, full-time, paid cross-sectoral leadership training fellowship that involves field placements, seminars, interviews, focus weeks and community-based impact projects.

Watch the USC Coro Fellowship Information Session (Recorded Fall 2015)

Cultural Vistas Summer Internship Program in Germany

The Cultural Vistas Summer Internship Program in Germany provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable international work skills, improve German language abilities, and experience German life and culture firsthand.  Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, business, engineering, finance, tourism, IT, media/communications, international relations, the nonprofit sector, German studies, and economics. Internship duration is typically two to three months, with most students completing a three month internship.  Cultural Vistas works with an array of global partner organizations to place participants in professional internships that reflect their background and career goals. Companies range from small family-owned businesses to multinational holdings.  Many internships are paid and scholarships are available to qualified participants who receive unpaid internships.

Eligibility

  • Students, international and U.S., enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities and Canadian citizens enrolled in U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities are eligible for the program.
  • At least two years of university level studies in the field of your major
  • Two years of post-secondary instruction in German or the equivalent (extra language training is available, if needed)
  • Practical experience in target internship field (summer employment, prior internship, lab position, etc.) does not need to be extensive, but is preferred. The more experience you have, the more desirable you are to a potential host company.
Since 2009, E4FC has developed resources to help undocumented students across the United States find scholarships to pay for college. These resources have been assembled and updated by undocumented young people who have participated in E4FC’s various programs. Thanks to the support of students, educators and parents like you, in the past year alone our scholarship resources have been accessed over 60,000 times.

Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP)

The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag). This professional opportunity overseas is ideal for students planning on pursuing careers at a regional level of government in the United States or Canada, or who have an interest in a specific policy issue such as the environment, education, or healthcare.  EMGIP runs three times a year—fall, spring, and early summer—for one to three months, depending on elections, holiday schedules and state offices’ preferences.

Eligibility

  • U.S. or Canadian citizen
  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at accredited U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities before, during and after the program may apply.
  • 18–30 years of age
  • High-intermediate German skills (oral & written). Candidates must be able and willing to communicate in German and possess good command of professional vocabulary in field.
  • Minimum of two years of university level studies in a field related to one of the following: international relations, public administration, political science, law, economics, European studies with emphasis on Germany, German or German studies, with a minor in one of the fields listed
  • Some relevant work experience (e.g. internship, volunteer work, summer job). It is important that a candidate knows how to adjust to a professional environment and how to use theoretical skills in the workplace.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.

The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. US citizenship required.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Information Session Video (Recorded 12/1/16)

Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Program

The Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Program aims to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the US and the UK. Each year, the Fulbright Commission supports around 60 UK and US undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. There are 9 different Summer Institutes offered in the UK with unique themes that span for 3-6 weeks.

Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programs at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

The Deadline to apply varies with each Institute (typically mid-late February)

Eligibility:

Candidates must be:

  • US Citizen
  • Current Freshman or Sophomore at a college or university
  • Must be 18 years old by the time the program begins
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7

Read about USC’s 2016-2017 Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Recipient, Kenneth Lee

Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program

Hertog Foundation Summer Fellowships Programs 

The Hertog Foundation offers several highly competitive and selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. We offer programs in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy.

Our programs include short-term seminars in New York City and Washington, DC as well as summer fellowships for college undergraduates and recent graduates.

Political Science

Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2015 or 2016)

War Studies Program

Eligibility: College juniors, seniors, and very recent graduates (2015 or 2016)

Summer Courses

Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2015 or 2016)

Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of students and recent graduates from the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to explore historical ad contemporary issues of human rights, diversity and active and responsible citizenship.

Fellows participate in month-long fellowship programs in one of five European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw) where they study these issues collaboratively within the historical and national context of their placements.

Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily seminars, discussions, site visits and workshops with renowned  academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non0profit and community organizations museums and memorials.

Applications are live in mid-September and due in mid-January.

Eligibility:

  • second year students through those within two years of completing their undergraduate degree
  • open to international students
  • no age limit
  • no minimum GPA

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a competitive five week long summer leadership program that takes place just outside of Washington, D.C. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The program offers a small, select group of rising college juniors unparalleled opportunities in the nation’s capital and on the famous estate of the first President of the United States.

Michel David-Weill Scholarship

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship carries a monetary value of $80,000 and covers the cost of tuition and living expenses during a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po. The scholarship is awarded each year to one American student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement.

Eligibility: 

  • Be a US citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate senior at an eligible Sciences Po partner institution
  • Have a 3.7 or higher GPA and be aged 19-25 without a doctoral degree and
  • Be accepted to an eligible Sciences Po master’s program. A complete list of master’s programs offered at Sciences Po can be found here. For more information about the Michel David-Weill Scholarship or to apply review this brochure and visit the Scholarship’s website.
  • **If you are interested in applying for this award, you must be in touch with the AHF office by October 1. Only one USC student can be endorsed each year.

National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowships 

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has called for 100,000 new teachers in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In response, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is working with the nation’s top universities to attract and support college graduates who have demonstrated their potential in these fields.

If you are passionate about mathematics or science and would enjoy a career sharing your growing knowledge with young people, you can join the next wave of STEM teachers who will prepare those scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will lead our nation’s search for answers and innovation.

Oman Research Fellowship

In 2010, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center established its Research Fellowship Program, which aims to promote and cultivate scholarly research about Oman across several academic disciplines. The fellowship is open to PhD candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university, and funds one scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.

Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

Princeton in Africa 

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service projects. Our program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S. Our Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes, and so much more.

Princeton in Asia

Princeton in Asia (PiA) fosters mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities. Founded in 1898, PiA is one of the oldest not-for-profit organizations of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. PiA offers approximately 130 year-long fellowships in 19 Asian countries in the fields of access to education, environmental sustainability, public health, economic development, social justice and access to information. PiA offers an incredibly active group of fellows and alumni who, inspired by their year-long PiA experience, maintain a lifetime commitment to Asia and PiA. PiA is open to graduates of all colleges and universities and requires no prior Asian experience or language skills.  The application is due in mid-November, and can be found here.  Please email piaapps@princeton.edu with any questions about PPiA.

Princeton in Latin America 

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) was established in 2002 by an enthusiastic group of Princeton students, alumni, staff, and faculty as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening in the Americas the fulfillment of the University’s motto, “Princeton in the nation’s service, and in the service of all nations.” PiLA matches partner NGO and multilateral organizations that are engaged in socially responsible development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean with highly qualified and motivated recent college graduates who are interested in year-long service fellowship opportunities throughout the region.

Public Allies 

Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. We believe that everyone can make a difference and can work to inspire more citizens to believe in themselves, step up, and act. Throughout our nation’s history, lasting social change has always resulted from the courageous acts of many, not just the inspiration of the few. Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute

The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field and pursue a career in public service. Each year the organization recruits 100 rising undergraduate seniors to participate in a seven week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) focused on building their capacity to handle graduate level work. PPIA Fellows are also supported in graduate school with fee waivers and financial aid.

PPIA Fellows receive full tuition for the JSI, a stipend of up to $1,500, room and board, and assistance with books and course related material costs. They may also be eligible for support to cover travel expenses and GRE preparation. Once admitted to a graduate program, PPIA Fellows that attend a PPIA graduate school can also receive a $5,000 scholarship and other aid.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate students with U.S. citizenship that are planning to return for at least one semester after the completion of their JSI.  Competitive candidates will demonstrate strong academic abilities, leadership, and a commitment to public service.  Learn more from a recent webinar!

Rotary Global Grant Scholarships

Rotary Foundation Global Grants are used to fund graduate level scholarships and sustainable, measurable and needs-based community service projects to be completed during your scholarship period related to one or more of the following Rotary Six Areas of Focus:

  1. Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  2. Disease Prevention and Treatment
  3. Water and Sanitation
  4. Maternal and Child Health
  5. Basic Education and Literacy
  6. Economic and Community Development

This is a year-long grant for projects outside of the U.S. in collaboration with a host Rotary Club. Rotary seeks out students who are prepared for the challenge of serving as outstanding ambassadors of goodwill.  Awardees are given a $30,000 scholarship which covers airfare, living expenses & tuition

Applicants must select ONE graduate university in the host country.  Applicants may submit the Rotary application while in the process of being admitted to the host university, but the Rotary application will NOT be complete until you produce evidence you have been admitted to a course of study.

Additional Applicant Resources

Deadline to apply for Rotary Global Grant Scholarship: December 2, 2016

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Teach for America

Teach For America is the national corps of top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Teach For America’s network includes more than 10,000 corps members teaching in 46 regions across the country and nearly 28,000 alumni working in education and many other sectors to create the systemic changes that will help end educational inequity.

The Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship 

The Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship honors the lifelong work of the founder of Rosie’s Place. The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a woman with new ideas, talent and energy to develop and carry out a project that will improve the lives of poor and homeless women. This project can be based in any New England community and is not intended to focus specifically on women at Rosie’s Place.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Tip: Letters of recommendation should focus on 13 Foreign Service Officer Qualifications.

Melissa Martinez is the U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence for Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are a select group of career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve. Melissa is the recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship and National Security Exchange Program International Boren Graduate Fellowship.

Tillman Scholarship Program 

The Tillman Scholars program unites the best talent and leadership from the military and military spouses and is not a gift; it’s an investment in excellence and potential. The application is open to military veterans (active duty or separated, including National Guard & reserve) and spouses pursuing a full-time four-year, master’s, PhD, or professional degree at a US-based accredited institution. Each award is based on the applicant’s unique financial need. The application to join the 2016 Tillman Scholarship Class is open until March 1.

Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing the students to basic science concepts that are relevant to a more specific understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, both of which are major problems in minority communities. The summer fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician’s daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Students in the summer program receive counseling on financial planning for medical school and how to examine the financial aid package.

The Trudeau Scholarship

Valued at up to $60,000 per year for a maximum of four years, the Trudeau Scholarship is the most prestigious doctoral award in Canada. It offers the opportunity to interact within an exceptional community of leaders and committed individuals in every field of the social sciences and humanities.

The scholarship provides a generous stipend and comprises a substantial yearly allowance for research and travel, which helps support audacious interdisciplinary research and original fieldwork. Moreover, each Trudeau Scholar is paired with a distinguished Trudeau Mentor selected among the most eminent Canadian practitioners in all sectors of public life. Scholars also participate in events organized by the Foundation and may request financial and logistical support to hold their own workshops. Every year, over 150 scholarship applications from PhD students at Canadian and foreign universities undergo a rigorous selection process. Fifteen scholarships are awarded every year.

National Deadline: End of November (print applications) or Mid-December (digital applications)

Eligibility:

Candidates must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant applying to a doctoral program n the social sciences and humanities or registered full-tim in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university OR
  • be a Canadian citizen applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a foreign university OR
  • be a foreign national (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) applying to a doctoral program in the social sciencess and humnitities or registered full-tim in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university
  • present a research project linked to one of the four themes of the Foundation
  • be nominated by a university

University of Kent, UK Summer School Programs

We offer a variety of summer schools at our locations across Kent and Europe covering a wide range of subjects. You can study for interest, credit, professional training or as preparation for further learning. The summer schools are open to all unless otherwise specified.

WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, students with disabilities.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, funded by the American India Foundation, is helping to shape the next generation of leaders committed to impactful change while also strengthening civil society to be more efficient and effective.  The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change. Together, Fellows and development sector leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills while sharing their passion and commitment to open new ways of looking at the world – ultimately transforming both the individual and organization.  For more information about the Clinton Fellowship for Service in India or to apply visit the American India Foundation’s website.