September, 2014
Our mission is simple: We want more Americans to develop global skills. Many free programs exist to make that happen, but not everyone knows about them. This newsletter flags 40 ways to go global along with upcoming application deadlines. Sign up at to get future newsletters.

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Featured Opportunities
High School Students

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
program, sponsored by the
U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.  Apply by Oct. 30, 2014.

For College Students

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs and an understanding of career opportunities in international affairs. Students attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals in Washington, DC.  
Apply by Feb. 3, 2015.

For Professionals

The Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship
(IAF) assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The program aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional achievements.
Apply by Oct. 31, 2014.

Opportunities for Professionals & Recent Graduates

Deadline:  Rolling                            

Atlas Corps facilitates overseas fellowships for the best of the world's rising leaders. They volunteer at outstanding organizations addressing social issues and are enrolled in an ongoing training program. After 12 or 18 months, they return to their countries to work for at least one year (and usually their entire career) back in the nonprofit sector, sharing new skills, best practices, valuable experiences and a global network of changemakers.

Deadline: September 29, 2014       German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellowship    
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is the flagship leadership development program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. It is an intensive learning and networking experience that begins with 6 months of preparations and ends with 24 days of immersion across the Atlantic. The program builds capacity for transatlantic understanding and cooperation, and fosters collaboration and innovation. Briefings, meetings, and site visits form the core of the experience, alongside personal research and reflection. The German Marshall Fund selects 75 Marshall Memorial Fellows each year from 35 nations. Selected fellows come from business, government, and civil society. Applicants must be between ages 28 and 40.

Deadline: Varies by Nominator       Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately ten to twelve graduating seniors to serve as research assistants. They 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. Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning in August) at Carnegie in Washington. Positions are full time and include a salary and benefits package.

Deadline: October 14, 2014               Fulbright U.S. Student Program                              

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period. 

Deadline:  October 14, 2014              Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship                                     

The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. 

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, launched in 2013, is a new component of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Program that will support up to five Fellowships for one academic year of travel and multi-media storytelling on globally significant topics. Fellows will focus their stories on one or more of the program's annual themes. Digital stories produced by fellows will receive editorial support of National Geographic's editorial team and be published on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic website.  

Deadline: TBD                                  The Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellows           

As part of the CBCF Congressional Fellows Program, The Donald M. Payne Foreign Policy Fellows Program is a 20-month policy training and leadership development program targeting early-career policy professionals committed to advancing positive global change. Fellows will have the opportunity to work in the office of a CBC Member in addition to serving on a congressional committee to gain exposure to U.S. and international policy debates.

Deadline:  September 1, 2014         Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The ICWA fellowship covers expenses for fellows under the age of 36 to spend two years of independent study abroad working on a project proposed by the fellow.  The ICWA fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures.  Fellows are required to write monthly newsletters, which are distributed to Institute members and other interested parties, including family, friends and professional associates of the fellows. 

Deadline: TBD                                    Acumen Regional Fellows Program                           

This one-year fellowship is offered in East Africa, Pakistan or India. 20 individuals in each region participate in intensive seminars and training exercises to improve their capacity to execute on a social change project of their choosing. Participants remain in their full-time jobs while in the program.

Deadline: TBD                                    Acumen Global Fellows Program                                            

The Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to serving the poor and who have the business and operational expertise, and moral imagination needed to effect long-term social change. The fellowship begins with an eight-week training program in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows learn about business models for the poor, hone their leadership skills, and learn more about Acumen.  Each Fellow works for the CEO or senior management of an Acumen investee on a critical business issue facing the organization.


Deadline: October 31, 2014              CFR International Affairs Fellowship           

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is a distinguished program offered by CFR to assist mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The program aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional and scholarly achievements. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually to highly accomplished individuals who have a capacity for independent work and who are eager to undertake serious foreign policy analysis. The IAF Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-five who are eligible to work in the United States.

No Deadline                                        Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

YPFP is a community of promising young professionals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, all of whom are bound together by an interest in addressing global challenges. During the most formative years of their careers, YPFP educates and influences its members through comprehensive, informed and diverse cross-sector dialogue with each other and today's leading foreign policy leaders. Through these discussions and other activities, members develop personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime.

Deadline: December 12, 2014           World Savvy Global Competence Certificate 

The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) Program is the first-of-its-kind online graduate level certificate program in global competence education for teachers. Developed by Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society, the 15-month GCC helps educators integrate global competence into their practice while building their own global citizenship and teacher-leadership skills. The GCC combines engaging and interactive online coursework, immersive global fieldwork, and collaborative practice groups with interdisciplinary peers. Participants earn a Certificate in Global Competence plus either 48 Continuing Education Units or 12 Graduate Credits.

Deadline: October 31, 2014                CFR International Affairs Fellowship in Japan        

The International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. The program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, although the selection committee has made exceptions when it considered that the fellowship would allow an individual to add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement.

The International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a period of twelve months to work with practitioners. CFR awards approximately two fellowships annually. The IAF-NS is only open to faculty members with tenure or on tenure-track lines at accredited universities and who propose to spend a year working in government or at an international organization. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States and be between the ages of twenty-nine and fifty.

Deadline:  August 29, 2014           U.S.-Spain Council Young Leaders Program

The U.S.-Spain Council, and the Fundaci�n Consejo Espa�a - EEUU launched the U.S.-Spain Young Leaders Program in 2001 to bring young American leaders to Spain with the goal of familiarizing them with the social, cultural, economic, and political realities of contemporary Spain, and to foster stronger understanding between Spain and the United States.  The Upcoming Young Leaders Program will take place January 18th through the 24th in Madrid and Seville, Spain. Ten young leaders between the ages of 30 and 45 with a "political profile" who have a distinguished record of achievement will be selected to participate.

Deadline: January 5, 2015        Council on Foreign Relations Term Membership Program

The Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program, established to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders, encourages promising young women and men from diverse backgrounds to engage in a sustained conversation on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Each year, a new class of term members between the ages of thirty and thirty-six is elected to serve a five-year term. Term members enjoy a full range of activities, including events with high-profile speakers, an annual Term Member Conference, roundtables, trips to various sites, including military bases, international organizations, and U.S. governmental agencies, and one weeklong study trip abroad every two years.  Applicants must be ages 30-36 to qualify for Term Membership.  Applicants above the age of 36 may apply for regular membership (deadlines annually on March 1 and October 1).

Graduate Student Opportunities

Deadline: October 30, 2014                 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a transatlantic educational program from Humanity in Action. The Fellowship offers 24 American and European graduate students the chance to explore the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity.  Fellows travel to Washington, DC and Paris to study how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international issues. The program seeks to promote constructive diplomacy in a changing world through innovative and inclusive approaches.


Deadline: February 2015                     Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship     

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.   This fellowship provides funding (up to $40,000 annually) for two-year master's degree programs in public policy and international affairs.  Fellows enter the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service for five years upon completion of their master's degree.  

Deadline:  January 14, 2015                Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship          

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  Each year, the program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will become U.S. Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State.

Deadline:  January 20, 2015                 USAID Donald M. Payne Fellowship                    

The Payne Fellowship Program plans awards fellowships valued at up to $45,000 annually for a two-year program.  The award includes up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master's degree at a U.S. institution; a $15,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships.  After two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and entry requirements will become Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.  

Deadline: January 20, 2015           Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program    

The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field. The Whitaker Program was funded by The Whitaker Foundation (now closed), and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Whitaker International Program grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering. We hope to offer at least 50 Fellow and Scholar grants annually; only the highest-quality applicants are awarded. We encourage all students/junior faculty who are considering a period of study or research abroad to apply.

Deadline: February 3, 2015              Whitaker International Summer Program          

For currently enrolled Master's or PhD students, or recent Master's recipients in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Summer awards are for 8 weeks including a fixed fellowship award and a monthly stipend. Up to 20 awards will be available for Summer 2015.


Deadline: TBD                                  Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Public Health           

Offered in partnership with the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institute of Health, Fulbright-Fogarty fellowships grant medical students and graduate students interested in global health the opportunity to conduct research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Fellows spend nine months in one of twelve countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or South America.


Deadline: January 27, 2015             Boren Graduate Fellowships                               

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Fellows represent a vital pool of motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. 


Deadline:  December 31, 2014          Fulbright Canada STEM Awards            

The Fulbright Canada STEM Award offers U.S. students support for three years of doctoral study at one of six leading Canadian research universities (McGill University, Universit� de Montr�al, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo) in basic and applied fields of science, engineering and mathematics. 

College Student Opportunities


Deadline: September 22, 2014        Laura Bush Travelling Scholarship       


The Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO offers grants of $2,500 to conduct research in a foreign country.



Deadline: October 15, 2014            Student Ambassadors for U.S. Pavillion in Milan, Italy 


Applications are being accepting now through October 15 from American college students to serve as on-the-ground ambassadors for the 2015 USA Pavilion at the next world's fair in Milan, Italy. U.S. citizens currently pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees who are at least 18 years of age are invited to apply online to the Student Ambassador Program to represent the United States next year at Expo Milano 2015. 


Deadline:  October 17, 2014             U.S. Department of State Summer 2015 Internships

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America's principle foreign affairs agency.  The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. 


Deadline: November 1, 2014            PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton         

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program for rising college seniors.  The program prepares students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. It provides participants with the tools for critical thinking, speaking, writing and quantitative reasoning, and with the skills and experiences necessary to create, analyze, implement, evaluate and affect policy in a multicultural, multiethnic society. Current college juniors are eligible to apply by November 1 for the summer 2015 program. Selection also comes with funding towards graduate studies in public policy or international affairs.

Deadline: TBD                                 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program       

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Undergraduate, master's and doctoral-level students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply for the seven-to-10-week-long programs. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 


Deadline: February 27, 2015           Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship                                


A component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.



Deadline: February 4, 2014             Boren Undergraduate Scholarships                       


Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 



Deadline:  February 3, 2015            Charles B. Rangel Scholars Summer Program   

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program that provides undergraduate students 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 provides seminars that enhances knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics and writing; introduces participants to a wide range of government and non-government professionals who work on global issues; arranges visits to various institutions involved in international affairs; and helps students explore graduate school, scholarship, fellowship, internship, and professional options in international affairs. Costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day are covered. Students receive a $3,200 stipend. 


Deadline: November 2014                 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship                   

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States awarded to graduating college seniors nominated by participating institutions.  The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates of "unusual promise" a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel -- in international settings new to them -- to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.  The stipend for the fellowship year is $28,000 ($38,000 for fellows accompanied by a spouse or dependent child).


Deadline:  January 8, 2015                Humanity in Action Fellowship                    


The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students, or recent graduates at accredited, four-year U.S. undergraduate colleges or universities. 



Deadline: October 7, 2014                Gilman International Scholarship Program


The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and offers scholarships for undergraduates to study & intern abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad & the countries and regions where they go. Over 2,000 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

High School Student Opportunities

Deadline: October 30, 2014        National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)      
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by theU.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. 

Deadline: Varies                          Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)                                
The CBYX program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to spend an academic year attending a German school while living with a host family. The program provides a network of support through reputable international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully screened host families to ensure the safety and success of the participant's exchange experience.    No previous language skills are required. If you have a passion for learning languages and want to immerse yourself in German culture, this program may be for you! You will return from the program with a greater perspective on German social, economic, and political life. 

Deadline: January 7, 2015         Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Abroad (YES)

The YES Abroad program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to develop a perspective of a Muslim culture first-hand. Participants spend an academic year attending a high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations. A network of support through partner international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful experience.  Participants serve as "youth ambassadors" of the United States, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.