Opportunities in Public Service
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world 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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. It awards grants in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, STEM fields, and creative and performing arts.
James C. Gaither Fellows Program
The Junior Fellows Program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 8 to 10 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year. Junior fellows are matched with senior associates to work on a variety of international affairs issues and may conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, or contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials. Deadline: Mid-December
The James Madison Foundation awards Junior Fellowships to college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7–12. Junior Fellows are expected to complete graduate study within two academic years of full-time study and will receive up to $24,000 to continue their education. Upon receiving this award, students will be expected to pursue a degree pertaining to both education and American history or politics. Applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence.
Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is for U.S. citizen college juniors who plan to pursue graduate degrees and careers in public service fields. The Truman awards $30,000 toward graduate studies to students with strong records of community service and activism on a particular societal or environmental issue. Applications must be submitted through Messiah College and will be accepted until September.
The Udall Scholarship awards $7,000 to U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment, or to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care. Applications must be submitted through Messiah College and will be accepted until February.