Fellowships to Consider

Please visit the Office of Student Fellowships to learn more about the process of applying for fellowships.  Keep in mind that fellowship opportunities require advance planning!

The Boren Scholarship

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.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one of the world's leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. The Junior Fellows Program at Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Each year, Carnegie holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 8-10 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 have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

Coro Fellows Program
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.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Lipton Family Fund for Career Exploration
James and Jill Lipton, parents of Gordon B. Lipton ’06, initiated the Lipton Family Fund for Career Exploration in December 2008. The fund is intended to support externships and other career exploration opportunities for students with financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services or its successors. It is the donors’ preference that the funds be used to support career exploration opportunities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area when possible. In establishing this fund, the Lipton family affirms Carleton’s foundational role in preparing students to lead thoughtful, caring, and service-oriented lives. Because an important component of the educational process is the creative discovery of diverse post-graduation opportunities, this Fund seeks to provide these opportunities to students without the financial means to pursue such explorations on their own.

The Donald Payne International Development (USAID) Fellowship

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $93,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.


Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship for Undergraduates

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide 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 usually selects 15-20 participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and grad school graduates with the 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.

The Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 toward tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other approved expenses for graduate school or professional school in preparation for a career in public service. “Public service” here is quite broadly defined, and includes such diverse fields as biology, economics, and public health. See the
website for more details. This scholarship is restricted to U.S. citizens.

The White House Fellows Program
Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Sam '75 and Meg Woodside Endowed Fund for Career Exploration
Sam and Meg Woodside established this fund based on their desire to build a link between young adults in college and real-life work experiences. It is the donors’ hope that students with financial need who have access to these internships and career exploration opportunities will deepen their awareness of career possibilities. This support is intended to create an expanded set of post-graduate choices for students for whom such opportunities would otherwise not have been available. The fund has the potential to support up to five internships per year.