Professional Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors

These opportunities are good fits for undergraduate seniors (135+ units earned)

Boren Scholarship for International Study

Sponsored by the National Security Education Program, the David L. Boren Scholarship provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Applicants select a study abroad program in consultation with their study abroad office and Boren Campus Representative and receive funding up to $20,000 depending on the award and length of program. In exchange for financial support, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Application materials must be certified by campus officers and as a result the campus deadline is before the national deadline. For application information, contact the Center for International Education in SF 102.

Capital Fellows Program

The Capital Fellow’s Programs sponsored by Sacramento State University offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch, or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate, and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply. Applications are typically due in February.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United State and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Applications are typically due in November.

Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed research and study projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. Grant lengths and dates vary by country and you may consult the specific country summary for details. Application materials must be certified by campus officers and as a result the campus deadline is before the national deadline. For application information, contact the Center for International Education in SF 102.

German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship is targeted at university graduates who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. During their stay in Germany, the German Chancellor Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects at host institutions. Fellows will be able to expand their specialist knowledge and gain new international experience whilst enhancing their intercultural skills. Applications are typically due in September.

Greenlining Institute Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is a year-long training program, located in Berkeley, CA, for young leaders that have completed their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program. Fellows receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, fundraise, testify at policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders. Fellows receive $37,500 for the year plus health benefits. Applications are typically due in February.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Intensive and demanding, 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. The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today’s most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The program lasts one month, beginning in May, and provides some airfare, lodging, and stipend funding. Applications are typically due in January.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately ten to twelve recent graduates 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 August 1st) at Carnegie in Washington, DC. The Junior Fellowship is full-time and includes both a salary and benefits. Campuses select up to two applications to endorse and send to the Carnegie Endowment for consideration. Applications are typically due in January.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellows Program

The KSTF Teaching Fellowship is a five-year program divided into three phases, with each phase building on the next. During the program, Fellows will receive professional development from experienced educators and financial support for professional development, classroom materials and more. Approximately 35 individuals are selective each year for KSTF Fellowships. They are looking for dedicated, passionate individuals who are committed to teaching, who demonstrate the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and who have the potential to lead and drive change in education. Applications are typically due in November.

New York City Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City. After participating in an extensive interview process, New York City Urban Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy through a hands-on approach. Fellows receive a nine-month stipend of $30,000 Applications are typically due in January.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for graduating college seniors from a U.S. university 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. Applicants will 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 yourself, alone, or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Applications are typically due in January.

Teach For America

Teach For America is growing the force of leaders committed to ensuring that all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life. Leadership through TFA begins in the classroom, where corps members spend at least two years in low-income communities teaching students and helping them reach their full potential. Corps members are full-time teachers employed by school districts. They receive full salaries and the same comprehensive health benefits as other beginning teachers. Applications are typically due in March.

White House Fellowship

Over the course of nine presidential administrations the non-partisan White House Fellows program has become the nation’s premiere fellowship for public service and leadership. The fellowship year consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. In addition, fellows participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at leadership in government, non-profits, business, the media and more. Applications are typically due in January.

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is a 10 month leadership fellowship that pairs a select number of young professionals from the U.S. and India with NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 34 and completed an undergraduate degree. The American Indian Foundation provides a round trip ticket to India, insurance, and a monthly stipend to each fellow. Applications are typically due in February.

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