Political Science and International Relations

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research across the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. 

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., which conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Eight to ten graduating seniors/recent alumni are hired annually as Junior Fellows to work at the Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

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.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship

The J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) will support master’s and PhD students who want to serve in professional positions within foreign-government ministries while also conducting research in policy areas like public health, energy, and economic development. The awards are available in Haiti, Thailand, and nine other countries around the world. Under the Obama administration, the Fulbright Program has put an emphasis on supporting fellowships that help develop ideas that contribute to meeting global challenges, like developing renewable energy or fighting HIV/AIDS.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Provides $10,000 to a graduating senior to support a year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world before going onto a career or graduate school. Applicants 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 the individual alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. 


Idealist.org provides a listing of national and international fellowships in public service, nonprofit, and public policy.

Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a program of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years. The organization's mission is to foster understanding of the world by immersing promising individuals in a region, country, or globally important issue and by sharing the benefits of their knowledge with society. Language proficiency required.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The purpose of the program is to attract outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. If you have completed an advanced degree (masters, doctoral, or professional) from a qualifying university during the two years prior to the opening date of the PMF application announcement in a given year (usually November), you are eligible to apply.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

The Rangel program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Each year, the Rangel Program offers twenty Graduate Fellowships to outstanding seniors and recent graduates. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

The Rangel program also accepts 15-20 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that prepares global-minded undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. Both programs are competitive and seek applicants with a strong academic background, a commitment to service and an interest in making a difference in the world around them.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Foundation Fellows are selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. Alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations. The Rotary Foundation provides fellows with funding to cover the required tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from the study city, books and supplies, and an applied field experience. Interested applicants must contact their local Rotary Club to apply.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council funds several fellowships for dissertation research. The largest, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship, supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. Since 1997, the program has funded some 400 graduate students to conduct research in more than 100 countries on a wide range of subjects.

Stanford: Center for Public Service

Listing of fellowships, internships, and service programs.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis,administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and grad school graduates an 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. 

Truman Scholarships

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides funding to students planning to pursue graduate degrees in preparation for a career in government or other public service/public policy fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection with a strong record of public service, government, and political activities and capable of being "change-agents" and policy-makers.

Udall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the environment, or who are Native American or Alaska Native intending to pursue careers in Native American health care or tribal public policy. 

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship 

The Payne Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as foreign service officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. 

The White House Fellows Program

The White House Fellows Program is an excellent way for early-career professionals to get the experience of working at the highest levels of government. The applicant must have completed his or her undergraduate education, but there is no formal age restriction. There is an application and interview. The White House Fellows are looking for individuals with a record of remarkable professional achievement early in their career, evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and the skills to succeed at the highest levels of the federal government and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Also see opportunities under Government ResourcesGraduate Study in the UK and International Opportunities.