Open Calls for Applications: Fellowships, Grants, and Fully Funded Graduate Programs

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The following list of open calls for applications includes professional fellowships, research grants for individuals, and graduate school funding opportunities that are now accepting applications.

For opportunities from additional fellowship programs, check out our upcoming fellowship deadlines articles and ProFellow’s database of more than 1,300 fellowship programs.

The opportunities are listed in order of application deadlines. Click the links to learn more!

Robertson Foundation for Government

The RFG Fellowships fully fund master’s degrees in international relations, policy, and related fields at select partner universities. Individuals interested in a fellowship may apply to one or more of RFG’s partner schools.


  • Passion for public service and commitment to a career in the federal government.
  • Agreement to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of the first seven years after graduation.
  • Functional fluency in a foreign language (or attain by graduation).
  • U.S. citizenship.

Multiple deadlines – apply soon!

The FUSE Executive Fellowship

This selective program partners accomplished professionals with local government agencies as FUSE Executive Fellows for a 12-month period. FUSE Executive Fellows apply their experience and commitment to community service to nurture innovative and sustainable approaches that address complex social and civic issues.


  • 15+ years of professional experience, which may have been gained across the public, private and/or social sector
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ease in making public presentations
  • Demonstrated passion for public service, civic innovation and/or cross-sector collaboration

Rolling application deadline – Apply soon!

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps brings people together through service and volunteering to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. AmeriCorps members serve directly with organizations and nonprofits to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. AmeriCorps members serving in the VISTA program support projects that address poverty in communities across the country.  


  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent

Rolling application deadline – Apply soon!

Radcliffe Fellowship Program

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.


  • Demonstrate an extraordinary level of accomplishment
  • Have received their doctorate (or appropriate terminal degree) in the area of their proposed project at least two years prior to their appointment as a fellow
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong body of independent research and writing

Deadline: September 30, 2021

German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow. Graduates with initial leadership experience from Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, the Russian Federation, South Africa, or the USA interested in implementing a self-chosen project that supports career development while working in Germany are encouraged to apply. 


  • Citizenship of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, the Russian Federation, South Africa, or the USA, including predominantly living and working in one of these countries
  • Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree completed no more than twelve years ago
  • English and/or German language skills

Deadline: October 15, 2021

International Affairs Fellowships 

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking fellowship applicants for the 2022–2023 academic year. The programs offer unique opportunities, domestic and overseas, for accomplished mid and senior career professionals. Selected fellows broaden their foreign policy experience by spending their fellowships in public service or research environments.

Eligibility will be dependent on the program.

Deadline: October 31, 2021

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship enables US scholars to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in countries across the network of Overseas Research Centers as well as other countries. The fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences.


  • Scholars who have earned their Ph.D. and U.S. doctoral candidates who are all but dissertation
  • Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or as a team

Deadline: November 16, 2021

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts.


  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of applying (by the November 18, 2021 application deadline).
  • Have a minimum of five complete years of full-time classroom teaching experience prior to submitting the application. Student teaching does not count toward this minimum full-time teaching requirement.
  • Have been teaching full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline. Current employment may be as an educator or district official.

Deadline: November 18, 2021

Alfa Fellowship Program

Gain competitive skills for the global workplace plus experience in the business, policy, and cultural environments of Russia and the region. This unparalleled opportunity has enabled over 200 professionals from the U.S., U.K., and Germany to elevate their careers since 2004. Fully funded, the program includes language training, seminars, and an extended professional assignment for up to 18 fellows annually. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, program related-travel costs, accommodation, and insurance.


  • Early to mid-career professional from the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany
  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant professional experience related to desired field of work placement
  • Demonstrated interest in Russia and the region with clearly defined career trajectory
  • Committed to being an active contributor to an international network
  • Previous study of a second language, preferably Russian

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Horowitz Foundation Grants for Social Policy

The Horowitz Foundation makes approximately twenty-five grants each year. Research grants are open to researchers in all social science disciplines and are not restricted to US citizens or those enrolled in US institutions. Awards are for $7,500; proposals in certain targeted areas receive additional amounts. The awards are granted for policy-related research in all major areas of the social sciences.


  • Applicants must be current PhD (or DrPH) candidates who are working on their dissertation;
  • Applicants must not have a PhD; those who do, are ineligible;
  • ​Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department;
  • Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required.

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Pardee RAND’s Fully Funded PhD in Policy Analysis

Located in Santa Monica, California, the Pardee RAND Graduate School offers a full-time, residential Ph.D. program in policy analysis — the first and largest of its kind in the country. They’re backed by the brainpower and resources of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Each year, they welcome 25-30 exceptional students who come from diverse personal and academic backgrounds, with about a third of students coming from outside the U.S.


  • Be available to participate in our full-time combined research-and-study program at RAND’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree and/or some work experience is desired
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills; all majors and disciplines are welcome

Deadline: January 6, 2022

UConn’s Fully Funded MFA in Studio Art

UConn’s MFA Studio Art program is a fully funded three-year graduate program that supports a broad range of art-making including painting/drawing, photography/video, printmaking, and sculpture/ceramics with an international faculty and superior and generous facilities in a rural environment centrally located in Southern New England for easy day trips to New York, Boston, Providence, Hartford, and New Haven. The program culminates with an exhibition in a New York City gallery. and a thesis exhibition in UConn’s William Benton Museum of Art.

Deadline: January 15, 2022

Boren Fellowships for Language Study

Graduate Boren Fellowships offer Master’s, PhD, and professional degree candidates up to $30,000 for language study and research projects in dozens of countries around the world. Applicants may request Boren Fellowships funding for self-designed study, or programs administered by their universities or overseas host institutions.


  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Deadline: January 26, 2022

US State Department Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

This unique two-year Fellowship prepares you to enter the Foreign Service by providing: Academic funding (up to $75,000) for you to complete your junior and senior years of college, or a two-year master’s degree program, in an IT-related field;  Two summer internships with stipends (one in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate; Professional development and mentorship.


  • U.S. citizens
  • Enrolled full-time in an IT-related degree program and starting your junior year in Fall 2022, or seeking admission for fall 2022 in a two-year IT-related master’s degree program, at a U.S.-based accredited institution (in-person or online programs)

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Language Study

Boren Scholarships offer undergraduates up to $25,000 to fund immersive language study programs overseas. Applicants may request Boren Scholarships funding for programs administered by their universities or overseas host institutions, or participate in one of the Boren Awards Flagship Language Initiatives.


  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Deadline: February 2, 2022

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