Top 10 Summer Fellowships of 2014

Dec 02, 2013

It’s that time of year again! We’ve put together our annual list of our Top 10 Summer Fellowships. While you may be considering a summer job or unpaid internship, a competitive, paid fellowship could introduce you to a new career path, teach you a new skill or even fund a summer abroad. Application deadlines for summer fellowships typically fall between December and February so now is the best time to prepare. Here are our fellowship program recommendations ordered by application deadline.

New Sector Summer Fellowship Program

The New Sector Alliance Summer Fellowship program is an intensive 11-week program for current and recent undergraduate students and graduate students who are committed to the social sector. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool and serve in a cohort of 25 fellows with organizations in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit and community organizations, while engaging in professional development activities to strengthen their skills for immediate and future impact. Application deadline: December 20, 2013 (Round 1 applications) and March 7, 2014 (Round 2 applications)

Joint Program In Survey Methodology (JPSM) Junior Fellows Program

The Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) Junior Fellows Program at the University of Maryland offers a unique summer fellowship experience for undergraduate students that provides a paid research assistantship at a federal statistical agency in Washington, DC, plus advanced seminars in statistics. Read more about this program in our interview with Jordan Misra. Application deadline: December 30, 2013

Kinship Conservation Fellows

Each year, Kinship Conservation Fellows provide 18 mid-career conservation practitioners with the opportunity to participate in a one-month curriculum lead by a faculty of global conservation experts. Fellows spend one month in residence at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and are provided housing and a $6,000 stipend. Read more about Jos Hill’s experience as a Kinship Conservation Fellow. Application deadline: January 27, 2014

Boren Scholarships for STEM students

Boren Scholarships provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Boren Scholarships has a special summer initiative providing up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum of 8 weeks) specifically for students majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Application deadline: February 5, 2014

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is a unique summer fellowship program that affords underrepresented U.S. university students an opportunity to gain international professional experience through an 8-week internship in Argentina, Germany, or Singapore. The theme of this year’s Cultural Vistas Fellowship is environmental sustainability. 2013 Cultural Vistas Fellow Jillian Reilly described her fellowship experience in Singapore in a recent interview with ProFellow. Application deadline: February 7, 2014

CODE2040 Fellows Program

The CODE2040 Fellows Program brings high-performing Black and Latino/a student together for a life-changing summer fellowship that includes a software development internship with a top tech company in the San Francisco Bay Area, individual mentoring, a speaker series, workshops, coaching, and more. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through February 9, 2014

Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship

The Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for students to learn about high-tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, DC. The Fellowship provides a full scholarship of $7,995 to attend the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) as well as a $1,000 stipend. Through IBGA, Tisdale Fellows will be placed with a high-tech company, firm, or trade association, participate in weekly issues seminars, take two classes from George Mason University, and live in furnished apartments on George Washington University’s downtown campus. Application deadline: February 10, 2014

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship funds a project proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet have not been afforded opportunities to travel abroad. Application deadline: February 24, 2014 (for projects conducted in the Summer/Fall of 2014)

AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (UK)

The Fulbright Commission American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London is a three-week cultural and academic programme for U.S. students. This programme focuses on both acting and understanding Shakespeare’s texts. Students’ studies are supplemented by workshops focusing on combat and swordplay, movement, dance, and design. Students will also have the opportunity to watch performances and take part in a question-and-answer session with the Globe actors. Application deadline: February 27, 2014

Lend For America Microfinance Fellowship

Lend for America is a fellowship for college students to start microfinance organizations in campus communities. You’ll spend 8 weeks learning from hard-working Americans and microfinance practitioners about the opportunities for microfinance to transform business owners and communities by reviewing loan applications, opening savings accounts, and coaching clients. All of your travel expenses are paid and you’ll receive a $2,500 stipend. Application deadline: March 30, 2014

This is just a small portion of the 90 summer fellowship opportunities currently listed in ProFellow’s database. To find more fellowships like these, sign up to view our fellowships database.

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