Top 10 Summer Fellowships of 2024

Oct 31, 2023

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If you’re looking to make your upcoming summer memorable by gaining valuable experiences and networking with others in your field, explore these distinctive summer fellowships! Many programs take place in the United States; however, some are open to international students, and one takes place in Europe. The list includes opportunities for learning new languages, educational leadership, computer science research, public policy, addressing community and world issues, international affairs, social change, and even literary poetry. Fellowships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, early and mid-career professionals, and non-traditional students as well!

In addition to these programs, ProFellow’s fellowships database lists professional, graduate, doctoral, and summer fellowships for people of all backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. Be sure to bookmark your favorites to your account and get started on applications now!

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers an immersive summer experience for American college and university students. It focuses on teaching languages crucial to America’s global interactions. Every summer, American undergraduates and graduates from various U.S. academic institutions spend eight to ten weeks at intensive study-abroad institutes, learning one of fourteen vital languages. The CLS Program’s primary goal is to foster rapid language acquisition and develop essential intercultural fluency in regions vital for U.S. national security and economic well-being.

Application Deadline: November 14, 2023

Read our interview with CLS Fellow Benjamin Lutz who was accepted into the Arabic program.

Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship

The EP Summer Fellowship connects professionals with project management and data analysis experience with leading organizations to transform education outside the classroom. Fellows build leadership skills, network, and learn about policies necessary for driving change. During the 10-week program, participants are matched with high-impact placement opportunities at leading educational organizations, allowing them to contribute to a specific project over ten consecutive weeks. This experience shows what a full-time role in the education sector entails and the potential contribution you can make throughout your career. Fellows also receive a stipend of $7,200.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2023

Learn more about what you can do as an EP Fellow by reading Aiyana Hamilton’s interview.

ETH Student Summer Research Fellowship

The Student Summer Research Fellowship (ETH SSRF) invites international undergraduate and graduate students to apply for their computer science research program. During the 2-month summer fellowship, students have the opportunity to conduct research in computer systems, visual computing, information, security, and more in Zürich, Switzerland. Additionally, fellows will have opportunities to network, socialize, travel, and learn about Swiss culture. Participants receive a monthly stipend to cover housing and living expenses, approximately $1,960, and visa costs.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship

The Ferguson RISE Fellowship Program, supported by the CDC, offers a full-time summer fellowship in public health research. It equips fellows with research, educational, and professional development experiences in infectious diseases, public health, mental health, maternal and child health, and health disparities research. The fellowship also aims to increase diversity within the future leadership of public health research. Eligible applicants include currently enrolled or recent graduates in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, public health, allied health, or social sciences. Stipends are based on degree level.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Read our interview with Ferguson RISE Fellow Darnell Davis, who shares his fellowship experience and application tips.

Catherine Hinman Memorial Fellowship

The Catherine Hinman Memorial Fellowship offers graduate students from across the United States the opportunity to gain practical public policy experience and establish valuable professional networks. This fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend, housing, and airfare for students participating in a Washington, D.C.-based fellowship hosted by the Silverado Policy Accelerator. Candidates should have experience or a strong interest in Silverado’s policy focus areas, which include trade, industrial security, climate, ecological, economic security, and cybersecurity. The program caters to individuals who may not have the financial means otherwise to spend a summer in Washington, D.C. Each fellow is matched with a mentor in their field and will complete a final project.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2024

Projects for Peace Summer Grants

The Projects for Peace Summer Grants is an international initiative that empowers young adults to create innovative, community-focused, and scalable solutions to address the world’s most critical challenges. Student leaders expand their knowledge, enhance their skills, and establish themselves as peacemakers and change agents. Every year, more than 100 student leaders receive a $10,000 grant to execute a “Project for Peace” in various locations worldwide, often during their summer break. These projects are grassroots endeavors to tackle the root causes of conflicts and promote peace. Students must be enrolled in an affiliated university to apply. Graduate students in some universities are also eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2024

Learn how Fellowship winner Jennifer Lundt used her summer grant to help empower women in Timor-Leste.

Humanity In Action Fellowship

The HIA Fellowship programs assemble diverse groups of college students and recent graduates worldwide to delve into the historical narratives of discrimination and resilience within nations. They also examine contemporary challenges faced by various minority groups. This intensive 4-week summer fellowship takes place in Europe or the United States. As an interdisciplinary program, it features daily lectures and discussions led by renowned academics, journalists, and activists. Eligible applicants include students and recent graduates, including international students, from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States. HIA fully covers the costs of participation and accommodations.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2024

Check out interviews with Jessica Peng and David Schupp, previous Humanity in Action fellowship winners.

Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship

The Eben Tisdale Fellowship provides students with hands-on experience working on high-tech public policy issues in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship provides a full scholarship to attend the Business + Government Relations program, an academic internship program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, as well as a $1,000 stipend. Eban Tisdale Fellows are placed with a high-tech company, firm, or trade association, take two classes worth six credits from George Mason University, and live in furnished apartments on George Washington University’s downtown campus. Fellows also attend weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. Check the website for priority deadlines.

Application Deadline: February 8, 2024

Urban Leaders Fellowship

The Urban Leaders Fellowship is a 7-week, paid summer program for early- to mid-career professionals wanting to transform communities through leadership and change. This fellowship is designed to expedite their growth by focusing on policy and practice. Fellows divide their time between working alongside elected officials and partnering with innovative organizations in cities nationwide. The program operates in 9 cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, KCMO, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. Fellows receive a base stipend of $2,500, and there are multiple application deadlines to accommodate different schedules.

ApplicationDeadline: March 20, 2024

Get application tips from Dr. A. Janelle Scharon, who won the fellowship in 2020.

Just Buffalo Literary Center Poetry Fellowship

The Just Buffalo Literary Center welcomes poets of all backgrounds and career stages to submit their applications for the Poetry Fellowship. The program fellowship aims to offer poets the space and time for writing, travel, professional development, and career advancement in Buffalo, New York. Prospective fellows must submit a writing sample that the program’s artistic staff reviews and scores. They must also be 21 years or older. Recipients are granted a $1,500 monthly stipend, housing in a Buffalo apartment in August, and a chance to participate in a Just Buffalo Literary Center-curated event.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

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