60 Alternatives to the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for International Study and Research

Oct 05, 2023

Young female graduate student strolling the streets in Europe and taking in the sites during her Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grant.

If you’re an American recent graduate or early-career professional interested in English teaching, graduate study, gaining work experience, or conducting a research or creative project abroad, you’ve probably heard of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Study/Research and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program. These Fulbright U.S. Student Awards are well-known fellowship programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department that provide funding and support for Americans to work and study abroad in more than 140 countries. What you may not know is that there are dozens of international fellowships that can serve as Fulbright Award alternatives, which will give you similar opportunities to immerse yourself in a new culture or country while challenging yourself academically or professionally.

This list of alternatives to the Fulbright U.S. Student Award includes international fellowship opportunities for recent college graduates to pursue a research project, continue their academic studies, complete an internship, or teach English as a second language to learners of all ages in a foreign country. The deadline to apply for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award as an enrolled student or at-large candidate typically falls in early October for grant awards beginning the following academic year. Other fellowships have deadlines generally ranging from September to February for awards beginning the following academic year (so be sure to research and bookmark these awards to your ProFellow account!)

Fulbright Awards and other international fellowship programs can be highly competitive, but you can increase your chances of receiving one by doing thorough research on what each program offers in order to find the best fit for you and your professional goals. Get started today by reviewing this list of 40 Fulbright alternatives for recent graduates! You can bookmark any of the international fellowships that appeal to you to your free ProFellow account.

If you’re a mid-career professional, terminal degree holder, or scholar, you can check out our list of 30 Alternatives to the Fulbright US Scholar Grant for Faculty and Professionals.

Fulbright U.S. Study/Research Award Alternatives

1. Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support language study, optional research, and internships abroad in areas critical to US interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, focusing on less commonly taught languages. Boren Fellows apply their advanced degrees to work in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation and receive exclusive opportunities and preferential consideration for government careers.

Interested in the Boren Fellowship? Read The Boren Awards: Everything You Need to Know About These Fellowships Abroad and our interviews with Boren Fellowship winners Marjorie Wass, Waleska Solorzano, Angel Mills, and Lianne Gonsalves.

2. Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

The Thomas J. Watson Foundation provides fellowships to graduating seniors nominated by a participating college or university in the United States to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad after graduation. Applicants must propose projects that can be completed independently, without formal study at a foreign institution. It must involve travel to areas where the student has not previously lived or studied for a significant length of time. The fellowship offers a stipend of $40,000. Applicants must be students at one of the partner universities and meet with a designated campus advisor.

3. Eisenhower Global Scholars

Eisenhower Global Scholars are American college graduates who travel abroad for a fully funded academic year. They experience intensive study and hands-on work experience, leading to a Master of Public Policy degree from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in England or a Master’s in International Relations degree at the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Spain. Candidates must be US citizens or residents between 20 and 30 years old, with a solid academic record, commitment to community involvement, proven leadership potential, and a concrete project proposal that the year of study will advance.

4. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

This reciprocal work-study fellowship provides 75 Americans aged 18-24 an understanding of everyday life, education, & professional training in Germany. Benefits include a roundtrip flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, & program-related travel costs. Additionally, in Germany, fellows will undertake 2 months of language training, 4 months of study at a university, and a 5-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Also, accommodation in a German home/student residence, seminars, in-country support during the program & health & accident insurance are all provided.

Read our interview with CBYX Fellow Meghan Leinbach to learn about the fellowship experience and her application tips.

5. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student needs. There are multiple deadlines per year, so make sure to check out the website.

Read our interviews with Gilman International Scholars Trevaughn Latimer and Jonathan Blackmon to learn about their fellowship experiences and application tips.

6. George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between age 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. An applicant who is a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at the time of application must submit an institutional endorsement. Graduate students and former students do not need an institutional endorsement and none should be submitted.

Read our interview with George Mitchell Scholar Bessie Young. In it she shares her how her Mitchell Scholarship and fellowships helped her pursue an MFA in Northern Ireland.

7. ASF Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000. The fellowship is offered to graduate students conducting dissertation research and academic professionals pursuing research or creative arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden). ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange and travel. Fellowship awards are available for all fields of study.

8. Anna Sobol Levy Foundation Fellowships

The Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya, Israel, provides future US leaders considering a military or government career and an opportunity to learn about Middle East regional politics, culture, and security affairs. The fellowship provided tuition coverage, up to $16,000, for students to pursue a master’s in Government specializing in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security or Diplomacy and Conflict Studies. ALS Fellows participate in educational and informative field trips, attend lectures, and gain direct exposure to Israel’s defense and security situation and approaches to counter-terrorism and low-intensity conflict.

9. Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial needs. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $104,000 over two years toward a 2-year master’s degree, arranges internships in Washington DC and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be US citizens.

10. Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship funds talented young Americans to study in the United Kingdom. Up to 50 Scholars are selected each year to research at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field they choose. The program covers university fees, cost of living, research, travel, and airfare for traveling to the UK. Funding can be renewed for 2 years for master’s and up to 3 years for doctoral students. To be eligible, candidates must be US citizens, hold a bachelor’s degree, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.7. Apply through your university and check for internal deadlines.

Interested to learn valuable insights from a Marshall Scholar? Read these tips articles by Marshall Scholar Nicholas Shafer.

11. Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships, established in 1903, are the oldest and most prestigious international scholarship programs. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the program offers over 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s leading universities. Please review the website for country-specific citizenship, age, and academic eligibility requirements and deadlines. There are 32 scholarships available for the US constituency.

12. DAAD Study Scholarship in Germany

Highly qualified final-year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarships for a full Master’s degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country. Graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), graduate students, and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor’s degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Students who are in the first year of a full Master’s degree program in Germany may also apply to fund their second year of the Master’s program.

13. DAAD Research Grant

Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed either: a Master’s degree or Diploma, a Bachelor’s degree (by the time they begin their grant-supported research), or a Ph.D. (postdoctoral candidate). Applications for long-term grants (7-10 months) are accepted annually in November. Short-term grants (1-6 months) accept applications in November and May.

14. DAAD Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film

DAAD scholarships offer graduates the opportunity to continue their education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study. Applicants should already hold an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication, and Film. In this study program, you can complete a Master’s degree/postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification or a complementary non-degree course at a German university of your choice. Program benefits include a monthly stipend, travel allowance, and health insurance, and may include rent subsidy and dependents allowance. Please note that tuition fees are not covered.

15. BAEF Study and Research Fellowships in Belgium

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The BAEF will award up to 11 fellowships as outright non-renewable grants carrying a stipend of $29,000 for Master’s or PhD students and $33,000 for Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must also be enrolled or plan to enroll in a graduate program toward a PhD or Master’s in the US, in Belgium, or already hold an equivalent degree.

16. Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Whether in politics, business, or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly built, state-of-the-art facility with classes taught in English. Students can pursue a Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies degree. Schwarzman Scholars receive tuition, a stipend, room and board, roundtrip travel, and an in-country study tour.

Read our interview with Schwarzman Scholar Reid Magdanz to learn about his fellowship experience and application tips.

17. USA to Australia Fellowship Program

The Association awards Fellowships each year at the graduate (Master’s, PhD, or Postdoctoral) level of up to $40,000 for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or study in biophotonics, engineering, environmental and marine sciences, mathematics, medicine, sciences, sustainability, and technology. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents doing research or study at the graduate level. Applicants may already be in Australia.

18. Winston Churchill Scholarship Program

The Churchill Scholarship Program enables young Americans to pursue graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University. A total of 15 one-year Churchill Scholarships are offered each year, covering living expenses, tuition, and fees. Candidates must be US citizens with a bachelor’s degree but not a doctorate. Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. The Churchill Foundation’s deadline is in November; however, universities may have earlier internal deadlines.

19. French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the seven Institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours), Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris, and Rennes. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars and scientists to develop their innovative research projects in France. The call is open to all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) and all research fields. FIAS awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. The minimum requirement is a PhD and 2 years of research experience at the time of the application.

20. Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program

The Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program offers 9-month fellowships in Nantes, France. 15 Fellowships are awarded to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. Applications are expected from the social sciences and humanities (SSH) and all research fields. The Fellows will benefit from the IAS’s support and conducive scientific environment in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and close relation to the local research potential. IAS Nantes offers a living allowance, social security coverage, accommodation, a complete workspace, plus coverage of travel expenses.

21. Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship

The ICWA fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a self-designed, independent study abroad program for at least two years. ICWA looks for sufficiently prepared candidates to take advantage of the opportunity offered. Fellowships aim to develop knowledge and professional skills instead of awarding opportunities to established global cultures and affairs professionals. We expect candidates to have the necessary language skills to allow them to carry out their proposed project. Candidates must be under age 36. US citizenship is not a requirement, but candidates must show substantial and credible ties to US society.

22. Budapest Fellowship Program

The Budapest Fellowship Program, is a full-time, fully-funded transatlantic fellowship opportunity in Budapest, Hungary, for senior graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career professionals. The goal of the 10-month program is to cultivate the next generation of American policy professionals and equip them with a thorough understanding of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Hungary. The program offers extensive professional and personal networking opportunities and fellows are matched with local mentors to guide them during their journey. The scholarship provides a monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Budapest, research support, and language classes.

Read our interview with Budapest Fellow Kelli Buzzard to learn about her fellowship experience and application tips.

23. Rotary Peace Fellowship

Each year, Rotary selects up to 130 peace and development leaders from communities worldwide to receive fully funded academic fellowships at a peace center at premier universities across the globe. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, and roundtrip transportation. Two types of fellowships are available: a 15-24 month master’s degree in peace, conflict prevention and resolution, and related fields. The other is a 1-year blended learning professional development certificate for experienced professionals working in peace-related fields. For more information, visit the Rotary Peace Center website.

Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowship experience, benefits, and application tips from five Rotary Peace Fellows! Read our interviews with María Antonia Pérez, Rachel Brooks, Kathy Doherty, Mark Flanigan, and Sarah Sanderson.

24. Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship

The global grant scholarships aid global communities by funding international humanitarian projects, vocational training, and international graduate-level study. The field of study must align with at least one of the following focus areas: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, primary education and literacy, and economic and community development. Applicants must be in contact with their regional grant officer, attend seminars, and carefully read through all requirements and guidelines for their application. Proposals must have a minimum budget of $30,000.

Read The Ultimate Guide to Winning a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship to learn more about the fellowship experience, benefits, and application tips.

25. Wellcome Trust Early-Career Awards

The scheme of early-career awards provides funding for researchers from any discipline ready to develop their research identity. Innovative projects will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health, and well-being. By the end of the award, fellows will be ready to lead their own independent research program. A Wellcome Early-Career Award provides a salary for the grant holder and up to £400,000 for research expenses, for up to 5 years. The host organization should be based in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, or low- or middle-income countries (apart from India and mainland China).

26. Kleinhans Fellowship for Community Forestry Research

The Kleinhans Fellowship provides a two-year stipend of $20,000 per year to support research addressing one topic: markets for lesser-known species and non-timber forest products, biodiversity management practices, social organization and governance, or multi-community enterprises. Fellows participate in workshops with community members and regional Rainforest Alliance staff and submit a final report. Applicants must have a master’s degree in forestry, ecology, botany, environmental science, or a related field; PhDs are preferred. Researchers of any nationality are eligible, but fieldwork must be conducted in Latin America.

27. HBNU Fogarty Global Health Training Program

The Fogarty Global Health Training Program offers opportunities in global health research training for pre and post-doctoral candidates from the US and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program supports specific areas of interest in HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, mental health, maternal and child health, and nutrition. The fellowship is 12 months in length and has location assignments throughout Africa and Asia.

28. Thouron Award

The Thouron Award is a graduate exchange program between British universities and the University of Pennsylvania, conceived to reinforce the “special relationship” between the US and the UK. Graduates of British universities receive support for up to two years for a graduate (post-graduate) degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Graduates of Penn receive up to two years of support for a degree program at any graduate (post-graduate) program in the UK. Thouron Scholars are chosen for their strong academic potential and “ambassadorial qualities.” Students receive full support – tuition and generous stipends.

29. Fox International Fellowship

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale University and 21 world-renowned partner universities. Fox International Fellows are selected for their potential to become leaders in policy-significant, historically informed, and socially meaningful fields. Fellows undertake independent research for an academic year at one of the partner universities. Fellows may be doctoral students, graduating masters students, or graduating seniors at Yale University. Awards include round-trip travel, accommodations, and a generous living stipend.

30. AAF Prize for Fine Arts

Each year, the AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts offers US-based fine arts graduate students or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past 2 years, the opportunity to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg in Austria. Up to 5 Fine Arts Fellows are selected annually by a jury of artists and arts professionals. Fellows are invited to attend a specific course at the Summer Academy and participate in daily classes for 2-5 weeks. The fellowship covers one Summer Academy course tuition, up to $1,500 for travel expenses, accommodations, and a meal stipend.

31. INYA Short-Term Fellowship Program for US Graduate Students

This fellowship funds research that will contribute to studies on Myanmar in any aspect of its wide linguistic, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity and to better understand the country’s past or present political and socio-economic situation. Applicants must be US graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Fellows are awarded between $3,200-$4,400 for a maximum of 4 months, up to $1,600 for travel, desk space at the Inya Institute in Yangon, and access to the institute’s library and amenities.

32. NORAM Scholarship for Americans to Study in Norway

NORAM scholarships provide financial support for Americans to study or conduct research in areas of mutual importance to Norway and the United States. Every year, NORAM offers up to 10 scholarships ranging from approximately $1,000 – $3,800 to American students based on merit and need. The size of the individual grants depends on the research subject, purpose, and the intended length of stay in Norway. Candidates must be American citizens at the graduate level and planning to study/currently studying in Norway.

33. ACMS Library Fellowship

The American Center for Mongolian Studies invites applications to conduct short-term library development projects and/or research for up to 12 weeks in Mongolia. Fellows must be US citizens with a bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled or employed at a university or college in library or information sciences. Fellows will conduct their projects between May and September and receive an award of up to $4,000 plus funding for travel. The goal of the fellowship is to help support the development of the ACMS Library.

Interested in Library Research Fellowships? You may also want to read Library Research Fellowships for Scholars, Historians, Writers and Artists.

34. ACMS Field Research Fellowship Program

The American Center for Mongolian Studies invites applications to conduct field research in humanities, sciences, and social sciences for at least 6 weeks in Mongolia. Fellows must be US citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled or employed at a university or college. Filed research should last at least 3 weeks between May and October, with up to $4,000 in awards given with additional funding for travel. The fellowship aims to assist as many researchers as possible to participate in a field research experience in Mongolia.

Want to know what it’s like to live and work in Mongolia? Read our interview with Fulbright ETA Mongolia Fellow Jenny Han Simon.

35. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study at the advanced level in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Applicants must have a well-defined career objective involving Asia, in which regular use of the language is an important aspect. They should also have the potential to make significant contributions in their profession, academics, or business related to a career that impacts an Asian region. Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s, have advanced proficiency in the language, and be in good academic or professional standing. The fellowship covers tuition or tutoring fees and a travel, living, and study stipend.

36. Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an immersive summer opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Each summer, American undergraduates (associate, bachelor’s) or graduates (master’s, doctoral, professional degree) enrolled at US colleges and universities across the country spend 8-10 weeks learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study-abroad institute. The CLS Program is designed to promote rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency in regions critical to US national security and economic prosperity. Benefits include books and materials, academic credit, language certification, and room, board, and sponsored travel coverage.

Studying a foreign language offers many benefits personally and professionally. Read 5 Reasons Why You Should Study a Foreign Language.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Alternatives

37. English Language Fellow Program

The English Language Fellow Program promotes English language learning worldwide and fosters mutual understanding between the US and other countries. It places talented, highly qualified US educators with Master’s degrees focusing on TESOL or Applied Linguistics in all world regions for 10 months. Fellow projects typically combine direct English teaching and teacher training, secondary duties that may involve curriculum and materials development, and the development of cultural exchange projects. Fellows receive a $3,500 monthly stipend, roundtrip travel, and other benefits.

Learn about the English Language Fellow Program experience, benefits, and application tips from three English Language Fellows. Read our interviews with John Simpson, Heather Phillips, Jonthon Coulson.

38. Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The JET Programme enables local authorities in Japan (prefectures, designated cities, and other municipalities) to employ foreign college graduates to improve foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level. The appointment is for one year and renewable for up to 3-5 years, contingent on performance. Participants are assigned to be either Assistant Language Teachers, Coordinators for International Relations who work in communities on international exchange activities, or Sports Exchange Advisors. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Although teaching certification and proficiency in Japanese are not required, they may benefit the applicant. Participants will receive a roundtrip flight to Japan, salary, and health insurance.

39. Teaching Assistant Program in France

The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across metropolitan regions of France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion. Most TAPIF program participants have just finished university studies and must be 20-35, with at least intermediate French proficiency.

40. Fellowships at CHRM2

The Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration (CHRM2), University of Jember, offers paid internships to promote research and collaboration in the specialized area of human rights. Working at the University’s centers in East Java, Indonesia, interns will spend at least 3 months as an English teacher, outreach coordinator, field researcher, or research assistant. There are a variety of other roles that are also available. Interns must have a graduate or master’s degree or equivalent work experience in human rights, multiculturalism, and/or migration. Funding is renewable for one additional year.

41. TESOL Fellowships at the American University in Cairo

Fellowships in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are offered annually to full-time students who wish to pursue a master’s degree in TESOL program and to acquire language teaching experience at The American University in Cairo. Fellowships are offered for two academic years and the intervening summer session, with a review every semester for satisfactory academic performance. The award includes tuition fees, monthly stipend, monthly housing allowance, medical service and health insurance fees, and one-way home travel. Fellows teach nine hours of English per week.

Learn about the TESOL Fellowships at the American University in Cairo by reading our interview with 2013 TESOL Fellow Rebekah Trefilova. Please note, this fellowship was previously named the TEFL Fellowship.

Fulbright Alternative Professional Fellowships

42. Princeton in Asia 

Princeton in Asia (PiA) offers year-long, service-oriented fellowships in 22 countries and regions of Asia in the fields of education, public health, economic development, environmental sustainability, and peace and justice. PiA fellowships are open to graduates or graduating seniors of any university. 

Learn about the Princeton in Asia fellowship experience by reading our interviews with Princeton in Asia Fellows Joseph J. Jung, and Jonathan Jay.

43. Princeton in Africa 

Princeton in Africa (PiAf) offers highly selective year-long fellowships to recent college graduates to work in a professional capacity with organizations across the African continent.  Fellows work in a variety of sectors, including monitoring and evaluation, teaching, communications, research, and more.

Learn how to create a winning Princeton in Africa Fellowship application by reading The Ultimate Guide to Winning a Princeton in Africa Fellowship. Learn about the fellowship experience from our interviews with Princeton in Africa Fellows Katie Yeagley, Samantha Mendoza, Maggie Andresen, and Eva Zenilman.

44. Princeton in Latin America

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) connects recent college graduates with one-year, service-oriented positions at NGOs and community-based service organizations in Latin America. For all positions, basic professional competency in Spanish or Portuguese is required. In addition to Spanish, French may be helpful for some placements in the Dominican Republic for projects serving the Haitian immigrant population. Application interviews are conducted partly in Spanish or Portuguese, and a language-competency evaluation is part of the application. Applications to PiLA are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are recent graduates of U.S. and Canadian universities.

Learn about the Princeton in Latin America Fellowship experience by reading our interviews with Princeton in Latin America Fellows Alice Wistar and Elizabeth Prosser.

45. Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program annually provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars. Applications are welcome from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in various fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Candidates must be US citizens, younger than 32 years old, and be nominated by one of 75 participating colleges and universities. Check with your university for internal deadlines.

Learn more about the Luce Scholars experience by reading our interviews with Luce Scholars YJ Heo, Elena Swartz, Varsha Govindaraju, and Annie Peyton.

46. Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program

During each two-year fellowship cycle, 12-15 Leland Fellows are placed with international development organizations, including international and local NGOs, U.S. government agencies, and multilateral organizations. Host organizations in the past have included Concern Worldwide, the UN World Food Program, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, and many more. Fellows work on various food security issues, such as agricultural development, nutrition, natural resource management, agribusiness development, and women’s empowerment. CHC provides each fellow a financial package designed to support living expenses (placement location specific) and help offset housing costs, relocation, and public market health insurance acquisition. Applicants should have a bachelor’s and 1-2 years of work or volunteer experience.

Read this article by Mickey Leland Fellow Michelle DeFreese: The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship: A Food Security Fellowship Abroad.

47. AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship

AIF’s Banyan Impact Fellowship (formerly the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India) is a fully-funded volunteer program that places a cohort of young professionals from the US and India in service with communities across India to learn, build capacity, and create a “living bridge” between both countries. Applicants must be US or Indian citizens or US permanent residents between the ages of 27-35 and have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher). AIF provides each Fellow a living stipend, insurance coverage, program-related travel, training, and mentorship. They accept applications year-round and have specific priority deadlines to be considered for certain Fellowship start dates.

To learn more about this fellowship and the experience, read our interviews with AIF Banyan Impact Fellows Ted Samuel and Jane Hammaker.

48. Eisenhower USA Fellowship

Eisenhower Fellowships identify, empower, and link outstanding leaders worldwide, helping them achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders. The USA program provides overseas exposure of 4-5 weeks designed to enhance Fellows’ professional and personal growth, develop new contacts, and promote the exchange of ideas and international understanding. Fellows have meetings with leaders in their field, as well as cultural site visits and hospitality by local citizens. Fellows become engaged members of an exclusive network of more than 1,900 international leaders. Candidates are U.S. citizens approximately 32-45 years old.

Read our interview with Eisenhower USA Fellow Nagesh Rao to learn about his fellowship experience and application tips.

49. Arthur F. Burns Fellowship

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship allows talented young journalists to live and work in each other’s country. This highly personalized and practical program improves the quality of news coverage in each country and strengthens the transatlantic relationship. The fellowship is open to US, Canadian, and German journalists between the ages of 21 and 40 with two years of professional journalism experience and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend, $1,500 for travel expenses, and accommodation during the Washington DC orientation.

50. VIA Global Community Fellowship

The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young or established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. The fellowship provides a living and housing stipend, medical insurance, Intra-Asia travel, and language study grants.

51. Consular Fellows Program

The Consular Fellows Program offers candidates a unique opportunity to serve their country, utilize their foreign language skills, and develop valuable skills and experience to help them in follow-on professions. Using their language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, or Arabic, their primary duty is to adjudicate visas for foreign nationals. Duties and responsibilities are similar to those of entry-level career Foreign Service Officers. Full benefits are provided, and fellows will receive a starting salary of at least $55,100. This fellowship appointment is for 60 months and may end early, with 30 days’ notice, depending on the department’s and fellow’s needs.

52. European University Institute Policy Leader Fellowship

The European University in Florence offers 3, 6, or 9-month-long fellowships for early- or mid-career professionals in public policy, politics, civil service, media, and non-governmental organizations. In the School of Transnational Governance, fellows will live in Florence, Italy, and work in workshops, training, and skills development sessions and conferences. Fellows are expected to contribute to peer discussions and have interests in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance. Each fellowship is fully funded with a grant of 2,500 euros per month for global applicants.

53. International Innovation Corps

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a new, unique opportunity for graduates to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of India’s most challenging social problems. Fellows will work at Indian public sector enterprises for paid, one-year assignments that tackle critical social challenges. The Fellowship is open to recent and forthcoming University of Chicago college graduates, any graduate degree program, and other US-based institutions. Each IIC fellow receives a stipend, health insurance, and roundtrip airfare to India.

54. LGT Impact Fellowship

As part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s and Lightrock’s strategic efforts to scale positive impact, the LGT Impact Fellowship was established to provide additional know-how and capacity to portfolio organizations and companies. Each year, a limited number of professionals are nominated to work full-time for one year with the organizations and companies supported by LGT Venture Philanthropy and Lightrock in Latin America, Africa, India, and Europe. Fellows work within the organization on various projects, share their know-how, and help build organizational capacity. Compensation packages include insurance coverage and are in line with local standards.

55. Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program

The Mansfield Fellowship Program was established to build a corps of US federal government employees with proficiency in the Japanese language and practical, firsthand knowledge about Japan and its government. Through their placements, fellows develop networks of contacts in Japan and an understanding of the political, economic, and strategic dimensions of the US-Japan relationship. The fellowship is for 2 years, beginning with one year in the US of full-time or part-time Japanese study, depending on the Fellows’ starting language ability, alongside a monthly seminar series covering Japan-focused topics. The program’s second year begins with a 7-week intensive language study course followed by 10 months of full-time work in Japanese government offices.

56. NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship

Named for the first female, African American commentator employed by a US network, the NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a $5,000 award for a journalist to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. Proposed projects are encouraged to tell the untold and dynamic stories of Africa and African people. The winning fellow must finish their travel to Africa and publish their story/project by June of their award year.

57. NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship

The NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship is a 10-month immersive experience in Israel, where fellows work alongside veteran activists on cutting-edge social justice issues. Fellows spend 4 days per week working on the front lines of social change in Israel at a premiere social change organization. In addition to monthly seminars, fellows will learn about coalition and movement building from experts. Fellows will receive a stipend for living expenses and should have strong Hebrew language skills or proficiency in Arabic.

58. Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $30,000 stipend for graduating college seniors from a US 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 to graduate school or a career. To apply, 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 alone or through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

59. The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship

The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship awards up to $10,000 to young Americans passionate about helping communities abroad thrive and eager to learn about the local culture. Fellows identify a project or an organization working on an issue they care about and, with the support of the Christianson Fellowship, contribute their skills and passion to that endeavor for at least six months on location abroad. This intercultural experience is a meaningful way to help others, improve skills, and gain insight into another culture. Applicants must be 18-28 years old at the project start date and will receive a monthly living stipend.

60. Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace Corps Volunteers work abroad for 24 months after 3 months of training. Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, hunger, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and the Middle East. PCVs receive a living allowance, free travel, and transition rewards after completing 27 months of service. Peace Corps is open to US citizens age 18 and older who are curious about the world and committed to helping others. Check the website for deadlines by opportunity.

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