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Central Intelligence Graduate Scholarship Program:

Applicants should be entering either their first or second year of graduate studies when applying to CIA’s Graduate Scholar Program. We invite you to participate in our Graduate Scholarship program by applying now. This unique program gives promising graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their graduate studies.

The Graduate Scholar Program is a financial needs based program that offers students unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. You'll complete at least one 60 to 90-day work experience prior to graduating, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills.

We believe in challenging our Scholars with meaningful work that relates to their college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation. A foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. As a final example, a human resource major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

Once selected, you will be given up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, and books books; an annual salary; and an optional benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, and retirement. You'll be required to work at an Agency facility in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for at least 60 to 90 days before graduation and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA. We will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, D.C., area for your work experience and provide a daily allowance for lodging, meals and incidentals.

Because the Scholar Program is an investment in you, accepting an offer means making a career choice. We ask that you agree to continue employment with the Agency after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of your college sponsorship.

Deadline: Typically in April - September

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships:

In addition to the foundation's program of support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to graduate students who would complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year.
These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work.
This fellowship is not for support of doctoral research. Applications are evaluated in comparison with each other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research grant proposals. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country.
Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

Deadline: Typically in February

The Truman Scholarship Foundation:

The Truman is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. The scholarship offers:

  • Recognition of outstanding potential as a leader in public service;
  • Affirmation of values and ideals;
  • Enhanced access to highly competitive graduate institutions;
  • Access to Scholar programs such as Truman Scholars Leadership Week, the Summer Institute and various Truman Fellows Programs;
  • Membership in a community of persons devoted to helping others and to improving the world; and,
  • Up to $30,000 to apply toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a wide variety of fields.

U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are college or university students with junior-level academic standing and who wish to attend professional or graduate school to prepare for careers in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors where they will improve the ways these institutions work. Residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands,Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana must have senior-level standing.

Deadline: Typically in February

Javits Fellowship:

This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System. In fiscal year 2010, the maximum stipend was $30,000, and the institutional payment was $13,755. In fiscal year 2011, the maximum stipend will be $30,000 and the institutional payment is estimated to be $13,755.

Deadline: Typically in September

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation:

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is offering paid summer internship positions in 2017 at its Santa Barbara office. Interns must have a demonstrated interest in gaining hands-on experience working with a non-profit educational and advocacy organization. Applications for these positions must be received by March 1, 2017.
The intern’s specific responsibilities will be determined based on his/her field of interest/study and individual skills. We take our internship program very seriously and give interns meaningful projects that directly further our mission.
The successful applicant will be an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university. Students from all majors will be considered for the internship positions. Recent graduates are also eligible.

Deadline: Typically in March

Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (PS DDRIG):

The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.
In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes; campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems; citizen support in emerging and established democracies; democratization, political change, and regime transitions; domestic and international conflict; international political economy; party activism; political psychology and political tolerance. The Program also has supported research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations, in the discipline.

Deadline: Typically in June

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program:

USIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.
Between 1988 and 2015, USIP has awarded scholarships to some 255 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding.

APSA Minority Fellows Program:

The American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

Deadline: Typically in November

APSA Fund for Latinos Scholarship:

The primary purpose of the Fund for Latino Scholarship is to encourage and support the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. A secondary goal is to support research on Latino/a politics.
The fund will award grants to initiatives that:

  • identify promising Latino/a undergraduates and encourage them to enter the profession of political science;
  • provide professional opportunities and financial assistance to Latino/a graduate students in political science programs;
  • support the teaching, research and publishing activities of junior-level, tenure track Latino/a political science faculty; and
  • support activities that advance our knowledge of Latino/a politics.

Grants may be awarded to any programs and/or individuals involved in the successful recruitment of promising Latinos into the discipline of political science or, alternatively, grants may be given directly to individual Latino/Latina students (at both undergraduate and graduate levels) who are participating in discipline-related programs and activities. Latino political science faculty in tenure-track positions are also eligible to apply for and receive Latino Fund grants to be used for teaching, research or publishing activities. Individuals conducting research on Latino politics are also eligible to apply.

American Political Science Association Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program:

The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups. Participants in the RBSI are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and makes decisions during the month of February. Applicants are informed of their status via email.

Each summer, up to 20 students are admitted to the program, which includes two transferable credit courses -- one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics – and a comprehensive introduction to the intellectual demands of graduate school and political science research methods. For a final project for both courses, students prepare original, empirical research papers; top students are given the opportunity to present their research at the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting, all expenses paid.

Classes are held on the Duke University campus, where students have access to a fully equipped computer laboratory, library collections, and other university facilities. Educational activities range from formal classroom settings to informal dinners and lunches with prominent political scientists and Duke University faculty. A strong ethics component is included with readings, cases, debates, and lectures on issues within an academic setting. RBSI Director Paula McClain (Professor of Political Science, Duke University) teaches classes as do several of her colleagues from Duke University. Bunche students have uniformly praised the exceptional mentoring that they receive from Dr. McClain and other Bunche faculty.

Since good performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is key to admission to and funding for graduate school, Graduate Record Exam test-taking strategies are provided by Princeton Review. At the end of the Institute, representatives from a number of leading PhD granting institutions participate in a recruitment fair to present information about doctoral study and admissions with Bunche students. The successful applicant to RBSI receives full tuition, health insurance, transportation, room and board in a dormitory double room, books, and instructional materials. Also, participants receive a food allowance and a weekly stipend.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan:

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents in their original languages or whose research requires interviews onsite in direct one-on-one contact. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Deadline: Typically in April

Belfer Center Research Fellowship (Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government):

Fellowships are offered in the Science, Technology and Public Policy program or International Security program for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and mid-career researchers for one year, with a possibility for renewal, in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors, as arranged by the appropriate program or project director. Fellows are also expected to complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Pre-doctoral research fellows are expected to contribute to the Center's research activities, as well as work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations.

Deadline: Typically in February

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program:

Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office.The purpose of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is to advance cooperation between nations and promote active international engagement by the United States. The program gives junior fellows the opportunity to gain valuable career knowledge and experience by working as research assistants.

Deadline: Typically in January

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program:

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects 15-20 participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program:

The Koch Summer Fellows Programs offers Fellows practical experience at public policy organizations to enhance their understanding of the market process and market-based solutions for social and economic problems through public policy. Students with interests in public policy are encouraged to apply to this 10-week summer internship program that places students at policy organizations based in Washington, D.C. or at the state level.

Deadline: Typically in January

Humane Studies Fellowships:

The fellowships support study in fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.
Eligibility: Full-time graduate students (including law students) from any accredited university in the world. Must have research interests related to liberty in society.

Deadline: Typically in January