Other Opportunities

The opportunities found here are not “traditional” fellowships; but are valuable experiences none-the-less. These programs include summer study programs, internship programs, and other short term or non-traditional opportunities.

AAUW Community Action Grant

Description: One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, AAUW supports women breaking through educational and economic barriers as aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

Contact(s): AAUW
Dept. 60
301 ACT Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030

Deadline(s): Varies by program, check website for comprehensive list.

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The American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program

Description: The Minority Fellows Program designates up to twelve stipend minority fellows each year. Additional applicants who do not receive funds from the Association may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to graduate political science programs. Fellows with stipends receive a $4,000 fellowship that is disbursed in two $2,000 payments--one at the end of their first graduate year and one at the end of their second--provided that they remain in good academic standing. APSA can disclose some of the funds at the start of the academic year by request of the student. Awards are based on students' undergraduate course work, GPA, extracurricular activities, GRE scores, and recommendations from faculty.

The Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in POLITICAL SCIENCE for the FIRST TIME.  Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes)
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen at time of award
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need

Contact(s): apsa@apsanet.org

Deadline(s): January

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Americorp*VISTA

Description: AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Along with many opportunities across the nation, University of Missouri Extension provides a local program that works with rural development. For more information on that specific program, contact MU Extension.

Contact(s):  

National Contact:
questions@americorps.org
800-942-2677 (TTY: 800-833-3722) 

MU Extension VISTA Program Contact:
Ina Metzger Linville
linvillei@missouri.edu

Deadline(s): Varies by program and location.

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Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program

Description: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation established this program to honor the legacy of former foundation Trustee and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by creating learning opportunities in health policy for students of color. The program continues her commitment by annually providing 15 talented college seniors and recent graduates the opportunity to work in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and must be either a rising college senior (entering their senior year during internship), in their senior year of undergraduate study, or have graduated within the last two years from an accredited U.S. college or university. Current law, medical, and graduate students are not eligible. Candidates must demonstrate an active interest in health policy, strong leadership skills, and community commitment.

Deadline(s): December

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Berlin Capital Program, sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission

Description: The Berlin Capital Program, organized by the German-American Fulbright Commission on behalf of the German Foreign Office, will invite 15 young American journalists and students of journalism to Germany to participate in an intensive series of seminars, presentations, and visits to important German media and German political and cultural institutions, November 14-22, 2009. The program will be conducted in English and is fully funded (including roundtrip airfare) by the German-American Fulbright Commission.

For the purpose of fostering transatlantic relations and promoting professional and academic networks between Germany and the U.S., the program offers young U.S. journalists the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany/Europe with a special focus on the transformation of German media landscapes and the changing role of media in politics and society. The program will contribute to the participants’ professional development and expertise and broaden their cultural horizons.

Contact(s): Sonderprogramme
Special Programs
Email Contact
Tel: +49 (0) 30-284443-771
Fulbright-Kommission
Oranienburger Straße 13-14
10178 Berlin, Germany

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Education USA

Description: EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.

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Foundation for Global Scholars

Description: FGS awards scholarships to U.S. citizens studying abroad, three times annually. Scholarships are valued at $2000. The program dedicates 60% of its scholarship funding to students deemed underrepresented in study abroad.

Deadline(s): FGS are awarded three times each year. Deadlines change from year to year so check the website for the most up-to-date information.

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Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

Description: Managed by the Institute of International Education, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarship for U.S. undergraduates who demonstrate financial need to study in East and Southeast Asia.

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German Chancellor Fellowship Program

Description:

Designed for young professionals, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. It addresses prospective decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. With this programme Germany once again presents itself as a destination of choice for intercultural dialogue and as a meeting place for the international leaders of tomorrow.

The fellowship grant amounts to 2,150 EUR, 2,450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. The fellowship also includes a mobility allowance as well as a contribution to health and liability insurance.  Additional benefits include:

  • Allowance for research costs amounting to 500 EUR per month for the hosts in Germany
  • Lump sum for the fellow’s travel to and from Germany if these costs are not borne by a third party
  • Allowances for family members accompanying the fellow to Germany for a minimum of three months
  • German courses in the fellow’s own country prior to the stay in Germany as well as during the stay in Germany to intensify the knowledge of German acquired during the intensive language course
  • Europe allowance for a stay of one to two months at an institute in Europe (not, however, in the fellow’s own country) if such a stay is necessary to conduct the project in question, and extensive alumni sponsorship after the stay in Germany has been completed successfully, in particular, to promote networking with the collaborative partners in Germany during the alumni’s entire professional careers 

Deadline(s): September 15

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Global Changemakers Programme sponsored by the British Council

Description: Are you active and engaged in your community? Are you between the ages of 16 and 19? Do you have a strong opinion on how to improve the state of the world and a passion for global economic, social and political affairs? The British Council is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for select youth. Apply to become a Global Changemaker, attend the Global Changemakers Global Summit on November 15-21 in the UK and have a chance to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2010, where you will interact with the leaders who are shaping our world.

Contact(s): Kathy Culpin
Events Manager & Senior Visits Officer British Council
British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-588-7844

Deadline(s): August

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Idealistcareers.org

Description: Idealist.org provides a listing of fellowships in public service, nonprofit and public policy.

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International Service Learning (ISL)

Description: As an international educational agency, ISL provides medical and educational teams of volunteers to provide services for the underserved populations of Central and South America, Mexico, and Africa. You will not only receive supervised hands-on experience, but health-related seminars and financial sponsorship as well. Teams of 10-14 students are accompanied by professional medical staff. Each program includes seminars on basic triage, tropical medicine, and medical Spanish/Swahili.

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MURAP Paid Summer Research Internship

Description: MURAP's objective is to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds into graduate school and faculty positions within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts in U.S. colleges and universities. More broadly, the program seeks to increase the number of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating racial disparities and who will pursue graduate work and faculty positions within the academy. MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

Each summer, a cohort of 18-22 students participates in MURAP at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The students come from a variety of undergraduate institutions across the country and are exposed to an intensive ten-week research experience, which includes designing and carrying out a research project, weekly meetings with a faculty mentor, attending weekly seminars, and receiving weekly courses in preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Contact(s): Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry
khperry@unc.edu
919-962-6811

Deadline(s): February

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Newhouse Fellow Program

Description: The Newhouse Graduate Fellowship and Apprenticeship in Newspaper Journalism for Minorities seeks students with outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions to the field of newspaper journalism. It also seeks to increase the number of minority journalists in the country.

A highly competitive program, it provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. Students commit to 18 months of graduate study followed by 12 months of professional reporting as apprentices with The Syracuse Post-Standard or another Newhouse newspaper.

Contact(s): Professor Nancy Sharp
318 Newhouse 3
215 University Place
Syracuse, N.Y. 13244
nwsharp@syr.edu
315-443-9235

Deadline(s): February

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NSF Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI)

Description: This is an opportunity for qualified scientists to receive funding to do important lab research during the summer in Central Europe through a program funded by the National Science Foundation. International collaboration and partnerships are increasingly necessary to being a competitive research scientist. CESRI provides a means to create, support, and enhance those ties with the Central European region. 

CESRI provides enrolled graduate and doctoral students in the sciences with funding to spend two months conducting a research internship in one of six Central European countries. CESRI Fellows pursue research in: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, or Slovakia. CESRI Fellows receive funding to conduct a research project relevant to their careers in the sciences, for eight-weeks. The projects are not only relevant to their careers, but also to creating collaborative connections with researchers in Central Europe.

Eligible candidates are enrolled U.S.-based graduate or doctoral students, and come from the following fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics.

Deadline(s): February

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Pasteur Foundation

Description:  

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Paris: These three-year fellowships are open to American postdoctoral scientists wishing to pursue research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. With 2500 people of 60 nationalities, the 130 research labs at the Institut Pasteur are devoted to the basic science of improving global public health with an emphasis on infectious diseases. 

Undergraduate Summer Internships in Paris: These 10-week internships at the Institut Pasteur, one of the world’s leading private, nonprofit centers for infectious disease research, offer hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduates contemplating a scientific career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Contact(s): Pasteur Foundation
420 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1654
New York, NY 10170
pasteurus@aol.com
212-599-2150

Deadline(s): Post-doctoral Fellowship: September
Undergraduate Summer Internship: December

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Peace Corps

Description: Founded in 1961 by newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy, Peace Corps is a federal government agency that sends talented Americans to communities around the world to work and collaborate at a grassroots levels.  Volunteers live and work in a host country for at least two years in education, youth & community development, health & HIV/AIDS prevention, business & IT, agriculture, and environmental development.  The mission of Peace Corps, as defined by President Kennedy, is to promote world peace and friendship

The Peace Corps’ mission has three goals:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Contact(s):  

National Contact

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20526

855-855-1961

MU Campus Recruitment Office:

201 Student Success Center, Room 3
Columbia, MO 65211-6060

573-884-2003

peacecorps@missouri.edu

Deadline(s): Varies by program and location

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The Pearson Student Advisory Board

Description: Leading educational publisher Pearson Education is seeking bright, motivated college students to be a part of the Pearson Student Advisory Board program from June 2008 – June 2009. As a student board member, you will have an opportunity to provide a fresh, informed perspective as we shape new publishing programs and implement alternative business models.

Contact(s): Pearson Education
attn: Stephanie Hartzband
75 Arlington St. Suite 300
Boston, MA 02116
studentrelations@pearson.com

Deadline(s): December

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Project Horseshoe Farm Gap Year Fellowship

Description: Launched in the summer of 2009, the Horseshoe Farm Fellowship is a pioneering attempt to rethink and provide a new model for how to prepare our most promising future community based service leaders in healthcare and education to lead effective grassroots community based efforts in their own communities once they have completed their education and training.  Students preparing for careers in healthcare or education, as well as other students with strong leadership potential, are invited to commit one year (13 months) to the Greensboro community and to the Horseshoe Farm Fellowship. Fellows are challenged to learn about and become engaged in the community as they are immersed in almost all phases and aspects of the development, management, and leadership of, and service in the programs of Project Horseshoe Farm.

Contact(s): hsf.fellows@gmail.com

Deadline(s): February

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The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

Description: The Sue Shear Institute holds the 21st Century Leadership Academy, which is a 5-day residential program held on the campus of the University of Missouri- St. Louis. The program is typically held the last full week in May, concluding on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. The Leadership Academy's unique curriculum includes a day trip to Jefferson City to meet with women elected officials and government leaders. Shear Fellows will also practice their networking skills at an evening event keynoted by a prominent woman in public life, and enjoy many opportunities to get to know a diverse group of exceptional student leaders with wide-ranging interests.

Demonstrated leadership skills and interest in women's public policy leadership are the two prerequisites for successful participation in the program. Applicants should check to see if there are other criteria specific to their school. There is no specific academic profile for the successful leadership participant.

Contact(s): Vicky Riback Wilson
MU Fellowships Office

Deadline(s): March

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TaLK Program: Teach; Learn in Korea

Description: Undergraduate students who have completed two or more years of university education are eligible to take part; in the TaLK Program. Participants will teach practical English skills in elementary after-school classes in rural areas. Participants will teach 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Teaching activities last from 6 months to one year, starting in July 2008.

Deadline(s): June

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Teach For America

Description: Founded in 1989 by Wendy Kopp, Teach For America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “the movement to eliminate educational inequity” and developing committed leaders in the field of education.  Those selected as Teach For America corps members work for at least two years in low-income schools, especially in inner cities.  Since 1990, over 28,000 Teach For America corps members have completed their service commitment and have gone on to work as educators, artists, school administrators, politicians and activists.

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Trans World Airlines Scholarship

Description: The Trans World Airlines Scholarship is a University of Missouri System award.  Students must be currently enrolled full-time as Missouri residents as classified by the Registrar's Office for tuition purposes. The Trans World Airlines scholarship fund was established to fund students who are performing research in areas which will impact environmental issues.  Students will be selected based on academic accomplishments as well as their research interests.  Proceeds from the Trans World Airlines scholarship fund will be distributed to two law students ($7,000 each) selected by the law schools and to five additional students ($7,000 each) selected by a systemwide selection committee. The law schools may select more students at a reduced scholarship amount. Since there are two separate selections, law students are encouraged to apply through their respective law school as well as through the systemwide competition.

Contact(s): Sam Kanatzar, kanatzars@umsystem.edu

Deadline(s): March 15, 2015

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