Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program for Recent PhDs

Application Deadline:  March 14, 2018

ACLS invites applications for the eighth competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 25 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $67,500 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.

The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media. ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Eligible applicants:

  1. Possess US citizenship or permanent resident status;
  2. Have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2014 and June 22, 2018; and
  3. Have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2018.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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White House Fellows Program

Application Deadline: January 10, 2018

Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Employees of the Federal government are not eligible unless they are career military personnel.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the time they begin the application process.
  • There are no formal age restrictions. However, the Fellowship program was created to give selected Americans the experience of government service early in their careers.

Selection as a White House Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

UW Campus Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

National Application Deadline: January 30, 2018

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and regions that are underrepresented in study abroad programs, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study to supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States. 

Applicants from the UW are not required but highly encouraged to submit application materials by the earlier campus deadline (see deadline above) and complete an in-person interview with a campus committee in January. Following the interview, applicants will have the opportunity to make revisions based on committee feedback before final applications are submitted to the national committee. The interview process is solely intended to provide applicants with additional support prior to submission.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

Application Deadline:   January 5, 2018

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.

Fellows receive a salary of $3,100 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provides $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees, or to take a language or policy course. The program arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts and social networking events with alumni. Fellows also receive mentoring from a board member and a former fellow.

Eligibility

Applications must be college graduates by the time they will begin the fellowship. Current graduate students are eligible to apply, but must be able to work full-time for at least six months. While most fellows have majored in government, history, international relations, peace studies, political science or related fields, anyone may apply if he/she has a background in peace and security issues. Non-U.S. citizens currently living in the United States are eligible to apply provided they obtain the proper work visa.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories by offering undergraduate or graduate students in STEM disciplines a full scholarship and an employment opportunity upon degree completion.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2018
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award
  • Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2018 term

Benefits:

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Summer research internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Alfa Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, Fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance understanding of Russia.

Alfa Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European/Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments. Fellows tend to be between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy or a related field. Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service. While Russian language skills vary, most Fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom or Germany)
  • Graduate degree and at least two years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy or a related field. Candidates without a graduate degree completed or in progress must have an undergraduate degree and approximately 5-6 years of professional experience in their field.

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in a second language to qualify for the program
  • Evidence of leadership potential

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2017

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) is an opportunity for a two-year professional development fellowship with the U.S. government that may lead to a permanent position in government service. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

Applicants must have obtained a qualifying advanced degree (master’s, professional or doctorate), including the successful defense/completion of any required thesis/dissertation, within the two years preceding the opening date of the program’s application period (e.g., between October 23, 2015, through October 23, 2017) or expect to complete a qualifying advanced degree by August 31, 2018. The qualifying advanced degree must be from an accredited academic institution. Although the program is not restricted to United States citizens, opportunities for PMF appointments for non-citizens are extremely rare and require eligibility to work under U.S. immigration laws.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Application Deadline:  November 18, 2017

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. JET Program participants are not only teachers and public servants–they are cultural ambassadors of the United States to Japan. The Program aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.

The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold at least an undergraduate degree, and have not lived in Japan for 6 or more years within the last 9 years. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.

Participants receive a salary and travel expenses to cover their transportation to and from Japan. The JET Program arranges the necessary work visas for selected candidates.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, please click here.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2017

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers a select cohort of accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive intercultural professional program in Germany. Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, they participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with experts and decision makers from Germany and Europe.

Prior to their work placements and seminars, Bosch Fellows receive private tutoring prior to their departure for Germany and participate in 8 weeks of intensive language courses in Berlin. Fellows are from the fields of public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, or cultural and arts management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra).

Eligibility

Candidates for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • 40 years of age or younger at the application deadline
  • Minimum five years of relevant, full-time work experience in target fellowship field (excluding internships)
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Evidence of outstanding professional performance
  • Sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Echoing Green Start-Up Fellowships

Application Deadline:  October 24, 2017

Echoing Green will provide more than $4.6 million in unrestricted seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Our signature Global Fellowship is open to any social entrepreneur, from anywhere in the world, with an innovative solution for any issue. Our Black Male Achievement Fellowship supports leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. Our Climate Fellowship, built in partnership with the ZOOM Foundation, was launched for leaders committed to mitigation and adaptation to climate change. In addition to mentoring and organizational support, each Fellowship offers a stipend paid in four equal installments over two years ($80,000 for individuals; $90,000 for two-person partnerships), in addition to health insurance and professional development funds.

Eligibility

Applicants of all nationalities, working in any country, may apply for the fellowship. The only limitation on work location is that if your project is based in the United States, then you must have American work authorization (i.e., citizenship, permanent residence status, or a work visa). Echoing Green does not sponsor American work permits for any foreign nationals.

You may apply for our Fellowship Programs while you are a full time student in a degree program. However, you must have completed your studies by July at the beginning of your fellowship period. If you are awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship, you are agreeing to make your organization your full-time employment. If you are working towards your doctorate degree please know that Echoing Green does not provide scholarship money or fund research projects.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.