Public Policy Scholarships

Truman Scholar, 2012: J’Taime Lyons (’13)

 Carnegie Junior Fellows Program
Each year the endowment offers approximately 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Confer the Carnegie website for more information. University Nomination Process: October through January, Deadline: mid-January.

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. Deadline: mid-January.

They offer up to $93,000 towards a graduate school degree (tuition, fees, & housing), a summer orientation in Washington D.C., two summer internships (in a congressional office and overseas at a USAID Mission), and employment in the USAID foreign service.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. There are two types of awards, undergraduate awards provide funding for senior year and first year of graduate studies, graduate awards provide funding for first and second years of graduate study. Visit the Pickering website for more information. Deadline: mid-September.

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Deadline: mid-September.

Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation – the federal memorial to our thirty-third President – awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. Applicants must be in their junior year of undergraduate study. Confer the Truman website for more information. Deadline: early-February.