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Development Practice Research Guide

Resources to support the Masters in Development Practice program and other Emory Development Studies programs

Scholarships and Fellowships

Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.  Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.  The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship was established in the memory of the late Agnes Jones Jackson who was a long time NAACP member from the San Francisco branch. Must be a current member of the NAACP.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Scholarships

Alpha Kappa Alpha offers a $1,000-$3,000 award to graduate students who excel academically. Eligible applicants must: 1) Be a full-time and currently enrolled undergraduate student with sophomore standing at an accredited campus-based degree-granting institution, 2) Be a full-time and currently enrolled graduate student at an accredited campus-based degree-granting institution, 3) Continuing a program of study in this or another degree-granting institution, 4) Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B" average) 5) have demonstrated community service and involvement.

Artic Education Foundation

Short or long term grants in support of graduate studies for Northern Alaska Inupiat Natives of at least 1/4 blood quantum currently residing in the Arctic Slope Region.

Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Program

The Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Program (ADB–JSP) offers about 140 postgraduate scholarships a year for studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields.

Byron Hanke Fellowship

The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management, and governance of common interest communities and their community associations.

The Center for Native Scholarships
The American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS are the largest scholarship providers to Native students in the U.S. They award $15 million in scholarships annually and have awarded over $200 million since inception.  For 50 years, American Indian Graduate Center and AIGCS have empowered Native students from over 500 tribes in all 50 states.


Charles B. Rangel International Graduate Fellowship

The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. Fellows must be U.S. citizen seeking to attend a two-year graduate program in a U.S. institution to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration.

Clara Mayo Grants

The Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.  The maximum amount of any grant is $1,000.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

CHCI scholarships provide Latino graduate students who have a history of performing service-oriented activities in their communities with up to $5,000 to over tuition, room, and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses. 

Davis Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis Putter Scholarship Fund provides need-based grants to students who are actively working for peace and justice. Davis-Putter scholars are both graduate and undergraduate students and must be living in the U. S. and planning to enroll in an accredited school. Grantees must receive college credits for the time period covered by their grant. Early recipients fought for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. More recently, grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international, anti-imperialist solidarity.

Delta Gamma Foundation Fellowships

Delta Gamma Foundation fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified initiated members pursuing graduate/professional degrees. Selection is based on scholastic excellence, contributions to chosen field, past and current Delta Gamma activities and leadership roles in her collegiate chapter and alumnae group, campus and community involvement, and required recommendations. For questions or for more information contact Director of Scholarships and Fellowships at

Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. 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 U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.

Environmental Research Education Fund

Scholarships are awarded by EREF to recognize excellence in master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral waste management research and education. Applications will be considered from those who will be this year or are now a full-time master’s student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher, and have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships are awarded up to $12,000 per year, paid monthly, and can be extended for up to 3 years from the initial award date. Master’s scholarships are awarded up to $5,000 per year and can be extended for up to 2 years from the initial award date.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.

Healthline Stronger Scholarship Program

Healthline awards two $10,000 scholarships annually to graduate students who are pursuing work related to health, disease, and wellness.  The scholarship theme changes each year.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Various awards provide students from Hispanic descent support for their graduate study. Applicants must be pursuing their first graduate degree. Values of the awards vary.

International Peace Scholarship Fund

The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.

Institute for Diversity Cathy L. Brock Scholarship

The Cathy L. Brock Health Care Scholarship is a $1,000 opportunity, awarded to a graduate student pursuing a MHA or comparable program (e.g. MPH). The Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship recognizes graduate student leaders, who represent ethnically diverse cultural backgrounds, and is named in memory of Cathy L. Brock, Director of Operations for the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Research and Educational Trust. 

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

For individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at any university located in a World Bank member country except their own.

Kappa Omicron Nu 

Kappa Omicron Nu is the leading honor society for students in the human sciences. Each opportunity is presented on a competitive basis to active KON members who have demonstrated scholarship, research and leadership. Awards are made for study and research in the human sciences or a specialization at colleges of universities with strong research programs and supporting disciplines for the chosen major or topic.

Kinesis Scholarship

The Kinesis Scholarship is for residents of Puerto Rico who are committed to Puerto Rico’s social and financial development.

Korean American Foundation Scholarship

The KASF seeks 1) to assist Korean American students in pursuit of academic and personal achievement, 2) to encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development, and 3) to nurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition. Grants vary from $1,000-$5,000 depending on the allocations from local chapters.  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. 

LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) National Educational Service Centers Scholarships

The mission of the LULAC National Educational Service Centers is to provide educational and leadership opportunities to create lifelong learners and leaders within the Hispanic community.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Grants 

Awards to female students from developing countries who are currently studying in the U.S. & Canada. The MMMF grants about $12,000 to each student.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships

You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following four requirements:    

  • You are legally blind in both eyes.
  • You are a resident of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • You will be enrolled in a full-time degree program at an accredited college or university
  • You are able to attend the entire program of the annual meeting of the National Federation of the Blind.

National Organization of Italian American Women

NOIAW’s scholarship program is open to female undergraduate or graduate students, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. academic institution. Applicants must have at least one parent of Italian descent. They also require a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships supports students pursuing graduate study who
are interested in international relations as well as future careers in government service. Fellow recipients must commit to U.S. Government service for one year.

OAS Academic Scholarship Program

The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Graduate Research leading to a university degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States, and Suriname. 

OPEC Fund Scholarship Award

OPEC Fund Scholarship Award supports outstanding young individuals form developing countries so that they are able to pursue graduate studies in a development-related field.

Pi Gamma Mu Scholarships

If you are a member of Pi Gamma Mu, you could qualify to be the recipient of a $2000 or $1000 award to attend graduate school.  Pi Gamma Mu awards up to 10 scholarships each year.  

Scholarships are awarded only to Pi Gamma Mu members.  Eligibility is for up to four years from initiation into Pi Gamma Mu.  Scholarships are intended for the first or second year of graduate work in a student's first graduate degree program in the following areas of study:  sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, international relations, public administration, criminal justice, law, social work, cultural geography or psychology.  

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. This application is printed and handed to the local chapter officer to be considered in the Fellowship competition. They also offer Graduate Research Grants. Travel grants of up to $1,500 are available to graduate students. The grants provide funding for travel in support of career development opportunities, such as conducting or presenting research.

Point Foundation Scholarships

Point Foundation scholarships empower promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTW) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society.

Presidential Management Fellows

The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.  The Program is designed with a narrow focus--developing a cadre of potential government leaders.  In addition to salary and benefits, the PMF Program gives you a lot in return for your hard work.  Your two-year appointment will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents.  You will be challenged with opportunities to flourish into a problem solver, strategic thinker and future leader.  In addition to working at a single Federal agency, you may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency.  These rotational opportunities will challenge you even further and give you insight into how other areas of government operate. 

Pride Foundation Scholarships

Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to inspirational LGBTQ+ and allied student leaders across the Northwest. Students must be from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy.

The Roothbert Fund

The Roothbert Fund was created in 1958 by Albert and Toni Roothbert to help men and women in need of financial aid to further their education. The principal focus of The Fund is its Scholarships Program, through which it makes grants for undergraduate or graduate study at accredited colleges or universities. Scholarships may only be applied to study at an accredited institution based in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are "motivated by spiritual values," and works to foster fellowship among them.

Rotary Club Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships.  

Rowe Fund

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to US$15,000 dollars. By financing a portion of their studies in the United States, the Rowe Fund helps students complete their education while fostering cultural diversity, friendship, and communication among the people of the Americas.

Russell E. Train Fellowships

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree. 

Schepp Foundation Scholarships

Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarships provide support to full-time students who may otherwise have insufficient means to obtain or complete their formal education.  Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $8,500, according to individual need, and approximately 200 scholarships are awarded annually. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled (or about to enroll) full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, and maintaining a GPA of at least 3.2 on a four-point scale.  Graduate student applicants must be under the age of 40 at the time of application. In addition to academic ability, candidates must demonstrate good character, and the foundation ordinarily prefers to award scholarships to individuals with goals that show promise of future benefit to society.  The foundation requires all candidates to undertake a personal interview at its offices in New York City—it does not reimburse travel expenses for this interview.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a scholarship program offered to immigrants and refugees in the United States. In order to qualify for the scholarship program, applicants must be planning to attend a graduate-level degree program at an accredited American university on a full-time basis. The scholarships can be awarded to US citizens whose parents were born abroad or who are not US citizens as well as to individuals who were born abroad but are naturalized citizens, adopted by US citizens, green card holders or refugee status. Those who were born abroad but graduated from an American high school may also be eligible.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding to graduate students seeking admission to a two- year master’s degree program. Students must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. 2014 Fellows will receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually for two-years and are required to serve as a Foreign Service Officer for a minimum of five years.

Tillman Scholarships

The Tillman Scholar program is the premier academic fellowship for military service members, veterans, and spouses with a high potential for impact as demonstrated through a proven track record of leadership, the continued pursuit of education and the commitment of their resources to service beyond self.

United Methodist Church Scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) connects applicants with the resources they need to claim and flourish in their calling through higher education. Applicants must be active, full members of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. (Membership is determined by the date the applicant was confirmed and took membership vows with a United Methodist church.)

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship award, applicants must be: A surviving spouse or a surviving child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability.

Funding for Language Training

American Research Institute in Turkey

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) offers summer fellowship for advanced Turkish language study at Bogazici University in Istanbul. The fellowships support students pursuing the equivalent of at least one full academic year of college-level Turkish language study during an intensive summer course. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or national who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate study programs. They must also have a GPA of at least a B in their academic program and be able to perform at the high-intermediate level on a language proficiency-based admissions exam for ARIT. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-Secondary Education, the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages, and Georgetown University. 

Blakemore Freeman Foundation Language Grants

Fellowships for individuals who want to spend a year abroad in an intensive language program to improve their Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Burmese or Khmer language skills. The Foundation seeks superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. Applicants to the various CASA programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and with a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA.

Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Undergraduate, master's and doctoral-level students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply for the seven-to-10-week-long programs. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Language

These grants are for summer travel to Turkey for language study in preparation for graduate research. The time period for these grants varies with each individual application. Normally, the recipients of the Summer Language Study Grants are expected to spend a minimum of two months in Turkey at an established Ottoman or Turkish language training facility. Stipends generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. These grants are distributed as reimbursement for documented expenses, as proposed in the application, up to the dollar amount awarded by the Institute of Turkish Studies.

Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace Language Program

These 100 fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from Kathryn Davis, to address today's critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States. The Kathryn Davis Fellowships cover 100% of tuition, room, and board for one summer of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish at the Middlebury College Language Schools. The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above. The Kathryn Davis Fellowships are competitive, merit-based awards.

Qatar Scholarship for Arabic Study

The Qatar Scholarship Program offers dedicated Arabic language students from the United States the opportunity to master their skills in an intensive Arabic language program at Qatar University (QU) in Doha for an entire academic year (September to June). The scholarship includes tuition, room and board in university dorms, round-trip airfare, local transportation and books.  This program is designed for those who have already developed their Arabic at the intermediate and advanced levels. Students passing a proficiency exam at QU will also have the opportunity to audit regular undergraduate courses taught in Arabic in an array of subjects. This is a non-degree program; however, students will receive a certificate upon completion of the academic year and academic credit will be awarded.

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Offers intensive summer language programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in several Southeast Asian languages.  They offer a SEASSI Scholarship that covers all tuition and includes a $1100 summer living stipend.  


American India Foundation

The American India Foundation's William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India provides for ten months of work in NGOs and social enterprises in India.  The fellowship pair young professionals with selected organizations in India in order to accelerate, impact, and create effective projects tht are replicable, scalable, and sustainable.  To be eligible, candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (or citizens of India) between the ages of 21 and 34 during the tenure of the fellowship.

American Pathways

New American Pathways is a new organization created on October 1, 2014, by the merger of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) and Refugee Family Services (RFS). Prior to the merger, RRISA and RFS shared a deep legacy of service to the refugee community in metro Atlanta. For more than two decades, the organizations provided complementary services ranging from initial resettlement to literacy, employment, youth education and school services, and immigration and citizenship assistance. Each fall, they hire interns to work with them in a variety of areas, including after school tutoring, vocational counseling, and affordable housing.   

Google Policy Fellowships

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more. More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the fellows is outlined here.

Humanity in Action the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is an educational program for 24 American and European graduate students about the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity.  In Washington, DC and Paris, the Fellows will explore how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international and national diversity issues. The program’s guiding mission is to increase awareness of the importance of diversity in diplomacy and other international fields and to encourage and sustain the careers of professionals from minority backgrounds in foreign affairs. The 4-week program usually take places from late May to mid June.

Kirchner Food Fellowship

The purpose of the Kirchner Food Fellowship program is to foster the development of individuals who have the practical skills and knowledge to make effective investments in emerging agricultural technologies that have the possibility of addressing global food security. The principal part of the Kirchner Food Fellowship will be undertaken over an academic year but Fellows will be expected to have a continuing commitment and interest in the investment portfolio, to their cohort of Fellows and to subsequent cohorts of Fellows.  Kirchner Food Fellows will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest in food security issues and a desire to work with seed-stage, for-profit companies with innovative business models and potentially disruptive technologies. Fellows will receive invaluable mentoring from experts in the field of capital investment who will also provide feedback and guidance on investment processes and opportunities. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet and work with serial entrepreneurs in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Koch Summer Fellow Program

The Koch Summer Fellow Program uniquely combines policy work experience with professional education through a rigorous nine-week program. Through the program, fellows are connected to policy and research roles at more than eighty think tanks and non-profit organizations across the country, working on a variety of federal and state-based issues. Alongside the in-depth work experience, fellows undertake a rigorous curriculum of market-based policy analysis, participate in professional education seminars, and engage in theoretical discourse on the ideas of a free society. 

New Sector Alliance Senior Summer Fellows

Masters students with 2+ years of post-college work experience or at least 1 year of graduate study are eligible for this 11-week summer program. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool and serve in a cohort of 25 fellows with organizations in the Boston, San Francisco, Twin Cities, and Chicago areas.  Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit and community organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to strengthen their skills for immediate and future impact.  In addition to specialized training provided by New Sector and mentoring provided by organizations such as Bain and Company, Accenture, the Boston Consulting Group, and Oliver Wyman, the fellowship provides a living stipend of $6,000 to graduate students during their non-profit placement. 

Social Impact Fellows

Third-Plateau is a multi-disciplinary, social impact strategy firm. They work with nonprofits, mission-driven companies, public institutions and schools, foundations, and individual donors--advising their clients on strategic planning, business planning, community engagement, metrics development, program design, development strategy, impact evaluation, and more. Impact fellows work in a consulting and research capacity on the firm's current projects. Fellows provide high-quality support and project management to clients, lead a summer project that furthers Third Plateau's progress toward its strategic goals, and collaborate with other fellows and the full-time team. The fellowship application has two deadlines--one in December and the second in March, with interviews conducted after each round. All applicants are notified of decisions by early April. The fellowship takes place over 12 weeks in the summer. 

Post-Graduation Fellowships

Acumen Global Fellows Program

The Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty.  We are looking for potential social sector leaders who embody service above self.  The fellowship begins with eight weeks of training in the Acumen New York office, where Fellows build their understanding of the problems of poverty, the current tensions in the sector as we explore solutions and understand the role we have to play.  After training, each Fellow is placed with a company within Acumen's ecosystem where they work on a key business challenge.  In the past, Fellows have worked on projects ranging from leading operations of a new business unit at a cotton ginnery in Uganda, to leading operations at a coffee processing company in Rwanda, to building partnerships for a vocational skills training company in India. 

Alfa Fellowship Program

A fellowship that provides the opportunity to live and work in Russia on matters related to public policy. Provides language training.

Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows Program

This is a twelve-month international development fellowship in one of Catholic Relief’s overseas country programs. Twenty-to-thirty fellows are chosen a year.  Many fellows stay with Catholic Relief Services after the fellowship period concludes.

CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

This fellowship is for two-years. Typically, fifteen-to-twenty fellows are chosen as part of the CDC’s commitment to make evaluation a normative part of their work.

CDC: Presidential Management Fellowship Program

This fellowship is an excellent way to begin a career in the CDC working on a variety of public health matters. It converts to a permanent position at CDC if it is successfully concluded.

​Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Policy Fellowships

State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected think tanks located in state capitals, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.  Eligible candidates must have received a graduate degree in public policy, public affairs, economics, law, social work, public health, or a related field within the past 1-2 years, or expect to receive a degree before August 1 of the year applying; must have a strong academic record; and must be eligible to work full-time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program. Candidates should have an interest in state fiscal policy and a commitment to improving the welfare of low- and moderate-income households. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with, or demonstrate a strong interest in, working with low-income or diverse communities.

Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship

One-year fellowship related to foreign policy. Fellows can work in the public or private sector or in academia. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Echoing Green Fellowships

Echoing Green Fellowships provide generous support, over two years, to promising social entrepreneurs, giving them start-up capital and technical assistance as they launch their organizations and build the capacity of their social enterprise, anywhere in the world. Each fellowship provides a stipend of $80,000, paid in four installments over two years, plus a health insurance stipend and an annual professional development stipend. (Two-person partnerships will receive a stipend of $90,000.)  Echoing Green also provides conferences for fellows, led by organizational and development experts, access to technical support and pro bono partnerships, and access to an extensive community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including nearly 500 alumni of its own fellowship program. Each organization proposed must be the original idea of the applicant, and it must be in a start-up phase at the time of application—Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder.  The organization must also be independent and autonomous—organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization.  The applicant must be the primary decision maker for the organization’s development and management.

Emerging Markets Development Advisors Program

This fellowship is a joint endeavor between USAID and the Institute for International Education. It is a one-year overseas appointment for U.S. citizens who are within five years of graduating from a graduate program.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

This fellowship works to eliminate social inequalities, particularly racism, poverty, and hunger. It is a year-long program that chooses up to twenty participants who split their time between community-service organizations and D.C. based national policy organizations.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs help teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country. Consult the website for details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards.

Global Health Corps Volunteers

Global Health Corps Volunteers seeks fellows for paid year-long fellowships in health organizations in the United States, Zambia, Uganda,Rwanda, and Malawi. The program works to address health disparities and improve health incomes in impoverished communities in these countries. Fellows work in a variety of fields, including posts in governments, grassroots organizations, and global health bodies.

The Global Health Fellows Program

This global health fellowship is a minimum of two-years, with a maximum of four years. Fellows are placed in USAID offices and partner organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

This fellowship provides the opportunity for fellows to spend six-to-nine months working as junior-staff members at participating organizations in Washington, D.C on issues related to peace and security.

Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy

This fellowship is for Americans who seek to gain knowledge and work experience in the field of public policy in New Zealand. Fellowships range from three to seven months and two or three fellowships are awarded per year.

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 program of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years. They do not support degree programs at universities. Candidates are encouraged to browse the ICWA archives on this website to see the kind of projects that the Institute had previously supported. 

Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide.  It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work.  Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  During the first year, fellows work directly to build food security in the field.  In the second year, fellows apply their field experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and international level.  Eligible candidates have some experience working or volunteering in a developing country on issues related to hunger and poverty and usually possess a relevant graduate degree or equivalent experience.  

ODI Fellowship Scheme

This fellowship is for statisticians, economists, or those in related fields who work in countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific as civil-servants in the public-sector.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

This fellowship provides the opportunity for Americans to participate in an intercultural professional program in Germany in the public or private sector. Applicants must be younger than forty years old and are given classes and private language instruction in German.

Rotary Peace Fellowships, Professional Development Certificate Program

Fifty certificate students a year are chosen for a three-month fellowship, which includes 2-3 weeks of field study, at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The certificate program is for development professionals seeking further study on peace, conflict-resolution, and conflict prevention.  

Shuttleworth Foundation

The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to support them in implementing their ideas for social change over the course of a year.  The foundation is particularly interested in ideas at the intersection between openness, technology, knowledge, and learning—ideas that would enhance access to global knowledge and social and economic development. Each fellowship provides for generous financial support, equivalent to a full year’s salary based on a fellow’s qualifications, experiences, and comparable cost of time for their skill level.  In addition, each fellow will have access to potential project funding from the foundation, which will match a fellow’s personal project investment by at least tenfold.  The foundation also provides technological and legal support throughout each project’s development, as well as connections to its network of projects, funders, and institutions. Anyone who has an innovative idea for social change that adds value in the areas of knowledge, learning, and technology may apply, provided they have reached the age of majority—in the U.S., in most states, this is 18.  The fellowship is not limited to any specific geographical place, but all fellows must be fluent in English.

UN Junior Professional Officer Program

This fellowship provides on-the-job training at the UN Secretariat in capacity development activities. Initial appointments are for one year but may be extended.

UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellowship

This is a two-year fellowship that provides experience in public service with UNICEF. Must have interest and/or experience with experiential learning, volunteer management, commitment to public service, and knowledge of children’s rights internationally.

USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program

This fellowship supports USAID’s programs and policy as related to governance, human rights, and democracy. Fellowships can be short term, but most range from one-to-two years. Please note that this fellowship works uniquely—you apply for individual opportunities, which are made available through joining the link from this mailing list: 

White House Fellows Program

This is a one-year fellowship to work as a public servant in the White House. A non-partisan opportunity.

Young Professionals Program World Bank Group

A two-year fellowship that provides experience in technical and managerial roles in the World Bank for around forty-five applicants. You must be a citizen of a member country of the World Bank and be born after 1968.