Fellowship and scholarship opportunities in this file may be of interest to International Studies students, however this list is by no means exhaustive. This section also gives some guidance on gradaute school.
Please contact the BA Internship Coordinator, in the Sie International Relations Complex, Room 2030, for more information.
Check out the DU post-graduate fellowships page as well:
Click on Postgraduate Fellowships.
Many International Studies graduates go on to graduate school in international affairs or related fields. Here are some things to consider when choosing a graduate program:
Timing First, consider whether you want to go straight to graduate school or take some time away to explore and work. If you’re not sure in which field you want to pursue a degree, taking time away from study can help you investigate different possibilities.
Location There are programs in international studies all over the US and abroad. In the United States, many are concentrated on the East Coast in cities such as Washington, DC, New York, and Boston. This does not mean, however, that there are not other options (such as the Josef Korbel School at DU) with exceptional programs and good connections for employment after graduation. Location will affect your cost of living, recreational activities, distance from family and friends, and career connections. It is, therefore, an extremely important factor to consider.
Academics and Curriculum A graduate program may have an excellent reputation, but does it offer what you really want to study? Some programs are more focused on regional issues (i.e. Middle Eastern Studies) and others are more thematic (development or security), and some universities offer both. Additionally, a university may have a degree program, but if you investigate further into its course offerings, you may find that the selection is limited. Look at graduate programs’ course offerings and see which courses really sound exciting to you. If you find that a program’s offerings do not really interest you, you probably want to consider a different program, no matter how exceptional the reputation of the university.
Career Services Your graduate degree will be one of the single most important factors in helping you to get the type of position in the field you want. Look into where graduates have found employment in the past as well as how long graduate job searches have lasted. It is also important to consider what kinds of career services are offered, such as networking events and professional development workshops for resume and cover letter writing and job searches.
APSIA The Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs provides a wealth of helpful information on member and affiliate programs in international affairs. APSIA’s website is at:http://www.apsia.org.
Other Resources Both Penrose Library and the DU Career Center have a variety of resources, including Barron’s and Peterson Guides to graduate schools to assist you.
Post Graduate Opportunities
Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship is for juniors interested in a career in public service, who have solid leadership experience, an extensive public service record, and strong academics (GPA). Among many other opportunities, Scholars are awarded up to $30,000 to use towards graduate school.
DU is able to nominate up to four students each Fall to represent DU at the national level. 60-65 Scholars are chosen each year nationally.
If you are interested in applying, please find more details on the Truman Foundation website, and read the most recently published information packet:
James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 11-13 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.
Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment's projects, listed below. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.DU is able to nominate up to two seniors each year, and nominations are determined based on an internal application process. Applications for 2020are due by December 5, 2019. You can email all the materials to email@example.com. We will let you know if you have been nominated by December 23rd, so you can get the rest of your materials in to us by January 10, 2020.
Please note that many of the deadlines for the 2020-2021 year have not yet been posted. If you find an opportunity that has updated information, please inform us!
Scoville Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, a program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with a public-interest organization focusing on arms control and international security issues. The fellowship is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. They have written fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, magazine articles, briefing books and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Many former Scoville Fellows work for NGOs or the Federal Government, or attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.
Benefits include a $2,100 monthly stipend, travel expenses to DC, and health insurance.
Application deadline: October 2, 2020 for Spring 2021
Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Program
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation administers the prestigious Tomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program seeks to attract highly qualified candidates to the US Foreign Service.
Upon completion of the Program, awardees will be obliged to a minimum of four and a half years of service as a Foreign Service Officer.
Deadline for the application is mid Mid-September. For more information and an application please visit,
Inst. on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
http://www.dcinternships.org This is an eight week academic internship program in Washington, DC sponsored by Georgetown University and the Fund for American Studies.
The Office of Financial Aid is a great resource to find scholarship opportunities. Be sure to check out their website and sign up for the Monthly Scholarship Newsletter! In addition to the Financial Aid website here are some scholarships that International Studies students might be interested in.
Abbot and Fenner Scholarship
Essay scholarship available to current undergraduate and high school junior or senior students (ages 16-30). Answer the question: " What have you done outside of the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after by universitiesor other educational facilities? Of these, which means the most to you?" Deadline: Mid-June. Award value: $1,000
Army ROTC Scholarships
For students already in college, Army ROTC provides the tools ot become an Army officer without interfering with your classes. ROTC also provides you with discipline and money for tuition while enhancing your college experience. Army ROTC offers two, three, and four year scholarships, so even sophomores who are halfway through their college experience are elligible.
College Prowler "No Essay" Scholarshiphttps://collegeprowler.com/scholarship/apply.aspx
Students are drawn at random every month for a chance to win $2,000. Available to all high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Apply by the 30th of each month.
National Military Intelligence Association Scholarship
The NMIA Scholarship is a Scholarship sponsored by National Military Intelligence Association, Intelligence Scholarship Foundation (NMIA).
Amount of Scholarship: Average: $1000
Application Deadline: 1-Aug
Requirements: Applicant must be the dependant child of an NMIA member.
Eligibility: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior