Graduate Fellowships for Public Service

Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Graduate FAF Program provides fellowship funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. To attract outstanding students who will be in master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.  Service Requirement

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

This American Bar Association program seeks to encourage greater minority representation in the legal profession by providing financial support for legal studies. 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. This allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.  Ideal for students seeking to "take a year off" to perform some public or community service project. 

Scoville Peace Fellowships

The Scoville Peace Fellowship is designed to give graduating seniors an opportunity to work in Washington, DC, and gain a perspective on key issues of peace and security.  The fellowship provides funding for a six- to nine-month placement at a non-profit/ public-interest organization. 

Villers Fellowship

The Villers fellow plays an integral role in Families USA’s work to expand access to health coverage for all Americans.  Designed to provide the fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work, the fellowship is based in Families USA’s office in Washington, D.C. and will afford the fellow the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues ranging from Medicaid policy, the crisis of the uninsured, Medicare, the private health insurance market, and racial disparities in health care. At the same time, the Villers fellow will learn about conducting health care campaigns with our network of grassroots advocates and organizations.  Ideal for graduating seniors interested in health care administration, policy or public policy.

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

The Wellstone fellowship is designed to increase the number of Black/African American, Latino, and American Indian social justice leaders. Candidates seeking consideration for the Wellstone fellowship must demonstrate an interest in health care policy and a commitment to contributing to social justice work following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with, or demonstrate a keen interest in, working with communities of color. While there is no bias in favor of any specific academic discipline, a college degree is preferred. There is no minimum GPA to qualify for consideration.