Are you a rising senior looking to do research or find other professional or academic development after graduation? Are you interested in international affairs or doing research of any kind abroad? If so, check out some of these international-oriented scholarship and fellowship opportunities that you can apply for to help you develop academically and professionally as well as give you time after graduation to help decide your next step:
If you’re interested in going abroad after graduation, there are tons of opportunities for you! One of the most popular options for post-graduate research and study is the Fulbright Scholarship. It has two very different components: the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and the Academic Grant. The Fulbright ETA program funds one year of English teaching and the Academic Grant one year of graduate study and/or research in countries across the globe. You can find more info about both on Fulbright’s website and on William & Mary’s Fulbright page.
If you have limited experience in Asia, but are interested in spending time there learning and gaining professional experience, then take a look at the Luce Scholarship! It provides one year of professional placement designed to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society who have limited experience with Asia. Students may be placed in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. For more info, check out their website.
3. Blakemore Foundation Freeman Fellowship
Another opportunity for those interested in going to Asia, Blakemore Foundation Freeman Fellowships provide a year of intensive language study of an East or Southeast Asian language. This fellowship is intended for recent graduates who are pursuing a career that involves the regular use of the language that they choose. Fellows must already have a high degree of proficiency in the language that they choose, and they can choose from a preselected set of programs in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, or Vietnam. Learn more about this program here.
4. James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship
Students interested in international affairs should check out the James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship. It is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 10-12 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year and earn $38,000 with benefits. Past projects include Democracy and the Rule of Law, Nuclear Policy, Energy and Climate, Middle East Studies, South Asian Studies, China Studies, Japan Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Economics (Asia program), and Russian and Eurasian Studies. Find out more information here.
5. Princeton Fellowships
Princeton University offers three fellowship programs for students interested in different areas of the world: Princeton in Africa, Princeton in Asia, and Princeton in Latin America. These programs are intended to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America through immersive work experiences. Applicants are able to indicate preference for specific countries and issue areas. The program provides fellows with a local salary while in their host country, however, fellows are responsible for their own program fees and airfare. Princeton in Latin America requires proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portugese, but most placements with Princeton in Asia and Princeton in Africa do not require previous language study. Seniors and recent graduates are eligible to apply. You can find out more information on their websites for Princeton in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Keep in mind that these are only a few of the many opportunities for current or soon-to-be graduates to continue their studies or gain valuable work experience. For more info about all kinds of scholarships and fellowships, check out Scholarship Search, keep following the scholarship blog, or bring your questions to the PSAs directly in the Charles Center Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 5pm. Good luck on all your apps!