International Relations Scholarships

Fellowships and Scholarships for International Relations Programs and Degrees

As an international relations scholar, you have made it your business to address such critical issues as global security, sustainable development, human rights, international law, and humanitarian aid.

Because of the growing need for international relations scholars and advocates, private donors, non-governmental organizations and universities have made scholarships and fellowships for students like you more available than ever before. However, sifting through hundreds of scholarships to find the ones that are applicable to you can be a job all by itself.

Here at InternationalRelationsEDU.org we’ve taken the time to select the most accessible international relations scholarships available as a way to support you in your decision to pursue a degree in this important area of study.

Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate student, or post-graduate scholar, you can advance your education with financial assistance from organizations committed to the same ideals as you.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Benefits: Up to $18,000 per calendar year, health insurance, life insurance, and retirement

Requirements:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must achieve 1500 on the SAT or a 21 on the ACT
  • Must maintain full-time status
  • Must maintain 3.0 GPA
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Details: Preference will be given to minority and disabled students, but all students may apply. Recipients will be required to work at an Agency facility during summer breaks, and after graduation they will work for 1.5 times the amount of time that scholarship support was received.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Benefits: $8,000-$20,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be US citizen
  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must be enrolled in an international studies program
  • Must be focusing on research that promotes US security, by addressing the issues of a global society, such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, economic competitiveness, or migration

Details: Boren scholarships promote linguistic and cultural immersion that focus on promoting national security.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Benefits: Up to $8,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be US citizen
  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must be receiving the Federal Pell Grant
  • Must be applying to or accepted to a study abroad internship or program

Details: Bonus scholarship money will be given to students studying critical languages, such as Japanese, Turkic, Persian, Arabic, and more.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program

Benefits: $37,000 per year plus full benefits

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior or a student who has graduated within the last year
  • Must be enrolled in an international studies program at a participating school
  • Must be willing to take a year-long project in a foreign nation in democracy, nuclear policy, energy and climate, middle east studies, and more, in order to increase engagement and cooperation between nations

Details: Apply through participating schools.

Frederick Douglass Scholarship Program

Benefits: Full tuition plus room and board

Eligibility:

  • The most competitive applicants will have a 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Should have a 26 on the ACT
  • Must be dedicated to studying and promoting social justice

Details: Preference will be given to economic and racial minorities and first-generation scholars.

West Virginia State University’s Department of Political Science Scholarships

These scholarships are available to all of the Department’s majors, including Pre-Law Studies, American Politics, and International Relations. Scholarships include, but are not limited to:

  • Peter S. Borsay Memorial Scholarship
  • E. Chilton III Scholarship
  • James F. Dent Scholarship

Benefits: vary depending on scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as a student at West Virginia State University
  • Must be enrolled in a major with the department of Political Science

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Benefits: $30,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Must be at junior-level academic standing
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must have graduate and career interests in being an agent of change in government, nonprofit, or education
  • Must have an interest in the conditions of society, public interest, advocacy, etc.
  • Must want to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate in international affairs, education, public administration, or another related field

Details: Recipients must commit to work in public service for three of the first seven years after they complete a Foundation-funded graduate degree.

DAAD German Studies Research Grant

Benefits: $1,500-$3,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in undergraduate degree
  • Must be at least a junior in standing
  • Must be pursing a German studies track or minor

Details: This program is designed to encourage and promote the scholarly study of cultural, political, historical, economics, and social aspects of German affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Benefits: $1,500-$5,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time Junior or Senior
  • Must ben enrolled at an accredited four-year university
  • Must submit essay considering an ethical issues

Details: Preference will be given to the most articulate, well-thought-out responses to ethical issues, such as international solidarity, environmental sustainability, and more.

Graduate Scholarships

Central Intelligence Agency Graduate Scholarship Program

Benefits: Up to $18,000 per calendar year, plus an annual salary, optional benefits, and retirement

Eligibility:

  • Must be entering first or second year of graduate studies
  • Must be willing to work at an Agency facility in Washington D.C. for at least 60-90 days before graduation
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Must agree to work for an Agency for 1.5 times the length of time scholarship money was received
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Details: Preference will be given to disabled and minority students; however, all students may apply. Preference may be given to scholars looking to gain fluency in critical languages, such as Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Russian, and more.

Boren Graduate Fellowships

Benefits: Up to $30,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be US citizen
  • Must be graduate student
  • Must be enrolled in an international studies program
  • Must be pursuing the addition of a language component to their graduate education
  • Must be focusing on research that promotes US security, by addressing the issues of a global society, such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, economic competitiveness, or migration

Details: Boren fellowships support research in areas of the world that are critical to US international relations, including Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Eurasia, and more.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Public Policy Fellowship

Benefits: $2,400 per month

Eligibility:

  • Must have earned a bachelor’s degree within two years of start date
  • Must have maintained 3.0 GPA
  • Must demonstrate commitment to public service-oriented activities
  • Must be dedicated to working a minimum of 32 hours per week at placement site

Details: Open to students enrolled in graduate studies, as well. This scholarships is focused on giving Hispanic students hands-on experience in the public policy area of their choice.

Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership’s Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) scholarship 

Benefits: $23,000 per year

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a master’s program directly related to sustainable energy development
  • Must be in the top 20% of their class
  • Must be committed to sustainable energy in developing countries

Details: International affairs majors with an emphasis in development or sustainable development may be preferred.

Marshall Scholarship

Benefits: 1-3 year scholarships up to full tuition

Eligibility:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must hold undergraduate degree from a four-year, accredited institution
  • Must have a 3.7 GPA
  • Must not have a degree from a British university
  • Must plan to attend a UK Institution for a graduate degree

Details: Preference will go to high-achieving young scholars who have an interest and commitment to improving UK-US relations.

University for Peace Scholarships

Benefits: Up to 50% tuition assistance

Eligibility:

  • Must be a professor from a partner university

OR

  • Must be a Costa Rican citizen

OR

  • Must be a United Nations employee

OR

  • Must be a documented refugee

Beinecke Scholarship Program

Benefits: Up to $34,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursuing a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Must demonstrate exceptional promise
  • Must be nominated by university
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must utilize all funding within five years

Details: Scholarships are awarded to graduate students of all arts, humanities, and social science disciplines at participating schools.

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University Fellowship

Benefits: Up to $15,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be an IHS alumni
  • Must be a full-time graduate student at an accredited university anywhere in the world
  • Must be pursuing a graduate degree in a field that promotes the ideals of a free society, such as international relations, law, political science, and more

Details: Fellowships must be reapplied for each year, and they take into account the tuition of the recipient’s university.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s (AvH) German Chancellor Fellowship

Benefits: Up to 2,750 euros per month depending on qualifications

Eligibility:

  • Must be an emerging US leader (or leader from Brazil, China, India, or Russia)
  • Must plan to work in politics, economics, the media, administration, or culture
  • Must be interested in spending a year working on a project in Germany

Details: This is a project-based scholarship that is awarded to scholars who wish to pursue a particular project for a year in Germany, working underneath the mentorship of another scholar.

American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Program

Benefits: $5,000-$25,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student
  • Must seek to conduct in-country, independent research for three to nine consecutive months
  • Must conduct research in Central Asia, Moldova, Russia, South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, or Ukraine

Details: Preference will be given to the research of US policy and to scholars who seek to better understand a particular region, formulating effective policies within it. International relations, political science, and history students will be given preference.

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship

Benefits: Substantial funding toward education and living expenses

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree at the University of Hawai’i
  • Must be permanent citizen of the US
  • Must be interested in international or intercultural degree programs

Details: Degree study, plus participating in the Center’s international and intercultural programs, will be a necessity for recipients.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Benefits: one year of academic study

Eligibility:

  • Must be at post-baccalaureate or graduate level
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Must have sufficient language proficiency to carry out research in host country

Details: May use scholarship for project research or for the completion of a graduate degree.

Scholarships Available to Both Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Scholarships

Benefits: $1,200-$4,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate in sophomore or junior year, OR graduate student in no later than second year of study
  • Must be US citizens
  • Must be pursuing a degree in intelligence, national security, international security, or international relations with a focus on intelligence and security

Details: Preference may be given to students who know critical languages, such as Russian, Pashtu, Dari, Korean, etc.

American Jewish Committee’s Goldman Fellowship Program

Benefits: $3,000 plus travel expenses

Eligibility:

  • Must be undergraduate in junior or senior year OR gradate students
  • Must be excited to engage in the world through a Jewish lens
  • Must have a passion for making a difference
  • Must be interested in exploring the American Jewish identity

Details: This scholarship is designed to develop future leaders in international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. Research may span the recipient’s interests—from international affairs an diplomacy to interethnic relations and nonprofit management.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Benefits: up to $37,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a junior enrolled in a bachelor’s degree
  • Must be planning to enroll in a two-year Master’s degree in Foreign Service upon graduation
  • Must be enrolled in U.S.-based academic institution
  • Must hold a 3.2 GPA

OR

  • Must be enrolled in a two-year, full-time master’s program in international affairs, public policy, public administration, or another related field
  • Must have a 3.2 GPA

Details: Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work in the U.S. Department of State.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Benefits: up to $47,000 annually

Eligibility:

  • Must be a gradate student pursing an international relations degree
  • Must be an undergraduate student pursuing an international relations degree
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Details: Collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department to fund graduates and undergraduates who are preparing to for careers as diplomats in the U.S. Department of State.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Benefits: up to $10,000 per year

Eligibility:

  • Must demonstrate need
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Must be enrolled in a program focused on international solidarity or other issues of peace and justice

Details: This fund was created for students who are actively working to promote peace and justice.

Post-Graduate Continuing Scholarship and Research

Alfa Fellowship Program

Benefits: monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program related costs, language training, and private tutoring

Eligibility:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and 5-6 years of professional experience or a master’s degree and 2 years of professional experience
  • Must be a US, UK, or German citizen between 25 and 35
  • Must have a gradate degree in business, economics, law, public policy, or a related field
  • Preference will be given to scholars who have Russian language experience

Details: Must desire to participate in professional-level initiatives in Russia to develop greater intercultural understanding and advance US-Russia/UK-Russia/German-Russian relations.

Abe Fellowship

Benefits: three to twelve months of full-time support

Eligibility:

  • Must be a committed academic dedicated to international research
  • Must have a PhD or terminal degree in field
  • Must propose research project that addresses key policy issues
  • Must reflect nonpartisan positions

Details: Must be dedicated to researching international security, international growth and sustainable development, cultural trends and transformation, or international governance, empowerment, and participation.

USAID Democracy Fellows Program

Benefits: Salary plus benefits

Eligibility:

  • Must have an advanced degree in a related field (MA, PhD, JD)
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Details: This position is for advanced scholars who want practical, hands-on work with USAID with issues such as democracy, human rights, and governance.

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