Archive for external funding

Looking for money to pursue an international and language study program?

Make sure the Boren Fellowship is on your radarThe Boren Fellowships provide funding to U.S. citizens who are pursuing international and language study in world regions critical to U.S. interests, such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Boren Fellowships for graduate students provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research.  Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 24 months.

Recipients of a Boren Fellowship accept a Service Requirement to work for the federal government in the national security arena. Award recipients are not guaranteed a federal job after graduation – they must secure a position themselves.

The 2015-16 application deadline is January 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Boren Fellowship applicants will be notified of their status by mail in late April.

For more information about the application process, click here.


a little bit of money can go a long way

Students sometimes come to us asking for money to make up the difference between tuition and their savings.  Sometimes it’s as low as a few hundred dollars so wouldn’t it be nice to know you have a scholarship to fill the gap?

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders has called for applications for the 2014-2015 Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarships.  The scholarships are available for North American residents.  Three $2500 scholarships to full time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the Humanities and Fine Arts or International Studies will be offered based on scholastic achievement and financial need.

For students applying for the International Studies Scholarship, please note that students will be expected to periodically attend Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) briefings at sessions relating to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with which the Savoy Foundation is registered as a NGO. Scholarship recipients will be required to write brief summaries of each meeting they attend. A Foundation representative will supervise and guide the student’s activities at the United Nations.  Enrollment in a college or university within reasonable proximity of the United Nations is required.

Please click here for the scholarship guidelines and the application.  Application along with required materials must be completed and received on or before May 15, 2014 in order to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated will notify 2014-2015 Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarship recipients by July 30, 2014.

Please direct all questions regarding the application process or candidate eligibility to: or by calling 212.922.1100, ext. 245.


Apply for Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Students can apply online now for the 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships competition!

The Pickering Fellowships help talented students  — highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates — who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. We invite you to share this information with individuals who may be interested in either the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for undergraduate students) or the Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for graduate students).

The programs provide:

  • Up to $40,000 annually for academic expenses, covering the last year of undergraduate study and first year of graduate study (Undergraduate Fellowship); or the first and second year of graduate study (Graduate Fellowship)
  • Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
  • Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
  • Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers

Eligibility requirements at the time of application:

  • Undergraduate applicants: college junior or equivalent
  • Graduate applicants: entering a two-year terminal master’s degree program in the fall of the Fellowship year
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)
  • United States citizenship


Undergraduate Fellowship
Application deadline:  January 24, 2014
Recommendations deadline: January 31, 2014

Graduate Fellowship
Application deadline: February 7, 2014
Recommendations deadline: February 14, 2014


Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Pickering Programs honor Career Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, one of the country’s most respected Foreign Service Officers. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply to one of the two programs. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which administers the Pickering Fellowships, identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s most critical challenges.


The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

The program of fellowships they shaped has the following characteristics:

  • It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents — each year.
  • At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support.
  • Each fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years.
  • Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States.
  • Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment — in annual national competitions.  Candidates apply directly.  The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening.   Neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process.
  • Each fellows attends two weekend conferences of fellows. The great majority continue to be involved with the program through regional dinners, service in the selection process for later classes, etc.

Applications are available on their website:  The completed application must be submitted via the online applications system or postmarked by NOVEMBER 8, 2013.

For more details, please contact the Soros Program:

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
224 West 57th St
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-547-6926
Fax: 212-548-4623

Columbia University Interschool fellowships available

Applications for 2013-14 Interschool Fellowships are now available.  To see if you may meet the eligibility criteria required to apply, please review:  To apply please click here.  The deadline to submit your application to the SIPA Financial Aid Office is Monday, June 10th.  Please contact SIPA Financial Aid at or 212-854-6216 with questions.


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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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