Humboldt Foundation German Chancellorship Fellowship

The German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Republic of India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential.

The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policylawmedia, business, the non-governmental and non-profit sector, and the arts. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. This prestigious program builds on Germany’s established and growing reputation as a favored destination for problem-focused international dialogue and a meeting place for tomorrow’s international leaders.


  • Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (October 1 of the year following application);
  • Citizenship of the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Brazil, or the Republic of India;
  • Candidates from all professions and disciplines are eligible to apply;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities;
  • Either English or German language skills.


  • A project plan (approx. 3 pages);
  • A detailed host’s statement, including a confirmation of support;
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal, and/or academic background;
  • New application deadline: September 15; 
  • Register for the next round of applications online.

During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct independent projects at their host institutions. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence – all essential qualities for future professional leaders.

It is considered a prestigious fellowship and the alumni of the program typically have gone on to very successful careers. View past fellows by subject on the American Friends website. Additional program information, frequently asked questions, and a brochure on recent AvH German Chancellor Fellows can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Questions? Contact the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the American Friends office.


Study Abroad Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

Critical Need Languages

Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement program. Those critical need languages include:

  • Arabic (all dialects);
  • Chinese (all dialects);
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Japanese
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek);
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki);
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi);
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Swahili

Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further details.

Program Length

1 Month to 1 Year

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.The scholarship program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing who have received a Federal Pell Grant and meet the following criteria.

Eligble Applicants Must Be:

  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.
  • Applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks (28 days) in one country – or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students – and no more than one academic year. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
  • Studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning List. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning List.

The applications for study or intern abroad during the spring and summer (early application) terms open in mid-August, with a deadline in early October.  The application for study or intern abroad during the summer and fall/academic year terms  open in mid-January, with a deadline in early March.  Please see the Deadlines and Timelines for further details.

Contact Information
Gilman Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027

Blakemore Foundation Language Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

The Blakemore Foundation’s Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.

To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree.
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines. (Minimum requirement is 3 years of study of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.

Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 10% of applicants.

Blakemore Refresher Grants

Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester. Refresher Grants are not a post-doctoral program; recent PhD graduates are not appropriate candidates for a Blakemore Refresher Grant.

An applicant for a Refresher Grant must be an individual in mid-career, established in academia, public service or the private sector, and a member of one of the following groups:

  • Former Blakemore Freeman Fellows
  • Professors who are teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States
  • Individuals working in an Asian career field

See the Refresher Grant guidelines for complete eligibility requirements.

Applications are currently closed.

We encourage you to apply online!

The 2016 application cycle will open August 1st, 2015, with a deadline of 11:30 p.m. EST on December 30, 2015. If for any reason you cannot access our online application, please email us at for help.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

2016 Grant Guidelines

Click here to download in pdf format.

Blakemore Refresher Grants

2016 Grant Guidelines

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Teach in Honduras with Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA)

Teach in Honduras (1-year Program; Living stipend included). Located in the towns of Cofradía, Vida Nueva and Macuelizo.

The Organization: Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) was founded in 2001 to provide high quality education to low-income communities throughout Honduras. We typically recruit recent US, Canadian and European college graduates (ages typically vary from 21 to 35) who are service-minded, enjoy working in team environments, and are curious about cultural exchange. Those teachers undergo an intensive 6-week teacher training in Honduras in July and August before being matched to one of our partner schools. Currently, we operate in conjunction with three K-through-9 schools just outside of the San Pedro Sula area, and as a requirement, each school has significant parent ownership and deep community involvement. Our model is built on partnership between Hondurans committed to high quality, progressive education and foreigners interested in a truly authentic cultural immersion.


(2013-2014 BECA volunteers with Honduran staff at SJBS)

Our Volunteers: BECA aims to provide its volunteers with a challenging, transformative experience that gives an in-depth understanding of grassroots international development, underserved Central American communities, bilingual teaching strategies, and community capacity building techniques. As a result, BECA teachers develop the skills and responsibilities to be effective teachers, communicators, and leaders. Afterwards, BECA teachers go on to become Fulbright scholars, microfinance specialists, US Foreign Service Officers, charter school teachers, World Bank employees, non-profit executives, law and public policy students. Does this sound intriguing?

If so, BECA wants to hear from you. Every year, BECA assembles a team of committed volunteers who want to dedicate themselves to the difficult but rewarding work that we do in Honduras. We seek enthusiastic, curious, diverse, and thoughtful volunteers. For every application, we consider the applicant’s volunteer service, international engagement, teaching experience, and academic record. BECA volunteer positions are competitive; our typical admissions rate hovers around 25%. Please note that applicants need not be certified teachers nor fluent Spanish speakers.


(Miss Elena, 2 year volunteer, lines up her students at ADJ)

Living Stipend and Expenses:

BECA covers all volunteer housing, food, and training costs. Incidental expenses like high-speed internet and classroom materials are covered and a stipend is provided to assist our volunteers with visa renewals. Your expenses will include travel to/from Honduras and money for personal travel/amenities. Additionally, we strongly encourage that volunteers purchase their own health insurance as BECA does not provide any coverage. Many of our “recent college graduate” volunteers have been lucky enough to remain covered by their parents’ insurance for their year with us. For those who do not fall in this category, we can suggest several low-cost insurance providers our volunteers have relied on in the past.

Please note that many of our volunteers have offset their out of pocket expenses by teaching English to adults in the evenings. Not only is this a great way to earn a bit of pocket money, it’s a wonderful way to interact in a meaningful way with Hondurans over three feet tall! Finally, we are able to advise our volunteers on the process of deferring student loan payments.

Job responsibilities include (but are not limited to): • Planning lessons and teaching all subjects except Spanish and Honduran Social Studies; • Collaborating with the teaching team (Honduran and International) on school projects, events planning, curriculum development; • Providing consistent communication with parents and other community members; • Contributing to collaborative and respectful group living experience.

Job benefits include (but are not limited to): • The opportunity to participate in a true international development experience; •The opportunity to live & work with Spanish speaking colleagues & community members; • The opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience while learning more about yourself; • The opportunity to foster long-lasting friendships with Honduran families and other members of the volunteer team; • Career development assistance and access to BECA’s growing network of successful alumni.

Health & Safety: Living abroad, particularly in a developing country, presents a number of risks that you may not face at home. We are committed to the health and safety of our volunteers in order to mitigate those risks to the extent possible through the implementation of thoughtful policies and procedures. Our interview process gives candidates a better sense of the risks associated with living and working in Honduras, and the precautions that we take as an organization to minimize those risks. More information on the precautions we take can be found on our website.


(View of mountains from volunteer house in Cofradia)

How to Apply: 

For more information or to start the application process, please visit our website:

During the application process, we consider previous teaching experience, Spanish fluency and previous travel experience in Latin America. However, not all successful BECA volunteers come in with these experiences. We seek individuals who, above all else, exhibit a strong commitment to their own service learning and have the desire to learn, grow and immerse themselves in community life. If interested in this opportunity, you should apply immediately as the application process is rolling.

Volunteer Opportunity in Northern Thailand

DEPDC/GMS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.  The organization works to prevent and to protect girls and boys from being trafficked into exploitative working conditions, the commercial sex industry in particular.  DEPDC/GMS provides crucial preventative measures such as education, vocational and life skills training, accommodation, protection, community outreach, and leadership development to at-risk youth in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.  The organization coordinates a multitude of programs and projects at distinct sites, located throughout Chiang Rai Province in the districts of Mae Sai, Chiang Khong, and Mae Chan. Each site functions differently but works toward the common goal of empowering youth to empower themselves and their peers and communities to combat human trafficking and exploitative child labor.

In order to provide the organization with steady volunteer support, which is critical to the smooth functioning of all projects and the future of DEPDC/GMS, our International Department accepts applications on a rolling basis.


Position:  International Volunteer

Location:  DEPDC / GMS Coordination Center in Mai Sai District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Commitment:  Six months minimum, one year preferred; plus, if necessary, 30 to 40 hours of intensive Thai language lessons – 3 to 4 weeks – prior to arrival to Mae Sai.  Essentially, for those who do not already have a basic command of Thai, this is a 7-month volunteer commitment.

Start Date:  Availability based on time period and skill set.  We consider applications received up to 12 months in advance, but will consider applications submitted within a shorter time frame.

Benefits and Costs:  Volunteers must fully fund their own flights, visa(s), language lessons, accommodations, living costs, and other necessities while living in Mae Sai.  They do not receive a stipend nor are they required to pay any fees for a long-term placement of 6 months or longer. Some volunteers have financed their stay through private fundraising and university scholarships.

Visa(s): The organization can provide documentation support for the volunteer’s Thailand Visa application, though only for the Type O for Volunteering option.  However, Thailand’s immigration laws change frequently and typically without warning, and Thai embassies and consulates vary greatly in the types and lengths of visas that they offer.  While we can advise a volunteer about the types of visa that are generally available, it is up to the applicant to research the options available from a particular Thai embassy / consulate.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Each volunteer’s role is different, depending on skills, experience, and interests, as well as on the needs of the organization.  Volunteers are supervised by the International Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers in Mae Sai can take on a variety of roles and responsibilities, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Teach English at the Half Day School, Community Learning Center, and to DEPDC/GMS staff
  • Facilitate extracurricular activities with Half Day School students, aged 4-18
  • Write for the DEPDC / GMS  blog and newsletter
  • Produce and coordinate social media and communications
  • Write grant proposals and grant reports
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of new volunteers
  • Online fundraising and marketing
  • Receive visitors and give presentations on human trafficking and DEPDC / GMS
  • Attend events and meetings
  • Photography and Videography
  • Assist in other areas based on skill set and need

We are open to new ideas and projects which utilize volunteers’ unique strengths and creativity.  This position is ideal for someone with long-term goals or interests related to alternative education, non-profit administration, communications and media, child protection, and human trafficking prevention.

Restrictions:  We accept only individual applications for long-term volunteer applications.  Applications submitted concurrently by couples or groups will not be considered.


Interested in applying?  We welcome sincere queries and talented, motivated applicants!  Please complete our International Volunteer Application Form and email it, along with a current CV and a recent passport photo scan, to the International Department at The International Volunteer in charge of recruitment will contact the applicant by email once all required documents have been received.

Please also have a look at our Omprakash website profile for more details about volunteering: reviews from past DEPDC/GMS-Omprakash volunteers and an overview of accommodation and cost of living information for this region.

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

The PPIA Fellowship Program

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.

The Junior Summer Institutes

Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 30 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.

Students who are selected for the 2015 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of our four participating universities:

Carnegie Mellon University

University of California, Berkeley

Princeton University

University of Michigan

The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

What are the benefits of participation?

  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

For more information on the deadline and application process, please refer to the PPIA website.

USAID International Development Fellowship Program


The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. The fellowship is named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald Payne. The initiative is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.

Program Elements

Fellowships for Graduate Studies  In 2015 the Payne Fellowship Program plans to award five fellowships valued at up to $45,000 annually for a two-year program.  The award includes up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $15,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships (see below).  At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Orientation New Payne Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in May, shortly after their selection. The purposes of this orientation are to familiarize the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and to enhance their understanding of, and skills for, international development careers.

Two Summer Internships Payne Fellows will participate in two internships. The first, an internship working on international issues in Washington, DC, will occur in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. The second will be an overseas internship in a USAID Mission that takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study.  The program will provide stipends, housing, and transportation.

Mentoring Each Fellow will receive mentoring throughout the duration of the fellowship as well as during his/her early employment at USAID.

Curriculum Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as development, economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration foreign languages, agriculture, environmental sciences, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. Studies in law do not satisfy this requirement.  Applicants apply to two-year graduate programs at U.S. universities simultaneously with their application to the Payne Program.

Employment/Contractual Obligations Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Each Payne Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of three years of service as a USAID Foreign Service Officer. Candidates who do not successfully complete the Payne Program and the subsequent three year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.

Check out their website for deadlines and tips for competitive applications.