Public & Community Leadership

Fellowships for Public & Community Leadership

 

Please note: many off-campus awards fall into more than one category. If you would like assistance identifying fellowship opportunities, please contact ONIF. For campus scholarship listings, login with your LMU ID here. 

Deadlines are approximate.

  • Best & Brightest Scholarship Program

    Best & Brightest Scholarship Program

     Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc. awards academic scholarships to aspiring undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in public service related fields.

    Benefits: $3000 and tuition for the MMF Leadership Development Institute (LDI).

    Eligibility:

    • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or currently have AB 540 status.
    • Application opportunity targets, but is not limited to the following ethnic groups; African-American, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic/ Latino, or Indian / Native-American.
    • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate (Minimum Sophomore Standing) or full-time graduate student. Official Proof of enrollment required.
    • Applicant must be pursuing a career in a public service related field.
    • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

    National Deadline: August

  • Boren Awards

    Boren Awards

    Boren awards allow U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, but underrepresented in study abroad. In addition to the traditional study award, Boren also offers the following special initiative programs:

    • African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)Boren Scholarship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)  to study Akan/Twl, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof or Zulu.
    • South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)Boren Scholarship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)  to study Hindi or Urdu.
    • Boren-Flagship InitiativeSpecial opportunities to Boren Scholarship applicants enrolled in The Language Flagship and planning to study overseas for their capstone year.
    • Boren-ROTC InitiativeA special initiative for undergraduate ROTC cadets and midshipmen. ROTC participants are strong candidates for the Boren Scholarship, due to their commitment to national security and government service.
    • Summer STEM Initiative- Funding for summer study abroad to undergraduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields (STEM).

    Amount: Maximum scholarship awards are $8,000 for the summer (STEM only), $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000-$30,000 for a full academic year.

    Location: "Non-traditional" destinations (excludes certain countries)

    Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Open to all class years, though juniors and senior are not eligible for summer program. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

    Campus Deadline: January 18, 2018

    National Deadline: February 8, 2018

    Results AnnouncedMid/Late April

     

    Contact

    Cassidy Alvarado, Director of International Fellowships
    Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF)
    University Hall 1879
    fellowships@lmu.edu
    310.338.3792

  • Capital Fellows Program

    Capital Fellows Program

    The Capital Fellows Program provides recipients an opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

    Amount: Fellows earn a monthly stipend of $2,627 over 11 months and receive health, dental and vision benefits.

    Location: Sacramento, CA

    Eligibility: Open to anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate from a university or four-year college by September 1, 2017.

    Key Qualifications: Demonstrated record of community, public leadership; application requires policy statements that incorporate research and analysis.

    External Deadline: 2017 application will be available in October and due in February.

    Results Announced: TBD

  • Coro Fellows Program

    Coro Fellows Program

    The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is a nine month program, throughout which each Fellow participates in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final independent project of the Fellow’s choosing.

    Amount: Stipends, tuition and payment schedules vary between Coro locations. Visit each Coro center website to learn specifics.

    Location: "High-impact urban cities" across the United States, such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.

    Eligibility: Senior, graduate student, or alumnus: Open to individuals who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as those with several years of work experience.

    Key Qualifications: Demonstrated record of community, public service; commitment to diversity; ability to learn in collaborative situations.

    External Deadline: January

    Results Announced: TBD

  • Critical Languages Scholarship

    Critical Languages Scholarship

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.

    Amount: The CLS Program covers many of the costs of participating in its overseas institutes, including intensive overseas group based language courses, room and board, U.S. academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College, domestic and international airfare. 

    Location: The CLS Program offers instruction in fourteen critical languages (No Previous Study Required - Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu; One+ Year Previous Study Required - Arabic, Persian; Two+ Year Previous Study Required - Chinese, Japanese, Russian)

    Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens only. Must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program which results in a degree. Must be enrolled at your home college or university in the Fall Semester of the application year. Students taking a leave of absence to participate in an organized semester- or year-long study abroad program, or to participate in a substantive internship program, may still be considered eligible. Must be at least 18 years old. Must be able to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician's statement and must inform the program of any changes in their health status between submission of these forms and departure in order to participate in the program. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study. Must receive a visa in the country of study prior to program entry.

    National Deadline: November 15, 2017

    Results Announced: March

    CLS Walk-In Hours:

    ONIF will be holding WALK-IN HOURS for students interested in applying on the following dates/times:

    • Monday, November 6 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 
    • Monday, November 13 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. 

     Students may walk-in with general questions OR bring drafts of their applications for review. Drop by University Hall 1879 or email with any questions.

  • Davis-Putter Scholarship

    Davis-Putter Scholarship

    The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

    Amount: The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the amount of money available.

    Location: Individuals can participate in this program while attending most public institutions. See website for more information.

    Eligibility: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US.

    Key Qualifications: Demonstrated commitment to equality and social justice; academic plans that connect with this commitment.

    External Deadline: April

    Results Announced: TBD

  • Donald Strauss Scholarship

    Donald Strauss Scholarship

    The Donald Strauss Scholarship awards approximately 14 California college sophomores and juniors who reflect a strong, lifelong commitment to public service and education. LMU students have the opportunity to design a public service project. The scholarship will provide you with $15,000 to fund your service project.

    Amount: $15,000

    Location: United States.

    Eligibility: Sophomores and juniors with a GPA in the upper 1/3 of their class.

    Campus DeadlineFebruary 7, 2018

    Results Announced: April

    Contact

    Lorena Chavez, Assistant Director of Community Engagement
    Center for Service & Action
    Lorena.Chavez@lmu.edu 
    310.338.2959

  • Ebell Scholarship

    Ebell Scholarship

    The Ebell continues to seek out and subsidize academically outstanding students who are residents of Los Angeles County. Awards are based upon character, scholarship, and financial need.

    Amount: $5,000 annually.

    Eligibility

    • United States citizenship. If naturalized citizen, please send a copy of the official documentation
    • Permanent Resident of Los Angeles County
    • Full-time Attendance at an accredited Los Angeles County educational institution
    • Expected post-secondary sophomore status or higher in that educational institution at the beginning of next school year (only undergraduates qualify)
    • Achievement of at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Availability for an in-person interview with Ebell Scholarship Committee on our Ebell campus
    • Demonstrated community commitment

    National Deadline: April

  • Critical Languages Scholarship

    The Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers 12-14 one year fellowships to graduating seniors and recent graduates to work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a global network of policy research centers that aims to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision makers in government, business, and civil society. Research centers are located in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Past research projects have studied nuclear policy, energy and climate, economics in Asia, Middle East Studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies. Junior fellows are placed in different research centers depending on the program’s research. They work alongside Carnegie Endowment program scholars, conducting research for books, meeting with high-level officials, and potentially co-authoring journal articles. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows receive a monthly salary of $3,200 (yearly total of $39,000) and a full benefits package.

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    To be considered for a Gaither Junior Fellowship, applicants must:

    • either be graduating seniors or have graduated during the past academic year
    • not have begun graduate studies (exceptions include students who have completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program)
    • be U.S. citizens OR attend a university within the United States
    • be eligible to work for twelve months (from August 1 through July 31)ca

    Additional requirements, like foreign language skills and specific field backgrounds, vary with the needs of each project.

    Application Procedure and Selection Criteria

    Applications are available through the designated university nominating officials (Cassidy Alvarado). The application is not available online, but completed applications are sent electronically by the university nominating official. Interested students must contact ONIF to request an application packet. All application materials must be submitted to ONIF by LMU's campus deadline. 

    Applicants may apply to only one program. The application requires:

    • An application form
    • 1-2 page resume/C.V.
    • 1 page essay on why you are applying
    • 3 page project assignment essay
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • 2 letters of recommendation

    Recording of LMU's Campus Info Session: October 11, 2017 & 2018 Gaither Junior Fellows Info Session PowerPoint

    Campus Deadline: December 1, 2017

    Campus Interviews: December 11-15, 2017

    National Deadline: January 15, 2018

    Results Announced: March/April

     

    Contact

    Cassidy Alvarado, Director of International Fellowships
    Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF)
    University Hall 1879
    fellowships@lmu.edu
    310.338.3792

  • Greater Research Opportunities/EPA Grant

    Greater Research Opportunities/EPA Grant

    Deadline: December

    Purpose: to fund students majoring in environmental fields, normally science or social science who study at institutions with LMU’s research profile.

    Amount: up to around $50,000 over two years, including funds for educational expenses, summer internship.

    Location: Summer internships at EPA centers around the US, grant becomes part of LMU financial aid portfolio.

    Eligibility: sophomore level US Citizens or permanent residents.

    GPA Requirement: at least a “B” average

    Key Qualifications: Interest in a career in environmental science or policy, careful review of the areas in the field that are under the purview of the EPA.

  • Hertog Foundation Programs

    Hertog Foundation Programs

    The Hertog Foundation offers several highly competitive and selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. We offer programs in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy. Our programs include summer fellowships for college undergraduates and recent graduates, as well as short-term seminars in Washington, DC and New York City.

    Benefits: Stipend ($500-$2000) and housing.

    Eligibility: Any college or university undergraduate, or very recent graduate. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the U.S. International applicants should be highly proficient in the English language, and all application materials, including essays and academic writing samples, must be submitted in English.

    Selection: A typical competitive applicant will have:

    • An undergraduate GPA => 3.5
    • Strong letter(s) of recommendation from a professor or another individual who is in a position to comment on the applicant’s academic or professional qualifications
    • A statement of purpose which tells us why the applicant is interested in pursuing study with the Hertog Foundation and how it fits into their aspirations and plans for the future. The personal statement is very important, and deserves careful attention.
    • An academic writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s powers of analysis and independent thought, and not only their ability to do scholarly research or comment on a text.

    National Deadline: Varies, depending on program. January for weekend programs and February for summer. 

  • Hollings Undergraduate/NOAA Scholarships

    Hollings Undergraduate/NOAA Scholarships

    Deadline: January

    Purpose: to increase undergraduate training in ocean and atmospheric science.

    Amount: up to around $8,000 per year plus a summer internship.

    Location: Internships sites vary, travel to presentations & orientations.

    Eligibility: sophomore level, US Citizen.

    GPA Requirement: at least a “B” average

  • Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

    Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace

    Deadline: January

    Purpose: to encourage study of “lesser taught” and strategically important languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Russian, and Portuguese.

    Amount: completely covers intensive summer language institute

    Location: Middlebury, Vermont

    Eligibility: All undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni.

    Key Qualifications: Interest in peace and security studies, politics, economics, or conflict resolution.

  • Morris K. Udall Scholarship

    The Udall Scholarship was authorized by the US Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service. The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards up to fifty scholarships of $7,000 and fifty honorable mentions to sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, and future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in Native American health care and tribal public policy. Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,000. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be re-nominated during their junior year.

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    • Applicants must be US citizens, US nationals, or resident aliens
    • Applicants must be sophomores or juniors
    • Applicants should have recommended minimum GPA of at least a "B" or the equivalent
    • Applicants must intend to pursue a career in environmental public policy OR be a Native American or Alaska Native student interested in a career related to health care and tribal public policy

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    Students apply through the Office of National & International Fellowships. The application includes:

    • An 11-question application;
    • An 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
    • Transcripts for all college coursework; and
    • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your leadership, public service and academic achievements.

    Additional documentation is required for applicants in tribal public policy and health care, and for U.S. permanent residents.

    Scholars are selected based upon the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues; OR demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy; OR demonstrated commitment to Native American health care. Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, tribal involvement, community or public service.
    • Course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of either environmental, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care issues, whether through scientific advances, public or political service, or community action.
    • Leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.

    How to Apply

    Step 1: Determine if the Udall Scholarship is right for you. Review About the Scholarship and Who Should Apply pages.

    Step 2: Contact ONIF. Only ONIF can give you access to the online application.

    Step 3: Review the sample application. The Udall Scholarship is a highly competitive award; start now so that you can prepare the best application possible. Work closely with your faculty rep as you revise your application.

    Step 4: Request your letters of recommendation and transcripts. Visit our FAQs to learn more.

    Step 5: Revise, revise, revise. Visit Advice and Guidance for additional information.

    Campus Info Session: November 3 at 2 p.m. in Seaver 111

    Campus Deadline: February 9, 2018

    National Deadline: March 8, 2018

    Results Announced: April 10, 2018

    Contact

    Cassidy Alvarado, Director of International Fellowships
    Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF)
    University Hall 1879
    fellowships@lmu.edu
    310.338.3792

  • Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program

    Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program

    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital

    BenefitsAn all-inclusive six week program that provides housing, transportation, meals and a $3000 stipend.

    Eligibility:

    • Currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing
    • Proven leadership ability and involvement
    • All majors welcome
    • Demonstrated interest in proposed capstone project
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
    • Current U.S. Citizen

    National Deadline: January

  • Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

    Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

    The PPIA program prepares junior-level undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at a designated host campus. 

    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 the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

    Amount

    • 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.

    Eligibility

    • If you are a United States citizen or legal permanent resident you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs.  International students, who are currently studying at U.S. institutions are eligible to apply, and may be accepted to study at select U.S. institutions.
    • Junior-level standing at the time of applying.
    • Must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree before start of Junior Summer Institute.
    • Must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
    • Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public services such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
    • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program.
    • Economic need is considered during the review of applications.
    • All academic majors are welcome to apply!

    National Deadline: November 

  • Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program

    Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program

    The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. 

    Amount: Undergraduate: Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the senior year of undergraduate studies, and first year of a master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.

    Graduate: Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.

    Location: United States.

    Eligibility:

    • Only individuals who are United States citizens.
    • Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school 
    • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this grade point average must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
    • Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service upon completion of their degree program.
    • Applicants must be able to attend a June orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected.
    • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations
    • Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

    Key Qualifications: Academic excellence, strong oral communication skills, passion to become a Foreign Service Officer, demonstrated service, leadership, humility, and tenacity.

    National Deadline: January

    Results Announced: April

  • Truman Scholarship

    Truman Scholarship

    The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. This is a highly competitive national award.  The Truman Scholarship Foundation receives over 600 nominations each year from institutions around the country. In order to prepare the best application possible, candidates should review the information below and work closely with ONIF.

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    • A full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; or senior-level standing in his or her third year of college enrollment. Note: Students who are already attending graduate school are not eligible for the Truman Scholarship.
    • A U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national) or expected to receive citizenship by the date the scholarship will be awarded.
    • In the upper quarter of his or her class.
    • Has an extensive record of public and community service.
    • Has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
    • Is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.
    • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative (ONIF) at his or her institution.

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    Applications are submitted through the online application and reviewed by the Office of National and International Fellowships. Applications must include:

    • Online application
    • Policy Proposal
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • Institutional nomination

    LMU's campus nominations are selected on the basis of:

    • extent and quality of community service and government involvement;
    • leadership record;
    • academic performance, writing and analytical skills; and
    • suitability of the nominee's proposed program of study for a career in public service.

    To access the online application, please contact ONIF.

    Campus Info Session: October 4, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in STR Hall 358

    Campus Deadline: January 5, 2018

    Campus Interviews: January 15-19, 2018

    National Deadline: February 6, 2018

    Regional Review Panels: March 2018 through early April 2018

    Results Announced: April 18, 2018

     

    Contact

    Cassidy Alvarado, Director of International Fellowships
    Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF)
    University Hall 1879
    fellowships@lmu.edu
    310.338.3792