Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program for US Students

Deadline: 15 February 2012
Open to: US (legal residents) undergraduate sophomores from an underrepresented minority with an interest in international affairs, public policy and language training
Fellowship: up to half of the expenses associated with one semester of study abroad, a portion of the roundtrip airfare abroad will be covered, a modest stipend

The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program

The Institute enhances US national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry. We prepare a cadre of well-trained, language proficient minority young people to compete in the global marketplace. The Institute helps ensure that those entrusted with the affairs of the United States reflect the diversity that defines us as Americans and confronts us as citizens of our global village.

With nearly two decades of demonstrated excellence as the leading provider of international affairs and public policy education for minority college students, the program has educated and trained hundreds of Fellows. Our focus is on providing quality education and practice opportunities to minority students beginning in their sophomore year of college. We offer these opportunities through our sequenced six-component program, which includes:

Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
Junior Year Study Abroad
Junior Summer Policy Institute
Summer Language Institute
Internationally Focused Advanced Degree

Our unique combination of short seven-week summer global policy institutes: a unique study abroad experience focusing on global public policy, service and research; and a pro-active and culturally sensitive approach to minority education that fosters international service and non-profit sector leadership provides the program with the means to meet the needs of its diverse students and help them succeed.

The Institute also provides outreach, recruitment and technical assistance services, as well as offering HBCUs and other minority institutions valuable resources to strengthen their international studies and globalization infrastructures.


Eligibility requirements from undergraduate sophomores include the following:

  • Are enrolled full-time at an accredited four–year baccalaureate-granting institution
  • Are U.S. Citizens or legal residents (documentary support required)
  • Have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Possess excellent critical analysis and leadership skills
  • Have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs, public policy and language training
  • Are an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander)
  • Plan to seek admission to an advanced degree program in international affairs


For each selected Fellow, IIPP will cover up to half of the expenses associated with one semester of study abroad. Covered program fees will not exceed $8,000. The fellowship will also cover a portion of the roundtrip airfare abroad from the Fellows’ home or school. Fellows will receive a modest stipend for personal expenses.

New IIPP Fellows who demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply to the Ralph Bunche Scholarship. The scholarship is a $2,500 award designed to assist offset costs associated with tuition, books, and other educational expenses. The funding cannot be used towards room, board, or travel.

Application Process

Upon acceptance and admission to the Fellowship Program, Fellows must commit to a multi-year education and training program that requires three consecutive summers of fellowship-related activities; study abroad for a minimum of one semester during their junior year of college; an internship; a summer language institute (if the Fellow is not competent/fluent in a foreign language); and application to and completion of a Master’s-level graduate program focused on international affairs. The junior year study abroad component must be completed before a Fellow graduates from college. A Fellow must complete all requirements of the program within six years.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

Application Materials Checklist


Send the supporting documents (you may find the list of documents here) to:

Institute for International Public Policy
UNCFSpecial Programs Corp. (UNCFSP)
6402 Arlington Blvd, Suite 600
Falls Church, VA 22042

If you have any questions or concerns, please write (see address below), call the program staff at 800-530-6232 or send an email message to

The official webpage.

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