In addition to the 20+ nationally competitive scholarships that we work with directly, the ASPIRE Office would be happy to help you with your applications for the following opportunities.
Opportunities for Current Students
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) FellowshipsWVU undergraduate and graduate students may apply for FLAS Fellowships to participate in summer language programs through the University of Pittsburgh. The FLAS program is intended to help students gain the equivalent of one year's worth of college-level study. Pitt has multiple international studies centers offering FLAS Fellowships in a wide range of languages.
Fulbright UK Summer InstitutesThe Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four week programmes for US undergraduate students who have no or very little travel experience outside of North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university, studying a variety of topics. Applicants must have a 3.7 GPA and have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes. Applications are due in early February.
Humanity in Action Fellowship
The Humanity in Action Fellowship seeks to educate, connect, and inspire the world's future leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice during a month-long fellowship. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates are eligible to apply.
Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows ProgramThe Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital. Sophomores are eligible to apply.
Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program that provides students with training and resources to develop their leadership skills in their campus communities. Students must have one year left on campus to be eligible to apply. Preference will be given to undergraduate students. Contact the ASPIRE Office to learn how to apply for university nomination.
Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress
The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress seeks to educate rising college seniors about the dynamics of public policy and public policy decision making. The College Student Congress is a fully-funded one week experience that takes place in Lexington, Kentucky with an optional extra week in Washington, D.C. Juniors are eligible to apply.
Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship
The Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship seeks to support students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs. The PPIA Fellowship begins with the completion of a Junior Summer Institutes (JSI). 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. Juniors are eligible to apply.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals program invites young
Americans from across the United States for an 11-month exchange to Germany. The
program includes intensive language studies, homestay, internships and university
study with placements throughout Germany.
CBYX is open to candidates ages 18-24
in all career fields
, and applicants from a broad range of backgrounds are selected for the program
The German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD) has several scholarship opportunities available for students to study, research, or gain professional experience at German universities. The grants cover the cost of living during the stay in Germany and often include a travel stipend.
Hertog Foundation Fellowships
Hertog Foundation offers highly competitive fellowships for outstanding individuals
who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United
States. Their two flagship programs in Political Studies (6 weeks, for undergraduates
and recent grads) and War Studies (2 weeks, for undergraduates) occur over the
summer in Washington, DC. Both are free of charge and include accommodations
The U.S. - Japan Bridging Foundation ScholarshipThe Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation funds scholarships administered through AATJ to help students study abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging Scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.
Voyager Scholarship for Public ServiceThe Voyager Scholarship Program is a two-year, leadership development and scholarship program. Through a transformational combination of barrier-reducing financial aid, an immersive work-travel experience, and a robust network of leaders and mentors, the Voyager Scholarship is designed to inspire, empower, and connect the next generation of leaders and equip them with the tools and resources they need to launch their careers in public service. Current sophomores who have a passion for public service are eligible to apply.
Roosevelt Network Fellowships
Research Opportunities for Current Students
The EuroScholars Program is especially designed for students from US and Canadian institutions who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend 1 or 2 semesters as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Current juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.
See the Office of Undergraduate Research for other opportunities!
Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates
James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship ProgramEach year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 15 one-year paid fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. Deadline is mid-January. Applicants must be nominated by WVU.
National Defense Fellowship
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is a program designed for students who will pursue a doctoral degree in fields such as biosciences, engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, naval architecture, physics, and other related fields. The Department of Defense pay fellows’ full tuition and fees, and will provide a stipend each year of study.
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) International Agricultural Fellowship
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) International Agricultural Fellowship provides
graduate fellowships to qualified individuals who will attend two-year graduate
programs in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics at U.S. universities, provide
two summer internships – one domestic and one overseas, offers mentoring from Foreign
Service Officers, and provides professional development activities. Fellows enter
the Foreign Agricultural Service upon successful completion of the IAFP and USDA
entry requirements. There is a five-year service obligation.
Payne Fellowship is similar to Pickering and Rangel in that it funds two-year
master's degrees and requires a five-year commitment to the Foreign Service,
but specifically in the US Agency for International Development. This award is
for students who 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.
Global Health Corps Fellows
Global Health Corps is a leadership development organization that places a social justice lens on the world and on efforts to build the health equity movement. Fellows work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. Graduating seniors and recent graduates are eligible to apply.
The Forrest Scholarship covers four years of tuition, living expenses, and travel/research expenses for PhD students at one of five universities in Perth, Australia: Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, Notre Dame University (Fremantle Campus), T he University of Western Australia. Applicants from all disciplines that offer PhD programs at these universities are welcome.
Project Horseshoe Farm Gap Year Fellowship
The Project Horseshoe Farm Gap Year Fellowship is an intensive 1 year program geared to recent college graduates from around the nation who are interested in community health and education, non-profit and organizational management, social entrepreneurship, and community service leadership. Graduating seniors and recent graduates are eligible to apply. Horseshoe Farm also offers 1-6 month residential community health service and learning internships for undergraduates.
Princeton in Africa
Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service placements. This program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S.
Princeton in Asia
Princeton in Asia matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Asia for yearlong service placements. This program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S.
Princeton in Latin America
Princeton in Latin America partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations and places highly qualified graduating seniors and recent college graduates in year-long service fellowships with nonprofit, public service, humanitarian, and government organizations in Latin American and Caribbean.
This list is not exhaustive; the ASPIRE Office would be happy to help with your application to other scholarships and fellowships. If you know of an opportunity that you think should be listed on this page, please contact Katy Ferrari.
Luce Scholars Program
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship that offers early-career leaders immersive, professional experiences in Asia. Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 18 Luce Scholars each year. College seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields, with a range of backgrounds and experiences, who have had limited exposure to Asia, are welcome to apply.
NYC Urban Fellows Program
Sponsored by the City of New York and administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, New York City Urban Fellows is a nationally recognized and highly competitive, nine-month fellowship program that explores current urban issues through unique learning seminars and first-hand exposure to public sector leaders. Urban Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy and work closely with leaders engaged in policy and operational work. A stipend is offered to fellows accepted into the program. Graduating seniors and recent graduates are eligible to apply.