Resources

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, & FELLOWSHIPS

Blakemore Foundation: Fully-funded language-learning fellowships for college graduates who have a professional interest in learning East and Southeast Asian languages. Fellowships cover language program tuition and provide a living stipend. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a university to apply.

Boren Scholarship: Awarded to qualifying Undergraduate and Graduate students, the Boren Scholarship funds a year abroad in areas critical to U.S. interests. Various disciplines are accepted.

Clarendon Scholarship: Though not as well known as the Rhodes scholarship, the Clarendon fund also supports Graduate and Doctoral level students studying at Oxford. Any subject area is welcome to apply.

Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS): Fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for Undergraduate and Graduate students. Recipients study one of thirteen “critical” languages as designated by the U.S. Department of State. Summer

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS): Administered by the US Department of Education, the FLAS Fellowship is awarded to Undergraduate and Graduate students pursuing studies of less common languages or regions. Fellowships can be a full academic year or summertime appointments.

Fulbright Fellowship: Prestigious fellowship funded by the US Department of State. Fulbright is best-known for its research grants, but the English Teaching Assistantship grants are also well-respected and open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree.

Marshall Scholarship: Generous and prestigious scholarship that funds one or two years of Graduate coursework at a variety of universities in the UK.

Mitchell Scholarship: Funds one year of Graduate study in Ireland in any discipline.

Pickering Fellowship: Funds a two-year Graduate program in International Relations or a related field with a required five years of work in the Foreign Service upon completion of Graduate coursework.

ProFellow: Find more scholarships and fellowships on this extensive database. You need to create a profile in order to view the fellowships that are most suited to your skills, education, and interests.

Rangel Fellowship: Funds 30 traditionally under-represented Fellows for a two-year Graduate program in preparation for starting a career in the foreign service.

Rhodes Scholarship: Generous and prestigious scholarship that funds a year of Graduate coursework at Oxford University in the UK.

Schwarzman Scholarship: Fully funded one-year graduate program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

 

PROFESSIONAL GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

Americorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC): 10-12 months of service in one of five regions in the U.S. Service projects are variable, though projects are done in a team with 8-12 other young people. A modest living stipend is given, though lodging and meals are provided.

Art of Living Fellowships: The Art of Living International Center is located in India and offers fellowships for professionals in education, water management, and development. Fellowships vary in length from one to three years. Proficiency in a local language is highly desired.

Global Health Corps Fellowship: Recent college graduates or current graduate students can apply for a 13-month fellowship at any one of GHC’s partner organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Applicants do not need a background in public health or healthcare to apply, but each fellowship does require specific skills. Applications open in December. Must be under 30 to apply.

Green Corps: Green Corps offers a one-year training program for passionate environmental organizers. The training program includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on social organizing to protect the environment.

Kiva Fellowship: Kiva is a microfinance and development organization. Fellows work with Kiva’s Field Partners in any of 60+ countries for 6 months. Applications are due in October and the service term is typically January to August.

Middle East and North Africa Regional (MENAR) Fellowship Program: MENAR’s goal is to foster young leaders with real-world experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Applications open between June and September. Current undergraduate seniors or recent graduates (within 2-4 years of post-graduate experience) are encouraged to apply. A modest living stipend is provided but fellows need to pay for their own airfare, health insurance, etc.

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant: National Geographic’s Young Explorers grant funds youth ages 18-25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects.

Peace Corps: 27 months of service on a project of your choice, fully funded by the U.S. government.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF): Candidates must have already completed an advanced degree. This program is focused on leadership development for entry-level, advanced-degree-holding candidates who aspire to work in government.

Princeton in Africa: Yearlong (12 month) fellowship funded by Princeton University to work with a service organization in an African country. Applications for the following year cycle open in August. For example, applicants for the summer 2017-summer 2018 cycle can apply beginning in late August 2016. You do not need to be a graduate of Princeton to apply.

Princeton in Asia: Yearlong fellowship funded by Princeton University to work with a service organization in an Asian country.

Profugo Field Fellow: Fellows coordinate a specific program at Profugo’s Center of Development in India for one year. Programs include health care workshops, tailoring training for women, natural resource management, and more.  Recent graduates or current undergraduates are welcome to apply. Applications are due in April.

 

JOB HUNT RESOURCES

Global Jobs: Database of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities located around the world. Sort results based on location, experience level, and sector.

Idealist.org: Connect with thousands of jobs, internships, organizations, and volunteering opportunities around the world. The best thing is that all of these opportunities are for organizations that want to do good in the world.

Indeed.com: A great place to find a job in any industry across the United States.

UN Jobs: Job board site for vacant positions within the UN and other partner organizations.

 

VOLUNTEER / WORK EXCHANGE RESOURCES

CADIP: Volunteer around the world for any duration from 2 weeks to 12 months. Projects vary based on the location. The fees for this project are reasonable and include room and board.

HelpX: A volunteer-based work-sharing program. Travel costs are the biggest expense, but food and lodging are provided in exchange for work on farms, in hostels, on sailing ships, and other opportunities.

International Volunteer Headquarters: Volunteer for up to three months on a project in the country of your choice. This opportunity is self-funded but the fees are reasonable.

Workaway.org: Browse thousands of unique volunteer and work exchange opportunities across the world. You can access the entire site for free but need to pay for a membership in order to contact hosts.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF): Work-exchange on an organic farm in virtually any country. Length of stay depends on the farm. This opportunity is self-funded but the travel itself is the biggest cost.

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Working Holiday in Australia: Until I turn 30, I am allowed to live and work in Australia for a year. I have met many travelers who did this and then went backpacking in Southeast Asia for an extended period of time.

Working Holiday in New Zealand: Though not as well-known as the working holiday visa in Australia, U.S. citizens ages 18 to 30 can live and work in New Zealand for up to a year.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET): Fairly competitive program that sends U.S. citizens to become English teachers in Japan for 1 year minimum or 5 years maximum.

Au Pair Paris: Live with a French family for a year and take care of their kids. Pay isn’t high but it is a good way to learn French. For ages 18-28.

Teach English in Spain: There are many options for teaching English in Spain. This website gives a list of four respectable options.

 

INTERNATIONAL TOUR GUIDE

Putney Student Travel: Putney offers community-service based programs for students in middle and high school. Operating since 1951, Putney is a respected name in student travel circles. Putney seeks trip leaders who will enhance the experience of the students who participate in Putney’s trips. Trips are over the summer to a variety of countries and last between 2 and 6 weeks.

National Geographic Student Expeditions: NatGeo partners with Putney Student Travel to bring travel opportunities to young people. Expedition leaders must be experienced and responsible, among other qualifications.

Adventures Cross Country (ARCC): ARCC offers teens ages 13-18 service and adventure oriented group travel opportunities over the summer. Each trip has two co-leaders and trips last between 2 and 5 weeks.

Rustic Pathways: Similar to the previous two organizations, Rustic Pathways provides guided summer travel opportunities for teenagers. Programs vary in their focus, though most include a community service component. Trip leaders must be available June-August.

 

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