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Foreign Affairs Fellowships - Pickering Graduate Fellowship and  Rangel Graduate international Affairs Program

If the academic program you are currently pursuing is relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy, you may want to take time to learn about Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and the Rangel Graduate International Affairs Program. 

These Foreign Service Fellowship Programs provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.  Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into one
of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.   They seek highly motivated and academically excellent college graduating seniors or college graduates who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

National Application Deadlines:
                Rangel International Affairs Program – Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (Applicant and Recommenders’ Letters)
                Pickering Fellowship – Friday, January 16, 2015 (Applicant); Friday, January 23, 2015 (Recommenders’ Letters)

If you have questions, please contact Mona Pitre-Collins, mpitre@uw.edu  in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

Genetics Research Assistantships in New Zealand

We are looking for upper‐division undergraduate students or recent graduates for 3‐month research assistantships in molecular ecology beginning in early 2015 in the lab of Dr. Neil Gemmell, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Project Description

Students are provided with their own independent research project and encouraged to become involved in a large number of day-to-day research activities. Examples of current projects include:

• Sequencing a living fossil – the tuatara genome project

• Investigating the genetic basis for cryptic female choice in Chinook salmon

• Investigating the genetic basis of sex determination and differentiation in fish

These specific projects are not guaranteed, nor is this an exhaustive list. For more information, visit http://gemmell‐lab.otago.ac.nz and explore the “Research” and “MHIRT‐NZ” menus.


Funding for these assistantships comes from the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program funded through the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). The MHIRT program is designed to increase the numbers of students belonging to health disparities populations or underrepresented minorities that pursue advanced degrees in basic sciences, biomedical or clinical research fields. Travel, food, lodging, and research expenses are completely covered and a small personal stipend is provided.

Program Eligibility:

• Students must belong to an ethnic minority including, but not limited to, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, or be from medically underserved populations (i.e., socio‐economically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas).

• Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

• Students should be juniors, seniors, or recent graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

• Students should have completed biology, chemistry and genetics coursework including some related laboratory courses, with extracurricular laboratory experience preferred.

• Students must demonstrate interest in pursuing graduate research.

• Students must spend a minimum of 3 months in New Zealand working on a project (project extension may be possible depending on funding and interest).

To Apply:

Send the following materials to Dr. Michelle Wainstein at info@creoi.org with “MHIRT‐NZ application” in the subject line:

1. Curriculum Vitae including name, SSN#, DOB, permanent and current addresses, phone, e‐mail, GPA, and complete educational and employment history.

2. A 2‐3 page essay including information on your background (e.g., family history, ethnicity, previous laboratory research, education, travel experience, etc.) and your career goals (including how you think a MHIRT assistantship will help you attain these goals).

3. Two letters of recommendation, including from someone who has directly supervised you in a laboratory setting (e.g., graduate student, technician, postdoctoral researcher, or professor). Letters of recommendation should be e‐mailed directly to Dr. Wainstein.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Candidate review will begin November 10, 2014 and continue until positions are filled.

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2015 cycle. This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. It offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. The criteria for application eligibility is outlined below. 
David Bonderman - the donor - wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.
Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2015. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.
All applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additionally:
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.7 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2015; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2015. Undergraduates in one of these honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.7 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.
Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 12, 2015.
More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at: bonderman.uw.edu

Interested in Studying Denmark and exploring the unique political, social, geographic, design, and planning context? Looking for funding to help support your experience….

The 2015-16 UW Scan|Design Fellowships are for you. Apply by January 15, 2015

Since 2005, the ScanDesign Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun, based in Seattle, Washington, has funded student experience in Denmark through a fellowship program at the University of Washington. The program is designed to foster Danish-American relations by providing generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to study abroad in Denmark for a semester, a summer, or a full academic year through any of UW-Seattle's Danish study abroad exchange programs. 

Scholarships in the amounts of $2500  - $9000*  are available to support undergraduate and graduate student participation in one of the UW’s Danish exchange study-abroad programs or summer travel study. 

Open to all majors on the UW Campus. Design is just in the name of the Fellowships, you don't have to be a designer to apply.

Learn More — Info Sessions:

- Wed, December 3, 2014 @ 12:30 pm in Schmitz Hall 459 (UW Study Abroad Office)
- Wed, January 7, 2015 @ 12:30 pm in Schmitz Hall 459 (UW Study Abroad Office)

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.

Undergraduate applicants must apply through UW to be considered for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program. UW Seattle's deadline for undergraduate applicants is January 8, 2015 for study abroad programs during the 2015-16 academic year. Interested students are welcomed to contact me: Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students 

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows: 
  Academic Year Graduate:                  $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend 
   Academic Year Undergraduate:         $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
   Summer Graduate/Undergraduate:        $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions:
 -Arabic –Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian –Bulgarian –Burmese -Canadian First Nations –Chinese –Czech –Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog –Finnish –French –German –Hebrew –Hindi -Indonesian/Malay –Italian –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean –Latvian –Lithuanian –Norwegian –Persian –Polish –Portuguese –Russian –Slovenian –Spanish –Swahili –Swedish –Tajik –Thai –Turkish –Uighur –Urdu –Uzbek –Vietnamese

Applications due January 30, 2015.  Questions: email flas@uw.edu

For more information, visit http://www.jsis.washington.edu/advise/flas/ 

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
The USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.  Attached is a brief paragraph describing the program below, as well as their flyer and brochure.  Applications with all materials and recommendations must be submitted by 11:59PM on Tuesday , January 20, 2015 to be considered for this year’s award.  Please share this information with other students and young professionals who you think would fit well with the program. 

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides:

  • Benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree,
  • Arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and
  • Provides professional development and support activities. 

Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. 

Applicants must be:

  • College seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply,
  • Have GPAs of at least 3.2 and
  • Must be U.S. citizens. 

The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.orgThe application deadline is January 20, 2015.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University. 

2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
Number of Fellowships Offered:  5
Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2015
Online Application Opens:  October 14, 2014 www.paynefellows.org
Application Deadline:  January 20, 2015 - Finalists selected by the end of February - Fellows selected by mid-March

EIP is sponsored by The Office of Minority Affairs.

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