Post-Graduate Gap Year Resource Guide

Compiled by Fiona Dwyer-McNulty '18

A gap year is a 1- or 2-year program in which college graduates uses skills attained throughout their undergraduate experience to serve and benefit another organization and/or community, while also enhancing their own skill set. As was explored in a recent CCEL workshop on post-graduate gap year programs, students from any major can find opportunities to hone their skills and build their professional portfolios.

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Academic Research

Washington College - C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience

The Center is committed to supporting and fostering the art of written history, through the George Washington Book Prize, resident fellowships, and other programs. The Center’s staff and visiting fellows frequently publish books and articles on American history in many major publications, from The New York Times and The Washington Post to National Geographic and Smithsonian.

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Arden Theatre Company Apprentice Program

The Arden Professional Apprentice Program's philosophy is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a nonprofit regional theatre. It is designed to foster future theatre leaders. The program provides apprentices with a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a nonprofit regional theatre through work in EVERY aspect of operations including front of house, box office, marketing, development, artistic, education, production, stage management, finance, and general management. Apprentices work approximately 50 hours a week in ALL departments. This is not an acting program; this is not a directing program.

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to promote and encourage the acquisition and development by students and artists of the necessary training, skills and competence in the traditional means of artistic expression. The Foundation provides financial assistance, by way of grants, to students and artists in the early or developmental stage of their career who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

Princeton University - Lewis Center for the Arts

The Lewis Center for the Arts, in collaboration with other University departments, offers two artist fellowship opportunities: the Hodder Fellowship and the Princeton Arts Fellowship. Both are designed to support artists, in all artistic disciplines, who demonstrate great promise.

Archaeological Institute of America

The AIA is pleased to offer fellowships for travel and study to deserving scholars and a number of scholarships and grants for students, publications, and AIA Societies. AIA scholarships, fellowships, and grants are open to members of the Archaeological Institute of America. If you have any questions, contact the Fellowship Coordinator at 857-305-9360 or

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Echoing Green

Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting visionaries around the world who are transforming their communities, addressing economic development, racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability, and more. Echoing Green’s unparalleled community of talent consists of 700+ innovators who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, Public Allies, and more. The organization provides seed-funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows every year and welcomes them into its lifelong community of leaders.

Madison Square Garden Company Student Associate Program

This program is designed to create real, valuable opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn, grow and explore The Madison Square Garden Company and gain valuable experience they can use throughout their careers. Student Associate opportunities are available in all facets of our business including MSG Sports, MSG Live, and MSG Productions, as well as our Centers of Excellence and Corporate Partners. While participating in the Student Associate Program, students will have the opportunity to work with our employees to get a full understanding of the business. We also provide additional learning and development opportunities though an exclusive executive speaker series, a creative assignment project, and special Student Associate-only events.

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Civil Service/ Government

Americorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based—local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24.

AmeriCorps State and National

AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.


Being an AmeriCorps VISTA member is about making a tangible difference for communities and individuals dealing with some of our Nation's biggest challenges: poverty, inequity, homelessness, and lack of access to education. VISTA members help to build the capacity of organizations that are working to alleviate poverty all across the country. As a VISTA member you will serve in a project identified and managed by the community while earning a modest living allowance that reflects the income level of the community where you're serving.

Appalachian Transitions Fellow

An Appalachian Transition Fellow is an emerging community leader that is from and/or dedicated to the Central Appalachian Region, has shown creativity and innovation in their work or field of study, and is interested in supporting and working towards the transition of a sustainable and equitable region. During the program, fellows are placed in host communities made up of either two or three organizations from a Central Appalachian sub-region or by a network containing three or more organizations. Fellows regularly work with local, regional and national guest trainers, policy and sector experts, and the regional management team composed of Highlander and Rural Support Partners staff to build their organizational and personal leadership skills and expand their networks across the region.

Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented and passionate recent college graduates to work for one year to address pressing issues of inequity in the South as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The ideal Autry Fellow is deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity and is eager to support the mission of MDC—to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity.

Capital Fellows Programs

Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellowship uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across the non-profit, business and government sectors. Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences.

NYC Civic Corps

NYC Civic Corps builds volunteer capacity and volunteer management systems at community-based organizations and city government agencies in New York City. Community volunteers increase the quality and quantity of services delivered to underserved and vulnerable individuals in all five boroughs, including in the areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Healthy Futures. This meaningful service in the community also results in increased health, happiness, and civic engagement in the volunteers—and AmeriCorps members—who are providing those services in their community.

Rural Support Partners Fellowship

Rural Support Partners is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the next generation of rural leaders to hone skills, build relationships, and develop leadership qualities. Rural Fellows are emerging leaders who come to Rural Support Partners following their Bachelors or Master’s degree. We provide Rural Fellows with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, develop professional networks, and learn the values, history, and philosophy upholding rural community work. In return, Fellows increase our capacity to serve, while bringing unlimited energy, excitement, and curiosity to our work.

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Ruder Finn Executive Training Program

Looking to launch your post-college career and have a passion for communications? Our Executive Training Program is geared towards recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in public relations, social media or digital creative and development. This paid program is offered three times per year at our New York City headquarters. Executive Trainees receive the opportunity to attend weekly learning and development classes, work alongside our best and brightest communications professionals on exciting client programs and attend networking events.

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Blue Engine Teaching Apprenticeship

As a Blue Engine Teaching Assistant (BETA), you will join a team of 3-4 BETAs in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for a cohort of students during one year of shared service. With a lead teacher, your team will support roughly 100 students enrolled in a single subject at a single school. Following the New York City Department of Education academic calendar, you will spend one year–1700+ hours–supporting students at an urban public high school.

Children’s Corps

The Children’s Corps program offers an employment opportunity for individuals who want to work with at-risk children, youth and families. Children’s Corps program partners with fifteen New York City child welfare agencies that employ the Corps members and provide them with a full salary and benefits.

Citizen’s Schools

The National Teaching Fellowship is a paid AmeriCorps national service opportunity for individuals dedicated to directly impacting the futures of middle school students in low income communities across America. Your commitment of two years of service grants students months of extra learning that translates into college readiness, career opportunity and the ability to achieve their dreams.

City Year

City Year partners with most at-risk schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what the schools are designed to provide. In doing so, we’re helping students reach their full potential and graduate high school in communities all across America. To work with the students directly, we rely on the energy and dedication of our AmeriCorps members-a diverse group of educated, young adults who serve full-time for 11 months in City Year's partner schools to provide extra support for students, teachers, and the school.

FAO Schwartz Family Foundation Fellowship

The Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for leading non-profit organizations to recruit recent college graduates in order to develop future leaders in the education and youth development fields. The program provides the funding to partner host organizations to hire Fellows for two years to provide direct service to youth/children served by the organization as well as to work on special projects designed to strengthen the organization.
Our partners are leading non-profit organizations in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Our Fellows contribute significantly to their host organizations through direct service and project work.

Great Oaks Tutor Corps

The Great Oaks Tutor Corps is a diverse group of recent college graduates with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Some tutors are interested in education policy and wish to experience life on the ground in an urban school. Others plan to pursue a career in medicine, law or to enroll in another graduate program and wish to first give a year of service. For tutors who wish to become high-performing teachers, Great Oaks offers multiple pathways to certification.

Match Corps

Match Corps, an AmeriCorps program, is a one-year urban education fellowship. Recent college graduates from top universities across the country commit a year to closing the achievement gap in Boston, one student at a time. Match Corps Members tutor small groups of students in grades 1-12 and partner closely with families. Tutors are integral members of high-performing school teams in some of the best schools in America and discover what it takes to change the lives of kids.

Mississippi Teacher’s Corps

Modeled after the Peace Corps, the Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) is a two-year program that trains non-education majors to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi.  In addition to teaching, participants earn a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi.

New Visions for Public Schools

Coaches from New Visions and teaching faculty from Hunter College work together to prepare you to be the expert teacher you aspire to be. From recent college graduates to career changers, our diverse group of residents are committed to powerfully impacting students’ lives through teaching in New York City public schools.

Success Academy Teacher Residency Program

The highly selective Teacher Residency Program is a two-year, full-time salaried position for emerging leaders committed to making an impact in urban education. Our residency program gives individuals with non-education and education backgrounds the tools and training required to quickly become an exceptional lead teacher.

Teach for America

Teach for America aims to promote educational equity. We recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools across the country.

Uncommon Schools Fellowship

We offer both instructional and operations fellowships for candidates looking to explore a variety of leadership opportunities. Both fellowships are paid, full-time positions within Uncommon Schools and include school startup preparation, school visits, and ongoing mentorship.

Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship

The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is a unique, highly competitive teacher recruitment and preparation program designed to introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and urban education reform. Through hands-on experience in Uncommon’s schools, mentorship, and tailored professional development, Fellows develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving classrooms. By the end of their summer, Fellows are great candidates for full-time positions at Uncommon and are very strongly considered for teaching roles that would begin after completion of their undergraduate careers.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey. The Fellowship has also prepared over a thousand teachers in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or have extensively studied, one or more of the STEM fields. The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.

World Teach

WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship. Volunteers can either do a year of service or a summer.

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 Environment America

Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power -- the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on -- that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul. All of this is what you do as an Environment America fellow. Because this is how we build the support it takes to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places.

The Farm School

Since its creation in 2002, The Farm School’s Learn To Farm program has set the standard for a rigorous, practical, real-world agricultural education. Our year-long program for adults is designed to build the skills you need to succeed in a wide-range of agricultural fields — small discussion-based classes are balanced with long hours in the greenhouses, fields, forests and barns. You’ll fill your mind with practical understanding while teaching your hands and body the rhythms of serious farm work.

Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing

Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing is a paid year-long experience that combines classroom training with hands-on fieldwork with organizations across the country running environmental campaigns.  Its aim is to identify and nurture future leaders in the various aspects of the environmental movement.

Island Fellows

The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years. Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain experience helping to build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internships & Fellowships

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and public engagement. This program enables students to work on independent research projects under the direction of a SERC mentor.

Stone Barns Apprenticeship Program

Farm apprentices are given real responsibilities and gain practical knowledge of farming in an agroecological system. Stone Barns Center’s apprenticeship program provides an opportunity for individuals with a dedication to sustainable food production to gain in-depth farm experience and training. This program has been developed to offer a full-time, comprehensive view of our intensive operation, and for each apprentice to become skilled in the practices of agroecology.

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amfAR: Allan Rosenfield, M.D., HIV/Aids, Public Policy Fellowship/Internship Program

amfAR’s Public Policy office is known for its considered analysis of emerging issues in AIDS policy including biomedical research, domestic and international AIDS funding, harm reduction, equity and human rights. This program trains interns and fellows to become effective leaders in public health by immersing them in policy writing, research and advocacy from their very first day. Successful candidates are expected to conduct original writing and research related to the domestic and global HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as advocate to members of Congress and their staff, organize meetings and conferences, and participate in community briefings.

ChildVoice International

ChildVoice was founded in 2006 to restore the voices of children silenced by war in northern Uganda. At that time, more than 30,000 children had been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and forced to become soldiers. Of the children who were able to escape, many returned home to face innumerable hardships, from post-traumatic stress disorder to a lack of educational opportunities. Students can volunteer, intern, or partner with ChildVoice through school, church, or other organizations. ChildVoice offers internships in both Uganda and U.S. offices in New Hampshire.

Concern America

Concern America recruits and sends professionals who serve as volunteers for two or (often) more years. Medical doctors, public health specialists, educators, engineers, and other experts are sent to share their skills and knowledge with community leaders in developing countries.

Global Health Corps

Our fellows work with high-impact health organizations in yearlong paid positions. They fill critical gaps in their placement organizations as many have non-traditional health backgrounds. Throughout the year, they engage in intensive leadership development and community building, striving to embody our leadership practices as they work to address health inequities across the global health field.

Mayo Clinic Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program

The focus of the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is to help meet the critical need for diverse investigators in basic and translational research. This objective is achieved by providing: An intense mentored research experience in basic science or translational research in the top laboratories at Mayo Clinic. Special seminars and selected graduate-level courses to expand each student's knowledge base so he or she can begin to apply basic science knowledge to biomedical research. Mentoring and guidance to assist with successful continuation into a Ph.D. or an M.D.-Ph.D. program to succeed in a basic or translational biomedical research career.

ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at Centers for Disease Control

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) offers summer, fall and spring internship programs at locations across the United States for graduate students in STEM disciplines to participate in laboratory experiences to expand their expertise beyond the traditional university setting. If you are looking for a short-term experience like a summer internship, ORISE has a diverse collection of opportunities in a variety of research areas. If an internships or fellowship opportunity during the academic year is more ideal, there are also a number of positions with immediate availability for students who have already earned their B.S. and are currently pursuing advanced degrees.

Sparkman Fellows

The Sparkman Fellows Program is intended for highly motivated and engaged students seeking to enhance their understanding of global issues in a stimulating learning environment. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with UAB faculty in a collaborative environment outside of the classroom as well as be mentored by faculty in the Sparkman Scholars program.

Unite for Sight: Global Impact Corps

All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight's international programs are Global Impact Fellows. They participate daily with local ophthalmologists, local optometrists, and local ophthalmic nurses to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practice principles in volunteerism, global health, and international development. Volunteers participate for at least two weeks, and they may participate for multiple months, up to a year, if desired.

WPP Health Fellowship

Each Health Fellow (nine in total) will spend nine months of a two year program learning about and contributing to a specialist health agency. This will be followed by two rotations of six months each into a different specialist health agency - each rotation agreed in advance by WPP - returning to the original agency for a final three months. Communicators create meaningful campaigns aimed at health professionals, advocacy groups, health opinion formers and consumers. From travelling to global medical symposiums, to helping frame the most motivating insights for creative campaigns, we also develop digital content for niche target audiences and engage with government bodies and ministers.

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Bill Emerson Fellows

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

Capital Roots

Capital Roots is changing the lives of people every day by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all. Through our 52 community gardens, our Healthy Places programs like the Veggie Mobile, Sprout and Healthy Stores and our youth powered farm at the Produce Project we are working daily to nourish healthy communities and improve the lives of our citizens.

Food Corps

FoodCorps is dedicated to creating a best-in-class model for what healthy school food environments look like. In the process, we seek to serve as a resource to researchers across the school food field, and to inspire culture shifts and policy change.

Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work.

Middlebury FoodWorks

Middlebury FoodWorks is an innovative leadership program combining academic and experiential learning in food systems. Participants engage in a nine-week summer program in Middlebury, Vermont which consists of a class on "Experiencing Food Systems," as well as a four-day/week paid internship.

U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand the pool of U.S. food security professionals who have the scientific base needed to effectively study and manage the global landscapes in support of sustainable food systems. The program is comprised of two key elements; a Graduate Research Fellowship Grant Program and a Summer Institute on Global Food Security.


WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community. As a volunteer (or WWOOFer as we call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer.

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Immigrant Justice Corps – Community Fellowship

Each year IJC awards two-year Community Fellowships to 10 exceptional college graduates with the linguistic skills, passion, and cultural competency to work with diverse immigrant communities. IJC trains Fellows to be experts in immigration law and advocacy. Community Fellows conduct outreach, screen, and aid immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”), Green Card, citizenship applications, and more. Community Fellows become Board of Immigration Appeals Partially Accredited Representatives and are placed in community-based organizations in and around New York City and surrounding counties. IJC Fellows serve for two years and are provided a full salary and benefits.

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Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programmes, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).

AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship

The AIF Clinton Fellowship is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, technology and innovation, and public health.The AIF Clinton Fellowship is helping to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive change while also strengthening civil society in both the US and India.

American Center for Mongolian Studies

Since its founding, the ACMS has provided more than $2.4 million in support of Mongolian Studies programs, including field research and academic exchange fellowships to more than 100 scholars from Mongolia and other countries.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program will select 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.


DAAD is a resource to help you study, research, or teach in Germany.

EDU United States to Austria Fellowship

The Association awards Fellowships each year at the graduate (Masters, PhD or post-doctoral) level of up to US$30,000-US$40,000 for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or study in the fields of life sciences, medicine, engineering or mining. There is particular interest in the fields of oceanography/marine sciences & stem cell research.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the U.K. to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. To date, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship has supported over 1,000 scholars from 90 countries.

Humanity in Action

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. The programs, when appropriate to national histories, address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization. These practices were directed towards Jews and other minorities in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust. Those under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands were subject to racist policies and attitudes. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.

Michel David-Weill Scholarship

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship carries a monetary value of $80,000 and covers the cost of tuition and living expenses during a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po. The scholarship is awarded each year to one American student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement.

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers 15 accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany that is comprised of three main components:

  • Customized professional assignments
  • Professional seminars
  • German language training.

Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, they participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Teaching Assistant Position in France (TAPIF)

The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French such as Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

The German Chancellor Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany -- irrespective of your field or work. In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.

Thinking Beyond Borders

Thinking Beyond Borders is an educational institution offering programs to develop the essential skills and capacities students need to lead exceptional social impact careers. As committed educators, we create rigorous learning environments that engage with the world, examine its challenges, and place students alongside leaders who are committed to finding solutions. With a variety of programs designed for gap year, college, and graduate levels, TBB is for students who are determined to impact our world. Meaningful change starts here. Our gap year programs and Summer Impact Fellowships represent the cutting edge of social impact learning.

VIA Global Community Fellowship

The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young/ established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Volunteering India

Volunteering India provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer programs in India. We offer vast variety of programs, cultural exchange programs, internships, gap year programs in India, where volunteers can choose to work in New Delhi, Palampur/Dharamsala and South India including Bangalore, Mysore and more. Our choice of programs include working with Orphans, Women Empowerment Programs, Health/HIV programs, Teaching English, Summer Volunteer Programs, Street Children programs and more. You can join our programs in India, as an individual, as a group or even choose to volunteer in India with your family.

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Journalism/ Writing

Atlantic Media Fellowship

Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The Program is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media. Each year we look forward to our new class of Fellows, who add a fresh perspective and new ideas to our company initiatives. As a digital-first company, we have experienced tremendous growth as a result of emphasis on digital initiatives, and our Fellows have been key contributors.

Bard Fiction Prize

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

Children’s Writers-in-Residence Program

The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program is intended to:

  • Provide an emerging children’s writer with the financial support and office space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults.
  • Encourage the imagination of young readers, and in so doing draw attention to the importance of authors and the essential role they perform in nurturing developing minds and furthering our culture.Promote the awareness of the Boston Public Library and its resources, by establishing a living link between Library and the community.

Dow Jones Journalism Internships

In nearly six decades, the Dow Jones News Fund has prepared thousands of journalists who have advanced to prestigious careers at respected American media and are pioneering the latest in digital media. Our alumni can be found at nearly every major news organization. Our network continues to flourish through networking events, professional development opportunities and volunteer activities.

Emerging Voices Fellowship

The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.

Hearst Journalism Fellowship

The Fellowship is a two-year program focusing on journalism in a changing digital world. The Fellowship program consists of two 12-month rotations at our top metro papers. Fellows will receive training, mentoring and real-world experience alongside top journalists who are using cutting-edge tools to tell stories through data, video, and more. Hearst Fellows are full-time employees with competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance and moving expenses.

Mother Jones Ben Bagdalin Fellowship Program

Mother Jones fellows dive deep into every aspect of a national multimedia outfit—from making news to making it pretty, ensuring its impact, and mastering the inner workings of nonprofit publishing. You should be ready to drill down into complex research, fact-checking, and strategic projects, and have the reporting bona fides or other relevant experience to show you’re ready. Mother Jones fellowships are full-time positions lasting for six months. Those who are still in school or are only available part-time are not eligible to apply, nor can fellowships be used for course credit.

NEA Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

New Republic Internship

The New Republic is an independent journal of opinion promoting novel solutions to the challenges of our time. Since our founding in 1914, we have championed and advanced progressive ideas in America’s continual exercise of self-improvement. Our vision for the future revitalizes our founding mission for a new time. Through ambitious journalism, trenchant argument, and innovative storytelling, we seek to inspire the next generation of decision makers through conversations in print, online, and in person.

NPR Kroc Fellowship

The NPR Kroc Fellowship identifies and develops a new generation of extraordinary public radio journalists. Over the course of a year, the three Kroc Fellows get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.

Overseas Press Club Foundation Fellowship

Graduate and undergraduate students who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation. From among those chosen for OPC Foundation recognition, the Foundation selects up to 11 scholars and pays travel and living expenses for them to intern at foreign bureaus at such leading news organizations as AP, Reuters, GlobalPost, Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience invites applications for its full-time residential writing fellowship, which supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors.

Robert L. Bartley Fellowship Program

Bartley Fellows will assist in researching and writing editorials, editing op-ed articles, editing Leisure & Arts page features, and editing letters to the editor for the print and digital editions of the Journal.

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

The American Prospect

The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists at the beginning of their careers the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow benefits from an intensive mentoring program and is expected to contribute regularly to the website and to the print edition.

The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers is offered during fall semester. The fellowship begins the first of September and ends the first of December. During this time, the writing fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment inside Carson McCullers's childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The fellow is provided with a stipend of $5,000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients are encouraged to take an active role in the community and to meet informally with students and local residents interested in writing. The fellow will work with the McCullers Center director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency.

Tim Russert Fellowship Program

The Tim Russert Fellowship is a one-year paid position in the NBC News Washington DC Bureau where one Fellow works in several areas including “Meet the Press” and the NBC News Political Unit.

Wallace Stegner Fellowship

Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. The only requirements are workshop attendance and writing. The program offers no degree. In awarding fellowships, we consider the quality of the candidate’s creative work, potential for growth and ability to contribute to and profit from our writing workshops. The Stanford Creative Writing Program’s students are diverse in style and experience, with talent and seriousness the true common denominators.

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Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

City Hall Fellows

Since its 2008 launch, City Hall Fellows has trained 75 urban change makers (selected from 1,700 applicants) who have transformed how three cities (San Francisco, Houston and Baton Rouge) operate. Our corps members have saved taxpayers over $10 million by re-designing municipal programs and streamlining municipal services; brought hundreds of thousands of grant dollars into city coffers; piloted ground-breaking public health and alternative energy programs; and much more. They also have completed 77 pro bono consulting projects, ranging from upgrading cities’ flu pandemic and earthquake disaster plans to establishing a public Wi-Fi network downtown. Approximately 60% of alumni continue in local public service immediately post-Fellowship. Each Fellow will be placed in a single city office working directly for a mid- to senior-level city official during the course of their Fellowship year (50 weeks). Fellows serve as full-time staffers and perform work that is critical to the mission of their host agencies.

Google Policy Fellowship

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more.

Greenlining Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is a year-long training program for young leaders who have completed, at minimum, their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program. Fellows are assigned to specific program areas and develop expertise with the direction of a Program Manager and the Academy Director. Each Fellowship experience is unique and is shaped by the current policy focus of their program area. Although the curriculum is similar to that of the Associates program, Fellows are given more responsibility and independence to implement projects and programs. The learning environment is based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation.

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy

In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers a fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women.

National Urban Fellows

The National Urban Fellows’ Academic & Leadership Development Fellowship Program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising four semesters of academic course work and a nine-month Mentorship assignment. During their Mentorship, Fellows complete course work via distance learning. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, health reimbursement, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, full payment of tuition, and professional leadership development. Additionally, Fellows are required to make a $7,500 co-investment to their National Urban Fellows experience.

NYC Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City. After participating in an extensive interview process, New York City Urban Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy through a hands-on approach.

The Fellows’ work experience is supplemented by the seminar series, a unique learning experience that exposes Fellows to public and private sector leaders. Guest speakers, including senior level City officials and alumni, share their leadership experiences and their work on City initiatives.

Philly Fellows

Philly Fellows offers year-long fellowships that connect top college graduates to dynamic non-profit opportunities while developing their leadership and professional skills and engaging them in the city’s vibrant communities.

San Francisco Fellows

The mission of the program is to foster community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates for leadership roles in public service. The City and County of San Francisco is pleased to offer multiple Fellowship positions in this highly selective program. We invite people who have had an undergraduate degree conferred within the past 5 years to apply for our 11+ month Fellowship. Fellows are full time City employees who earn an annual salary of approximately $50,000, plus health, dental and retirement benefits. Specific areas of study are not required. The program is looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in working in the public sector and who would like to learn about public administration and analysis in the City and County of San Francisco.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Scoville Fellowship has a proven track record of attracting talented people with strong academic and advocacy backgrounds in international security issues. Scoville Fellows contribute to the work of their host organizations by research and writing, arranging conferences and policy briefings, and encouraging advocacy activities. A large number of former Scoville Fellows continue to work for public-interest organizations or government on arms control and peace issues, or are attending graduate programs in international relations.

The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS United offers a public policy fellowship in his name.  The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues.

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Religiously Affiliated Programs

Avodah Jewish Service Corps

Avodah strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.

Friends Committee on National Legislation Young Fellows Program

The program is full-time and paid a salary at the DC living wage standard with benefits. Fellows work under the title “program assistant” and work directly with FCNL lobbyists and other senior staff, gaining first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the organizing and communications work that is necessary for policy change.

Forum for Theological Exploration Ministry Exploration and Mentoring Grants

Across North America, many young adults choose to live in intentional Christian communities in order to live out their faith commitments. Growing out of FTE’s work with a pilot network of intentional communities serving college students, FTE has witnessed the unique capacity of intentional Christian communities to seed and cultivate deep vocational discernment and ministry exploration in young adults. Intentional Christian Community Capacity-Building Grants provide support to enhance organizational capacity to accompany youth in their exploration of their purpose, passion and call.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Aspiring to create a more just and hopeful world, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps engages passionate young people in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action.

Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellows

The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers recent college graduates, graduate students, or professionals interested in global health the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Fellows spend one year in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph’s Clinic, where they act as liaisons between Medical Missionaries—the US-based organization that built and provides funding for the Clinic—and the Clinic’s all-Haitian staff. The Fellowship begins in June and ends in July of the following year.

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 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIRED, and Scientific American. The AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.

Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world's leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.

AMS Graduate Fellowship

The AMS Fellowship Program is a source of unique opportunities for outstanding students looking to pursue graduate education in the atmospheric or related sciences. To date, 348 students have been designated as AMS fellowship recipients. The program helps these first-year graduate students to be educated about unique challenges facing the world so that they may better tackle real-world issues after graduation. Fellowships come with several benefits that include financial support to maintain a full course load over the first year of graduate study, the opportunity to be special guests at the AMS Annual Meeting with exclusive events therein, and ongoing academic and career support from AMS.

Evolving Earth Student Grant Program

The Evolving Earth grant program provides grants to support student research in the earth sciences. A total of 10 grants are available, for amounts of up to $3,000 per grant. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers at accredited U.S. colleges and universities or research institutions are eligible to apply for grant funding. The emphasis will be on research topics that relate to the mission and priorities of the foundation. Please read our mission statement to determine whether your research is applicable.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship

The National Space Club and Foundation awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America's rocket pioneer. The scholarship is presented at the Goddard Memorial Dinner each spring, for the following academic year. The award is given to stimulate the interest of talented students in the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge through space research and exploration.

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Code for America Fellowship

The Code for America fellowship is a full-time paid year of service for professionals in the technology industry, including developers, designers, product managers, and related roles. Cross-functional teams of three are embedded in local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice.

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