Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities



 Institute For International Public Policy Fellowships

United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 677-3400                            Toll-free: (800) 530-6232               Fax: (703) 205-7645                    


To provide financial assistance and work experience to Native American and other minority students who are interested in preparing for a career in international affairs.


This program is open to full-time sophomores at 4-year institutions who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher and are nominated by the president of their institution.

Applicants must be


      • African American
      • Hispanic/Latino American
      • Asian American
      • American Indian
      • Alaskan Native
      • Native Hawaiian
      • or Pacific Islander. 


They must be interested in participating in


      • policy institutes
      • study abroad
      • language training
      • internships
      • and graduate education 


that will prepare them for a career in international service. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.

Preference is given to students interested in pursuing advanced language and area studies in targeted world areas who are supported by Title VI fellowships.

Targeted languages include


      • Arabic
      • Azeri
      • Armenian
      • Dari, Hindi
      • Kazakh
      • Kyrgyz
      • Persian
      • Pashto
      • Tajik
      • Turkish
      • Turkmen
      • Uzbek
      • Urdu
      • and other languages spoken in central and south Asia, the Middle East, and Russia/eastern Europe.


Financial data

For the sophomore summer policy institute, fellows receive


      • student housing and meals in a university facility
      • books and materials
      • all field trips and excursions
      • and a $1,050 stipend.


For the junior year study abroad component, half the expenses for 1 semester are provided.

For the junior summer policy institute, fellows receive


      • student housing and meals in a university facility
      • books and materials
      • travel to and from the institute
      • and a $1,000 stipend.


During the internship, a stipend of up to $3,500 is paid.

During the graduate school period, fellowships are funded jointly by this program and the participating graduate school.

The program also provides $15,000 towards a master's degree in international affairs with the expectation that the graduate school will provide $15,000 in matching funds.



      • 2 years of undergraduate work
      • 2 years of graduate work
      • as well as the intervening summers


Additional information

This program consists of 6 components:


  1. a sophomore year summer policy institute based at 
      • Clark Atlanta University's Department of International Affairs and Development
      • comprised of lectures
      • discussions, and group assignments
      • complemented by guest speakers and local site visits to international agencies and organizations in Washington, D.C. and New York
      • the program of study includes 
          • international politics
          • research methods
          • U.S. foreign policy
          • international business
          • economics
          • and select area studies
  2. a junior year study abroad program at an accredited overseas institution
  3. a junior year summer institute of intensive academic preparation for graduate school, with course work in
      •  economics
      • mathematics
      • communication skills
      • and policy analysis
  4. for students without established foreign language competency, a summer language institute following the senior year
  5. fellows with previously established foreign language competence participate in a post-baccalaureate internship to provide the practical experience needed for successful graduate studies in international affairs
  6. a master's degree in international affairs (for students who are admitted to such a program). 


This program is administered by the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs; funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Number awarded

30 each year.


March of each year.