Public Service/Government Employment

Truman Scholarship

For juniors with clear leadership experience and commitment to public service who plan to pursue careers in education, government, non-profit, or public interest. This scholarship provides funds of up to $30,000 for graduate school, a rich network of former scholars, and many useful additional programs. If you are an interested junior holding United States citizenship, please fill out this interest form.

Timeline available in fall of 2019.


Boren Scholarship

Provides up to $20,000 in funding for students studying abroad in a non-traditional location, learning a language crucial to national security interests. Awardees are required to secure a position working for the government after graduation for at least one year, and receive priority hiring in any government hiring process. If eligible, please fill out this interest form fall of the year before you plan to study abroad. Elise Rudt runs this process through Sakai and places people on the site based on interest form responses.

Timeline available in fall of 2019.


Critical Language Scholarship


For all class levels; provides eight to ten weeks of fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion for the study of a language that is not commonly taught ot critical to U.S. national security. This program can build upon a Summer Language Abroad grant through the CSLC. If eligible, please fill out this interest form early fall before the summer you would like to complete the program. Elise Rudt runs this process through Sakai and places people on the site based on interest form responses.Timeline available in fall of 2019.


Gaither Junior Fellows

The Gaither Junior Fellows Program with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace provides approximately 10-12 one-year paid positions to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and/or individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. The Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. They have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials.

Please see here for information on eligibility.


Pickering and Rangel

Both of these awards fund graduate study for students who seek a career in foreign service and are historically underrepresented in the field. They also both promise internships and other professional development for foreign service. They follow almost the exact same timelines and provide similar support, so CUSE recommends that if you are interested in either, you should apply for both. If you are eligible and interested, please email Elise Rudt over the summer the year you would apply for graduate school.


Payne International Development Fellowship Program

"The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you 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 – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service." If you are eligible and interested, please email Elise Rudt over the summer the year you would apply for graduate school.


Coro Fellowship

Coro is a leadership development program that places its fellows in one of four cities: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh to learn from city government officials, NGOs, and other local stakeholders through projects. If you are eligible and interested, please email Elise Rudt.


Scoville Peace Fellows

"Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice." If you are eligible and interested, please email Elise Rudt.