Scholarships and Internships

Competitive Scholarships

Marianne Ofosu, 2003 Rhodes Scholar & 2001 Luard Scholar

Past Howard University
Scholarship Winners

Tips for Applicants


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Luard Scholarship

Marshall Scholarship Program

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Rhodes Scholar Program


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H. Truman Scholarship Program

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

Other Scholarships and Opportunities

Current Opportunities


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The US Student Fulbright Program is designed to give recent college/university graduates, graduate students, doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists opportunities for personal and career development and international experience. The Fulbright Program has offered more than 286,000 participants the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns since its inception.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must :

  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
    • Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.
    • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
    • Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a doctorate.
    • M.D.s or medical students or the equivalent (e.g, D.D.S, O.D.) who wish to continue medical or hospital training or to obtain practical clinical experience should apply to IIE. However, M.D.s who have completed formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for independent or collaborative research should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
  • Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

Preference is usually given to applicants who:

  • Have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.

New! Tips for Fulbright Applicants

Howard University Contact: Dr. Jeanne Toungara
(202) 806-6815


2007 Fulbright Scholars Nicole Cuellar, Marcus Bellamy, & Angela Bacon.

Campus Deadline: September 15, 2010

Application Deadline: October 18, 2010

Luard Selection 2010 015.jpg Euzahn Collins, 2010 Luard Scholar

Luard Scholarship

Since 1969, the English-Speaking Union has provided full junior year abroad scholarships to the United Kingdom, for academically, highly talented sophomore students attending United Negro College Fund member institutions, and Howard and Hampton Universities. The English-Speaking Union is committed to the promotion of scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of the English language.

The Luard Scholarships, unique merit awards open to sophomore students pursuing a four-year degree in all major fields of study, provide: tuition, room, board, book allowance and travel expenses for their junior academic year at a British university. Candidates must excel academically (minimum 3.0 grade point average), and exhibit the maturity and independence necessary for study abroad.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Demonstrate interest in international affairs or culture or issues of global significance
  • Be a sophomore
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA

Howard University Contact: Ms. Betty Aikens
(202) 806-5902

Campus deadline: TBA

Application deadline: TBA (usually November)

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship awards University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. A Marshall Scholarship extends for two academic years (approx. 22 months), but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year.

The Marshall Scholarship is open to United States citizens who (at the of the award of the scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards from October 2010, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2006.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (By the time they take up their scholarship, i.e. September 2011) the student must hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • Have have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college;
  • Have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2008 and
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from, a British University.

Howard University Contact: Dr. Daniel Williams
(202) 806-6763

Anthony Hendricks, 2007 Marshall Scholar

Campus Deadline: September 20, 2010 (interested students must notify of the intent to apply by September 13, 2010 at )

Application Deadline: October 1, 2010

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants for the 2011-2012 Mitchell Scholars program must:
  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Be 18 years of age or older but not yet 30 on 1 October 2010.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.
  • While married applicants are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of a married applicant’s spouse or dependent. It is important to note that spouses who are non-EU citizens may be required to be enrolled full-time and prove financial resources for the year or to obtain a work permit before seeking paid employment in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Howard University Contact: Ms. Stephanie Johnson
(202) 806-7283

Campus Deadline: September 28, 2010

Application Deadline: October 5, 2010

NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research. It enables students to undertake a collaborative project in any area of biomedical investigation involving two mentors--one at the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, Maryland and one at either Oxford or Cambridge University. Students conduct research at both locations and potentially other sites including field work in Africa and elsewhere around the world. All students participate in the enriched environment of the residential colleges of the U.K. Universities and enjoy special educational opportunities that develop their understanding of disease outcomes and policy issues related to their studies. The projects culminate in the award of a D.Phil or Ph.D. in science from either Oxford or Cambridge. Students may also pursue combined M.D./Ph.D. training through partnerships the program maintains with a broad range of American medical schools. The program is one of theNIH Graduate Partnerships Program offerings.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants for admission into Institutional Partnerships must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Howard University Contact: Dr. Alvin Thornton
(202) 806-2550

Campus Deadline: TBA

Application Deadline: January 3, 2011


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship brings outstanding students from all over the world to study at Oxford University in England. American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year from among those nominated by selection committees in each of the fifty states. Through 2004, applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities had been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants apply as a representative of one of the fifty states: either in the state in which they will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1, 2009, or in the state where they were legally resident on April 15, 2008. (Applicants are warned that selection committees are instructed to verify legal residence.) Simultaneous application to more than one District Committee will
disqualify an applicant.

At the time of application, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply;
  • By October 1, 2009, must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age. (Applicants will be eligible who were
    born after October 1, 1984 and on or before October 1, 1990.); and
  • Have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before
    October 1, 2010.

Howard University Contact: Dr. Daniel Williams
(202) 806-6763

Campus Deadline: September 20, 2010 (interested students must notify of the intent to apply by September 13, 2010 at )

Application Deadline: October 4, 2010
Institutional endorsement and recommendation letters due October 4, 2010
District interviews November 19 and 20, 2010

H. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be nominated by the University;
  • A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2008-2009 academic year. “Junior” here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2009 and August 2010, a student in his or her second or third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2008-2009 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands;
  • Be committed to a career in public service (The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public-service oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment);
  • Be in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

Howard University Contact: Dr. Daniel Williams
202 806-6763

Campus Deadline: TBA

Application Deadline: TBA (usually early February)




Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens,
  • must be full-time undergraduate students who will complete their sophomore year of college before the program begins and
  • must have at least a 3.2 grade point average.

The selection committee may consider students who have completed their freshman year if these students have outstanding academic backgrounds and significant international experience.


* 2010 Summer Enrichment Program application form
* Official transcript from the college or university the applicant is currently attending.
* Three letters of recommendation, two from faculty members and one from a community leader familiar with the accomplishments of the applicant. These recommendations should provide insight into the applicant’s accomplishments and potential.
* One 500 word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in international affairs and how this program will assist him/her in pursuing this interest.
* Completion of pages 7 and 8 of the Howard University Undergraduate Application Form for the Summer Enrichment Program (PDF). (See also... Enrollment Management) No fee is necessary. For the first part of the form check Summer Session, Full-Time, and College of Arts & Sciences.
* Proof of U.S. citizenship (notarized copy of: (1) birth certificate; (2) certificate of U.S. citizenship; or (3) U.S. passport. (Bring a copy and the original of your passport or birth certificate to a Notary Public. They will examine the documents to determine that they are official, stamp and sign the copy, and give it back to you. )
* Race and National Origin Identification Form
* W9

Application Deadline: TBA (usually early January)

Howard University Contact: Patricia H. Scroggs
Tel: (202) 806-4363
Fax: (202) 387-6951


Other Scholarships and Opportunities

Institute for International Public Policy IIPP Fellows Program

IIPP is the premier training program addressing diversity and minority recruitment in global affairs and foreign policy. IIPP is an integrated, 5 year, sequenced international education can training program, which includes:

  • Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
  • Junior Year Study Abroad
  • Junior Summer Policy Institute
  • Summer Language Institute
  • International Affairs Internships
  • Graduate Study in International Affairs

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Are enrolled full-time at an accredited four–year baccalaureate-granting institution
  • Are U.S. Citizens or legal residents (documentary support required)
  • Have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Possess excellent critical analysis and leadership skills
  • Have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs, public policy and language training
  • Are an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander)
  • Plan to seek admission to a two-year master’s degree program in international affairs

Howard University Contact: Dr. Jeanne Toungara
(202) 806- 6815

Howard University Deadline: TBA

Application Deadline: February 1, 2011

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program


  • Up to $8,000 in academic assistance per school year for up to two years.
  • 10 week paid summer internship ($650/week)
  • Housing subsidy during summer internship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • US Citizen
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including oceanic, environmental, and atmospheric sciences, mathetmatics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hudrology, policy, geomatics, or teacher education.

Application Deadine: January 29, 2011

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

Eligibility Requirements:

* Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
* Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study.
* Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
* A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

Application Deadline: TBA (usually early February)

Howard University Contact: Ralph Bunche Center

Vanessa Rozier, 2010 Pickering Fellow

Undergraduate Research

Participation in undergraduate research is one of the best measures of success in graduate school. Howard University has several undergraduate research programs located on campus. There are also several summer research programs located all over the country and the world for our students to participate in.

Learn more about Howard University's Undergraduate Research Programs:

Posters on the Hilltop

College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium