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American Association of University Women (AAUW) - American Fellowships

AAUW is a national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls.

The AAUW Educational Foundation is one of the nation's largest sources of private funding exclusively for graduate women pursuing educational programs or professions that directly benefit women and girls.

The Foundation funds pioneering research on:

  • Girls and education
  • Community action projects
  • Fellowships and grants for outstanding women around the globe

The American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions.


Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America.

As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Build affordable housing
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity

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

AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Ashoka's mission is to seek and invest in social entrepreneurs from around who exhibits creativity, a strong drive, and the ethical fiber to promote positive social change. Fellows are supported financially through a living stipend and professionally through Ashoka’s global network of social entrepreneurs.

Fellows work to serve the public in many areas including:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human rights
  • Civic participation
  • Economic development

Ashoka has more than 1,400 Fellows across the world transforming the lives of millions of underserved people.

Capital City Fellows Program (Washington, DC)

The Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) is an initiative of Mayor Anthony Williams to attract recent graduates of master's degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning, and related fields to work for the city of Washington, DC. The fellowship term is two-years and consists of four six-month rotations in different city agencies including the Office of the City Administrator, Office of Personnel, Office of Chief Financial Officer, and many more. The program prepares Fellows to meet the challenges of local government and develops management talent for the city.   

City Year

City Year corps members work directly with children to help students strengthen their academic and life success. Through City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child service model, you will work with schools to provide structured academic support, create in-school and after-school programs, and generate positive school climate. As a corps member, you will commit to a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over a 10-month period starting in August. Service opportunities vary based on the needs of a location or community.

You will receive a stipend to help you meet living expenses while participating in the program. The stipend amount varies from location to location. At the end of your City Year service year, you will receive an education award of $5,350* through AmeriCorps. You can apply the award toward a college degree, graduate school, or existing or future qualified student loans. 

Congressional Hunger Center – The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Congressional Hunger Center is a private, bi-partisan non-profit organization that fights hunger by developing leaders. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, a project of the CHC, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Each year 24 participants are selected for this twelve-month program. Fellows are placed for six months with urban and rural community organizations involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as:

  • Food banks
  • Local advocacy groups
  • Economic development agencies
  • Faith-based organizations

They then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with six months of work at advocacy and public policy organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement at the national level.   

Do Something Growth Grant/Service Project Grants

Do Something Growth Grants are targeted towards projects that are already developed and sustainable. These grants go towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact. Awards are given out weekly for sustainable community action projects, programs or organizations. 

Echoing Green

Echoing Green seeks social entrepreneurs who exhibit fearlessness in defending their ideas, an unwavering belief that all individuals have the potential to contribute meaningfully to society, and a powerful passion for developing new solutions to some of society’s most challenging problems.

The Fellowship Program last two years and provides Fellows with financial and technical assistance (ranging from a large global network to a close peer-to-peer learning) to enhance their leadership skills and ensure organizational sustainability.

Instead of working on a predefined project with an existing organization, each Fellow creates and builds his/her own organization to execute his/her own vision for social change. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent college graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs.

Projects may include:

  • University coursework
  • Independent library or field research
  • Classes in a music conservatory or art school
  • Special projects in the social or life sciences
  • A combination of the above

Greenlining Institute - The Academy Associate Program

The Greenlining Institute is a California based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income and minority communities. It runs the Greenlining Academy Fellowship Program and the Academy Summer Associate Program.

The Academy Summer Associate Program is an intensive, ten-week leadership training program for multi-ethnic graduate level students who want experience working on low-income and minority economic development issues as policy analysts, advocates and community organizers. Each Associate manages or co-manages a research or advocacy project with the direction of a Program Manager and the Academy Director.

Greenlining Institute - The Academy Fellowship Program

The Greenlining Institute is a California based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income and minority communities. It runs the Greenlining Academy Fellowship Program and the Academy Summer Associate Program.

The Academy Fellowship Program is an annual leadership training program for multi-ethnic individuals focused on low-income advocacy and community economic development. Generally, fellows conduct research, write report and position papers, help organize community events, and interface regularly with multi-ethnic community, corporate and government leaders. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate studies and be enrolled in, or preparing for, graduate studies in public policy, urban planning, minority advocacy or economic development. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.

In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $280M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need. Two-thirds of these students were the first in their families to go to college. 

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship award is given to select individuals to study abroad in the United Kingdom: 

  • Approximately forty young American students are selected each year to study at any British University.
  • Scholarships are provided for two academic years to study in any discipline leading to receipt of a British graduate, and on some occasion an undergraduate degree.
  • As future leaders, these individuals will strengthen the relationship between the British and American people, their governments, and institutions. 

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

The Boren Fellowship program was designed to encourage U.S. graduate students to specialize in a regional and language study not commonly studied by U.S. graduate students. The fellowship gives students the opportunity to add an international dimension to their own education and future careers. Fellows pursue a study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. National Security and enable the nation to remain integrally involved in global issues.

Open Society Fellowship

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges:

  • The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Institute and in the world.
  • A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy.
  • Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Institute and expect to contribute meaningfully to OSI's thinking in return.
  • In evaluating each proposal, the selection committee weighs three factors: the applicant, the topic of the project, and the work product

Patrick Charnon Scholarship

Established in 1992 by Pat Charnon’s family to honor his memory, the scholarship annually provides one U.S. college student with a $1,500 renewable scholarship.

Pat died in 1987, but before his death he was an active member of his Beloit, Wisconsin community, offering a room in his home to young people and college students in exchanged for help with housework and renovations.

The scholarship committee is looking to identify students in good academic standing who are making a valuable contribution to their community in some way. Candidates must demonstrate the values of tolerance, compassion and respect for their diverse communities. 

Pepsi Refresh Project

The Pepsi Refresh Project is an online grant program which makes available millions of dollars to be granted to projects which are intended to improve communities through an online, democratic voting process ("Grant Program").

The Grant Program is open to individuals, for profit organizations (which have a maximum of $25 million in annual revenue) and non-profit organizations (see Section 1 below for more eligibility requirements).

The Grant Program consists of six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, Neighborhoods, Education and the Planet. 

Phillips Foundation Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program Prospectus

This program's purpose is to recognize and assist outstanding young undergraduate student activists for the cause of freedom, American values, and constitutional principles.

A renewable scholarship shall be awarded to help defray college expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, and related costs. For more information, please email: 

Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school and public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy:

  • BPI Fellows have gone on to become the executive director of a non-profit organization that serves youth interests, practice affordable housing law, accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more.
  • In addition to receiving an invaluable learning opportunity by engaging in BPI's day-to-day work, Fellows receive an annual salary of $46,000 with medical and dental coverage.
  • Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.  

PPIA: Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

The PPIA Fellowship is a series of educational and developmental programs that span from the end of a student’s junior year in college to the completion of a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration and/or international affairs. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions and international organizations. 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Students are encouraged to develop their own proposal for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. Students do not need to be a U.S. citizen but must be graduating from a U.S. college or university. Please visit the website for summaries of prior award winners' projects and for FAQs.  

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants

State Farm and Youth Service America are asking young people to be “good neighbors” by partnering with their schools and community organizations to create and implement local programs addressing critical issues.

The State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant funds:

  • Youth-led service-learning programs
  • A teaching and learning strategy designed to increase academic achievement 
  • Workplace readiness by connecting service to community with school-based curricula

Students partner with other youth, their teachers, nonprofit leaders, local government, and the media, to identify and address significant issues on a local, national, and global scale. 

Student Service Learning Grant

The grants enrich the academic experience of the students who are implementing the service-learning projects, inspire confidence in students, and create meaningful changes in communities.


As a federal grant, you’ll need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to determine whether you’re eligible for the TEACH Grant and how much funding you could be eligible to receive. (You should always fill that application out anyway as it’s your ticket to free money from all government programs.)

You’ll be able to teach in public or private elementary and secondary schools, as long as you sign on to teach in low-income areas in high-need fields. 

High-need fields of study include:

  • Foreign language
  • Special education
  • Math and science
  • Bilingual education 
  • Other areas that may have shortages depending on location

Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards $30,000 scholarships to students who want to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.

Each year 70-75 awards are given, and winners are provided with leadership training, graduate school counseling and internship opportunities with federal agencies.

The Truman 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
  • Public service oriented nonprofit organizations

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