| Princeton in Africa/ Princeton in Latin America/ Princeton in Asia http://www.princetoninafrica.org/; http://www.princeton.edu/~pila/; http://piaweb.princeton.edu/
Although these programs say “Princeton” in their title, they are independent non-profits, and non-Princeton students are encouraged to apply. The Princeton in Latin America/Asia/Africa programs pair recent graduates with partner institutions in the host region for a nine-month fellowship. Areas of focus include humanitarian aid, public health, education, conservation, post-conflict reconstruction, and social entrepreneurship. Each program has slightly different requirements; check website for details.
Essays (vary by program—check website for details)
What they’re looking for: Think of this program like Teach for America for global non-profit work. You need to demonstrate flexibility and enthusiasm as well as a clear sense of how you want to intervene in a global issue, and why you want to go to this part of the world to do so.
Global Health Corps www.ghcorps.org
Global Health Corps believes that a global movement of individuals and organizations fighting for improved health outcomes and access to healthcare for the poor is necessary in order to change the unacceptable status quo of extreme inequity. GHC provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. Fellows are given year-long placements in high-impact organizations, and are then given the tools to remain connected after their fellowship year finishes.
Their mission is to increase the impact of great organizations today, to train and support the leaders of tomorrow, and to build a global community of changemakers. In doing so, Global Health Corps fellows will address the unjust and unsustainable disparity in health outcomes between the world’s rich and the world’s poor.
Under 30 at the time of application
Have an undergraduate degree by July of the year of application
Be proficient in English
Four brief essays:
Why do you want to be a GHC fellow? (200 words)
Tell us about a time when you were part of a group that faced an obstacle and you came up with a creative solution. What was creative about this solution? Please focus on your role and its impact on the group. (300 words)
Describe a time when you identified a social problem or injustice and took action to make a change. What did you do and what did you learn? (250 words)
What principles or values guide your actions? Describe a specific time when you acted according to these principles or values. (200 words)
CV or resume
Two references (they prefer one professional and one academic)
What they’re looking for:: According to their website, “Global Health Corps fellows are agents of change who: a) are committed to social justice; b) collaborate; c) inspire and mobilize others; d) adapt and innovate; e) are self-aware and committed to learning; and f) get things done.” They set no parameters regarding background or experience; their main concern is the applicant’s capacity for leadership.
The Fulbright grants support an individually designed study/research plan, artistic project or English Teaching Assistantship that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.
The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Fulbright grants are not restricted in field of study, and students and practitioners of the creative and performing arts are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on the applicant’s academic or professional record, language preparation, and personal qualifications, as well as the feasibility of the proposed study project.
Applicants may be undergraduate seniors who anticipate graduating, master’s or Ph.D. degree candidates, and/or young professionals. Applicants must have a fully developed program of study or research that can be completed during the grant period. Most grants described are awarded for programs that will require one academic year. Application is limited to one country program only.
Cannot be a Department of State employee, an immediate family member of a Department of State employee, or an employee of an agency under contract to the Department of State to perform services related to exchange programs.
Must have a completed Bachelor’s degree by the start of the program. Applicants who hold a completed doctorate may be ineligible
Sufficient written and spoken proficiency in the destination language
Other eligibility requirements vary by country. Check website for details
Statement of Grant Purpose
Two-page single-space essay describing your plan of study, explaining why it needs to happen in this country, who you will be working with, what your research will accomplish, and why you are a qualified candidate to undertake this research. You should include a rough timeline of your proposed project.
Personal Statement: One-page essay designed to give the reviewers a picture of you as an individual. It is an opportunity to tell the committee more about the trajectory that you have followed and what plans you have for the future. Whereas the Statement of Grant Purpose focuses on what you will be doing in the host country, the Personal Statement concentrates on how your background has influenced your development and how that relates to the Fulbright opportunity. The statement can deal with your personal history, family background, intellectual development, and the educational, professional, or cultural opportunities to which you have been exposed; explain their impact. This should not be a reiteration of facts already listed in the Biographical Data sections or an elaboration of the Statement of Grant Purpose.
Letter of Affiliation: An official letter from the institution/individual in the host country with whom you are proposing to work. The letter should outline, as specifically as possible, how this organization will help you to fulfill your research. Affiliation requirements vary by country, so before starting the application you should note the specific requirements for the proposed host country. The Affiliation Letter should be printed on official letterhead and should be signed by the author. Copies of e-mail correspondence will not be accepted.
Language evaluation (if necessary—check country listing)
Three letters of reference
What they’re looking for: The focus of the Fulbright is “promoting mutual understanding” among countries, so your application should stress what you hope to learn from your experience abroad, as well as what you hope to bring to the host country. Your application will be read by an official from the State Department of the host country, so keep in mind that your project should not be too controversial.
Also, keep in mind that the focus of your grant proposal should be on international research, not international development. Your grant proposal should be in the same genre as a senior thesis proposal.
100 Projects for Peace (http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/)
Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday, international philanthropist Kathryn Davis chose to celebrate by committing $1 million to projects for peace. Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the following summer. The projects judged to be the most promising and achievable will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.
Applications can come from individual students or groups
Current Tufts undergraduate(s) (first- through fourth-year)
A letter of intent which gives the title and summary of the project and outlines the following elements:
Where the project will take place
Its primary objective(s)
Whether it is building on previous engagements between you and partner organizations
The activities and resources of the proposed budget
The desired results
Phase Two (due two weeks later)
A two-page narrative that addresses the following criteria:
A clear description of the project (who, what, where, how?)
An explanation of how the project contributes to peace
An explanation of how the project meets a clearly specified need
The qualifications and resources of the individual/group submitting the project
A clear description of expected outcomes and means of self-assessment as the project proceeds
If appropriate, a letter of commitment from your partner organization
A one-page budget with a clear link to the project narrative and inputs
What they’re looking for: Feasibility and long-term sustainability are the major factors in selection. You should also start with the change you want to see in the world and work backwards—establish a clear causal link between your project and your working definition of peace.
Truman Scholarship (see also: politics and policy; social justice/community action) (www.truman.gov)
The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service, and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Selection is based on leadership abilities and potential for influencing public policies; suitability of the nominee’s proposed program of study for a career in public service; and government involvement.
One Truman “State” Scholarship will be made available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states. Students awarded Truman Scholarships will receive up to $30,000 for graduate school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a foundation-funded graduate program.
US Citizen, or expected to receive citizenship by the date the scholarship will be awarded.
Full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with junior-level academic standing or senior-level standing in the third year of college enrollment.
Upper quarter of class standings
Extensive application packet, including lists of community service and government activities
Series of short answer questions, including an example of a fulfilling service commitment, an example of your leadership abilities, a description of a social problem you hope to address, a description of three courses that have most influenced your intellectual growth, a description of your intended plan of graduate study, and a brief personal statement.
Brief policy proposal (500 words)
Three letters of recommendation, each focused on a particular attribute (leadership, intellect, service). Your letters addressing leadership and service should refer to the experiences you describe in your application.
What they’re looking for: Self-awareness, intellectual ability, unity of the application, and a clear sense of the impact you hope to make on the world. Successful Truman applicants can clearly articulate how their past experiences have led them to their present strengths and intellectual commitments, as well as how their current work is preparing them for a clearly planned future. You need to be well-informed as to the social problem you hope to address and have a demonstrated history of social action to back up that interest.
Peace Corps www.peacecorps.gov
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
The length of service is 27 months, which includes an average of three months of in-country training that provides language, cross-cultural, technical, and health and safety skills. Volunteers are placed where their skills match the needs of host countries. They live in the communities they serve, from small rural villages to large urban cities. Their work around the globe represents a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s history and positive image abroad. Their desire to make a difference has improved the lives of millions of people around the world and at home. Volunteers return to the United States as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and language and technical skills that position them well for professional opportunities
Health and HIV/AIDS Specialty: Health Volunteers work with local governments, clinics, nongovernmental organizations, and communities at the grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest. They focus on outreach, social and behavior change in public health, maternal and child health, hygiene, water sanitation, and HIV/AIDS. Health Volunteers work in both formal and informal settings, targeting the groups most affected by a particular health issue.