Community Engagement

Undergraduate Opportunities

Ellis Civic Fellowship
: Mid- September
Fellowship award ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 to students who are making a commitment to the community. Students must show that they are committed to connecting public service to their academic study at UW. Student must have filed out a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. Recipient of award is to agree to a four-year commitment with the Carlson center through taking courses, involvement in mentorship and other projects.

Mary Gates Leadership and Research Scholarships

Deadlines: October, January
Multiple $4,000 scholarships, paid over two quarters, are given to full-time UW undergraduate students pursuing a leadership and/or research project. International students are welcome to apply.

Carlson Civic Fellowship
: Mid-October
Fellowship awards $2,000 over 2 quarters to students who are interested in community work and demonstrate a strong desire to developing themselves as leaders. Students are to commit to 10 hours of service per week, participate in two 3-credit Community-Based Leadership courses and participate in other events offered by the center. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Jackson Monro Public Service Fellowship
: Late October
Fellowship award ranges from $2,500 to $4,500 to encourage students to life-long commitment to public service by giving them the opportunity to step foot into the community. Students will be selected in November of the year of application and will be awarded Winter and Spring quarter. Expectations of various involvement, leadership course and participate in events through Winter and Spring qtrs.

Truman Scholarship
: November
The Truman is a very competitive national scholarship designed for individuals with an interest in the public service. Applicants must be a U.S citizen, a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with at least junior-level academic standing. Applicant should exhibit interests in working with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or education institutions.

The UW Class of 1954 Achievement Scholarship Deadline: Early April
Several $1,500-$2,500 awards for outstanding UW students who, by their achievements and goals, enrich society and themselves. Applicants must be juniors or seniors with a 3.3 minimum GPA and financial need, and propose a relevant extracurricular project.

Edward E. Carlson Leadership Award Deadline: Early April
One award of $2,500 is given each year to recognize a UW student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who is committed to continued creative civic participation.

The Class of 1957 Scholar Award Deadline: Early April
Three $1,500 awards sponsored by the UW Alumni Class of 1957. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or non-graduating seniors as of autumn quarter, have a 3.3 minimum GPA and financial need as indicated by the Financial Aid Office, and be able to demonstrate academic merit through involvement in activities relevant to their academic, career and/or professional goals.

Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service
: Rolling
Educates undergraduate students in ways consistent with the American traditions of philanthropy and individual responsibility. The residential program is held at Georgetown University from June – August. You have the opportunity to be with 70 students from around the world who are all passionate about service and affecting change in their communities. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. Various scholarships available.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Domestic Fellowships

Teach for America Deadlines: August – February
Teach for America aims to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two or more years in low-income communities throughout the US. No former teaching experience is required. The program provides training, salary and health benefits, loan deferment and an AmeriCorps educational award.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship

Deadline: November
One-year, paid opportunity to work as a junior researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Applicants must have excellent credentials and submit a thought paper on one of the Endowment’s focus areas, including current issues in the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia, China, the Indian subcontinent/South Asia, democratic change, international economics, non-proliferation and security affairs. Must be authorized to work in the US.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Deadline: January
Full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program, including an academic component that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. Placements begin in September. Around 70 fellows are selected each year.

The Autry Fellowship
: January
This fellowship provides an opportunity for undergraduate seniors or recent graduates to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. Students’ interest must align with MDC’s mission which is to support organizations and communities in the South and bring people closer to opportunities by developing young leaders with experience in economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, and more. Applicant must be a U.S. resident who has had prior work in a related field to the mission.

Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
: January
This fellowship allows students to gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. Open to students who are committed to social justice and anti-racism, enthusiastic about participating, and can easily adapt to new situations. Applicants should have some experience with anti-hunger or anti-poverty work and must be citizens or permanent legal residents of the US.

The Villers and Wellstone Fellowships in Health Care Advocacy Deadline: January
Families USA, a non-profit based in Washington, DC, offers one-year, paid opportunities to work in health care advocacy. The Villers Fellow will research health care issues, while the Wellstone Fellow will assist with engaging social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial and ethnic minority groups. Applicants must demonstrate passion for justice in the health care system and have experience working with low-income or other vulnerable communities.

AmeriCorps Deadline: Varies
Modeled after the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is a national service program with placements in nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and faith-based organizations throughout the US. Assignments vary in length, but all provide living expenses, loan deferment and an educational award.

International Opportunities

Fulbright US Student Program: Research and English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)
UW Internal Deadline:
Post-graduate opportunities funded by the US Department of State, to spend a year abroad doing research, graduate studies, or teach English in over 155 countries worldwide. Applicants must be US citizens.

Global Health Corps Fellowship
Early February
Fellowship offered to graduating seniors of all majors to be placed in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, or Zambia. Applicants must be 30 years or young and be proficient in English. Selected fellows are provided with living stipends, housing, health insurance, work expenses, and all travel required for fellowship participation. Also, fellows receive a Completion Award of $1500 at the end of the fellowship.

Peace Corps Deadline: Rolling
Started by President Kennedy and supported by US Congress, the Peace Corps sends US citizens on two-year assignments to work with local communities all over the world in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology. The program provides training, a monthly stipend and health benefits, loan deferment and a stipend upon completion of service.

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