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Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship

university fellowships committee

Sophomores only; AHANA students especially.

The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship program is administered by the United Negro College Fund. The goal of the Fellowship is to increase the participation and influence of underrepresented minority groups in international affairs. The program provides students with specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Students apply as sophomores. Fellowship recipients participate in a multi‑year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, and graduate study, complemented by career development services along the way. All this is supported by IIPP funding.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be a sophomore, enrolled full-time;
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;
  • have a 3.2 grade point average or better;
  • be a minority underrepresented in international affairs;
  • have a strong interest in an international affairs career.

A complete application consists of:

  • an official application form obtained from IIPP;
  • a five‑page essay on a topic specified in the IIPP application materials;
  • a résumé;
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty members;
  • a university transcript;
  • a financial aid statement.

All applications must also be accompanied by a nomination letter from Boston College.

All application materials must be received by IIPP no later than mid‑March. Consult the official IIPP application form for the exact deadline date.

The IIPP Fellowship program and funding includes:

  • a Sophomore Summer Policy Institute hosted by Spelman College;
  • study abroad during junior year;
  • an eight-week Junior Summer Policy Institute at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy following study abroad;
  • summer language study at Middlebury College Language School following Senior year;
  • an internship in international affairs arranged with IIPP;
  • two years of graduate study leading to a Master's degree.

Those interested in applying should make an appointment with the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the IIPP Fellowship, to obtain guidance on the formal application and to obtain the required nomination letter from Boston College.

To get additional information about the IIPP Fellowships and the official application materials before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the web site for the Institute for International Public Policy.