Scholarships & Fellowships Supporting Law/Government/Policy Career Goals

Career interests in law, government and/or policy areas opens a huge range of scholarship opportunities that provide support to students in different ways. Here are just a few examples of scholarship and fellowship programs with specific career connections.  For support in applying, connect with the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards.

Boren Awards

Funds critical language study abroad for students committed to public service within the federal government. Awardees enjoy several hiring advantages when seeking federal employment. Annual UW deadline: January.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Work for one year with the Carnegie Endowment’s senior fellows on research and writing projects, conferences, etc. related to international affairs topics. Annual UW deadline: November.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship

Up to two years of funding for undergraduate or graduate study in an IT field. Awardees who meet all State Department requirements will become Information Management Specialists with the Foreign Service. Annual deadline: January.

Immigrant Justice Corps’ Community Fellowship

Gain professional experience in immigration law through this 2-year fellowship in New York and other states. Become a partially accredited representative and represent clients in matters before the Department of Homeland Security. Annual deadline: spring.

Payne International Development Fellowship

Funds graduate studies in the US for students interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Annual deadline: November.

Pickering Fellowship

Seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. Funds master’s degree programs in the US. Annual deadline: September.

Rangel Fellowship Program & Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

Also seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service.

  • The Fellowship program funds master’s degree programs in the US. Annual deadline: September.
  • SEP is a funded six-week summer program for undergrads seeking a deeper appreciation and understanding of current issues, trends and career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue those careers. Annual deadline: February.

Truman Scholarship

Provides funding for graduate studies for students pursuing careers as public service leaders. Public service can mean any level of government, public interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public & private schools, public service non-profits, military and more. Apply as a junior! Annual UW deadline: November.