Fellowship Opportunity: Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) have partnered in an effort to increase the opportunities for the most financially challenged students from the nation’s nearly 600 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Named in honor of Frederick Douglass—the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman—the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship seeks to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from MSIs.
Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of three locations: London, England (summer 2017); Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018); and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).

Selected Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will be meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will commit to sharing their experiences and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship.

•Applicants should be undergraduate college students that classify as rising Sophomores or rising Juniors at the time of participation (summer 2017, summer 2018, and summer 2019)
•Fellowships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents
•Awards will cover the full cost of travel and participation in a four-week study abroad program sponsored by CIEE
•Program sites are as follows: London, England (summer 2017); Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018); and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019)
•10 Fellows will be selected each year from accredited Minority Serving Institutions
•Fellows will be expected to present and share their study abroad experience with their MSI community upon their return to campus

Click here for the full application and submission link.

Do you know a student who sounds like a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow? We hope you’ll encourage them to apply. Applications are due October 1, and we’ll award the first 10 fellowships in November.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Paola ‘Lola’ Esmieu at pesmieu@upenn.edu for more information.