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Need More Training? Learn More About Federal Fellowships

Need More Training? Learn More About Federal Fellowships

US Office of Personnel Management

Federal fellowships provide an individual the opportunity to serve in an ideal setting for advanced sub-specialty training. Individuals are given the opportunity to study and gain invaluable insight into a particular field of study. Fields of study include but are not limited to engineering, environmental management, Islamic studies, foreign service, domestic and international policy, psychology, and renewable energy. Fellowship programs range in duration from six weeks to several years.

1. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fellowship Program


This program provides graduate fellowships with internship experiences for college juniors and seniors majoring in science and engineering fields. Applicants should apply as college seniors, but doctoral program applicants can also apply as first year graduate students. Applicants should have an interest in research related to the DHS mission. The application deadline is January of each year.

For more information on the DHS Fellowship Program click here.

2. Library of Congress Rockefeller Fellowship in Islamic Studies


This is a postdoctoral fellowship supporting research in the humanities on globalization and Muslim society. Appointments are for five to 10 months of residence in Washington, D.C. Application deadline is November 1st of each year.

Click here for more information about the program and for details on how to apply.

3. NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program


The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) awards fellowships (also called GSRP Training Grants in what follows) for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. This twelve month award may include a required internship at the NASA Center affiliated with the NASA sponsored research.

View the GSRP application submission guidelines.

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4. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships


The program seeks to identify individuals who desire to pursue careers in science and engineering fields of study. Selected fellows are allowed to pursue their graduate studies at whichever university they choose to attend. The goal is to provide the United States with talented, doctorally trained American men and women who will lead state-of-the-art research projects in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national security requirements.

Learn more about the NDSEG Fellowship.

5. White House Fellows Program


Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is America’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Apply to the White House Fellows program online.

6. American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship Program


This 1-year program provides psychologists with an invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government, and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the Federal government.

Click here for more information and details on how to apply.

7. National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Undergraduate & Graduate Student Fellowship Program


The program provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to conduct practical research and gain invaluable experiences in an EPA office or laboratory. The program increases public awareness and involvement in environmental issues while encouraging qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers. Students will be accepted into the program with a wide variety of academic backgrounds.

Click here to see the overview of the NNEMS 2008 Program.

8. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Participant Program


This program provides opportunities for qualified university faculty, students, and professional scientists and engineers to participate in the laboratory’s research and development programs, initiate new areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations. Appointments to the program are available at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, faculty, and research associate levels.

For information including eligibility and application information, visit the NREL Research Participant Program website.

9. Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships


The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship program inspires the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. The fellowships are offered annually to three outstanding undergraduates from across the nation. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend a summer in a professional position with the United States Department of State. Application deadline is November of each year.

Visit the program’s website for more information and to download the application form.

10. William A. Bailey Congressional Fellowship


The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Foundation (APF) established the William A. Bailey Congressional Fellowship in 1995 in tribute to Bill Bailey’s tireless advocacy on behalf of psychological research, training, and services related to AIDS. Fellows spend one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, and preparing briefs and writing speeches. Fellows also attend an eight-day orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations, which includes guidance in the congressional placement process and a year-long seminar series on science and public policy issues. These aspects of the program are administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the APA Fellows and those sponsored by over two dozen other professional societies.

View information about the program and application process.


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