Donald M. Payne International Developement Graduate Fellowship

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

The USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.  Attached is a brief paragraph describing the program below, as well as their flyer and brochure.  Applications with all materials and recommendations must be submitted by 11:59PM on Tuesday , January 20, 2015 to be considered for this year’s award.

2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The application deadline is January 20, 2015

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides:

  • Benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree,
  • Arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and
  • Provides professional development and support activities.

Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service.

Applicants must be:

  • College seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply,
  • Have GPAs of at least 3.2 and
  • Must be U.S. citizens.

The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.orgThe application deadline is January 20, 2015.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

Number of Fellowships Offered:  5

Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2015

Online Application Opens:  October 14, 2014

Application Deadline:  January 20, 2015 – Finalists selected by the end of February – Fellows selected by mid-March



Tessa Henry, Program Officer

USAID Donald M. Payne Int’l Development Program; 202-806-4367, (877) 633-0002

Office: (202) 806-5952

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Teach For America Autumn Deadline


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Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America.  These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities.  Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

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What is Teach For America: Video

The Basics and Benefits of Teach For America:

  •        All academic majors and backgrounds
    · Salary ranging from $25,500-$51,000 a year with health insurance and retirement benefits
    ·         Graduate school and employer partnerships for alum to continue their leadership and impact
    ·         Regional placement is not random; applicants preference location in our 50 regions
    ·         All grade levels (preK-12) and subjects including ELL and SpEd
    ·         Possible AmeriCorps Education Award of $11,100 and loan deferment/forbearance
    ·         Option to earn your certification and/or Masters in Education/teaching
    ·         DACA recipients are eligible to apply. Learn more here.


For additional information, explore our website and youtube channel or contact UW’s Manager of Recruitment, Sean Rice (

Posted in Careers, Funding, Jobs, Service & Community

GO! and Fritz Scholarships – Deadlines and Info Sessions

The GO! and Fritz Scholarships are open to UW undergraduates from all three campuses and offer awards of $2000 – $5000 to support study abroad.

  • The applications are online with access at
  • To apply for the GO!, students must be residents of WA state and eligible for Pell Grants or Husky Promise.
  • To apply for the Fritz, students must be declared social science or humanities majors with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.


The deadline for GO! and Fritz applications is Thursday, November 6 at 5pm

  • Students studying abroad during winter or spring 2015 should apply now.
  • Students studying abroad in summer or autumn 2015 should apply at our next deadline in April.
  • Info sessions are:   Wednesday, Oct. 29,  at 3:30pm in 171 Mary Gates Hall.
  • Students are welcome to email with questions.


Information will also be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Study Abroad Fair, October 23 and the Scholarship & Fellowship Fair, October 30 — Both in the Commons, Mary Gates Hall.


We invite all students interested in study abroad (and advisers too!) to our next Study Abroad Meet & Greet on Wednesday, Oct. 29  from 4:30 – 5:30pm in 171 Mary Gates Hall

  • GO! and Fritz Scholars just back from their studies abroad will be there to talk about their experiences and answer questions.
  • Delicious international snacks will be served!
Posted in Funding, Scholarships, Study Abroad

Careers in the Tech Industry for Non-Tech Students

Employer Panel

Thursday, October 16, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, HUB 214

Have you been thinking that you would like to carve out a career in the tech world, but don’t have computer or engineering skills? Many high-tech firms have jobs and careers that are not tech related. This employer panel will help you become aware of what those jobs/careers might be and how best to apply for them. There will be time for the audience to ask questions to the panelists and the opportunity to mix and mingle after the presentation. Employers from Amazon, Simply Measured, Tableau, and Mu-Sigma will be present.

No RSVP needed. Questions? Email

Posted in Academic Talks, Careers

Udall Foundation Scholarships

Campus Application Deadline: November 6, 2014

National Application Deadline: March 4, 2015


The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.   Selected Udall Scholars receive up to $5000 for eligible academic expenses.   The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.


Applicants for the Udall Scholarship are selected on the basis of the following:

  • Commitment to a career related to the environment, or to tribal public policy, or to American Indian health care;
  • Leadership, public service, consensus building, and integrity;
  • Academic achievement;  and
  • An understanding of the Udall legacy, demonstrated through the application essay.


Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., Monday, October 13, 2014, 173Q MGH Team Room
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2014, 173Q MGH Team Room


Campus Application Can be found at this link:


For more information, please see the Udall websites:



Or the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards webpage:

Posted in Funding, Scholarships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  To register:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  To register:

In person:
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Smith 311
Friday, October 10, 2014; 10:30-12 noon.,  Oceanography Teaching
Building (OTB), room 014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014; 12:30-2:00 p.m., Denny 206

NSF?s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study.
It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.
This includes a $32,000 annual stipend and tuition.  For UW graduate
students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

While there may be an assumption this funding would be only for the ?usual
suspects? (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), there are a
surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility
list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy,
Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology.    We encourage
students in all eligible fields to look into this fellowship.

Seniors who are planning to attend graduate school can apply now and take
the funding with them to whatever school they attend.   First year graduate
students (and sometimes second year students) can apply now.

The information session will cover the application process, strategies for
successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship
operates.  Application deadlines range from October 29 ? November 4, 2014.
Students should start their applications now.

Basic eligibility criteria:

*  research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the
social sciences)
*  US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
*  students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of
their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
*  students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
*  graduating senior undergraduates who plan to apply to and begin graduate
student by next fall

Full eligibility information is detailed in the program solicitation.

Questions?   Please contact the Graduate School Fellowships and Awards
office at or 206.543-7152.

Posted in Funding, Grad School, Research, Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study

UW Information Sessions:

  • Tues., Oct. 14, 2014, 2:30pm, 171 MGH — This session will be hosted by Hannah Grossblatt, Boren Program Coordinator, and will cover both Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships.
  • Wed., Nov. 12, 2014, 3:30pm, MGH 173R (covering Undergraduate Scholarships only)
  • Tues, Dec. 2, 2014, 4:30pm, MGH 173R (covering Undergraduate Scholarships only)
  • RSVP at, though drop-ins are always welcome

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.

Undergraduate applicants must apply through UW to be considered for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program. UW Seattle’s deadline for undergraduate applicants is January 8, 2015 for study abroad programs during the 2015-16 academic year. Interested students are welcomed to contact me: Robin Chang,, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

UW Bothell undergraduate and graduate students interested in these opportunities can contact Natalia Dyba ( for campus deadlines and application support. UW Tacoma undergraduate and graduate students can contact Cindy Schaarschmidt ( for campus deadlines and application support.

The Boren program also offers Graduate Fellowships for graduate students, details are at There is no Boren campus application process at the graduate level; the national deadline for the Boren Graduate Fellowship is January 27, 2015. Marilyn Gray ( in the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards is the point of contact for graduate students interested in this program.

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