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Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) – Fellowship Program

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose

The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program aims to increase awareness of and interest in careers in international service among underrepresented minority undergraduate students by identifying, recruiting and preparing them through a sequential program of policy institutes, study abroad, language training, internships and graduate education. The IIPP Fellowship program provides students with specially designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers.

Program Description

Students are recruited from across the nation and apply as sophomores to 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.

This sequence includes: (1) a 7-week Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI);
(2) Junior Year Study Abroad (JYSA) of 1 to 2 semesters at an approved overseas institution;
(3) Junior Summer Policy Institute (JSPI) in the summer following the junior year abroad, at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. The JSPI includes 7 weeks of intensive, graduate-level work in international relations and foreign policy on topics such as security, development, economics and trade, and statistics;
(4) Summer Language Institute (SLI) in the summer following the senior year of college, during which Fellows participate in an intensive language-training program;
(5) Internships in either the post-baccalaureate period or during the junior and/or senior year. Occasionally the post-baccaulaureate internship can last up to a year, providing valuable job experience that strengthens the Fellow's graduate school applications and bolsters his or her professional credentials;
(6) Master's Degree Program in International Affairs: the IIPP provides up to $15,000 in matching funds to Fellows attending an Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) graduate school. APSIA partner institutions may provide matching fellowship support.

Applicant Profile

Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA as well as an interest in international affairs, public policy and language training, and be from an underrepresented minority as defined by this program.


Applicants should plan to seek admission to a two-year master's degree program in international affairs upon the completion of the program.


Undergraduate students who are African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.


U.S. citizens only.


The nationwide deadline, February 15, 2012, does not directly apply to students, who must apply for nomination, and financial aid certification, through the University by the campus deadline.

Campus Deadline

Students seeking nomination to this program must submit completed applications to S.F. State's Fellowship Advisor, ADM 211, by Noon on January 20, 2012.

How To Apply


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