Global Affairs Opportunities

The Global Leadership Initiative – Summer Research Awards

in addition to the Mellon Summer Research Awards, the Trinity Global Leadership Initiative will offer a small number of summer research grants with the same terms and conditions as the Mellon awards ($2000 for eight weeks of research). These will be for projects specifically related to global affairs and public policy. All applications for Mellon Summer Research Awards will be automatically considered for Global Leadership awards, and vice versa. These awards must have a faculty member’s guidance – please reach out to a faculty member as soon as possible if you intend to apply.

The Global Leadership Initiative- Summer Internship

Students may obtain up to $2500 to support a summer internship of at least five weeks in duration relevant to global leadership, including in politics, international affairs, social justice, and other fields. Particular attention will be given to applications for internships that address issues related to racial justice, though this is not required. Contact Dr. James Stocker, Executive Director of the Trinity Global Leadership Initiative for more information.

The Frederick Douglass Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Fellowship is a scholarship for summer study abroad available for students at Minority Serving Institutions like Trinity. It pays for all fees associated with a four-week, for-credit summer program through Trinity’s study abroad partner, CIEE. Moreover, all qualifying applicants applying for the fellowship will automatically receive $1500 off tuition, even if they don’t get the fellowship. Trinity has agreed to match this $1500, meaning that all applicants will receive a total of $3000 off the cost of tuition at these programs, just for applying. Applicants are eligible to receive even more funding directly from CIEE. The deadline is February 14, 2020. For more details, see: 

The Rangel Program

The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. There are two programs associated with this: 1) a summer fellowship program for students who are at least sophomores, and 2) a graduate fellowship for students who plan to attend graduate school. Applicants must be US citizens. You do not have to be an international affairs or political science student! Three Trinity students have received the Rangel Fellowship in recent years, and have gone on to distinguished careers in government: Sydney Cross ’10, Bridgid Otieno ’09, and Leah Martin ’07. The deadline for the summer program is February 4, 2020, while the deadline for the graduate fellowship is in the fall. For more info, see:

The Pickering Fellowship

The Pickering Fellowship is a graduate fellowship program, similar to the Rangel, that prepares young people for careers in the Foreign Service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The deadline is in the fall. For more info, see: