Fellowship FYI

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Gerardo Garcia-Rios 
Director, Student Support Services

UNCFSP IIPP Fellows Program website

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UNCFSP IIPP Fellows Program

The United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation's Institute for International Policy Fellows Program

Candidates admitted to the IIPP Fellows Program are selected competitively from among applicants in their sophomore year of college who are nominated by the president, academic vice president, or dean of their college/university.

Eligibility Limitations: 
Applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four–year baccalaureate-granting institution.
  2. Be a U.S. Citizens or legal residents (documentary support required).
  3. Have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Possess excellent critical analysis and leadership skills.
  5. Have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs, public policy and language training.
  6. Be an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander).
  7. Plan to seek admission to a two-year master’s degree program in international affairs.

Though not a requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete at least one of the following courses before starting the IIPP Fellowship: International Affairs; Foreign Policy; a Foreign Language; Political Science; Sociology; Macro/Micro-Economics; Statistics; Journalism.

Fellowship Duration and Requirements: Upon acceptance and admission to the IIPP Fellowship Program, Fellows must commit to a multi-year education and training program that requires ALL of the following:

  1. Three consecutive summers of fellowship-related activities,
  2. Study abroad for a minimum of one semester during their junior year of college,
  3. An internship,
  4. A summer language institute (if the Fellow is not competent/fluent in a foreign language),
  5. and Application to and completion of a Master’s-level graduate program focused on international affairs.

The junior year study abroad component must be completed before a Fellow graduates from college, and all IIPP Fellows must complete ALL requirements of the program within seven years.

Campus Deadline: 
TBD -- The campus committee usually makes further suggestions for revision after the campus deadline. You will be able to work on revising your application up until a few days before the national deadline.

National Deadline:
March 15, 2010 -- Your completed application must be submitted online and the hard-copy and supplemental materials must be postmarked by this date.

Application Requirements:
Please bear in mind that the IIPP application has TWO sets of required materials - one set which must be submitted online and one set which must be mailed in.  By the campus deadline you are required to submit the following materials to Academic Services, Usdan 130:

A. TWO complete copies of the Online portion of the application.  This includes all of the following:

  1. UNCFSP Personal Profile - (includes a brief statement of your career goals)
  2. Personal Statement (Essay # 1) - 500-word (maximum) personal statement that tells us about yourself and why you should be selected as an IIPP Fellow.
  3. Issue Analysis (Essay # 2) - 750-word (maximum) essay that explains why a current international issue is important to you and what you would do to address it if in a position to do so.
  4. Two online recommendations
B. ONE original and TWO photocopies of the Mail-In portion of the application.  This includes all of the following:
  1. Institutional Nomination Form - Candidates must be nominated by the president, academic vice president, or dean of their college/university. To download the form please go here: UNCFSP College Nomination Form.
  2. University/College Transcripts - Provide official, sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Unofficial/electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
  3. Financial Aid Award Letter - Provide a copy of your most recent financial aid letter. Make sure this letter includes the total cost for one academic year at your school as well as the total award that will be applied to your account from all scholarships, grants, or other fellowships you have.
  4. Study Abroad Information - If you have already selected a study abroad program, submit the program description and the course selection documentation.
C. ALL supporting materials