BIPOC Opportunities

 

BIPOC is an acronym for Black, Indigenous and People of Color.  Below is a list of scholarships, internships and fellowships that are geared toward people who identify as BIPOC. 

Deadline: Typically April

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) made this memorial scholarship for current college students, graduate students and graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing journalism as a career. The award amount is typically $2,000.

Deadline: Typically April

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) made this grant to offset living expenses and costs for college juniors, seniors and graduate students in journalism who have secured a summer internship. Applicants must have already secured a summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend is to be used towards living expenses and/or transportation during your internship and may not be used for any college expenses. The award amount varies.

Deadline: Typically April

In honor of Vincent Chin and thanks to the generosity of Joe Grimm, a former newsroom recruiter and staff development editor for the Detroit Free-Press, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has established a college scholarship. This scholarship rewards an accomplished, community-minded student journalist for an insightful, articulate essay related to Chin and his legacy. This scholarship is available to current student journalists for writing about the legacy of Vincent Chin in essay form. The award amount is typically $1,500.

Deadline: Typically April

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) William Woo Print and Online News Internship Grant supports Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) pursuing journalism careers in print and online news, where AAPIs continue to be underrepresented. College students who have secured a summer internship are encouraged to apply for the grant to help defray living costs. The award amount is typically  $2,000.

Deadline: Typically April

The Congressional Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of Congress and policymaking through fellowship placement in the Senate, House of Representative, and other select offices. Congressional Fellow also attends an intensive orientation and enjoy an array of enrichment activities throughout the fellowship year. CBCF Fellows work in congressional member and committee offices, attend leadership development seminars, complete a community service project, implementation of policy forums and produce policy papers. 

Aerospace/Defense Fellowship applicants must demonstrate a commitment to aerospace and defense either through public policy or through professional experience, as well as, a commitment to creating and implementing public policy to improve living conditions for underserved and underrepresented individuals. Candidates must have at least five years of community activism or grassroots organizing in a leadership position or a graduate or professional degree completed prior to the fellowship start date. Award amount varies.

Deadline: Typically April

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Ally Financial Law Scholars Program, sponsored by Ally Financial, seeks to increase the number of qualified, competitive African American or Black students entering the profession of law. This program offers a scholarship award to offset scholar’s cost of attendance. The multi-year award supports students throughout their law school journey. The award amount is typically $20,000.

Deadline: Typically April

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Congressional Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn and attend training sessions about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. The award amount is typically $3,000.

Deadline: Typically April

The NREI John R. Lewis Social Justice Policy Fellowship is a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) program designed to give young, Black professionals the opportunity to work in Congress and with the Foundation to address social justice and racial equity issues that affect the Black community. Distinguished by two six-month rotations, Social Justice Fellows will be placed in the U.S. Congress with Congressional Black Caucus members and the CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) for a total of 12 months. The award amount varies.

Deadline: Typically April

This opportunity offers multi-year scholarships to increase the number of qualified, competitive African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in healthcare, to include, but not limited to internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. The award amount is typically $8,000.

Deadline: Typically April

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) C-Suite Internship Program partners undergraduate and recent graduate African-American students with some of the nation’s top executives in the private sector to gain exposure and eventually mastery in public policy, government relations, advocacy, lobbying, civil service and policy development. The award amount is typically $3,000

Deadline: Typically April 

This scholarship was established in 1988 by the spouses of Congressional Black Caucus members to address the educational need in the congressional districts in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships, which disproportionately affect people of color. This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African-American or Black students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees in a variety of fields. The award amount varies.

Deadline: Typically April

Every year, International Leadership Foundation’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander college students to spend 8 to 10 weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer. Students accepted into the program are known as Civic Fellows and will receive a stipend of $2,000 upon program completion. In addition to their full-time federal internships, they will attend professional development workshops and leadership training. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing, and living expenses.

Deadline: Typically application opens in November, and the submission deadline is in March

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) attempts to increase Muslim representation in media in order to correct negative portrayals in news and journalism. The way news is produced and written has an indisputable effect on public opinion. ISF empowers students and professionals through academic scholarships, film grants, mentorships, internships and fellowships. Award amount varies, and typically ranges from $3,000-$10,000.

Deadline: Typically the first week of Feburary

This six-week, fully funded summer enrichment program offers three courses at Howard University designed to prepare students for careers in international affairs. Site visits include the U.S. Department of State, the CIA, World Bank, Organization of American States, U.S. Congress, various NGOs and think tanks.

Deadline: Typically September

Up to $37,500 annually. This fellowship provides graduate students enrolled in two-year programs support and mentoring as they are prepared for high-powered internships on Capitol Hill and abroad over the course of two summers. Successful fellows who meet State Department qualifications will receive appointments to the U.S. Foreign Service.

Deadline: Typically October

Recruits talented students (seeking enrollment in a two-year master’s degree program) in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management and science policy who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. (Prospective Graduate Students)

Deadline: Typically the application opens in April

The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. Fellows will be compensated on an hourly basis in the fall, spring and summer. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.