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Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships are a great way to help fund your master's program and serve as an excellent resume builder. They may also help you make career connections that will become very useful in the future. Below are a few examples of scholarships and fellowships that CRS students have received. For additional information on scholarships and fellowships, please visit the National Scholarship Directory.

DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship

Each year DACOR offers graduate fellowships for study toward a Master's Degree in international affairs. These are $10,000 tuition-only grants. Recipients must be U.S. citizens. The fellowships are for study at any accredited graduate school in the United States. Typically, eleven schools (depending on budget) participate in this program: five annual schools (American University–SIS; Johns Hopkins–SAIS; Georgetown–Walsh School; The George Washington University–Elliott School; and Tufts University–Fletcher School) and six rotating schools that are selected each year. The schools all advertise DACOR's fellowship program and, based on merit, nominate three candidates. The Education Committee then interviews the nominees and selects one winner from each participating school. The fellowship program is funded from various restricted bequests as well as individual members' contributions.

Boren Fellowship

The Boren Graduate Fellowship supports students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships are merit based. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. A maximum of $12,000 per semester for up to two semesters ($24,000 total) is available for overseas study. A maximum of $12,000 is available for a program of domestic only study. Support for domestic study is limited to language or area studies that enhance a degree program. Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application proposal. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Eligible candidates must be either enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States at the time of application. The university deadline for this award is in late January. Please contact the Office of Merit Awards at 202-885-1854 to learn about additional campus deadlines and to schedule an appointment with a Merit Awards advisor. Also, e-mail to be added to the Boren Graduate Fellowship Blackboard site.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.


National Scholarship Directory

Nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships offer students and alumni the means to accomplish a variety of goals, including studying abroad, funding graduate education, and gaining high-level work experience. To begin exploring opportunities, search our National Scholarship Directory.


AU Career Center

The American University Career Center offers lifetime career counseling. Recent graduates are entitled to all the benefits of current students; alumni who graduated more than one year ago can also take advantage of many other resources the Center offers.