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Fellowship and Career Opportunities in Women’s Studies

There are many fellowship and career opportunities for Women’s Studies majors, minors, and enthusiasts.

Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships

If you are interested in any of the scholarship or fellowship programs listed below, contact Colgate's Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships for guidance and support through the research and application process. READ MORE: National Fellowships and Scholarships

Career Services

In addition to the career resources and opportunities below, we encourage you to contact the Center for Career Services to learn more about the career exploration process, and how to craft your college experience to make you a desirable job candidate. Career Services

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Fulbright U.S. Student Programs
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study, conduct research, or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year.

Fulbright Foreign Student Programs
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW website

AAUW Fellowships and Grants
AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 240 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2011-12 academic year. Due to the long-standing, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
Humanity in Action
The HIA Fellowship
Intensive and demanding, the HIA Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Humanity in Action (HIA) Fellowship programs will take place for five weeks in the summer of 2012 in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon, and Warsaw. Each program will run simultaneously from June 1 through July 1, 2012.

Lantos-HIA Congressional Fellowship
Each year, Humanity in Action and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice bring together a group of outstanding students and young professionals from around the world for four-month professional fellowships at the U.S. Congress.

Pat Cox-HIA Fellowship
Each year, Humanity in Action brings together a small group of outstanding students and young professionals from around the world for three-month professional fellowships in the European Parliament.The Pat Cox-HIA Fellowship provides a working experience in the office of a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). It is accompanied by a mandatory, weekly lecture series and various group events in Brussels.

San Francisco Grassroots Fellowship
In this program, HIA places HIA Senior Fellows at leading, innovative NGOs and civic institutions in the Bay Area, where you will work four days a week and gain professional experience working on HIA issues at the grassroots level.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Annual Public Service Award
Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System, which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service. This award provides an annual stipend of $10,000 to graduating seniors to engage in meaningful public service for up to one year anywhere in the world. $5,000 is awarded at the start of the project; and the remaining $5,000 is awarded upon receipt of a six-month progress report.
Families USA
The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
The Wellstone Fellowship is designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander social justice leaders. Candidates seeking consideration for the Wellstone Fellowship must demonstrate an interest in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve health care justice and social change. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow.

Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice
Villers Fellows will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of health care justice issues during their year-long tenure. They will be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, successful coalition building, e-advocacy techniques and an understanding of the federal legislative process.
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
The Mariam K. Chamberlin Fellowship in Women and Public Policy
The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports. Research tasks may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars, and meetings is also an integral part of the fellowship program. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in a social science discipline, statistics, or women's studies. Graduate work is not required. Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women's issues; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, and graphics software a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.
Youth Services Opportunities Project
YSOP Fellows Program
The Fellows Program continues YSOP's mission of engaging young people in direct service, while encouraging their development as the future leaders of non-profit organizations. YSOP Fellows are involved with every aspect of our organization and must be able to multi-task, as Fellows will execute a variety of responsibilities each day. Fellows lead middle school, high school, and college students on our day-long, overnight, and week-long service-learning programs. Fellows identify and schedule service placements at service agencies and also encourage reflection on the volunteer experience. Fellows help organize and prepare for all aspects of our programs, including contacting guest speakers, reviewing program evaluations, and contacting upcoming program participants. Fellows help with the management of our organization. Responsibilities may include outreach, writing newsletters and publicity, website management, and working with YSOP's Board of Directors.
American India Foundation
AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service
This gives a select group of young American professionals the opportunity to serve with Indian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for 10 months. Fellows work in the three pillar areas of AIF: Public Health, Education, and Livelihoods. Some projects also occur in other innovative areas. The AIF Clinton Fellowship Program aims to build the capacity of Indian NGOs while developing American leaders with a deep understanding of, and continued commitment to, India through an exchange of technical skills and intellectual resources that create meaningful transformative partnerships.
The Greenlining Institute
Leadership Academy: The Fellows Program
Fellows participate in leadership skills workshops, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Fellows receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, fundraise, testify at policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders.
Student Action with Farmworkers
Sowing Seeds for Change Fellowship
Six-month leadership development program for college students and recent graduates to improve farmworkers’ access to health care as well as advocate for improved living and working conditions. Fellows work directly with rural health clinics in North Carolina, providing health education, case management, and interpretation for farmworkers.

Into the Fields Internship
SAF develops the leadership of college students from diverse backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to work directly with farmworkers in the Southeast. Each year, SAF trains approximately 30 students on farmworker issues, and places them to work full-time with migrant education programs, legal aid offices, rural health clinics, community-based organizations, and farmworker unions. SAF interns increase the capacity of the organizations they work with by outreaching to over 5,000 farmworkers and their families each summer.
Congressional Hunger Center
Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program
A social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and Fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty. The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty, and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders. Fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.

Leland International Hunger Fellows Program
Trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work. Leland Fellows develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. During the first year, Fellows work directly to build food security in the field. In the second year, Fellows apply their field experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and international level.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Truman Scholars
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program. Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the foundation currently offers for scholars.
Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Fellowships
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.

Human Rights Watch
For recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.

Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship
Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch, this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LLB degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

Arthur Koenig Fellowship
Established in 2010, the Arthur Koenig Fellowship is designed to help bring talented people from disadvantaged economic backgrounds into the human rights movement. The Arthur Koenig fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level or above) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LLB degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.
A leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, CARE USA places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

CARE Internship
CARE USA welcomes and encourages students who are interested in making a difference in the world to consider pursuing an internship. The internship program seeks to provide closely monitored, project-driven professional and practical experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in contributing to substantive CARE projects and initiatives. Important networking opportunities are also provided through participation in orientations and trainings that will include information on CARE’s history, vision, and where individuals from within the organization will share more in-depth information on certain programs. Interns are placed domestically either at CARE USA headquarters in Atlanta or in U.S. field offices.

CARE Visiting Fellows Program
Each summer, CARE USA hosts a Visiting Fellows Program offering a small number of graduate students with support from outside sources the opportunity to work with projects and conduct research in various CARE Country Offices. The fellowship assignments developed by host offices may include working for program areas such as Signature Programs (Access Africa, Mothers Matter, Power Within), Core Programs (Agriculture, Education, Economic Development, Emergency Response, Health, HIV/AIDS, and Water and Sanitation), Advocacy and External Relations, Program Support (HR, IT, Procurement) and other program areas critical to CARE. Fellowships also address organizational needs such as leading organizational development processes or global initiatives such as partnership or change management strategies. We welcome and encourage highly accomplished graduate students who are supported by an academic institution, foundation, corporation, or other agency to apply for our CARE Visiting Fellowships. Visiting Fellowship assignments generally range in duration from a period of three months to nine months.
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Career Opportunities

Food Corps
Food Corps Service Member
Food Corps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in high-obesity, limited-resource communities. Our Service Members teach children about food and nutrition, grow healthy food with kids and communities in school gardens, and change what's for lunch by connecting farms and schools.
Feminist Majority Foundation
Feminist Jobs and Internships
A directory of jobs and internships in a variety of fields, all of which tie to the goals of feminism.

Internships with the Feminist Majority Foundation
The FMF is seeking interns interested in public policy and political science, particularly in areas concerning gender, human rights, and development.
Teach for America
Teach for America Corps
Teach for two years in a low-income community and become one of the thousands of leaders working to give all kids access to a great education. You'll develop the skills, insight, and personal commitment needed to ensure educational excellence for all.