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International Affairs

Council of American Ambassadors Fellowship

In conjunction with The Fund for American Studies, the Council of American Ambassadors (CAA) awards six full scholarships to undergraduate students with an interest in international affairs to intern, study and live in Washington, DC for the summer. CAA is a nonprofit association of currently serving and retired United States ambassadors.

CAA Fellows participate in a challenging, yet rewarding program that enhances overall understanding of U.S. foreign policy planning and execution as well as helps to solidify career goals with respect to international affairs.

Program Components

  • Mentoring by former U.S. Ambassadors.
  • Practical training through internships at the Department of State.
  • Enrollment in the Institute on Economics and International Affairs (IEIA) which includes two academic courses worth 6 credits hours from George Mason University, as well as weekly guest lectures with leaders in public policy and international affairs.
  • Residential housing on the campus of George Washington University in downtown DC.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Confirmed internship with the Department of State.
    • A strong interest in a career in the field of international affairs.
    • Completion of junior year of undergraduate study.
    • Demonstration of a high level of excellence in academics and leadership in extra-curricular activities.
    • Competency in at least one foreign language.
    • Study or travel abroad experience.

    Application Process

    Via email (, submit an essay (500 word limit) to the Council of American Ambassadors on the following topic: “Discuss the reasons why you wish to pursue a career in international affairs and why you believe the CAA Fellowship can help you to achieve your career goals.” Include a cover note of no more than one paragraph.

    Apply Now

    Complete the IEIA online application form, which includes

    • Current resume
    • Topical Essay, in which you identify the most important international/foreign policy issue facing the United States today (750 word limit)*
    • Statement of Purpose - Please note: The CAA essay on why you wish to pursue a career in International affairs and why you believe the CAA Fellowship can help you to achieve your career goals can be uploaded to complete the “Statement of Purpose” requirement (500 word limit)
    • Applicants should choose to apply for the Institute on Economics and International Affairs (IEIA) within the online application
    • Check the CAA box in the "first heard" section of the application
    • Official transcript (mailed to the address listed below)
    • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, professors, deans or academic advisors (submitted through the online application system, fax or mail using the information below)
    • $25 application fee (must be submitted via credit card at the time of application submission or via check made out to The Fund for American Studies and sent to address below)

    *Please note: CAA Fellowship applicants should use the 750 word limit instructions for the topical essay rather than those listed within the online application system.

    Deadline: February 23, 2018
    The February 23 deadline for CAA Fellowship applications is firm. There are no extensions.

    Please click here to begin the online application.

    Contact Information

    The Fund for American Studies
    Attn: Mary Stankus
    1621 New Hampshire Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Phone: 202-986-0384
    Fax: 202-318-0441