Students in front of the Capitol Building during a guided tour of the National Mall.

Full-Scholarship for Latvian Citizen

The full-scholarship to participate in The Fund for American Studies Academic Internship Program is available through a scholarship fund named in honor of former TFAS Professor George Viksnins. Scholarship funding includes housing and tuition.


Dr. George Viksnins (1938 – 2013) was a professor at Georgetown University and taught for TFAS for over 40 years. A Latvian native, he did consulting work for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the International Monetary Fund. He also was an adviser on currency reform to the Bank of Latvia.

Eligibility + Deadlines
Scholarship recipient Annija at the closing cereonly of the program.
Summer 2019 Viknins Scholar Annija Streile at the program Closing Ceremony.

Interested Latvian citizens must be 18 and have completed one year of university level courses. Candidates must complete an application by Tuesday, January 21.

What’s Included?

Recipients will receive a full tuition and housing scholarship to participate in the Summer 2020 Academic Internship Program.  Students are responsible for travel to the United States, living expenses in Washington, D.C and health insurance.

Program Components Include:

  • An internship placement in with an international NGO, policy group, think tank, media outlet or business.
  • Coursework in economics and government worth 6 credits from George Mason University and designed to complement your real-word experience.
  • Guest lectures featuring prominent policy and economics experts.
  • Networking through career-focused panels and small group discussions led by professionals working in a variety of fields and industries. 
Applicable Program Tracks
Public Policy + Economics
International Affairs

“I have had the busiest and best summer I could wish for. I have grown professionally and on personal level. I enjoyed meeting new people, working with team of hardworking professionals, who are supporters and advocates of the Baltics, hearing inspiring experiences and stories. This experience will definitely help me during my next chapters in life – master studies and career in diplomatic service of Latvia.”

Annija Streile, University of Latvia
Intern, Joint Baltic American National Committee
Helpful Resources

Please contact Melissa Grannetino at with specific questions. For more information regarding International applicants, visit our Admissions page.