Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development

CBYX Young Professionals

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.


Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change.

DCAS Urban Fellows

New York City Urban Fellows is a nationally recognized and highly competitive, nine-month fellowship program that explores current urban issues through unique learning seminars and first-hand exposure to public sector leaders. Urban Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy and work closely with leaders engaged in policy and operational work. A stipend is offered to fellows accepted into the program.

FAO Schwarz Fellowship

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship in social impact provides graduating seniors interested in careers in social change opportunities to develop their leadership potential and professional skills. Fellowship positions are paid, two-year experiences working at leading nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia both in direct service roles and in leading key program initiatives. In addition to salary and benefits, Fellowships include professional development, retreats, mentoring, and cohort experiences. Six or seven new Fellowship positions are typically available each year. Applicants must be college seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship

The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship seeks to attract top technology talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States. The FAIT Fellowship program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, gender, geographic diversity, and those with financial need. The program is designed for highly talented individuals who want to pursue an IT-related undergraduate or graduate degree (such as computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, computer engineering, IT services administration, and computer systems networking and more), and a career in the Foreign Service. The two-year fellowship program provides up to $43,500 annually (for two years) in graduate funding, as well as domestic and overseas internships. Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and the State Department’s entry requirements, fellows receive an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist for a minimum of five years.

Fulbright US Student English Teaching Assistanship

The Fulbright US Student Program provides English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants to 80+ countries. Rising seniors, graduate students, or recent alumni who are U.S. citizens may apply. ETAs serve as assistants to local English teachers (and sometimes as lead teachers) in their host countries, and - depending on the country - may be placed at a variety of educational levels, from K-12 to post-secondary. The ETA grants seek out students with experience in community engagement, leadership, and teaching, tutoring, or mentoring (in some limited cases, countries may require some classroom teaching experience), making them a great fit for individuals seeking meaningful service experiences abroad. Fulbright ETA grantees have gone on to PhD programs, law school, medical school, and all manners of professional pathways. Because this scholarship involves a campus review process, prospective applicants should check the CMU Fulbright webpage for the internal campus deadlines.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program is a one-year fellowship for uniqely qualified graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. The fellowship provides a fully-funded professional experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Fellows conduct research; contribute to publications; participate in meetings with high-level officials; contribute to congressional testimony; and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists, and government officials. Relevant academic background, research skills, and sometimes language skills are needed in order to be competitive. Because this scholarship requires a campus nomination, prospective applicants should check the CMU Gaither webpage for the internal campus deadline.

Humanity in Action

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of fellows to study minority rights and produce original research on tolerance and democratic values. The award funds five-week summer programs in six different cities in the US and Europe for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni from (or studying in) the US and other select countries.

Henry Luce

The Luce Scholarship is for U.S. citizens under the age of 30 who are young professionals, seniors, and graduate/professional students. The award fully funds a one-year internship in East or Southeast Asia for those with little academic or personal experience with Asia.


Noble Reach Scholars

The Noble Reach Scholars Program seeks out exceptional graduating seniors and recent graduates in a variety of tech-related fields to embark on a one- or two-year fully funded experience in Washington, DC working within government or mission-driven private-sector organizations in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, computing & cybersecurity, business process innovation, and materials & manufacturing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have authorization to work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. A minimum GPA of 3.2 and interest/experience in one of the strategic domains is required.

Thomas R. Pickering Fellowships

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with a demonstrated financial need for graduate school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a 3.2+ GPA seeking admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, management science, organizational development/leadership, sociology, or regional studies).

Rangel Fellowship

The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The Program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a 3.2+ GPA and seeking admission to enter graduate school for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies or they can be college graduates.


The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed in a Department of Defense research facility upon graduation. Applicants must be citizens of the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the UK.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the Foreign Service as well as those with financial need. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The fellowship provides up to $104,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities. Upon successful completion of the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements, Fellows receive an appointment to the USAID Foreign Service, with a required five years of service.