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CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship for Student Leaders of Color

CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship for Student Leaders of Color

CIEE Study Abroad has recently opened applications for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship for summer 2023. The fellowship is a four-week fully-funded summer study abroad experience program.

This is a competitive fellowship open for first, second, and third-year students who have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and are from ethnic backgrounds typically underrepresented in study abroad programs.

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Twelve student leaders of color will be selected to participate in a comparative study of social justice leadership in America, South Africa, and Ireland. They will receive the full program cost and airfare sponsored by CIEE. The program runs from July 7 to August 4, 2023.

Why apply to this program? Fellows will study how changemakers shaped pathways to peace, including the Emancipation Proclamation in America, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. They will return home inspired to use their leadership skills to create a more just and peaceful world.

Application Deadline: 14 February 2023 at 8 pm EST.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: CIEE Study Abroad
  • Department: Any
  • Course Level: Study abroad
  • Award: Fully funded, including airfare
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 12
  • Nationality: Domestic
  • The award can be taken in America, South Africa, and Ireland.

CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship for Student Leaders of Color


  • Eligible Countries: the United States
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded four-week summer study abroad
  • Admissible Criteria: To be qualified, the applicants must meet all the given criteria:
  • Applicants must be current undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, or junior
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • Applicants must identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g., American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander).

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To apply, applicants must sign up to work on applications for CIEE programs and receive e-mail updates. Apply Now
  • Supporting Documents: Complete the essay section of the Scholarships Application. In 300 words or less, explain how the CIEE program will impact your college experience and/or future career plans.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 to apply for this study abroad fellowship program.
  • Language Requirement: English language skills are required.


The award covers the cost of travel, housing, field trips, and a study abroad course taught by CIEE.

  • For the twelve students who are selected, the experience is almost fully-funded, including airfare.
  • For every eligible student who applies and is not selected, each will automatically qualify for a $1,500 scholarship that can be used toward any CIEE summer, fall, or spring study abroad program through the summer of 2024.
  • Fellows will travel to Washington, DC, Cape Town, Dublin, Derry, and Belfast to explore the legacies of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Daniel O’Connell, John Hume, and other giants of social change.

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