Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Undergraduate Program

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Undergraduate program has just opened!

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship has both an undergraduate and graduate program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Pickering Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in fall of 2015. 

You can learn more at
Direct questions to Dr. Caryl McFarlane at

The deadline for applications for the undergraduate program is Friday, January 23; recommendation letters must be in by the following Friday, January 30.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action invites applications from college students and recent graduates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2013 and 2014 are eligible. We encourage students of all academic disciplines, interests and backgrounds to apply.

For the past 16 years, the Humanity in Action Fellowship has brought together international groups of students and young professionals to study human and minority rights in Europe. Beginning with the Second World War and the Holocaust, the Fellowship explores the histories and contemporary issues of diversity and minority rights in Europe. Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma – all seen through the specific lens of the five countries in which the Fellowship takes place. The 2015 programs will begin in Washington, DC at the Council on Foreign Relations and continue for four weeks in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw.

The 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship will run from May 25-June 28, 2015. 
The deadline to apply for this program is January 8, 2015.

For more information, see their website! 

L & S Honors SOAR Peer Advisor Position Open

The L&S Honors Program is looking for Honors Peer Advisors for SOAR 2015!  

We are seeking student Peer Advisors to join our team! Honors Peer Advisors work in a dynamic team setting with a professional academic advisor to provide one-on-one and small group advising related to academic and co-curricular life at UW-Madison. 

Peer advisors work alongside other professional advising staff to help students better understand the Honors Program, explore a range of academic options, select, and enroll in courses. During the SOAR program, peer advisors present information and assist first-year students individually and in small groups. Peer advisors explain how to use enrollment tools, provide valuable campus information, and model successful student behavior. Peer advisors also perform a variety of other daily tasks as assigned. Peer advisors will be selected based on an ability to work collaboratively, excellent communication skills, commitment to help a unique body of students, and a willingness to learn. We seek peer advisors who represent all aspects of identity including but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, city/state/country of origin, and major. ALL are encouraged to apply.

  • Completed two full semesters at UW-Madison by the end of spring semester, 2015.
  • Continuing student status for the fall semester, 2015.
  • Membership in the L&S Honors Program (Pursuing Honors in the Liberal Arts and/or Honors in the Major) in good standing.
  • The ability to work with a broad range of undergraduate students with a variety of academic interests.
  • A willingness to learn about and facilitate academic exploration for undecided/exploring students, to gain knowledge of a broad range of school/college and campus-wide requirements.
  • The ability to relate to students from a broad spectrum of cultural, economic, ethnic, and regional backgrounds.
  • A commitment to diversity and building an inclusive UW-Madison community.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, listening, and public speaking skills.
  • The desire to work as part of a team to advise groups of students.
  • The ability to attend interviews and training, and work all SOAR dates. Planned vacations, study abroad experiences, and other jobs cannot conflict with training and/or SOAR dates.
 For more information regarding time commitments, compensation and application procedures please visit the Honors Website. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

South Asia Summer Language Institute

Interested in studying a South Asian Language? Check out The South Asia Summer Language Institute this summer here at UW!

All SASLI classes take place during the eight-week summer session, running from mid-June through mid-August. Students enroll at a beginner or intermediate level. The schedule will enable students to complete two intensive semester courses, equivalent to one academic year of study--receiving 8 credits from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Language options include: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu.

For more information and the program application, please visit the SASLI website.

Monday, December 8, 2014

US-UK Fulbright applications open

The US-UK Fulbright applications are now open for the 2015 UK Summer Institutes! 

There are nine Summer Programs available for US students in 2015.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.   

US undergraduate students with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete can go to the UK on a three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural summer program.

The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, accommodation and social program, subsistence e.g. food and drink.

The application deadline is February 26 or March 5, 2015 (please refer to specific programs for their deadlines). Students will need to submit their application via an online format for 2015. 

Please visit the Fulbright Commission website for more information.
UW-Madison undergraduates who are interested in applying for one of the summer Institues are also encouraged to contact Dr. Erin Crawley in the Division of International Studies Fellowships office to discuss their plans.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, a highly-competitive national program that provides college and grad school graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. The program has awarded 154 fellowships since its inception in 1987 and is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington.

Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows have written articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury, members of Congress, academia, and media, and attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

For application requirements, and information about the work of current and former Scoville Fellows visit their website 

Application deadline: January 5, 2015. 

**Please not that all U.S. Citizens, as well as non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. who have an appropriate work permit, are eligible to apply; foreign nationals living outside the United States are not.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. 

Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. 

Application deadline is February 13, 2015.

Please note that you can not apply for a FLAS to study Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. 
Only graduate students in professional school can apply for a FLAS to study French or German. Undergraduate applicants must have completed at least one year of language instruction in the target language prior to the start of the FLAS award. 

For a full list of languages supported by FLAS and eligibility details and application, see HERE.

Interested? Attend an information session!

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 (in 206 Ingraham Hall):
2:00- 3:00 for undergraduate student applicants 
3:30- 4:30 for graduate applicants

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 (in 206 Ingraham Hall): 
2:00-3:00 for undergraduate student applicants
3:30-4:30 for graduate applicants

**Graduating seniors who plan to be in graduate or professional school at UW next year should attend the session for graduate applicants.