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Institute for International Public Policy


Please see the important message from UNCFSP's Interim President and CEO regarding the Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program.

February 1, 2012

Dear Colleague:

I regret to inform you that recent congressional action, taken via the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, eliminated funding for the UNCF Special Programs Corporation's Institute for International Public Policy. These funds have been part of the federal budget since the mid 1990s. The elimination of the program funding was part of larger reductions to the K-12 and higher education programs in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) budget. This unfortunate circumstance means that no new Fellows will be selected for the program in 2012.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 was signed into law on December 23, 2011. More information about the Act can be found at one of the following sites.


Members of the UNCFSP and U.S. Department of Education staff are working diligently to determine next steps for the fellowship program. Additional information will be shared with the community as it becomes available in the coming weeks. If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to email Nicholas Bassey, program director, at nicholas.bassey@uncfsp.org.


Michael J. Hester, Interim President & CEO


Aim of the project:

The Institute enhances US national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry. We prepare a cadre of well-trained, language proficient minority young people to compete in the global marketplace. The Institute helps ensure that those entrusted with the affairs of the United States reflect the diversity that defines us as Americans and confronts us as citizens of our global village.

With nearly two decades of demonstrated excellence as the leading provider of international affairs and public policy education for minority college students, the program has educated and trained hundreds of Fellows. Our focus is on providing quality education and practice opportunities to minority students beginning in their sophomore year of college. We offer these opportunities through our sequenced six-component program, which includes:

  • Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
  • Junior Year Study Abroad
  • Junior Summer Policy Institute
  • Summer Language Institute
  • Internships
  • Internationally Focused Advanced Degree

Our unique combination of short seven-week summer global policy institutes: a unique study abroad experience focusing on global public policy, service and research; and a pro-active and culturally sensitive approach to minority education that fosters international service and non-profit sector leadership provides the program with the means to meet the needs of its diverse students and help them succeed.

The Institute also provides outreach, recruitment and technical assistance services, as well as offering HBCUs and other minority institutions valuable resources to strengthen their international studies and globalization infrastructures.

Application Deadline:

February 15, 2012


Eligibility requirements from undergraduate sophomores include the following:


  • Are enrolled full-time at an accredited four–year baccalaureate-granting institution
  • Are U.S. Citizens or legal residents (documentary support required)
  • Have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Possess excellent critical analysis and leadership skills
  • Have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs, public policy and language training
  • Are an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander)
  • Plan to seek admission to an advanced degree program in international affairs

Though not a requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete at least one of the following courses before starting the IIPP Fellowship: international affairs, foreign policy, a foreign language, political science, sociology, macro/micro-economics, statistics or a course in journalism.

How To Apply?

(University Nomination Form)

(Fellowship FAQ)

(Fellowship Application Guidelines)


Past Participants:

Nice to meet you in Six (or more) languages

Program Components:

Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI)

Junior Year Study Abroad (JYSA)

Junior Summer Policy Institute (JSPI)

Summer Language Institute (SLI)


Internationally Focused Advanced Degree Program

Available Award:

  • Financial
  • Non-Financial
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