Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

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The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is an ongoing effort to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

100% of a recipients’ program fees and travel costs are covered for an intensive 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills. Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates.

Ten scholarships are awarded annually based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI senior leadership. 

All qualified applicants who don’t receive a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 grant toward summer '20 programs. This grant is available only for the summer 2020 sessions and is non-transferable.

The Deadline for the 2020 Cohort in Cape Town, South Africa Is February 14.

Now Accepting 2020 Applications

We will announce the fellows of the 2020 cohort at the end of March.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellow scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate freshman or sophomore attending a Minority Serving Institution
  • Be Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • Have a minimum GPA 3.00
  • Reside in the U.S. with student status or be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
  • Submit a complete application no later than February 14, 2020


Items below should be submitted through the online application.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member at your institution, preferably a member of senior leadership (president/chancellor, provost, vice president, or dean)
  • Copy of transcript
  • Proof of Pell Grant eligibility
  • Personal Video - Upload a short 2-minute video that provides a detailed explanation of your objectives for study abroad. In this explanation discuss how the combination of your major and participation in study abroad will support your development and help you meet your academic goals and become a global leader.
  • Personal Essay - Discuss why you believe study abroad is important for students from MSIs and how you plan to share your study abroad experience with others upon returning (Limit 800 words).

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What People are Saying

  •  “Through study abroad, I began to identify and refine skills that will empower me to network anywhere in the world. My quest to expand beyond the lessons of the classroom were encouraged by my wonderful professors at CIEE, who purposefully created an atmosphere of curiosity and empathy during our time abroad.”

    Meghan Sowersby, FDGF 2017

See and Hear from Our Previous Fellows

  • 2017 London Cohort

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  • 2018 Cape Town Cohort

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  • 2019 London Cohort

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In honor of Frederick Douglass...

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was formed to honor African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman - and highlight the characteristics that today’s young leaders need most: a keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and a global perspective.

Consistent with Douglass’ legacy, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others.

Award Details

  • Fellowships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents.
  • Awards will cover the full cost of travel to and participation in a four-week 3-credit study abroad program sponsored by CIEE.
  • 10 fellows will be selected from accredited MSIs.
  • Fellows will be expected to present and share their study abroad experience with their MSI community upon their return to campus. 
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