Scholars & Fellows
Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants, and Funding Opportunities
Current UACS Opportunities
General Information: Established by Donna and Mack McLarty in 2013, the McLarty Fellowship offers a financial scholarship and a 12-16 week fellowship with Vital Voices in Washington, DC during the fall semester of a student’s second year in the MPS program. The Fellowship can meet the requirements for a Capstone project.
About Vital Voices: Through leadership development and innovative training programs around the world, Vital Voices works to expand roles of women in generating economic opportunities, increasing political participation and protecting human rights. Its Global Leadership Network of women in 182 countries represents the vital voices of our time. Its mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity.
About the Fellowship: This scholarship is a great opportunity to learn about M&E and gain experience in applied research as well as current, pressing global women’s issues and international women’s advocacy. Detailed project information is provided with the call for applications. Vital Voices supports and encourages professional development, engagement, and learning opportunities for the scholars that are driven by their unique background, skills, knowledge, and interests. In the past, scholars have led workshops, organized events, and hosted brown bag sessions for Vital Voices staff.
Funding: $7,500 Stipend per Scholar. The Scholar is responsible for travel, housing and other expenses. Vital Voices will provide work space and equipment. Its professional staff will offer an orientation to Vital Voices programs, project supervision and mentoring.
Eligibility: Second-year MPS students in good standing. Two scholarships are awarded each year. Students must be able to complete the fellowship in Washington, DC during their second-year fall semester.
Notification and Deadline: A call for applications is sent to students by email in early December. Applications are due in early January and selections are announced in early February.
Application and Selection: To apply, email a current resume and cover letter to Tiffany Jacob (email@example.com). Vital Voices coordinates a selection committee to review applications. A writing sample may be requested. Top candidates will be invited to 1-2 telephone interviews.
Amanda Harris Memorial Scholarship
General Information: Named for Clinton School graduate Amanda Harris ('09), who passed away in September 2016, the scholarship is awarded to a student committed to working with a community partner on a Capstone project focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
About Amanda Harris: Amanda was one of the first openly gay student to attend the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She graduated in the 3rd cohort in 2009. Before coming to the Clinton School, Amanda studied at the University of Central Arkansas, earning a degree in Communication. Amanda was passionate about human rights and work that supported and promoted rights for all people. She also saw great value in grassroots organizing, the inclusion of arts into activism, and civil disobedience. Her work included taking part in the Soul Force Equality Rides, working with a coalition of groups in Brno, Czech Republic to hold the first “Queer Parade” in that city, and serving on the board of Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR4AR). Amanda was known for her bubbly personality and her “Arkansassiness.” She died in San Francisco, CA on September 23, 2016.
Funding: $1,500 provided directly to the student
Eligibility: Full time student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. MPS and Clinton School Online students are eligible. Must have a UACS cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better. The student must be committed to working with a community partner organization on a culminating experience (Capstone) project pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, particularly efforts related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, women’s issues or grassroots organizing.
Notifications: First notification sent in mid-May with monthly reminders
Application Deadline: Annually on August 15
Selection: A selection committee of UACS staff, alums, and family of Amada Harris reviews applications and makes the final selection by September 15. The recipient is notified by September 30.
UACS Contact: Tiffany Jacob, firstname.lastname@example.org
Standerfer Student Travel Reimbursement Fund
General Information: The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for Clinton School MPS and Clinton School Online students' registration and travel to a conference, workshop, or training that is related to their professional development.
About Dr. Christina Standerfer: Christina Standerfer (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is Professor Emeritus of Communication and former Faculty Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Standerfer served as a 2012-13 Fulbright Lecturing Scholar at University Marin Barleti in Tirana, Albania. During her time in Albania, she worked with U.N. Women and the U.S. Embassy delivering workshops and reports on public speaking, policy debate, conflict transformation, and effective advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience developing and presenting workshops, research, and reports on volunteer recruitment, community capacity building, networking, and effective communication skills. Please refer here for full bio information.
Amount: Up to $600 per student.
Notifications: Announcements are made during student orientation, and are emailed to students near the start of each semester.
Application Deadline: There are two application deadlines each year: September 15 and February 15.
Selection Process: Students apply online using this form before the next application deadline. After a student applies, the student's faculty adviser is asked to comment on the consistency of the application with the student's professional development. Then the Dean of the Clinton School makes the final funding decision, generally within two weeks of the preceding application deadline.
Timeframe for Use: The event for which the student applies for funding must take place after the application deadline by which the student is applying, while the student is enrolled in good standing at the Clinton School, and before the student graduates from the Clinton School. Students may apply to the fund multiple times while enrolled at the Clinton School. This FAQ provides more details.
UACS Contact: Dr. Robert Richards, email@example.com
General Information: Graduate assistantships may be available in several UACS departments and/or offices including: Admissions/Enrollment, Office of Community Engagement, Center on Community Philanthropy, Clinton School Online, Public Programs, Office of the Dean (River Market assistance), and assisting individual professors. Opportunities vary year to year.
Eligibility: Second year MPS students
Amount: Graduate Assistants can work up to 20 hours per week between August and May and earn $16 per hour
Notification: Dean Skip Rutherford will announce via email during the fall (typically September) and/or spring semester (typically March) which Graduate Assistantships are available.
Application, Selection, and Deadlines: Within the notification email, supervisors (UACS staff and faculty) will be listed for each assistantship. Supervisors have discretion over the application and selection process for their available assistantship. There is no formal deadline but typically Graduate Assistantships will be announced within one month of the initial notification.
Assistantship Timeframe: This is subject to change year to year but typically, Graduate Assistantships are temporary positions beginning in August and concluding in May with a break over the winter holiday (early December - early January).
UACS Contact: Dean Skip Rutherford, firstname.lastname@example.org (general inquiries); Department Directors, Faculty members you are interested in assisting.
NOTE: This is an opportunity for UACS students to apply for funding for their field service partner organization. Funding is not available for individual students.
General Information: The Hope Fund is available for students working on their practicum, IPSP and capstone projects. It is designed to support small donations of goods for high need organizations and/or populations associated with Clinton School field partners. These funds are not meant to fund your fieldwork directly, rather they are meant to support identified needs of your partner organization.
Amount: Previous awards have ranged from $100-$600. Applicants should aim to have their request fall into this range.
Notification: By email Spring (Feb/March), Summer (June/July), Fall (Oct/Nov)
Application Deadlines: April 1; August 1; December 1
Determination: Applications are reviewed by a 3-person UACS committee and approved by Dean Skip Rutherford. Typically, determination is made within 1-2 weeks of the submission date.
Process: In order to access these funds, you must submit a short proposal via the Hope Fund Proposal Form which requires the following information:
- Name of the student requesting the funds
- Name of the community partner organization and contact information
- Details about what will be purchased and how it will be used
- A short description about the need for this purchase
- A budget - include quantities, specific items costs, and shipping expenses if they are needed.
UACS Contact: Tiffany Jacob, email@example.com
Past Scholars and Fellows
Heifer International/Clinton School Fellowship
Clinton School Recipients: Christine Sumner ('13), Lauren Remedios ('14), and Matt Devlin ('15)
Hillary Rodham Clinton/McLarty Global Fellowship
Clinton School Recipients: Mara D’Amico ('14), Anna Applebaum ('15), Yvonne Quek ('17)
Peacework/Clinton School Fellowship
Clinton School Recipient: Jessi Rice ('12)
External Opportunities (Non-UACS)
Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants Google Group
Students can use Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants Google Group to post and explore fellowship, scholarship, and grant opportunities relevant to first and second year Clinton School students. Some may be applicable for IPSP and Capstone projects.
Nationally Competitive Awards
Several opportunities posted to the Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants Google Group are considered Nationally Competitive Awards. These include the Boren Fellowship, State Department Summer Internship and the Presidential Management Fellows Program. The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will provide informational sessions and additional resources regarding these three opportunities.
The Boren Fellowship is funded by the National Security Education Program, and provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education. Boren Fellowships allow specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency, often in less commonly taught languages like Arabic, Chinese, Russian, etc. Applicants should plan a program that lasts between 12 weeks and 24 months, and be able identify how their projects and future academic and career goals will contribute to US national security, though this is be broadly defined.
Clinton School Recipients: Sean O’Keefe ('14), John Delurey ('14), Megan Grubb (‘20), Leslie Parker ('21)
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
The State Department offers unpaid internships in Washington, DC and around the world. Positions are acceptable for the International Public Service Project course. Summer vacancies open in September and close in October. OCE will host informational sessions in September. More information can be found online here.
Clinton School Recipients include:
- Bailey Fohr (‘20) - Western Hemisphere Affairs - Office of Caribbean Affairs in Washington, DC
- Zack Huffman (‘18) - Politician and Economic Department at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia
- Austin Harrison (MPS, JD ‘16) - State Economic Office at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia
Presidential Management Fellows Program
The Presidential Management Fellowship is a leadership development program created over thirty years ago by Executive Order. Fellows have the opportunity to work in a single Federal agency. Fellows will also receive a salary and benefits, 160 hours of classroom training on leadership, management, policy, and other topics, challenging work assignments with feedback, at least one 4-6 month developmental assignment, potential for promotions and career ladders, and a certificate of completion which permits immediate conversion to a permanent or term position. More information about the Presidential Management Fellowship can be found online.
Clinton School Recipients: Emily Fischer ('10), Fernando Cutz ('12), Kate Cawvey ('12), John Vollertsen ('13), Andrea Zekis ('20)
UACS Job Board
Second year students will also gain access to the UACS Job Board which has hundreds of public service post-graduate opportunities across the globe and right here in Arkansas. The job board is updated weekly and membership continues for all alums.
UACS Contact: Christine McCall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nationally Recognized Scholarships and Fellowships: UACS Recipients
Cisneros American Dream Fellowship
The American Dream Fellowship is sponsored by the Cisneros Center in an effort to expand opportunities available to new Americans in Northwest Arkansas and eventually communities across the country. American Dream Fellows will participate in a 13-month process of training and helping their host community develop plans to better integrate new immigrants. A special focus will be paid to emphasizing the urgency of education to families.
Clinton School Recipients: Jacob Perry ('14), Jessica Boyd ('14)
Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship
The Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.
Clinton School Recipient: Josh Visnaw ('14)
Global Health Corps Fellowship
The Global Health Corps (GHC) believes that health is a human right, and is on a mission to build the movement for health equality. GHC pairs fellows with organizations who require innovative solutions to increase the health of their communities. Through this process, young professionals work to empower communities, organizations, and governments to bring positive change. Though GHC is health-focused, the program requires professionals with a wide variety of skills. Thus, GHC accepts fellows from all sectors who align themselves with the GHC leadership practices. More information on the Global Health Corps Fellowship can be found online.
Clinton School Recipient: Nicole Maddox ('14)
Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace
The Fellows for Peace program provides funding for aspiring and experienced peacemakers to study for a summer at Middlebury Language School in Vermont or the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. The program offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The fellowship covers tuition, room and board for a summer. More information on the Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace can be found online.
Clinton School Recipients: Mattea Fleischner ('15), Anna Applebaum ('15), Thato Masire ('16)
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards grants to women from developing and middle-income countries to further their education and strengthen the professional and leadership skills they need to improve the lives of women and children. Currently the MMMF manages education grants programs in three regions; US/Canada, South Africa and Latin America. Education grants are awarded to women from developing and middle-income countries who, upon completion of their degrees, intend to return to their countries and work to improve the lives of underserved women and children. More information on the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund can be found online.
Clinton School Recipient: Florence Mueni ('16)
The Mitchell Scholarship is offered by the US-Ireland alliance, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a relationship between the US and Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship offers postgraduate students the opportunity to study for a year in either Ireland or North Ireland. The goal of the program is to connect tomorrow’s leaders with the Island of Ireland, and to foster scholarship, leadership and commitment to community and public service. More information about the Mitchell Scholarship can be found online.
Clinton School Recipient: Ivanley Noisette ('11)
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
P.E.O. is a sisterhood founded in 1869 by seven students at Wesleyan College. Since then, the organization has grown to include nearly a quarter of a million members that work to make a difference in the lives of women all over the world. The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship provides funds for women who are not citizens of the U.S. or Canada to pursue graduate study in the U.S. or Canada. More information about the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship can be found online.
Clinton School Recipients: Tshering Yudon ('15), Florence Mueni ('16), Olajumoke Joyce Ajayi ('16), Georgia Genoway ('16)
Rotary Foundation Global Grant Fellowship
The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Fellowship support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary's areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs, such as humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate-level academic studies, or vocational training teams. More information about the Rotary Foundation's Global Grant Fellowship can be found online.
UACS Contact: Alex Thomas, email@example.com
Clinton School Recipients: Arjola Limani ('17) and Demas Soliman ('17), Darlynton Adegor (’18), Vinay Raj (’18), John Mensah (’19), Izehi Oriaghan (’19), Reiko Muranaka ('20), Christopher Ogom ('20), Patrick Isokpunwu ('21)
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.