About the Fellowship
The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (PENN CMSI), in an effort to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).
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.
New for this year, all qualified applicants who don’t receive a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 grant toward select summer '20 programs.
To be eligible for the 2020 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow scholarship, applicants must:
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- Be a current undergraduate freshman or sophomore attending a Minority Serving Institution
- Be 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 CIEE application no later than February 14, 2020
Please note that 2 applications are required for this program:
(1) the CSUF Study Abroad Online Application which you can complete here - Due by 5 February
(2) the CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program application - Due by 14 February. See below for more details.
Items below should be submitted through the online application
- Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member, 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).
CSUF Student & 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow
This summer, I had the opportunity to endeavor in a unique, fully-funded study abroad experience. I was awarded a scholarship in honor of Frederick Douglass by CIEE and the Rutgers of CMSI (Center for Minority Serving Institutions). A total of ten students from Minority Serving Institutions across the nation were selected to study abroad in London.
As a first-generation college student, it was a significant accomplishment for me to be the first in my family to study abroad. My experience was empowering and enlightening. Working and learning alongside scholars from distinguished universities and very diverse backgrounds helped me develop a unique set of cross-cultural skills. While abroad, I was enrolled in an Intercultural Communications and Leadership course that emphasized the importance of personal leadership.
Our professors taught us that to inspire others; we must learn to “lead from the inside out.” In other words, to understand our role as global leaders, we first had to be willing and open enough to step out of our comfort zone in a foreign country.
In London, we had the opportunity to learn about culture through food, music, and politics. As part of our four-week curriculum, we also flew to Belfast, Northern Ireland. There, we learned the significant role that politics, religion, and patriotism plays on identity in the United Kingdom. By interacting with a variety of people from different communities, we were able to develop our communication and adaptability skills further.