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).
The award covers the full cost of travel, housing, program field trips, and participation in a four-week, 3-credit summer study abroad course taught by CIEE.
Meals and recreational activities are not covered. Fellows are expected to present and share their study abroad experience with their campus community upon their return to campus.
10-16 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 an CIEE summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023 program! Additional CIEE funding is also available!
To be eligible for the 2022 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow scholarship, applicants must:
2022 Application Now Open
Please note that 2 applications are required for this program:
(1) the CSUF Study Abroad Online Application which you can complete here - Due by 14 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 or administrator at your institution
- Copy of most recent transcript
- Personal Video
(3) Selected Fellows will be notified on 17 March (St. Patrick's Day!)
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.