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Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

Applications for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are now open. Apply HERE!

Applications for the 2020 Cohort of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa will close February 14, 2020. 

Hosted by CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions

As part of a comprehensive partnership to increase study abroad at Minority Serving Institutions, CIEE and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) have launched the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program to provide scholarships for the most financially challenged students from the nation’s nearly 600 MSIs. Each year, scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of two locations: London, England and  Cape Town, South Africa. CMSI will award the study abroad scholarships annually based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents.

The scholarship is named in honor of Frederick Douglass—the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman—to 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. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship seeks to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from MSIs.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Acting Director for Communications and Programs,


  • 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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