Fellowships

Nunn School students can take advantage of a variety of graduate school funding and professional development opportunities offered through fellowships.  Fellowships may be university-awarded, federally funded, or offered by independent organizations. Many are targeted to specific student groups or disciplines, and can be awarded based on academic need, academic record, or merit. Examples of prominent fellowships our students have been awarded are below, including two prominent, federally funded fellowship programs.

Selected Available Fellowship Programs

David L. Boren Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship

The Boren awards program provides funding for unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. The David L. Boren Scholarship awards undergraduate students with the money to study abroad in regions of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. The fellowship program funds language and research proposals by U.S. graduate students to allow them to conduct their research in areas critical to U.S. interests.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Taylor Poole, 2018. Poole studied Russian in Latvia on a Boren Scholarship. Poole is currently employed as a technical lead at the Polar Institute and Arctic Infrastructure Inventory at the Wilson Center. Poole is currently preparing materials for publication on a project comparing U.S. and Russian nuclear nonproliferation regimes.
  • Mckenzie Rhone, 2018. Rhone studied Portuguese in Brazil on a Boren Scholarship. Rhone is currently working as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company.
  • Geoff Brown, 2018. Brown studied Urdu in India on a Boren Fellowship. Brown is currently employed as a data analyst for the United states Airforce.
  • William Emken, 2017. Emken studied Russian in Kazakhstan. Emken currently works as a researcher at the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy. He works to leverage data analytics, linguistic skills, and area knowledge.
  • Elizabeth Clark, 2016. Clark is currently the Business Development Specialist for Jordan Education for Employment in Amman, Jordan. She manages grants and development and works with donors.
  • Jordan Sturgis, 2015. Sturgis currently works as a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Department of State to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries in the world.” and is now the largest U.S. exchange program, offering opportunities for recent graduates and young professionals to assume advanced research, graduate study, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide in all fields of study. The program awards around 2,000 grants in 140 countries annually.  The fellowship has a network of alumni in a range of professions, from members of Congress to artists.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Dillon Roseen, 2016. Roseen is working as a Legal Extern for the Office of the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney while completing his law degree at Michigan Law. He is also an incoming Associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, DC.
  • Ayanda Francis-Gao, 2014. Francis-Gao is a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.
  • Allison Braden, 2013. Braden is a freelance journalist, copy editor and translator. She has worked with a variety of publications including Asymptote Journal, Charlotte Magazine, Vox Media, War is Boring, and WFAE.
  • Erin Robinson, 2013. Robinson works as a Campaign Manager at Center for American Progress. Her focus is in early childhood policy.
  • Colby Mangels, 2011. Mangels works as a Policy Analyst chez Financial Action Task Force. He is located in Paris, France.
  • John Akin, 2009. Akin previously worked as a white-collar associate at Linklaters. He advised clients on issues relation to white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and cross-bored regulatory compliance.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Camilo Caballero, 2014. Caballero is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer as a Diplomat in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Ayanda Francis, 2013. Francis is a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Junior Summer Institutes

The PPIA Fellowship Program helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Dyvonne Body, 2016. Body is a Senior Research Associate in the Financial Security Program for the Aspen Institute.
  • Angeli Patel, 2013. Patel is a Law Clerk at Jones Day, and a News and Politics contributor for. She has three years of background in the federal government: The White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and attracts and selects the best candidates possible, to develop a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Steven Hawkins, 2017. Hawkins served as a fellow with the US Department of State.
  • Lauren Kretz, 2010. Kretz worked as a fellow with the US Department of State.
  • Rachael Lammers, 2007. Lammers is the Chief of Staff at Resilience in DC. RESILIENCE (National Resilience, Inc.) is a first-of-its-kind manufacturing and technology company dedicated to broadening access to complex medicines and protecting biopharmaceutical supply chains against disruption.
  • Sergio Aguirre, 2005. Aguirre served the Secretariat of the Air Force and now works as the managing partner at WestExec Advisors.

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

The federal CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program provides tuition and a stipend to students in exchange for commitments to serve the U.S. Government in a cybersecurity role after graduation. CyberCorps® is open to students who are enrolled in the Computer Science, the Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Public Policy or International Affairs departments at Georgia Tech and who demonstrate strong interest in the field of cybersecurity.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Angelique Edwards, 2017. Edwards is working as a congressional intern for Congressman Steve Cohen and hopes to continue to work in D.C., and focus on combatting international security issues.
  • Erin Whittaker, 2017. Whittaker currently works as a Professional Staffer for the Small Business Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) provide students with the opportunity to achieve proficiency in select foreign languages. FLAS fellows also are able to deepen their study with a combination of international travel and area studies coursework. The FLAS program offers a course of study in the less commonly studied languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Fellows can participate on campus or abroad programs for a 6-week summer study program or a full semester (9 months) participating in the fellowship.

Past Nunn School Winners

  • Taylor Poole, 2020 Poole is currently employed as a technical lead at the Polar Institute and Arctic Infrastructure Inventory at the Wilson Center. Poole is currently preparing materials for publication on a project comparing U.S. and Russian nuclear nonproliferation regimes. She is also a Boren Scholar.
  • Grace Huber, 2020 Huber is currently based in Rosslyn, VA working as a Consultant for Deloitte in the Government and Public Services.
  • Andrew Coco, 2019 Coco currently works as a research intern at the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Additional information about various fellowships and fellowship recipients can be found at the Georgia Tech Fellowships Office.