Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Difficulty Affording Study Abroad but Interested in Cape Town, South Africa Program Next Summer?

Apply for the 2017-2018 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship!

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) have partnered in an effort to increase the opportunities for the most financially challenged students from the nation’s nearly 600 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). {UMD is on the list.} 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.

Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 cohort, who will travel to Cape Town, South Africa in summer 2018 for a credit-earning study abroad program on Intercultural Communication and Leadership. Scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for a cohort of 10 students from MSIs. Last year's cohort was selected to travel to London, England in summer 2017, and a future cohort will have the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea during summer 2019.

Selected Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will be 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 will commit to sharing their experiences and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship.

  • Applicants should be undergraduate college students that classify as rising Sophomores or rising Juniors at the time of participation (summer 2018).
  • This application is for students interested in the Fellowship for participation in the summer 2018 experience in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Fellowships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and presidential nomination
  • Awards will cover the full cost of travel and participation in a four-week study abroad program sponsored by CIEE.
  • CMSI will select 10 Fellows from accredited Minority Serving Institutions.
  • Fellows will be expected to present and share their study abroad experience with their MSI community upon their return to campus.
  • Fellows from prior cohorts are ineligible from applying again.
  • Fellows earn 3 college credits for taking the Intercultural Communication, Identity, and Leadership in Cape Town course that can be transferred back to fulfill degree requirements.
  • Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions.
Click Here for the Full Application Instructions and Submission Link
Do you know a student who sounds like a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow? We hope you’ll encourage them to apply. Applications are due September 15, 2017, and we’ll announce the awards on November 1.

For questions, please contact Paola "Lola" Esmieu at