Type of Funding

Partially funded




Highly qualified Masters and doctoral degree students who are applying for studies commencing AY 2019-2020 at the George Washington (GW) University can now apply for the Global Leaders Fellowship, which is intended for George Washington graduate students who will be future leaders in their fields in their home countries. This fellowship is for students who have not studied or worked in the U.S. or other countries outside of their home country.

Fellowships are for full-time graduate degree program students who have gained admission to the University for Fall 2019 admission and whose program is on the main Foggy Bottom Campus. Current GW graduate students are not eligible for this fellowship.


Three Global Leaders Fellowships, covering up to 18 credit hours will be awarded for AY 2019-20 (fees excluded). The fellow has to provide for his/her own expenses for books, living, etc, and must provide certification of the financial support for this.

A Fellowship is renewable each year for a cumulative maximum of 3 years for Masters candidates and up to 5 years for doctoral candidates. The fellow must submit renewal materials for the Fellowship each year, which renewal is contingent upon his/her grades being of GPA 3.0 or better. The Fellowship is valid for 1 degree only. Fellowships apply to the fall and spring semesters and awards for the summer sessions are by petition only.  The Fellowship is valid for 1 degree only.


Eligible students are those holding or intending to apply for an F-1 visa (J-1 visa is eligible for Fulbright applicants only), who are from the following countries or regions: China (PRC), Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Laos, Latin America, The Caribbean, Mongolia, Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S.S.R. Successor States and Vietnam.

Only Masters and doctoral degree program students from Foggy Bottom on-campus programs in the following schools are eligible:

  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • School of Business (Executive Education program is not eligible)
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science

Permanent residents, resident aliens and U.S. Citizens are not eligible for this fellowship. Applicants must have passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the internet based exam, or an IELTS overall band score of 7.5 (with no individual band below 6.0).

Fellows have to return to their countries of origin to apply skills learned through their formal education at the GW.


Applications are to be done online by 8 February 2019.

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