The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the University of
Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s 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).
CIEE has pledged 100% of all exhibitor fees related to its annual conference in
2016, 2017, and 2018 to support study abroad scholarships for students from
MSIs. Each year, the 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 three locations: London, England (summer
2017); Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018); and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
(summer 2019). The CMSI will award the study abroad scholarships annually
based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and
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, exemplary communication skills,
possess the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold
leadership, and who 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
• Applicants should be undergraduate college students that classify as rising Sophomores or rising
Juniors at the time of participation (summer 2019)
• This application is for students interested in the Fellowship for participation in the summer 2019
experience in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
• Fellowships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement,
and a nomination from a member of senior leadership (either the president/chancellor, provost,
vice president, or dean) at their institution.
• Awards will cover the full cost of travel and participation in a four-week study abroad program
sponsored by CIEE
• 10 Fellows will be selected 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
Online application due by February 14, 2019: Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship. All checklist items
should be submitted through the online application.
• One Nomination Letter from a member of senior leadership (either the president/chancellor,
provost, vice president, or dean)
• Copy of Transcript
• Proof of Pell Grant Eligibility
• One Personal Video
o Upload a short 2-minute video that provides a detailed explanation of your objectives for
study abroad. In this explanation discuss how the combination of your major and participation
in study abroad will support your development and help you become a global leader. Also,
discuss how this particular scholarship will help you meet your goals.
• One Personal Essay
o Discuss why you believe study abroad is important for students from Minority Serving
Institutions and how you plan to share your study abroad experience with others upon
returning (no more than 800 words).
o You may wish to read about Minority Serving Institutions & Study Abroad here.
By February 14, 2019
For more information, contact:
Paola “Lola” Esmieu
Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
Associate Director for Programs