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International Affairs Majors qualify for several awards both within and outside the International Affairs Program. A brief description of the awards and directions to apply can be found below.

For more information on the Flemister Fellows, please see below and the Center of International Affairs and World Cultures website.

Deadline: Extended to May 15th

The International Affairs Program occasionally contributes funds to help defray undergraduate student research-related costs, contingent on departmental approval. Students must be current International Affairs majors to receive funding (graduating students not eligible).

For more information, click here. The application can be found here

Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict supports research that seeks solutions to problems of hostility and hatred arising from inter-group conflict and differences. The expectation is that the research results will lead to increased understating of the sources of inter-group tension and hatred in order to promote cooperation between and among groups.



CSSH Undergraduate Research Initiative: The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) encourages undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research and other creative activities in collaboration with, or under the close supervision of, faculty members with relevant research expertise.

Eligibility: Any undergraduate major in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities is eligible. URI awards will not be awarded to students who receive other funding for the same projects, unless such funding is partial, in which case the award will cover only expenses that are not funded by other sources. Students must note in their application if they have applied to other funding sources and notify Laura Green immediately if they have success in securing such funding. Students must note in their application if they have applied to other funding sources.

Deadline: There are three funding cycles: April 15 for funding beginning Summer and Fall semesters; July 31 for funding beginning Fall semester; and November 15 for funding beginning Spring semester.

Application: found here



Students may apply for the Presidential Global Scholars Award for up to $6,000 to help fund an international co-op. A select few of the strongest candidates will be offered the Global Scholars Fellowship and will receive an additional scholarship for up to $10,000. Please click the website for information on how to apply.



Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Awards

The Provost’s Awards provide financial and academic support to Northeastern students seeking to conduct original projects of their own design. Students may apply for Early Research or Base Camp Awards, geared towards first- and second- year students and ranging from $500 – $1,000, or Advanced Research Awards, geared to third-year students and above and ranging from $1,000 – $3,000. Please visit the University Research and Fellowship website for more information and instructions on how to apply.




The Asian Studies Research Award supports research and related activities undertaken by Northeastern University faculty and/or PhD students. Activities may include individual or collaborative research projects, or symposia or seminars on topics that explicitly focus on Asia.

Applications should be submitted to Hua Dong, Director, Asian Studies Program:


The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures is proud to announce the Flemister Fellows. The program is named after Zandra Flemister, a Northeastern alumna and the first Black woman selected to be a Secret Service special agent. During her four years in the Secret Service, she protected the family members of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (1974-1978).

See CIAWC website for more information. To learn more about Zandra Flemister, read her biography here.

The Honors Programs offers several scholarships and grants to students participating in the Honors Program at Northeastern. The University Honors Program is dedicated to providing its students with the resources they need to support and enrich their studies.

Of particular interest to IAF students would be the University Honors Travel Grant, which offers grants designed to support travel and/or conference fee expenses in order to present scholarship or creative works at an appropriate professional venue in their respective fields.

Applications for the George Alden Trust and the Amelia Peabody Scholarship will be available on my.Northeastern during the Spring semesters. The application for the Joseph A. Coolidge Award may be found here.


The CLS Program provides opportunities for American college and university students to study languages and cultures essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Each summer, American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities across the country, spend eight to ten weeks learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study abroad institute. The CLS Program is designed to promote rapid language gains and essential intercultural fluency in regions that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity.

The CLS Program Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduates to pursue intensive overseas summer study in the critical need foreign languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

For more information, click here.

Please visit the link above to learn more about national scholarships and fellowships. International Affairs majors should consider the following fellowships:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship – Grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.
  • British Marshall Scholarship – Two years of graduate study in Great Britain.
  • Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship – One-year fellowships to graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates
  • Clinton Global Initiative University – Attend meeting hosted by Pres. Clinton and receive seed funding for a Commitment to Action.
  • Critical Language Scholarship – Undergraduate awards for intensive summer language study in critical need foreign languages.
  • DAAD Scholarship Study in Germany – Scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany for US and Canadian citizens, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars as well as faculty and higher education professionals.
  • Freeman-Asia Award – U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • Fulbright Scholarship – A year abroad engaged in study/research or teaching English.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship – Awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge.
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship -One year of graduate study in Ireland in any field.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship – Graduate study to prepare for a career in government or public service.
  • Morris K. Udall & Stewart L. Udall Scholarship – Undergraduate scholarship support for students with a demonstrated commitment to the environment, or to Native Americans and Alaskan Native students with a demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy and Native health care.
  • NSEP Boren Scholarships and Fellowships – Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion.
  • Rhodes Scholarship – Two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University.


SSI was created by Northeastern to provide all students with general information and resources for academic success. SSI provides every student with the support and guidance they need to thrive at Northeastern from day one.

SSI matches every incoming Husky with a trained upper-year peer mentor that we call Student Success Guides (or SSGs for short) and peer cohorts (SSI Packs) via the MentorHub NU app. SSI is your Northeastern connect.

See website for more information.

Flemister Fellows (Center of International Affairs and World Cultures)

Zandra Flemister, the first Black woman special agent in the Secret Service is seen here escorting Prime Minister of Jamaica Michael Manley (right) during his 1977 visit to Washington.

The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures (CIAWC) hosts two Flemister Fellows per year.  Fellows are selected from the undergraduate International Affairs Program in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.  As affiliates of the CIAWC, fellows receive support from the Flemister Fund and faculty mentorship to pursue research and experiential learning opportunities related to international affairs.

This endowed program, in honor of alumna Zandra Flemister, seeks to encourage students to pursue a career in foreign service.

Please view the Center of International Affairs and World Cultures Website for detailed information. To learn more about Zandra Flemister, read her biography here.

Read Northeastern Global News Feature: A ‘forgotten pioneer’: Northeastern graduate Zandra Flemister was a trailblazer, the A the first Black woman to serve in the US Secret Servicefirst Black woman to serve in the US Secret Service

Flemister Fellows 2023

Flemister Fellows Mary Raines Alexander & Jenia Browne
Fellows with Mr. John Collinge, Zandra’s spouse
Mr. John Collinge presenting award to Jenia Browne