Seeking Partner Institutions for the UNCF Special Programs Corporation

Deadline to Submit Proposals: December 15, 2011

The UNCF Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) seeks a partner organization or higher education institution to administer the Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI) component of its Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program. UNCFSP administers the Institute under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. As the first of six Fellowship Program components, SSPI provides an introduction to international affairs concepts and practices to a cohort of 25 student Fellows who have just completed their sophomore year of college. The 25 Fellows are selected through a national competition. Upon acceptance to the fellowship, new Fellows begin the program with a seven-week residential academic program.

The SSPI will introduce Fellows to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs, study abroad, cultural competence, careers in these fields, and options for graduate study. To assist Fellows in putting what they learn at SSPI into context, the awardee will coordinate a field experience in Washington, DC, called the Study Mission, which exposes Fellows to a variety of international affairs organizations, including government agencies and nonprofit organizations/NGOs. The SSPI program runs annually from early June through mid-July.

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