Harold Rosenthal Fellowship

Program Description and Application Procedures

The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship offers qualified students pursuing a career in international relations the opportunity to spend a summer in professional fellowship positions with a Member of Congress or in the State Department. In the past several years between 9 and 17 fellows have been selected, each receiving a stipend.

The Fellowship is in honor of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member who was a victim of international terrorism, killed in 1976 at the age of 29. He had already begun a successful career in international relations. There have been 158 outstanding fellows to date.

Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service, their education and interest in international relations as well as their experience and dedication to those values and professional standards set by Mr. Rosenthal and the outstanding legacy of Rosenthal Fellowship alumni.

The fellowship positions are carefully chosen to ensure that the fellows have the opportunity to perform substantive work in international relations and security policy. At least one fellow a year also participates in the European Union's Visitors Program.

The Application Process

Candidates for the fellowship must be either graduate students in international relations or, in special cases, college seniors at schools which are members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.  In each case, the candidate must be planning to continue his or her education after the summer internship.

Students may obtain applications through the career director's office of participating schools. Each applicant must submit biographical information, transcripts, one reference, and a two-page essay on foreign relations to his or her school's Dean. Each Dean then nominates up to three candidates to the Fellowship board, which reviews the candidates and selects semi-finalists to interview.

Applications for 2012 are due to the APSIA Executive Office by January 23, 2012.  Please contact your school’s career director for an application and to learn about your school’s internal application process and deadlines. Finalists will be notified on February 13th and invited to Washington, DC for interviews and final selections which will take place March 5th  and March 6th for finalists at sponsoring offices.

Those chosen as fellows will be notified of selection within one week of the interviews.

The Support of the European Union

Before his death, Harold Rosenthal participated in what was then called the European Community's Visitor's Program. The Program invites young leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a firsthand appreciation of the EU's goals, policies, and peoples, and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. As a tribute to Harold, each year the EU invites one Rosenthal fellow to participate in the EU Visitors Program. For more information on the EU program, see: http://www.eurunion.org/delegati/ppa/euvp.htm

Upon selection, finalists must provide the Delegation of the European Commission with additional information on their objectives for a European tour under the European Visitor Program Fellowship.