Rosenthal Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International
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 or other agencies. In the past several years, between 9 and 30 fellows have been
The Fellowship is in honor of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member who, in
1976, while engaged in a successful career in foreign relations, was a victim of
international terrorism and killed at the age of 29. As a tribute to his memory,
service and commitment to the profession of international affairs, each year a
number of outstanding scholars are chosen from the leading international affairs
educational institutions to become Rosenthal Fellows.
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 each fellow has an
opportunity to perform substantive work in international relations and security
policy. At least one Fellow a year also participates in the European Unionís
The Application Process:
Candidates for the Fellowship must be a graduate student in international
relations. In each case,
the candidate must be planning to continue his or her education after the summer
Students may obtain applications through the career directorís 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 schoolís Dean. Each Dean then nominates up to three candidates to the
Fellowship board, which reviews the candidates and selects semi-finalists to
Applications for 2016 are due by December 1, 2015.
Please contact your schoolís career director for an application and to learn
about your schoolís internal application process and deadlines. Finalists will
be notified on January 31, 2016 and invited to Washington, DC for interviews
which will take place March 1, 2016. Interviews will take place at
sponsoring offices on March 2, 2016 for those selected on March 1st.
Those chosen as Fellows will be notified of selection within one week of the
The Support of the European Union:
Before his death, Harold Rosenthal participated in what was then called the
European Communityís Visitorís Program. The Program invites young leaders
from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a firsthand
appreciation of the EUís 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:
Upon selection, fellows must provide the Delegation of the European Commission
with additional information on their objectives for a European tour under the
European Visitor Program Fellowship.
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