Rosenthal   Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations





Program Description

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 23 fellows have been selected.

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 Visitors Program.

The Application Process:

Candidates for the Fellowship must be a graduate student in international relations 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 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 interview.

Applications for 2016 are due to the APSIA Executive Office 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 interviews.

For detailed description of the application process, to the APSIA site here:


 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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