by Aisha Bowen
In light of our growing globalized world, it is important for young people to understand their agency in the context of the world around them. One of the key ways for young people students to discover this agency is through study abroad and international education experiences (fellowships, scholarships, etc). However, according to the Institute for International Education’s 2015-2016 statistics, there are large racial disparities in those who travel abroad in college: White – 71.6%, Hispanic or Latino(a) – 9.7%, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander – 8.4%, Black or African-American – 5.9%, Multi-Racial – 3.9%, and American Indian or Alaska Native – 0.5%. In light of these disparities, many MSIs have taken on the challenge of closing this equity gap for their students. Hence, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights four HBCUs who have taken on this challenge by providing international fellowships and international travel opportunities.
1) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, D.C.
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship, administered by Howard University, seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Included in the fellowship is $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, professional development activities, and a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Learn more about the Donald M. Payne Fellowship here.
2) University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD
The University of Maryland — College Park offers a fellowship entitled the “International Graduate Research Fellowships” for graduate students. This fellowship provides graduate students research experience in international contexts, with hopes of students broadening their knowledge and perspectives. The fellowships utilize UMD’s faculty’s relationships with international colleagues, strengthening those relationships through graduate student exchange. Learn more about UMD College Parks’ International Graduate Research Fellowships here.
3) Miami Dade College (HSI)—Miami, FL
The Miami Dade College Office of International Education handles a host of opportunities for students, faculty and administrators, and the community to become involved with global education. One of those opportunities is through the Confucius Institute. The Confucius institute promotes knowledge of Chinese culture and Mandarin language through courses, abroad programs, and cultural programs. Specifically, the Confucius Institute offers a study abroad program at its’ sister university, Xuzhou Normal University in China, for students. The Institute also has a host of different scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying education. Learn more about the amazing opportunities that the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College offers here!
4) North Carolina State University (HBCU)—Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University’s Office of Global Engagement currently has an International Travel Assistance Fund supporting NCCU staff in their efforts for global engagement. Up to ten faculty and staff can request $1,000 to use towards international travel that relates to NC State’s global strategic plan. Learn more about NCCU’s Office of Global Engagement Initiatives here!
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