Dorothy M. And Maurice C. Shapiro Traveling Fellowship

The Dorothy M. And Maurice C. Shapiro Traveling Fellowship enables students to carry out original and substantial intellectual, cultural, artistic or humanistic projects that will generally (but not exclusively) require travel abroad, and which otherwise might be impossible to undertake. Eligible projects may range from public service, to independent or sponsored research and writing, to artistic endeavors.

Eligible projects may also involve, but should not be limited to, formal study in a university. The Shapiro Traveling Fellowship especially encourages creative but serious proposals that may or may not fit the usual or traditional models for study abroad. The proposed plan will generally involve an international experience (which can involve more than one country), but outstanding domestic proposals will also be considered.


ONLY graduating seniors and recent graduates of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health are eligible to apply. U.S. citizenship is required, as is a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.4. Preference will be given to applicants with the least experience abroad. Applicants who have spent substantial time in the country/countries proposed in their applications will not be considered. Full- or part-time regular employees of governmental agencies are not eligible to apply.

Period of Study

One academic year without eligibility for renewal. 

Special Considerations

Preference will be given to fellowship proposals that involve substantial independent research abroad, innovative public service, and/or creative projects involving foreign or domestic travel. Formal academic study may form a part of the proposed project, but should not be the sole activity.  The award may be used toward direct reasonable travel costs and living expenses, tuition, fees, or other expenses directly related to the purpose stipulated. 

The program expects that the proposed plan will generally involve an international experience (which can involve more than one country), but outstanding, creative domestic proposals will also be considered. Innovative but serious proposals that may or may not fit the usual or traditional models should offer exceptional opportunities for the student's intellectual, cultural, artistic, humanistic, or personal growth and development.  Proposals must include a detailed justification of the program or project.


Proposals are accepted from all disciplines, majors and fields within the Elliott School of International Affairs the Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Services. Three selection criteria are mandatory:

  1. Proven academic accomplishments;
  2. Demonstrated civic and/or public service commitment;
  3. Evidence of leadership qualities.



Approximately $16,000 will be available to fund all or part of a Shapiro Traveling Fellowship, depending on the proposed cost of the project.

All Shapiro Fellows will at the end of their fellowship period prepare two written reports drawing upon the experience and knowledge acquired during their Fellowship. The first report would describe the Fellow's experiences during the Fellowship period. The second would be on a topic of his or her choice, suitable in style and quality for publication.


To apply, please complete a Shapiro Traveling Fellowship application, available through CURF's InfoReady portal

Applications consist of: 

  1. Personal and Academic Information form;
  2. Resume (must include any honors, scholarships/fellowships, internships, employment, professional training, and significant campus and community activities);
  3. Transcript(s) of all university work (official or unofficial, including at GW); please do no include GWeb Transcripts;
  4. Project Proposal;
  5. Personal Statement;
  6. Two letters of recommendation;

Please note - the following items require advance contact with your cooperating individuals and organizations - please be in touch with these at the earliest possible moment if you plan to apply for a Shapiro Traveling Fellowship

  1. Verification from a faculty member in the host country that he or she will generally supervise research;
  2. Letter from organization(s) through which public service will be performed stating their willingness to place the Fellow and confirming that the Fellow cannot accept compensation - (if appropriate);
  3. Letter of acceptance from academic institution (academic plans only).


Deadline for the Shapiro Traveling Fellowship is March 12, 2021.


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate


  • Arts
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences


  • English
  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
  • Public Service
  • Research
  • Special Groups
  • Study Abroad


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South America

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