Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship honors the legacy of the abolitionist and statesman with a fully funded summer study abroad program. This Fellowship is developed for students of color and selection is in the spirit of Douglass himself with special emphasis on leadership, social justice, agitation for positive change and cross-cultural understanding.

Each year, the cohort will study in a country co-sponsoring the fellowship.  For 2021, Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has committed to co-sponsoring the 2021 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s four-month visit to the country.

The fifth cohort of Fellows will be based in Dublin and follow in Douglass’s footsteps with visits across the country in summer 2021.  Previous cohorts studied in London and Cape Town.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • Identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander).

Period of Study

This program covers all expenses for four-week study abroad during the summer.

Special Considerations

Those applicants who submit a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship application and meet all eligibility requirements but are not selected for the Fellowship, are eligible for The Frederick Douglass Summer Scholars Grant.

The $1,500 grant can be used toward any CIEE summer program in the year in which they applied for the Fellowship.

Summer Scholars may also attend additional summer sessions an receive a 20% discount.


Award details:

  • Award will cover the full cost of travel to and from participation in a four-week, 3-credit study abroad program sponsored by CIEE.
  • Ten (10) Fellows will be selected.
  • Fellows are expected to present and share their study abroad experience with their campus community upon their return to campus.


The application is available online.  The application components include:

  • Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member or administrator at your institution
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • Personal Video


February 14, 2021 for the Summer 2021 program


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior


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


  • English


  • Summer

Program Type

  • Study Abroad


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

GWU Sponsored?


GWU Endorsement Required?