John G. Tower Center Student Fellowships provide a gateway for students to pursue work in politics and government. Undergraduate Fellows collaborate closely with faculty to develop research projects that either become published or presented for faculty or professional review.

The John Goodwin Tower Center Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The John G. Tower Center offers a limited number of research fellowships to SMU undergraduate students to pursue collaborative work in politics and government. The Undergraduate Fellows work closely with faculty in developing a research project resulting in a publication or final paper presented at a professional meeting or before a faculty committee. The Tower Center's Undergraduate Fellows are accepted during the second semester of their sophomore year and serve as fellows during their junior and senior years. Selection is based on merit and determined by an application and interview process emphasizing ability and interest in research. Each fellow receives a stipend of $750 per semester for a maximum of four consecutive semesters, a book allowance for documents related to the independent study project, support for research expenses approved by the Director of the Center and support for travel to appropriate academic conference(s) for presentation of their research.

There are four fellowships and each fellow is designated by the name of the donor of his fellowship:

Edwin L. Cox Fellowship Award

Al G. Hill, Jr. Fellowship Award

Tom Bryant Medders, Jr. Fellowship Award

Henry S. Miller Fellowship Award

The current Undergraduate Tower Fellows are:

  • Rahfin Faruk
  • Katie Schaible
  • Michael Wilburn

The Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs Internship

Every academic year, the John G. Tower Center offer one Foreign Service and International Affairs Internship which will allow a highly qualified SMU sophomore or junior student to have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of American foreign affairs. The selection process is based on merit and determined by an application and interview process. Additionally, students applying for the State Department Intern Program must meet the eligibility requirement of this program, which includes a background investigation necessary to obtain security clearance. Students selected by the Tower Center but not chosen by the State Department Intern Program will be placed in another international affairs center, government agency, or think tank in Washington, DC.

  • Nayelly Dominguez, 2014 Vaughn Intern
  • Julien Teel, 2013 Vaughn Intern
  • Rahfin Faruk, 2013 Vaughn Intern

The Hatton Sumners Foundation Scholarships

The Tower Center also oversees and manages the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarships for undergraduates at SMU. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation supports programs and activities that foster an increased understanding of civic and personal responsibility, and active participation by citizens in all levels of government. The scholarship selection committee evaluates applicants on their academic record, leadership abilities, participation in community and civic affairs, and potential for future leadership. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Hatton W. Sumners Scholars receive $2500 per semester for four consecutive semesters (junior and senior years); in addition they will have opportunities to participate in programs supported by the Foundation that will enhance the quality of the academic experience. Hatton W. Sumners Scholars will also be invited to exclusive programs sponsored by the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies.

The 2014 Hatton Sumners Scholars are:

  • Sarah Telle
  • Samantha (Sam) Perry

Fall 2013 Marian Tower Scholarship Recipients 

  • Ramsha Ahmed, CIEE-St. Petersburg State University
  • Erin Evans, BCA-University of Otago
  • Devin Kerns, CIEE-University of Ferrara
  • Meredith Tavallaee, IFE-French Field Study and Internship Program

Learn more about the Tower Center student fellowships and scholarships:

Ray Rafidi | Associate Director for Administrative and Academic Affairs | rrafidi@smu.edu | 214-768-3665

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