Scholarships and Internships

Over the past 25 years, the Tower Center has awarded students with over 120 scholarships and internships in support of our mission to promote the study of policy and international affairs and prepare future leaders to make a positive global impact.

Most scholarships and internships are available for all undergraduate students with and interest in public policy and international affairs, regardless of area of undergraduate study. See our full list of opportunities below.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS 

 

The John Goodwin Tower Center Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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The John G. Tower Center offers a limited number of research fellowships to SMU undergraduate students to pursue collaborative work in public policy & international affairs. Tower Center undergraduate fellows work closely with SMU faculty in developing a research project resulting in a publication in the Dialogue and a presentation.

Undergraduate fellows are introduced to substantive issues, appropriate research methodologies and techniques, research design, and theory development. Selection is based on merit and determined by an application process emphasizing ability and interest in research. Each fellow receives a scholarship award of $800 per semester for a maximum of four consecutive semesters.

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 

Applications Open: November 1
Applications Close: February 20

 

The Kelli and Gerald J. Ford Scholarship

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The Kelli and Gerald J. Ford Scholarship is awarded to highly qualified SMU sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in international affairs. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 45 hours of coursework and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The selection will emphasize ability and interest in research in international affairs. Merit will be determined through the application process. The amount of the award will be $5,000 for the academic year.

The recipient will be expected to commit approximately five to ten hours per week to the project over the course of the academic year. If a student is not sufficiently interested in doing serious research and cannot commit the time, she/he should not apply. Scholarship recipients will spend the academic year researching and writing a paper worthy of public presentation.  

Applications Open: November 1
Applications Close: February 20, 5 p.m.
 

INTERNSHIPS

 

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

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The Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs Internship gives highly qualified SMU sophomores and juniors (minimum of 3.0 overall GPA) the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of American foreign affairs. The objective of the internship program is to encourage students to consider careers in the U.S. Foreign Service and in international affairs. In order to qualify for the Vaughn Internship, students must apply for the State Department Intern Program and must meet the eligibility requirement of the program, which includes a background investigation necessary to obtain security clearance. The State Department will make the final choices for its internship program.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have completed 45 hours of study to apply for this Internship.

Applications Open: September 3
Applications Close: November 1

 

The Hatton Sumners Foundation Internships

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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 internships are awarded on a competitive basis to SMU sophomores & juniors. Hatton W. Sumners Interns receive a generous stipend for the internship period lasting approximately six to ten weeks, paid housing in one of George Washington University’s student residences, and round trip coach class airfare to Washington, D.C. In addition they will have opportunities to participate in programs supported by the Foundation that will enhance the quality of the academic experience.

Applications Open: September 3
Applications Close: November 1

 

Rubottom Foreign Service Internship 

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The Rubottom Foreign Service Internship was established by Ambassador R. Richard and Billy Ruth Rubottom to support public policy or international affairs research scholarships and/or internships for undergraduate students who have completed two years of coursework preparing for a foreign service career. Industrial–based and/or corporate internships would not qualify for consideration of this scholarship award.

The Rubottom Foreign Service Internship is awarded to highly qualified undergraduates majoring in Political Science, History, International Studies, Economics or World Languages at SMU. Applicants must have completed 60 hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and commit to a minimum of 3 years of study of a modern foreign language. The objective of this scholarship is to encourage students to consider careers in the U.S. Foreign Service and in international affairs by providing opportunities for research and practical experience.

The applicant will have to select whether they are applying for the research scholarship or for the internship. If the applicant elects to pursue an academic research project, the applicant will be responsible for submitting a research proposal, co-sponsored by a faculty mentor. The research proposed should reflect a subject or issue congruent with the objective of this scholarship (U.S. Foreign Service and in international affairs). Internships should be related to Foreign Service or international affairs.  

Applications Open: September 3
Applications Close: November 1

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Learn more about the Tower Center student fellowships and scholarships:
Olisa Dellas | Assistant Director of the Tower Scholars Program / Assistant Director of Academic Engagement & Outreach | odellas@smu.edu | 214-768-4546