Tower Center Student Fellowships

Student Fellowships

In keeping with the mission of the Tower Center to promote the study of politics and international affairs, the Tower Center offers student fellowships to provide a gateway for students to pursue work in politics and government. Undergraduate Research Fellows work closely with faculty to develop research projects to be published in the Dialogue while Internship recipients have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of policy.

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 SMU faculty in developing a research project resulting in a publication in the Dialogue and a presentation. The Research Fellow will be introduced to substantive issues, appropriate research methodologies and techniques, research design, theory development. 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 process emphasizing ability and interest in research. Each fellow receives a stipend 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

 

To Apply:  SMU Sophomores should complete the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application and submit it to Olisa Dellas (odellas@smu.edu) by the deadline noted below.

Applications Open: February 1

Applications Close: February 22

 

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


The Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs Internship gives highly qualified SMU sophomores and juniors (minimum of 3.3 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.

To Apply:  SMU Sophomores & Juniors should complete the Ford Scholarship Application and submit it to Olisa Dellas (odellas@smu.edu) by the deadline noted below.

Applications Open: September 15

Applications Close: October 1


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 $5,000 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 Kelli and Gerald J. Ford Scholarship


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 3.3. 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. Scholarship recipients will spend the academic year researching and writing a paper worthy of public presentation. 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.

To Apply:  SMU Sophomores & Juniors should complete the Ford Scholarship Application and submit it to Olisa Dellas (odellas@smu.edu) by the deadline noted below.

Applications Open: February 1

Applications Close: February 22

 

Rubottom Foreign Service Scholarship


The Rubottom Foreign Service Scholarship is awarded to highly qualified undergraduates majoring in Political Science, History, International Studies, Economics or World Languages at Southern Methodist University. Applicants must have completed 60 hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.3. In addition to committing to a minimum of 3 years of foreign language study, the scholarship recipient, under the direction of a faculty member, will enroll in a directed readings course and produce a significant research paper suitable for public presentation during the spring semester. The objective of this scholarship is to strongly encourage students to consider careers in the U.S. Foreign Service and in international affairs, so the paper should reflect a subject or issue congruent with this objective. The recipient will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $5000, which will be distributed in two $2500 installments at the beginning of fall/spring terms.

To Apply:  SMU Juniors should complete the Ford Scholarship Application and submit it to Olisa Dellas (odellas@smu.edu) by the deadline noted below.

Applications OpenSeptember 15

Applications CloseOctober 1

 

Marian Tower Scholarship


These scholarships were established to reflect Marian Tower’s experience as a world traveler and a student of languages and cultures. In her memory, this scholarship supports Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars who are undertaking similar endeavors through a summer or semester SMU Abroad program. The scholarships will be awarded to HCM Tower Scholars who study abroad for a summer or semester through SMU Abroad programs.

Only Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

To Apply:  

Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars should complete the Marian Tower Scholarship Application and submit it to Olisa Dellas (odellas@smu.edu) by the deadline noted below. 

Deadline: 

Spring Program Deadline: October 1
Fall Program Deadline: March 1
Summer Deadline: February 1


Learn more about the Tower Center student fellowships and scholarships:

Olisa Dellas | Manager of Student & Faculty Engagement | odellas@smu.edu | 214-768-4546