Rosenthal Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations





Program Description

The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship offers qualified students pursuing a career in international relations the opportunity to spend a summer in professional fellowship positions with a Member of Congress or in the State Department or other agencies. In the past several years, between 9 and 30 fellows have been selected.

The Fellowship is in honor of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member who, in 1976, while engaged in a successful career in foreign relations, was a victim of international terrorism and killed at the age of 29. As a tribute to his memory, service and commitment to the profession of international affairs, each year a number of outstanding scholars are chosen from the leading international affairs educational institutions to become Rosenthal Fellows. 

Fellows are selected based on their commitment to public service, their education and interest in international relations as well as their experience and dedication to those values and professional standards set by Mr. Rosenthal and the outstanding legacy of Rosenthal Fellowship alumni.

The Fellowship positions are carefully chosen to ensure that each fellow has an opportunity to perform substantive work in international relations and security policy. At least one Fellow a year also participates in the European Unionís Visitors Program.

The program is administered by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people.  For more information on the Partnership, visit

The Application Process:

Candidates for the Fellowship must be a graduate student in international relations.  In each case, the candidate must be planning to continue his or her education after the summer internship.

Students may obtain applications through the career directorís office of participating schools. Each applicant must submit biographical information, transcripts, one reference, and a two-page essay on foreign relations to his or her schoolís Dean. Each Dean then nominates up to three candidates to the Fellowship board, which reviews the candidates and selects semi-finalists to interview.

Applications for 2019 are due by November 30, 2018. Please contact your schoolís career or placement office for an application and to learn about your schoolís internal application process and deadlines. Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2019 and invited to interview in March 2019.  Some travel may be required.

Those chosen as Fellows will be notified of selection within one week of the interviews.




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