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Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

Goes By: Douglass Fellowship

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Douglass Fellowship Electronic Deadline
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

About this Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a four-week study abroad program on social justice and conflict resolution for students from historically underrepresented ethnic backgrounds.

The Douglass Fellowship funds a select cohort of exceptional student leaders of color to conduct a comparative study of social justice leadership in America, South Africa, and Ireland.

During the four-week summer program, Fellows will travel to Washington, DC, Cape Town, Dublin, Derry, and Belfast to explore the legacies of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Daniel O’Connell, John Hume, and other giants of social change.

The program pays tribute to Frederick Douglass’ transformative experience visiting Ireland more than 175 years ago. Douglass was embraced by the Irish people and met the famous Irish reformer Daniel O’Connell who expanded Douglass’ view of social injustice and influenced his style of agitating for positive social change through non-violent social and political efforts. The Government of Ireland is again sponsoring the 2023 Fellows in celebration of this historic meeting and Ireland’s commitment to social justice and peace building.

The program typically runs July to August.?Fellows will study how changemakers shaped pathways to peace, including the Emancipation Proclamation in America, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

As a bonus, all qualified applicants who are not selected for a fellowship will receive a $1,500 scholarship credit toward a CIEE study abroad program good for one year.

They will return home inspired to use their leadership skills to create a more just and peaceful world.

Award Value

Fully-funded four week study abroad program in Washington DC, Cape Town, and Dublin.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen, Permanent Resident
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: March 29, 2023

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