Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

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Scholarship Description

The Rosenthal Fellowship is a prestigious program that offers our country’s most outstanding and civic-minded graduate students in international affairs the opportunity to spend a summer working to solve some of our biggest national and global challenges.

The program was established in 1977 to honor the memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member who was a victim of a terrorist act while on official duty at age 29. The fellowship provides a select number of students with summer funding and work opportunities in a congressional or executive branch office. Fellows will benefit from unparalleled work experience while also participating in an orientation and roundtable discussions.

Fellows are selected based on their outstanding scholarly achievements, commitment to the study of international affairs, extracurricular experience and demonstrated interest in public service. Fellows may receive a summer stipend, an internship opportunity with a congressional or executive branch office, and/ or invitations to participate in summer roundtables and events.

The Rosenthal Fellowship is a program of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people.

Interested students must ask their career or placement office for an application, which the student must return to that office along with:

  • Resume.
  • Signed letter of recommendation on letterhead stationery from a professor or former work supervisor, providing input on the candidate’s character and aptitude for future success and focusing specifically on the student’s suitability for this fellowship.
  • Available undergraduate and/or graduate academic transcripts.
  • Two-page original writing sample on a topic in international affairs.

Students should not submit application materials to the program directly.


  • One year remaining in international relations or international affairs graduate program.
  • Executive branch positions are available only to U.S. citizens. Dual citizens and non-U.S. citizens may apply for a limited number of congressional positions. Please note that the Fellowship will not provide any assistance in securing visas for non-U.S. citizens.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Award is available to U.S. citizens
  • Award is available to Canadian citizens
  • Award is available to citizens of countries other than the U.S. and Canada.

Application Requirements

  • Application form required
  • Transcript required
  • Recommendations or references required
  • Special requirements exist (These are specified in text.)
  • Entry in a contest required
  • Resume Required
  • two-page original writing sample on a topic in international affairs

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Donor: Harold Rosenthal Fellowship

The Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations honors the memory of a young man killed in a terrorist attack in 1976 while working for Senator Jacob Javits of New York. The Rosenthal Fellowship is run in association with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.