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Global Service Fellowship

The Do Good Institute, located within the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, is dedicated to helping students become innovative and effective professionals in the field of global philanthropy, international development, and nongovernmental leadership and management. The Global Philanthropy Service (GPS) Fellowship will be awarded to up to four newly admitted graduate students (with support ranging in amounts, but not to exceed $10,000 for any one awardee), and will provide financial support for meaningful domestic or international field experiences in global philanthropy or NGO leadership. Ultimately, GPS Fellows will develop essential skills and experiences to become tomorrow’s global leaders and create positive change in our world.


GPS Fellowship Awardees Must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) (or dual programs), or Master of Public Management (MPM) at the School of Public Policy
  • Specialize (or focus) in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Maintain at least 3.7 GPA in order to secure the continuance of the Fellowship for a subsequent year
  • Assist with professional development opportunities with the School of Public Policy and Do Good Institute by serving as a representative at panels, networking events, or other educational, career, or alumni programming
  • Complete a reflective evaluation on your Fellowship experiences prior to graduation

Benefits & Opportunities:

Awards up to $5,000 toward one Philanthropy and Nonprofit study abroad experience sponsored by the School of Public Policy

  • Study abroad courses have focused on philanthropy and NGOs in Israel and Jordan, professional consulting experiences with NGOs in partnership with the Grameen Foundation in India, and philanthropy in China
  • Funding covers applicable program fees but not flights, visas, or incidentals

Awards up to $5,000 to support one full-time domestic or international internship (unpaid or partially funded) or one international field experience

  • Full-time is equivalent of 35-40 hours/week
  • Fellows are responsible for securing their own internship
  • Stipends can be applied toward flights, lodging, or local expenses, as needed
  • Internship and host organization are subject to faculty approval to ensure a meaningful, educational, and academically relevant work experience