Summer 2016 scholarship opportunity in Washington, DC for Slovak students
Dear Professors, Alumni, and Potential Scholars:
On behalf of the Friends of Slovakia (FOS), a US based non-profit organization devoted to promoting good relations between Slovakia and the United States, we are writing to inform you of an opportunity that we hope you will bring to the attention of your students and friends. Every summer since 2004, FOS has provided support for one or more Slovak students to participate in the summer programs of the Fund for American Studies (TFAS).
We are able to sponsor up to five students for the 2016 program, which is scheduled to take place from 4 June-29 July. FOS will give special consideration to candidates who are planning a career in business/entrepreneurship, education, philanthropy, or journalism. All students must meet the criteria set by TFAS in order to be considered for an FOS Scholarship and are also required to meet the program’s English proficiency guidelines (see http://www.dcinternships.org/wp-content/uploads/International-Students.pdf).
For students demonstrating financial need, scholarships from FOS and TFAS will cover most program costs (including housing), but Slovak students will be responsible for travel costs, living expenses, as well as health care through the GMU student insurance plan.
Since 2013, the TFAS programs have taken place at George Mason University’s campus in Arlington, VA, and students are housed at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Participants not only increase their knowledge by attending courses and lectures but also are able to interact with students from many of the top universities in the US, in addition to other international students. Moreover, students hold internships for approximately 30 hours per week, giving them practical work experience in the United States.
Students who are interested should complete their applications as instructed on the TFAS website at http://www.dcinternships.org/. The application deadline for international students is 14 January 2016. A copy of the applications should also be sent by email to Dr. Sharon Wolchik at and Dr. Sharon Fisher at . Students may also send a printed copy of their applications to Dr. Sharon Wolchik, IERES, 1957 E Street, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052.
Slovak students who have participated in this program have found it to be extremely beneficial and have remained in touch through groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as regular events in Bratislava. We hope that you will make your students and friends aware of this opportunity and urge those whom you think would benefit to apply. If anyone has additional questions, we would be happy to put potential candidates in touch with previous scholars from Slovakia.
Professor Sharon Wolchik and Dr. Sharon Fisher