Christianson Fellowship

Christianson Fellowship

InterExchange funds impactful service projects abroad.

The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship awards up to $10,000 to young Americans who are passionate about helping communities abroad thrive and are eager to learn about the local culture. Fellows identify a project or an organization working on an issue they care about, and with the support of the Christianson Fellowship, contribute their skills and passion to that endeavor for at least six months on-location abroad. This intercultural experience is a meaningful way to help others, improve skills, and gain insight about another culture.

Key Info

Locations

Locations

Fellows have worked in 40 countries around the world. The project must be outside of the U.S.

Project Types

Project Types

Fellows work on a wide range of multinational issues, from public health and education to legal advocacy and environmental conservation.

Project Duration

Project Duration

At least 6 months on-site.

Award Amount

Award Amount

$2,500 - $10,000 (depending on location and duration of project)

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

March 15, July 15, August 15 (every year)

Requirements

  • 18-28 years old at project start date
  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Participating in an impact-oriented internship or volunteer abroad project for at least 6 months
  • Willing to submit blog posts and a written report upon completion
The fellowship does not support religious projects, independent research projects, or academic study abroad programs. Projects must not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit.

Types of Projects

The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship supports a wide range of projects, including:

Community Development

Community Development

Improving food and income security; building community infrastructure

Education

Education

Literacy; data coding

Environment

Environment

Reforestation; water conservation; landslide prevention and mitigation

Human Rights

Human Rights

Advocacy for marginalized communities; empowering girls and young women

Public Health

Public Health

Infectious disease control; maternal and child health; preventative care

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Sustainable farming; renewable energy initiatives; sustainable waste management

Types of Projects

The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship supports a wide range of projects, including:

Process

Apply

Apply

Complete our online application by the deadline closest to your project start date.

Interview

Interview

We’ll contact you shortly after the deadline to notify you if you’ve been selected for an interview.

Award Notification

Award Notification

The Fellow Selection Committee makes their final decision 6-8 weeks after the deadline.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation