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.

How it Works

Locations

Locations

The volunteer project must be outside of the U.S. and conducted in-person at the host location. To date, Christianson Fellows have worked in 40 countries around the world.

Project Types

Project Types

We supports a wide range of projects, including

  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Development

Project Duration

Project Duration

At least 6 months in-person on-site.

Award Amount

Award Amount

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

How to Apply

Next Application Deadline March 15, 2023

To apply, you must be:

  • 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 in-person at the host location
  • Willing to answer Pre- and Post-Project Reflection questions along with short videos and/or blog posts and photos detailing your experience abroad

Note: 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.

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 Fellowship 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
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation