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Christianson Fellowship

Furthering international understanding and cultural awareness

The InterExchange Foundation supports young Americans with a passion for improving the world by participating in meaningful projects abroad.

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Fund your service project and make a difference in the world

We fund impactful service projects abroad with up to $10,000 in grant money to support motivated young Americans who are committed to perform meaningful service projects abroad. If you are passionate about helping communities abroad thrive and eager to learn about the local culture, submit an application for the next application deadline (deadlines: March 15, July 15, October 15).

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.

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What our Christianson Fellows have to say about their impact
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Since 2007, the InterExchange Foundation has provided grants to young Americans who wish to participate in meaningful volunteer projects abroad and who are eager to share their experiences in order to further international understanding and promote cultural awareness. To date, we have supported more than 100 Christianson Fellows who have worked in more than 40 countries around the world. 

How it works

Please create an account to access the online application for the Christianson Fellowship. Applications are reviewed after the close of each application deadline (March 15, July 15, October 15) and you will be notified within 2 weeks of the deadline whether or not you are invited for an interview.


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 more than 40 countries around the world.

Project duration

At least 6 months in-person on-site is a minimum requirement of this grant.

Award amount

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

Project types

We support a wide range of projects:

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

    What type of projects does the Christianson Fellowship support?
    The Christianson Fellowship supports self-arranged and created service project experiences abroad. Past fellows’ projects have focused on multiple international issues, including public health, environmental conservation, legal advocacy, women’s and girls’ rights, microfinance, education, and poverty alleviation, among other topics. Your project should focus on an issue and a region of the world that you feel passionately about.
    Your project should not entail payment to a program provider who charges a fee to set-up your service project. You may contact an organization individually to learn about service opportunities. Many organizations actively recruit volunteers and interns.

    The Christianson Fellowship is intended to cover your living expenses while abroad and contributing to a service project. This includes housing, meals, and local transport. You may also include associated costs, such as transport to and from your project location, passport and visa costs, and travel medical insurance.

    The Fellowship does not cover mid-service trips home.

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    Get in touch

    To get in touch you can reach us at the details below:

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    Become a Christianson Fellow and make a real impact

    We can help you create change in the world. Apply here to become a Christianson Fellow!