UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

Provides funding to conduct brief work in a foreign country for students with little or no previous experience abroad.

The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between four and six weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations.

Deadline Information

For projects conducted in the Summer: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

For projects conducted Winter/Spring: Friday, September 30, 2016


During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Eligibility Requirements

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.


Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel

Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application

Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States