To apply for the Embedded Scholars fellowship in democratic institutional development, please follow the steps below.

Eligibility: This fellowship is open to all University of Texas at Austin students of any major. Students should be proficient in Spanish and have a GPA of at least 3.5. A demonstrated interest in democracy and/or Latin American politics and society is key. Students must be able to take a 3-hour course in the Spring on Democratic and Constitutional Development, preparing them for their fieldwork.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for the 2024 summer fellowship has passed. Information on the 2025 summer fellowship deadline will be posted here when it is available.

Step 1: Review the Embedded Scholars website and eligibility requirements. Contact program directors Zachary Elkins and Ashley Moran (copy both) if you have any questions about your eligibility or the program more broadly.

Step 2: Email the following materials in one pdf file to Stephanie Cushey: a) a statement of interest explaining your qualifications and plan for internship preparation (one page max) and b) a resume. Students are encouraged to submit their statement of interest to the University Writing Center for feedback before submitting their application.

Step 3: Have two recommenders submit their letters of recommendation directly to Stephanie Cushey. The letters of recommendation should be: a) one letter from an instructor (preferably) or other individual describing the applicant’s proficiency in Spanish and b) one letter of recommendation from a UT faculty member or teaching assistant. 

Step 4: Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to an interview.

Step 5: Accepted applicants will need to register for the 3-hour spring course and work with Stephanie Cushey at Texas Global to complete travel paperwork.

For more information, download the 2024 Fellowship Flyer.

A research exchange program at the University of Texas at Austin supporting student work abroad in democratic institutional development