"The JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program exposed me to incredible people and places within the field of International Relations that I otherwise would not have experienced as a pre-med student. This program has enabled me to view medicine through a global perspective and has inspired me to combine public health and clinical medicine in my future practice. I feel enlightened about real life issues and empowered to step out of my comfort zone and immerse myself into the global sphere, all thanks to the JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program."

– Blakeley Schiffman ’17, Integrative Neuroscience and Pre-med

JFEW Information

The JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program, funded by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW), Stony Brook University, SUNY Geneseo and Binghamton University, is a two-year program for students from Binghamton, SUNY Geneseo and Stony Brook with a preference for female scholars. The integrated program is expected to include:

  • Two years of scholarship support (up to $5,500 each year)
  • A monthly seminar series for two academic years
  • A paid internship in a New York-based global organization offered during the summer between the Junior and Senior years ($3,500)

The Two-Year Academic Program is expected to start in September 2017 and will provide a total of ten scholarships to rising juniors. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers as practitioners in the field of international relations and global affairs and to create strong mentor and peer networks that will continue to support students' goals through their careers. Students from all backgrounds who match the criteria are encouraged to apply.

The Two-Year Academic Program (2017-2019) Is Expected to Include:

Scholarship assistance of up to $5,500 during the student's Junior year and Senior year for a total of up to $11,000 for two years. Scholarship amounts are initially calculated on an annual basis; however, specific scholarships for each semester are determined based on whether participating students continue to meet the scholarship's GPA and financial need requirements. JFEW scholarships must not be used to replace other scholarship or grant funding. JFEW scholars may not receive a combination of scholarships, grants, Federal Work Study and/or education loans exceeding the Cost of Attendance as determined by their Financial Aid Office.

Required participation in three 3-hour seminars held one or two Friday afternoons each month is part of the program (2:30-5:30 PM). Seminars are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of major issues, organizations, and people in International Relations and Global Affairs. Students will have required readings and written assignments. Facilitated networking, professional development, and mentoring opportunities will also occur. A paid 8-week summer internship between the Junior and Senior years that includes: Placement in an internationally focused organization ranging from well‐known international think tanks and UN organizations, to NGOs.

Prior JFEW/SUNY Binghamton Scholars have interned at such organizations as:

  • US Department of State
  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • Peace Corps
  • Council on Foreign Relations

A stipend of $3,500 paid in three installments during the summer internship is part of this program for qualifying scholars. Academic Credit for the internship is also available through CDCI. A three day Orientation in New York City before the internship will include: an overview of key international relations and global affairs issues; site visits to prestigious international organizations; sessions by international relations experts; and preparation for the internship. A weekly Distinguished Speakers Series highlighting key leaders in organizations working internationally. The Series will be held in the evening. Attendance is required. Opportunity to attend special activities at various NYC organizations such as events at the Foreign Policy Association, Council of the Americas, and Asia Society. A one day wrap‐up and debrief session during the last week of the internship.

In the senior year of the program there are 2 monthly 1.5 hour seminars on Fridays  (2:30 - 4 p.m.) which include career development topics such as applying to graduate school, funding sources and fiscal responsibility, job search, interview preparation and many other topics.

* Please note that students planning to participate in a study abroad program during their Junior or Senior years are still encouraged to apply for the program. Provisions will be made for their participation during their study abroad. However, students must be available for the summer 2018 months (June through August) for the duration of the internship in New York City


Selection Criteria and Requirements:

Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in a career in International Relations and Global Affairs and meet all of the following requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • U. S. citizens or eligible for citizenship
  • Permanent residence must be in New York City or within a 50-mile radius thereof
  • Entering their Sophomore or Junior Years in fall 2017
  • Current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with their University's Office of Financial Aid. This FAFSA must establish that the student has demonstrated financial need. It is therefore a requirement that you complete your 2016-2017 FAFSA prior to the submission of your scholarship application.
  • It is important to note that you may complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA prior to having filed 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns. Simply use estimates to answer the income questions during your initial FAFSA filing. After tax returns are completed and filed, enter the correct information on your FAFSA using the Correct your FAFSA feature on the fafsa.ed.gov website.


Last Updated: 2/10/17