High School Fellowships

The CIR High School Fellowship provides current high school students the opportunity to learn about emerging global issues from one of New Mexico’s premier internationally-focused organizations. Fellows will hear from world-renowned speakers, engage with international students, and have the opportunity to apply for funding to study abroad. Fellows will also meet other students from across New Mexico interested in learning about the world! 

Learn more about current 2020-21 Fellows here.




What is a typical Fellowship meeting?


Fellowship meetings are typically two hours, held every other week, usually 5:00-7:00 PM on a weekday. During the first hour, Fellows meet with a world-renowned expert in international affairs, such as an ambassador, diplomat, journalist, analyst, or expert in a content area such as landmine removal. Fellows have the opportunity to engage with the speaker as a small group during Q&A sessions or discussion activities. During the second hour, Fellows typically work on group projects. In the past, group projects have included photo exchanges with international students in Santa Fe’s Sister Cities (Parral, Mexico; Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Livingstone, Zambia) or research opportunities. In 2021-22, the Fellowship project will developed and announced over summer 2021.

If you are interested in observing a typical Fellowship meeting, please view the video below, with the Pulitzer Center’s Executive Editor Marina Walker Guevara in conversation with 2020-21 Digital Fellows.


The Fellowship is NOT an internship


The High School Fellowship is NOT an internship. CIR interns are expected to perform work assignments in the office for an 8-week commitment and may receive academic credit from their schools.

CIR High School Fellows do not perform work assignments and are not eligible to receive academic credit for their work in the Fellowship. Instead, the High School Fellowship is a unique learning opportunity for students to learn about global topics that may not be commonly taught in schools. There is minimal work required outside attending meetings every month.

Fellowships are awarded to students with a desire to explore diverse topics related to international affairs (examples include: public health, cyber security, finance, anthropology, nonproliferation, law, economics, business, international politics, human rights, environmental studies, journalism, education, defense, and many more).




Fellows Fund

CIR believes the opportunity to travel should be made available to more high school students, to experience another culture, study a new language, and learn about life outside the United States. During each Fellowship, CIR will award a scholarship to be applied towards a CIR-approved study abroad program, domestic summer camp, or internship. These scholarships will be competitively awarded to current, outstanding Fellows who regularly attend Fellowship meetings, complete photo assignments, and make every effort to attend CIR community education events.

The Fellows Fund is only available to current High School Fellows.

Meet our 2019-20 Fellows Fund Recipients!



Xitlalitl R.
School: Mandela International Magnet School, Santa Fe
Study Abroad Destination: Cape Town, South Africa

Xitlalitl is a junior at the Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe, NM. She volunteers for the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) every summer and is a Peace Ambassador with Creativity for Peace. Xitlalitl will participate in CIEE’s study abroad program, Leadership Through Mandela’s Example in Cape Town, South Africa this summer.






Skylar M.
School: ASK Academy, Rio Rancho
Study Abroad Destination: Ferrara, Italy

Skylar is a junior at the ASK Academy in Rio Rancho, NM. She is an active participant in Model UN and hopes to join the Foreign Service. Skylar will participate in CIEE’s study abroad program, Italian and Language Culture in Ferrara, Italy this summer. This is the first time Skylar has traveled abroad!






Estephany A.
School: The Master’s Program, Santa Fe
Study Abroad Destination: Mohammedia, Morocco

Estephany is a junior at The Master’s Program, a high school located at the Santa Fe Community College. She is interested in world languages and learning about cultures outside Santa Fe! Estephany will participate in CIEE’s study abroad program, Mentoring Youth & Raising Social Awareness, in Mohammedia, Morocco. This will be Estephany’s first time traveling abroad!


In-Person and Digital Cohorts

For the 2021-22 academic year, CIR will operate TWO distinct cohort of Fellows: in-person and digital. In-person Fellows are expected to attend meetings in Santa Fe twice per month. Fellows who apply for the in-person Fellowship should be able to commit to attending meetings in person. Access to transportation is essential, as CIR cannot provide transportation for Fellows. This cohort is designed for students living in and around the Santa Fe area, such as Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Moriarty, and Rio Rancho. Any student outside Santa Fe and surrounding communities is welcome to apply for the in-person Fellowship, but will need to demonstrate that they have access to reliable transportation.

Disclaimer: CIR is closely monitoring the public health situation in New Mexico. CIR will only offer in-person meetings if it is safe. Fellows selected for the in-person Fellowship will have digital meetings until it is safe to meet in-person.

Digital Fellows will attend online meetings throughout the entirety of the Digital Fellowship. Fellows who apply for the digital Fellowship are primarily students who lack reliable access to transportation (including those in Santa Fe and surrounding communities) and across the state. Digital Fellows will have the same opportunities as in-person Fellows, albeit meet digitally rather than in-person, in Santa Fe. All digital Fellows must currently attend a high school located in New Mexico.


Apply to be a CIR Fellow!


The application for the 2021-22 High School Fellowship is now open!

Applications are welcome from all current high school students attending a public or private school (homeschool applicants are also accepted). Students need to be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior as of August 2021.


Priority deadline: May 15, 2021 (11:59 pm)
Students who apply by this deadline will receive preference for spots in the Fellowship cohort they are applying.

Final deadline: September 1, 2021 (11:59 pm)
This is the final deadline for all remaining positions in the Fellowship.


Apply here!