College Fellowship


New in 2021, the CIR College Fellowship provides current college students the opportunity to learn about emerging global issues from one of New Mexico’s premier internationally-focused organizations. College Fellows will collaborate with CIR’s High School Fellowship and hear from world-renowned speakers, engage with international students, and have the opportunity to apply for funding to study abroad. College Fellows will also meet other students from across New Mexico interested in learning about the world! 

CIR expects to award up to ten (10) in-person and another ten (10) digital College Fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Fellowship will begin in August 2021 and last through April 2022.


What is a typical meeting like?


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.

Tentatively, College Fellows will be a group mentor for High School Fellows, providing assistance and oversight of their final project.



The 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. If you are interested in a College Internship, please visit our page here!

College Fellows do not perform work assignments and are not eligible to receive academic credit for their work in the Fellowship. Instead, the College Fellowship is a unique learning opportunity for students to learn about emerging and pressing issues in international affairs from experts in the field.

College Fellowships are awarded to currently enrolled (part-time and full-time) students attending a college/university in New Mexico. While we welcome applications from students studying international studies and political science, applicants with diverse academic background are encouraged to apply!


Two College Fellow Cohorts

For the 2021-22 academic year, CIR will operate TWO distinct cohort of College 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, Española, 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 access to the same CIR opportunities as in-person Fellows.


Apply to be a College Fellow!



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

Applications are welcome from all current college/university students attending a school located in New Mexico.


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!