International Affairs Working Group (IAWG)



To provide a platform for federal partners and HBCUs to collaborate and share resources and information that will improve the internationalization of institutions, faculty and students.








IAWG is comprised of federal agencies and partners whose mission provides for opportunities in the international arena including grants, fellowships, scholarships, internships and employment with an international focus.

The following federal agencies are active members:

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Partnering organizations:

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HBCUs with an appointed International Affairs Campus Liaison:

·        Bennett College
·        Bluefield State College
·        Central State University
·        Claflin University
·        Clark Atlanta University
·        Delaware State University
·        Dillard University
·        Jackson State University
·        Johnson C Smith University
·        Lincoln University
·        Mississippi Valley State University
·        Morehouse School of Medicine
·        Saint Augustines College
·        Shorter College
·        Tuskegee University
·        Virginia State University
·        Winston-Salem State University
·        Xavier University of Louisiana

Is your institution not on the list? Contact the IAWG Chairman, Dr. Arthur McMahan (, to find out how to have your campus represented!


IAWG Upcoming Events

2018 WHI-HBCUs & Peace Corps Federal Panel Series

The Peace Corps, in conjunction with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), is offering to hold a Federal Panel Series: Opportunities at home and Abroad during 2018. The series will include a Federal Agency Panel featuring an internship, fellowship and job discussion hosted by various federal agency representatives. The visit will also include classroom talks and/or student sessions centered on international opportunities for HBCU students and institutions.

If your institution is interested in hosting this event next year, please complete the interest form and submit to by November 15, 2017. You may download the form here:
Federal Panel Series Interest Form

2017 Peace Corps Blitz

The Peace Corps will be stopping at a few HBCUs this fall to share information regarding international opportunities for students. The WHI-HBCUs will be joining them to deliver a presentation focusing on student opportunities abroad. Didn’t get a chance to attend a session? Then check out the presentation here: Peace Corps Blitz Presentation

The 2017 MSI Global Education Summit

The WHI-HBCU will be presenting at the 2017 MSI Global Education Summit.  The Summit will be held March 19th & 20th, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN just prior to the 5th Annual Diversity Aboard Conference.  The Summit is geared towards academics, practitioners, and administrators at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) who are working to internationalize their campuses.

To view the WHI-HBCU Presentation from the 2017 MSI Global Education Summit click here: MSI Global Summit Presentation Public

IAWG Winter Town Hall

The first IAWG Town Hall was held on February 15th.  Representatives from 12 institutions attended the session to learn about upcoming projects, areas of collaboration, and federal international opportunities for HBCUs.  The Spring Town Hall will be held in April, 2017.  Registration information will be posted on this site in the upcoming weeks.

The IAWG Winter Town Hall presentation can be found here: IAWG Town Hall Presentation Final

Global Education Summit

IAWG Presentation

Didn’t get a chance to check out the IAWG while they were on tour last fall?  View the International Affairs Working Group Presentation on Federal International Opportunities for HBCUs here: iawg-presentation


Federal International Opportunities for HBCUs

Check this section frequently for updated opportunities.

Added 11/1/2016

STEM Opportunities Abroad!

Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy body. The IAF has over 300 members in over 66 countries, including all leading space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutes worldwide.

Following its theme – “A space-faring world cooperating for the benefit of humanity” – the Federation advances knowledge about space and fosters the development and application of space assets by advancing global cooperation.

As organiser of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC), and other meetings on specific subjects, the IAF actively encourages the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.

Click here for more information: international-astronautical-congress



The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go by awarding over 2,800 scholarships of up to $5,000.

For more information, click here:





International Opportunities from the American Council on Education: ace-opportunities


Added 10/20/2016


Check out these great opportunities from the U.S. Peace Corps:

Graduate Fellows


Flyer: fellows-flyer-fall-2016

Campus Ambassadors


Flyer: campus-ambassadors-flyer-fall-2016



International Education Programs Service


International Education Programs Service: brochure



Council on Foreign Relations:


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Brochure: cfrfellowships