The Robertson Foundation for Government has announced a commitment of $50 million to a new fellowship program for U.S. graduate students who plan to pursue federal government careers in national security, foreign policy, and international affairs.
The Robertson Fellowship program will be modeled after the nation's service academies, in that fellows will receive full scholarships and internship stipends from the foundation in return for spending at least three of their first five years after graduation working for the federal government.
The inaugural class of Robertson Fellows includes first-year graduate students at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Syracuse University's Maxwell School, and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Additional universities will be added to the program in the future, while a second class of students drawn from the four schools already participating in the program will be named at the start of the 2011-12 academic year.
"It is my family's hope and expectation that most of the Robertson Fellows will choose federal government service as a career," said RFFG chairman William Robertson. "We will encourage them to do so and support them in that direction. With the many challenges the United States faces, the federal government needs all of the professional talent it can muster. Over time, our family hopes to steer hundreds of America's 'best and brightest' into this critical talent pool."