Richard H. Ullman Fellowship

Richard Ullman

This fellowship was established in 2014 by former students, colleagues and family members in honor of the late Richard H. Ullman, the David E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus, at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. This fellowship enables recipients to engage in a one-year, career-defining practitioner experience in the field of international affairs that would exemplify the spirit of Dick Ullman’s life and works. One of Dick Ullman’s most memorable attributes was his unwavering commitment to mentoring his students, even after they had left the Woodrow Wilson School. He believed strongly in public service and did all he could to guide and help his students to find opportunities to serve. He also continued to advise them throughout their careers.

The Ullman Fellowship, in the amount of approximately $40-45,000, will be awarded annually to 1 to 3 currently enrolled Woodrow Wilson School students who wish to engage on a significant international project in a full-time assignment for one year with one U.S. federal government agency, international NGO, or a multilateral institution in the U.S. or overseas. Each student’s engagement will be guided by current regulations and constraints of the respective agency or institution at which they work. For eligibility requirements, please refer to How to Apply.

The Fellowship defines these practitioner experiences very broadly. The Fellowship could support a range of assignments such as work in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government or the Congress, to work with NGOs or international organizations (e.g., United Nations Development Programme or the World Food Programme), to hands-on, internationally-oriented fieldwork (e.g., preparing and observing elections in a post-conflict state or assessing the impact of projects in a developing country). While recipients will be responsible for securing their own employment opportunities, they will receive guidance and assistance from the School in making contacts for their fellowship work assignments.

A selection committee comprised of Woodrow Wilson School faculty and staff and Ullman family members, friends or former students will review each application and conduct interviews with semifinalists. Ullman Fellowship recipients will be selected by the Woodrow Wilson School on the basis of outstanding academic performance, proven track record of professional accomplishment, leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to a career in internationally-focused public service.

Fellows will be expected to provide both an interim and final report on the quality of their experience as well as feedback via a written evaluation from their host employer. There will also be an annual event involving the Fellows and the community of Prof. Ullman’s friends and colleagues to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge gained through the practitioner experiences.


Richard H. Ullman was a distinguished scholar of international affairs at Princeton University for over forty years, ultimately as the David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Relations. He began his career at Harvard University, and, while on sabbatical from Princeton, was the George Eastman Visiting Professor at Oxford University, where he had received his D.Phil. as a Rhodes Scholar. He educated generations of students and mentored many who have guided United States foreign policy for both Democratic and Republican presidents. Through his own service in the administrations of two presidents, his time on The New York Times editorial board, his leadership of Foreign Policy Magazine, his role as director of studies at the Council of Foreign Relations and through his many articles, Dick made important contributions to the country's pressing foreign policy discussions over many decades. For more information about Ullman's work, click here.