Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship By-Laws


The purpose of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship is to fund a proposal designed by an American college/university student to conduct brief work in a foreign country on a topic related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is named for First Lady Laura W. Bush who participated in the U.S. reentry to UNESCO in 2003 and was designated an Honorary UNESCO Ambassador for the period of 2003-2012.


The authorities that permit this State Department fellowship are supported by 22 U.S.C. 2651a, 2656, 1431 et seq., and 2451 et seq.



The applicant must be a U.S. citizen eligible for foreign travel, between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application, and enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.


The applicant must submit his/her application package to the U.S. National Commission Executive Secretariat. Included in the package should be a completed application coversheet (current version DS-7646, which must be re-approved by OMB every 3 years), summary of project, essay/interest statement, resume, and letter of recommendation. Only applications complete at the time of the deadline will be considered.


A subcommittee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO will conduct an initial review of applications, conduct phone interviews as needed, and provide recommendations to the entire Commission. Beginning in February 2009, this subcommittee shall include a personal representative of Mrs. Laura W. Bush. The previous Executive Directors of the reestablished U.S. National Commission for UNESCO are eligible to serve as ex-officio members of the subcommittee.

The Commission will then recommend, in a closed Federal Advisory Committee Act session, the top candidate and up to three alternates to the U.S. government (via the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO within the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the Department of State). The Executive Director of the National Commission in the Office of UNESCO Affairs, in consultation with the personal representative of Mrs. Laura W. Bush, will determine the final recipient(s). The number of recipients and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and the funds available, and may vary from year to year.


During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient will submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; communicate his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.



The value of the fellowship may vary from year to year and applicant to applicant. The fellowship may not necessarily cover all the costs of the applicant’s proposal. The anticipated value of a fellowship is $2,500.


The frequency of the fellowship may vary. The Award should be distributed twice per year, during Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter cycles.


More than one fellowship may be awarded per cycle.


The initial funding for this fellowship has generously come from a private donation. Future distributions of the fellowship may rely on further private donations to the Department of State. The money resides in a gift account with State Department - Resource Management. Individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the special account for the fellowship can contact the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO to be put in contact with the Office of Resource Management-Chief Financial Officer and Gift Fund Manager.