The Larson International Fellowship was established in 1986 by grants to Carleton from Robert ’56, John ’60, and David Larson ’63 in memory of their parents, Frances W. and Eugene Larson. Both Frances and Eugene had a deep interest in Carleton and were champions of international understanding and involvement. Awarded annually, Larson International Fellowships provide a significant international experience for students with strong leadership potential. Learn about some recent Larson International Fellowship experiences.

The Larson International Fellowship may be applied for during Fall Term, Winter Term, or Spring Term.


Summer Projects: Up to $5,000 per fellowship may be awarded

Winter Break Projects: Up to $2,000 beyond the cost of airfare, per fellowship, may be awarded


  • Sophomore or Junior students may apply at any deadline; first-year students are ineligible to apply at the Fall Term deadline; seniors may apply only for non-Comps projects and only at the Fall Term deadline.
  • The Larson International Fellowship is open only to US and Canadian citizens or permanent residents who may travel internationally.
  • Students studying any discipline are eligible.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • While prior foreign experience does not disqualify an applicant, special consideration is given to those who have not outside of North America.
  • Fellowship awards will support activities in all countries of the world except the United States and Canada.

When deciding among equally strong proposals for the same category/categories or fellowship funds, juniors/rising seniors (especially those proposing Comps work) are prioritized for summer fellowship funding; followed by sophomores/rising juniors; and the lowest priority group for funding will be rising sophomores. Seniors receive the lowest priority for non-Comps project funding for Winter Break; juniors, followed by sophomores, are the priority groups for that (very limited) funding.

View examples of projects funded.

See the Application and Recommendations Process page for more information!


Please contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.