Department Resources

International Relations at SF State has many opportunities for their students. Explore our organizations and view scholarship, internship opportunities and study abroad information.

Scholarships can be found through the College of Liberal and Creative Arts and/or through SF State's Academic Works portal.

Benny and May Chin Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to continuing and entering students SF State students with financial need, demonstrated academic achievement, and community involvement.

Award: $2,500

Dwight James Simpson Memorial Scholarship

To encourage and support the pursuit of knowledge for the Middle East.

Award: $3000

Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) Student Excellence Award

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Student Excellence Award recognizes outstanding course work of undergraduate students minoring in MEIS, students who pursue an emphasis in Middle East Studies in a Liberal and Creative Arts department that has such an emphasis, or students who will have completed at least two years in a Middle Eastern language by the time they graduate.  Applicants should explain their decision to take courses in MEIS, as well as their career goals.  Students on financial aid are given special consideration.

Award: An amount up to $2,000

The Turkish American Arts & Culture Scholarship

The Turkish American Arts & Culture Necati, Cihat, Ozgul & Metincan Esrefoglu Endowed scholarship assists promising students who are active in the Turkish community and in their studies of Turkey.
Award: Up to $1000

Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistant and Undergraduate Scholarship

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant, an initiative aimed at promoting student research in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Deadline for submission: March or April

Award amount and timing: $3,000 ($1,000 to the faculty member, $2,000 to the student. The grant can include up to two students, each of whom would receive $2,000. If applying for more than one student research assistant, indicate clearly the expected budget in the project abstract).

View the LCA Marcus page to learn more.

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* We (San Francisco State University) do not endorse any of the programs listed here or programs to which you may be referred by the listed sites. They are provided strictly for informational purposes.

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IRSA members meet with White House National Security Council (NSC) Chief of Staff Curtis Ried during President Biden's visit to San Francisco.

As a student based non-profit academic organization, the International Relations Student Association at SF State is dedicated to making educational resources more readily available to students and increasing coordination between students and faculty. We strive to increase student knowledge of international events which carry significant political, cultural and social relevance in our world. IRSA brings together undergraduate students from the SF State IR department for events, career and internship workshops, study groups and an annual graduation banquet in May.

For current information and updates, please visit the IRSA OrgSync page.

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Conversation between delegates within non-formal negotiations during Model EU Conference, March 2023.

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SF State Department of International Relations students who have competed at the Model EU (left to right): Brandon Chase, Zen Lewis, Brittany Hernandez and Matheus Maynard Frank. Zen Lewis received the Outstanding Delegate Award for Head of Government at the Model EU Conference, March 2023.