The Fellowship, established in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a victim of international terrorism, is run in association with APSIA with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, U.S. Department of State, the European Union, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Foundation, and individual donors. Fellows are current graduate students, selected from APSIA member schools in international relations and are both U.S. and foreign nationals.
There have been 141 fellows since the inception of the program in 1977. The European Union, a strategic supporter of the Fellowship, nominates one Rosenthal Fellow for this year's European Visitor Program Fellowship.
In a joint statement, APSIA director Leigh Morris Sloane and Fellowship Chair Rick Gilmore said, "the program's success depends on our sponsors from Congress and Executive Branch agencies, the caliber of our fellows, APSIA member school support, and the generous and loyal contributions of our donors. The Fellowship is living proof that terrorism cannot overwhelm the human spirit. We're a program whose purpose is to provide exceptional students with unique government experience. They are our future leaders in the advance of peace."