Fellowship Opportunities

  • For Undergraduate Students
  • For Undergraduate Students or Graduate Students
  • For Graduate Students or Graduating Seniors
  • For Undergraduate Students

    • Benjamin A. Gilman
      • Deadlines: CLOSED for spring 2011.
    • Barry M. Goldwater
    • Goldwaters are awarded to sophomores and juniors studying and planning a research career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomore scholarship recipients receive $14,000 (for two years of undergraduate support) and junior scholarship recipients receive $7,000 (for one year of support) towards expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Campus deadline: November 1; National deadline: TBA.
    • Harry S. Truman
      • The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students, who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. Candidates must be in the upper quarter of their junior class and be nominated by the university's Truman Faculty Representative. The Truman Foundation is looking for candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Campus deadline: November 1; National deadline: TBA.
    • Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall
      • The Udall scholarship honors the legislative legacy of Congressman Morris K. Udall and promotes future scientists and policymakers in areas impacted by his efforts, in particular students seeking careers in environmental policy and/or environmental science OR Native American/Native Alaskan students seeking careers in healthcare or tribal policy. Campus deadline: November 1; National deadline: TBA.
    • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
      • The program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Students must also demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Deadline HAS PASSED: September 30, 2010.
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    For Undergraduate or Graduate Students

    • David L. Boren National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarship
    • The Boren scholarships support study abroad in all regions or countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The focus of NSEP is on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide up to $10,000 for a semester-long study abroad program and up to $20,000 for a year-long study abroad program. Awards are intended for Juniors and seniors (academic term or year) to increase their knowledge of and competencies in other languages and cultures; and, for freshmen and sophomores (intensive summer or academic term study abroad programs) to foster their interest in international affairs. Campus Deadline has passed: November 1; National Deadline: TBA
    • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
      • There are three Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships for study at a foreign university through which the Rotary Foundation seeks to promote understanding and friendly relations among people of different nations. Application must be made through a Rotary Club, and relatives of Rotarians are not eligible to apply. Application deadlines are determined by individual Rotary Clubs and tend to be very early. Please meet with Dr. James Griesen for more information. Deadline March 31 (every year).
    • Thomas Pickering Scholarship - Undergraduate and Graduate
      • Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is for any U.S. citizen, regardless of ethnicity, who is interested in international affairs and a career in the U.S. Foreign Service as well as pursuing a master's degree at one of the APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs)schools. The fellowship award includes tuition & fees, room/board, 1 round trip travel a year to school, and books for the junior and senior years of college as well as the first year of graduate school.
        The fellowship has the following additional opportunities:
      • Junior year summer institute in public policy and international affairs
      • 2 paid summer internships with the Dept of State - one in Washington DC and one overseas at an embassy or U.S. delegation (these are both after graduation from college)
      • 2 year master's degree
      • minimum 4 and a half years in the foreign service
      • This program is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. There is also a graduate version of this fellowship for people who have graduated from college. It is similar in that they have 2 paid internships, but the program covers both years of the master's program in any relevant field to international affairs / foreign service work and they have a minimum 3 year commitment.
    • Critical Language Scholarship
      • For both undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in learning critical languages (Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Azerbaijani) during the summer at certain institutions abroad. National deadlines: December.
    • SMART Scholarship
    • The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance, and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States.
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
    • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) realizes that the country's strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives. Areas of study that are eligible include: physical, mathematical, computer and information, life, and social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering. Funding is available on both the undergraduate and graduate level.
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Graduating Seniors and Graduate Students

  • Winston Churchill Foundation
  • The Churchill Scholarship provides funding for one year of graduate study for U. S. citizens in the fields of engineering, mathematics, or science at the University of Cambridge; Churchill Scholars live at Churchill College. Candidates should possess outstanding academic and leadership qualities. The applicant may already by enrolled in a U. S. graduate program at the time of application. The applicant's study or research plans must be well-suited to Cambridge departments. A very high GPA and the GRE General Test are required. An applicant must submit a separate application to the University of Cambridge by mid-October as well as the application for the Churchill Scholarship. Campus Deadline: Sept. 1; National deadline: Nov. 8. 2011
  • Fulbright
    • Fulbrights are for graduate study or research abroad. Grants are awarded to seniors and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts. One-year English teaching assistantships are also available. Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study. Such proficiency is especially important to students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities. Fulbright full grants provide round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses. Fulbrights are for graduate study or research abroad. Grants are awarded to seniors and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts. One-year English teaching assistantships are also available. Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study. Such proficiency is especially important to students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities. Fulbright full grants provide round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition (in some cases), book and research allowances, maintenance for the academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, funds for spousal support. Campus deadline: September 9, 2011; National deadline: mid October.

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  • Gates Cambridge
    • The Gates Cambridge provides full scholarships for 160 graduate students from all over the world to study in any discipline at the University of Cambridge in England. The scholarships will cover tuition, room, board, travel and stipend for study at Cambridge. Between 60 and 80 awards will be made each year to students resident in the United States. The scholarships may be held for 1 to 4 years, depending on the course of study and are conditional on the student gaining admission to Cambridge by the University's regular application process. Campus deadline: April 15; National deadline: Oct. 15, 2010.
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  • Marshall Scholarships
    • Marshall Scholarships cover two to three years of study at any British university in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British university degree. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university and have obtained after their freshman year a grade point average of not less than 3.7. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni who are 26 or younger (35 if you wish to read business studies) and are citizens of the United States. Forty scholarships are given, and the award covers all tuition and other fees, a personal allowance to cover residence and cost of living expenses, round-trip airfare, an annual grant for approved travel in connection with studies, payment (in certain circumstances) of necessary daily travel expenses, an annual book grant, a thesis allowance, if required, and a married person's allowance, depending on circumstances. Selectors look for distinction of intellect and character. Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active role in the life of the UK University to which they go, and to those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Campus deadline: April 15; National deadline: Oct. 3, 2011.
  • George J. Mitchell
    • The Mitchell Scholarships allow students who are U.S. citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet thirty, to pursue one year of graduate study in any field at the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland. Prospective scholars must have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society. Applicants must be graduating seniors. Scholarship recipients receive tuition, room, airfare to and from Ireland, travel expenses, and an $11,000 stipend. Twelve scholarships are awarded annually. Campus deadline: April 15; National deadline: Oct. 5, 2010.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
    • Those eligible to apply for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. The awards are three-year full fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the areas of science, mathematics, and engineering. NSF Graduate Fellowships are open only to individuals who are, at the time of application, citizens or nationals or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Eligibility is limited to those individuals who, at the time of application, have completed no more than 20 semester hours or equivalent of graduate study in the fields supported by this program. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards. Awards carry a stipend for each fellow of $16,800 for a 12-month tenure and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500, pending availability of funds. Approximately 900 awards are given annually. Deadline: Consult website (early November).

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  • NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship
    • Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 
      Boren Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The minimum period of support is one academic semester. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000 over 24 months. Actual support levels will be determined by each individual project budget and the length of the project. No fellowship, whether overseas only, domestic only, or combined, may exceed a total of two academic years.
      The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security.
      There is a service requirement associated with the award. The award recipient should work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities.  The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies. Campus Deadline: November 1; National Deadline: TBA.
  • National Institutes of Health/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program
    • Scholarships in the National Institutes of Health/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program are offered to exceptionally promising students who wish to pursue accelerated Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D training at the cutting edge of biomedical research in collaborative projects between labs of the National Institutes of Health and Oxford University or Cambridge University. These scholarships fully fund Ph.D. training expenses, including tuition, college fees, stipend, health insurance and travel. Scholars can receive full funding for combined M.D./Ph.D. training in coordination with one of the 42 top U.S. medical schools that have NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Programs.
      NIH/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars carry out research in both the US and the UK in any area of biomedical inquiry of their choosing. Training includes opportunities for multidisciplinary research and experiences which place medical research in the context of the broader social fabric. NIH/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars, on average, complete their Ph.D. training in 4 years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have completed a bachelor's degree. Students with strong backgrounds in the traditional areas of biomedical studies, as well as in computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics, are encouraged to apply. Deadline: January 3, 2011.
  • SMART Scholarship for Service Program
    • The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance, and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States. Deadline: 2011 SMART Scholarship application is now closed. The application will reopen on August 1, 2011.
  • Rhodes Trust
    • A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford. It may be held for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years. Scholars are required to be full-time students at Oxford for the duration of their undergraduate or graduate degree programs. The Rhodes Scholarship consists of a direct payment to the Scholar's College of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory fees, and certain other set charges), plus a maintenance allowance paid directly to the Scholar in installments during the two-year term of the Scholarship. The Rhodes Trustees will assist successful applicants with their traveling expenses to and from Oxford. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni between the ages of 18 and 25. Proven intellectual and academic quality of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but applicants will also be required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the full. Cecil Rhodes believed that the last of these qualities was best tested through participation and success in sports. Participation in varsity sports is not essential if applicants are able to demonstrate in other ways the physical vigor that will enable Rhodes Scholars to make an effective contribution to the world around them. Campus deadline: April 15; National deadline: October 5, 2011.
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