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Director of the Office of Fellowships, Scholarships, and Graduate School Advisement:

Prof. Naseem A. Choudhury

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Graduate school preparation overview

The Office offers individual counseling as the centerpiece of fellowship and scholarship assistance. Fellowship, scholarship, and graduate school advice includes: feedback on drafts of proposals and essays, tactics for clearly articulating the significance of the project, determining appropriate fellowship and scholarship opportunities, and obtaining effective letters of recommendation and faculty advice.

This Office primarily deals with competitive external scholarships and fellowships, especially for those headed to graduate school. If you are looking for scholarship opportunities for your undergraduate years, start here:

Note that the deadline to apply for many on-campus scholarships is October 30,

Finding Fellowships

Most fellowship programs have deadlines between October and January, but each one varies. Applying takes a minimum of several weeks (to request letters of recommendation, write personal statements, etc) and some take months. Plan accordingly.

For excellent searchable databases of fellowship, go here:

UNDERGRADUATE—University of Arkansas

GRADUATE- University of Illinois

Application Components

Application Components Checklist:

  1. Make a list of all of the requested materials. Collate them in sequence.
  2. If you are attaching additional information, make sure that attachments are allowed.
  3. Make sure that you have all required signatures.
  4. Make sure you have all copies included in the packet.
  5. Make sure you distinguish between due dates and postmarked dates.  You must follow all deadlines.
  6. Avoid posting your application online on the due date in case there are technological issues.
  7. Make a copy of everything for yourself.
  8. Follow up on your application. Be sure to thank those who helped you with the process or wrote letters of recommendation.



The Personal Statement/Essay

The first thing you should do is verse yourself thoroughly in the requirements of the personal essay. Every fellowship will be looking for different aspects and criteria. You may want to make a list so that you can check-off each criteria.

Remember, this essay should be self-reflective. A good essay will be showing the work of many drafts, revisions, and edits. Because personal statements are personal, there is no universal or formal approach. Depending on the fellowship, the personal essay will be about 1000 words and should have a clear theme with 3 or 4 points connected to that theme.

The personal statement is an opportunity to present information about you that cannot be gleaned from the application itself. That is, use your personal statement to explain what is unique and important about you – show something that they cannot see by simply reading the application.

Every fellowship or scholarship application requires an essay in which the candidate describes his or her academic and other interests. The personal essay, personal statement, autobiographical essay, or personal narrative, allows you to introduce yourself to the selection committee. An outstanding personal essay will not win you a scholarship, but a poorly prepared one can deny you the chance to be considered a finalist.

The essay, often the most important part of the application, allows you to demonstrate how your goals, interests, and experience match with the program for which you are applying. A poorly written essay can show your lack of effort and ability. Conversely, a well-written essay can make you noticeable or help compensate for some other weakness in your application.

Typically, readers of personal statements will want you to answer the following questions:

  • What is special, unique, distinctive, or impressive about you or your life story?
  • What details of your life (personal, family, history, events) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from the other candidates?
  • What makes you interesting? Remember that the majority of candidates will be smart and accomplished. You need to stand out by being more committed than they are and that can be demonstrated by sharing a vivid anecdote or presenting a special individual quality?
  • What are your long-term goals? Career plans? What types of contributions would you like to make? What personal characteristics do you possess that would increase your likelihood of success in your field? Avoid clichés here. Planning to do graduate studies shows that you have purpose and drive.
  • What are your personal and professional interests? Did you acquire them in a unique or memorable way? What defining person or experience has shaped your interests? Be positive. Explain when and why you became interested in the field.
  • How does your proposal connect to your long-term goals? The fellowship is investing in you so be sure you show them that their investment is a sound one.

General Advice

  • Answer the questions that are asked – while you may be able to use the same essay for all applications, be sure that your answers fit the questions being asked.
  • Tell a story – demonstrate, with specificity, your character, strengths, vision, and experience.
  • Be specific – do not make claims about what kind of lawyer or doctor you would be without specifics. Your desire should be a result of a specific experience that is outlined in your statement.
  • Find a theme – you may think that your life lacks drama, so figuring out how to make yourself appear interesting becomes a challenge. Try and find an angle, hook, or use a metaphor.
  • Have a strong opening paragraph – the opening paragraph is vital. It is here that you grab or lose your reader’s attention. This paragraph should be the framework for the rest of the essay.
  • Explain what you know – the middle section of your statement might detail your interests and experience as well as your knowledge in the field. Be sure you can show your understand the key aspects of your field. Refer to specific experiences, courses, research, books, seminars, research projects, or any other source that addresses the career you want and why you are suited for it.
  • Don’t include some subjects – there are certain things that should be left out of the personal statement. Some examples include references to politics, religion, questionable humor, accomplishments from high school, and other “immature” references.
  • Do research – if a school wants to know why you are applying to their school over others, do some research to determine what sets that school apart from others.
  • Write well – proofread, proofread, and proofread. Be meticulous. Express yourself clearly. Adhere to any word limit or page limit.
  • Avoid clichés – stay away from common terms or tired statements. Express an original thought.

Hints to Improve Your Essay

Your personal essay for different fellowships or different schools will vary because an effective personal statement addresses the definitive criteria of each specific organization. The personal essay is not a narrative résumé. Rather, it should tell a quick and meaningful story about you that the reader cannot glean from your transcripts and any relevant admission examination.

A good personal essay conveys your individuality through concrete examples, details, and personal anecdotes. Be sure that the opening sentence and paragraph grab the reader and intrigue them to read further. Be honest about your achievements and strengths while staying modest and realistic about your weaknesses. Avoid being gimmicky, cute, arrogant, or self-deprecating. Try to be clear and graceful and focus more on your positive attributes.

A Few Style Tips

  • Find a thread that binds the paragraphs – for example, in your autobiographical narrative, start with your background and an experience/person that had a formative influence on your interest. You can then move to subsequent events/undertakings that honed your specific interest and discuss your academic growth. Then, discuss your future ambitions or long-term objectives. Finish with how the scholarship or graduate studies will contribute to your goals.
  • Persuasive writing relies on strong verbs – nouns and adjectives are not as powerful. Verbs signify action and can show evidence of past performance rather than merely piling up nouns and adjectives.
  • Use the active voice – the passive voice projects weakness.
  • Choose precise words – use clear words and phrases rather than abstract ones. Don’t turn to the thesaurus in all instances. Avoid using etc. as it can show that you don’t know how to finish your sentence.
  • Too many metaphors may confuse – ensure that your metaphors are precise. Avoid either putting more than one metaphor in a sentence or overextending the metaphor.
  • Cut unnecessary preliminaries and inflated phrases – don’t explain what you are about to say, just say it. Phrases like, let me add, the fact that, on the whole, etc., should not be used.
  • Use elegant sentence variations – be sure to vary your sentences. Vary structure: simple and complex, long and short, exclamations. Vary beginnings: start each sentence with a different noun, preposition, participle, or adjective. Vary sentence lengths: avoid overly long and complex sentences. What worked for Faulkner may not work you for you here. Vary words: do not use the same words if not used deliberately for effect.
  • Use consistent verb tenses – if using background influences that are still with you, use present tense. For past experiences, use the past tense. You would be surprised what a difference this makes.
  • No clichés – clichés are lazy expressions, sometimes.
  • Do not use “very” – this is a crutch. You usually do not need to use the word.

Fellowships, general not graduate schools (except medical school), require interviews for candidates who are short-listed. If you are called for an interview, it signals that they were impressed with your application. Be sure to prepare for the interview!

Preparing for the interview:

  • Re-read your application – most interview questions will be based on your application.
  • Prepare an opening and closing remark – the first question will be to tell them about yourself and the last will be any closing comments you wish to add.
  • Practice interviewing – this office will set up mock interviews if you would like.
  • Prepare possible questions – be sure you know the award itself and why it is named after someone, if it is.
  • Expect the unexpected – you may be asked anything.
  • Be caught up on current affairs – depending on the award, you may be asked questions regarding current issues so you should read the daily papers leading up to the interview.

During the interview:

    • Dress neatly and appropriately.
    • Be your articulate self.
    • Try to relax. Prepare and think of it as a discussion.
    • Remain calm, pause, and breathe.
    • Don’t talk too much or rush to answer a question. Pause and collect your thoughts.
    • Avoid one word answers. Add an explanation.
    • After you’ve answered a question, sit quietly and wait for the next one.
    • Be sure to establish and keep eye contact. Remind yourself of body language and posture.
    • If you can, use the interviewer’s names.
Letters of Recommendation

Strong letters of recommendation will have a significant influence on whether you will get the scholarship or admittance into the graduate school. The strong letter shows that the recommender knows you well, with detail. When you choose a recommender, choose those who know you well and with whom you have established a relationship. Ask professors whom you have taken multiple classes with, worked on a project with, or participated in a small seminar. Letters from people who know you well are far more valuable than letter from well-known people who know you less and may write a form letter.

Approach letter writers as soon as possible. If you know you will need a letter in October, you may ask them months in advance and give them deadlines as the date approaches. Depending on the letter writer, a good letter may take weeks to write. When you approach the recommender, discuss your plans of study and why you want to apply. Provide them with a written description of the program or scholarship, your essay, transcript (if they ask for it), and honors list.

This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education provides a very useful overview of the rationale for the process.


Advice to Letter Writers

Letters of recommendation are a valuable component for graduate admissions and/or fellowships and scholarships. Since you agreed to write the letter, the student has demonstrated trust in your ability to seriously assess their capability for future graduate work. Your letter should be honest and support the applicant. If you do not feel that you can write a supportive letter, it is a professional courtesy to inform the student that you cannot write a letter on their behalf. If you choose to write a letter, be sure to write a focused letter that reflects the qualities that make the student stand out. Remember, the student is competing against many other qualified and competent applicants so you want to write what makes your student unique. Letters that are rich in detail often carry more weight.

Give details

  •  Avoid clichés or generalizations
  • Give details about actual work done by or with the student. What are their strengths or weaknesses?
  • Give personal anecdotes if possible. What character strengths does the student possess? How are they exhibited? Are qualities like determination, tenacity, creativity, leadership, etc. displayed?
  • Be sure to give a context to your relationship. How long have you known the student? In what capacity? When making comparisons to other students, how many students are you choosing from?

Avoid unlimited praise

  • While you want to be supportive, the committee wants a fair picture of your student. Do not exaggerate in such a way that the student seems “too good to be true.” One way to avoid such unlimited praise is to talk about some aspect of the student that remains underdeveloped. Unrealized potential leaves the committee envisioning an applicant who can grow without limits.

Read criteria and address specifically

  •  Be sure the applicant provides you with the criteria the committee is looking for. This will allow you to address the criteria specifically in your letter. Comment only on the criteria that is related to your area of knowledge.
The Résumé

Some scholarships have a designated space for you to list your activities, honors, and awards. Others require you attach a list. Be sure that you follow the instructions with regards to length, activities, and accomplishments. The résumé provides the selectors with a quick overview of your academic background, leadership, and service roles. Be selective and list all significant honors. Be sure to elaborate on your awards in your essay if applicable.

  • Use terminology for your headings.
  • Note the date -month and year.
  • List your activities in chronological sequence with the most recent first.
  • Restrict your activities to the college or university level, unless you have remarkable and pertinent high school achievement that warrants inclusion.
  • When you use an acronym, spell it the first time you use it followed by the acronym in parentheses.
  • Give brief explanations of entries that are not self-explanatory.
  • Where applicable, briefly note your responsibilities.
  • Be honest. Don’t claim you can speak French unless you honestly can.
  • Be consistent in your layout: use the same font, size, headings, format, etc.
The Proposed Program of Study

Many awards such as the Fulbright, Truman, and NSF require a separate proposed program of study or project proposal, whereas in other scholarship applications the proposed program of study is part of the personal essay.

The project description should be written without jargon, in plain language, and should be no longer in length than the application stipulates. Try to capture the attention of the reader immediately, much like writing a newspaper article. The proposal should include:

  1. History and Definition of the Project
    Clearly describe the specific program of study or research planned. Include the period of proposal and outline the general ideas and questions to be explored. Explain how the project was conceived and how it will advance your intellectual development and career plans. Describe the history of the project, noting whether it was initiated by you and/or part of a larger project.
  2. Work Plan, Methodology, and Schedule
    Outline the work plan, methodology, and schedule for the grant period. Note your preliminary work (reading, study, research) that you have done or will do on the project prior to the beginning of the project; the planned stages, weekly or monthly, if possible, for completion of the project; the critical approaches to be employed; the location of the project, and what travel might be conducted for the project. If a foreign language is involved, cite specific experience with the language and have a reference letter that attests to your adequacy in that language for the project.
  3. Statement of Qualifications
    Detail your educational background; specific project-related courses and experience; and your major intellectual interests. Provide your current academic status and graduation year. This statement should be no longer than one or two paragraphs. Additionally, the fellowship may request an official transcript.
  4. Bibliography
    Construct a one-page bibliography of the resources that will be used and a listing of organizations sponsoring or advising the project. For organizations, provide names of specific authorizing individuals and telephone numbers. Although not every application will require you to submit a bibliography, you will have, at least informally, compiled most of the information while writing sections 1 and 2. It is an invaluable resource if you are selected for an interview.

Some of the above information may be found at the Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center.

Here are some proposal examples and guidance.



An official transcript of all colleges attended, certified by the registrar’s office, is almost always required. In some cases for scholarships, high school transcripts may be required as well. Be sure to order transcripts well in advance of the deadline. Be sure to verify whether a form is required to be sent with the transcript or whether a form is needed to request the transcript.

Fellowships and Scholarships: Alphabetical, Contacts and Related Information


Unless otherwise noted, the campus representative is Dr. Rebecca Root, Director, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships,

Alpha Lamda Delta

  • Any initiated member of Alpha Lamda Delta is eligible. Must have maintained a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher. There are 26 fellowships available ranging from $3,000 to $7,500 to help qualified members obtain graduate or professional degrees.
  • Deadline: January 31.
  • Website:

Campus representatives: John Yao, Office: D-209 / Ext. 7585; E-mail: and
Meghan McDonough, Office: D-209 / Ext. 7517; E-mail:

American Academy in Rome

  • The Rome Prize Fellow is invited to Rome for 6-11 months to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits. Applicants should be graduate students in architecture, design, visual arts, and various ancient and medieval studies.
  • Deadline: November 1.
  • Website:

American Association of University Women

  • Support for women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Six different fellowship and grant programs exist.
  • Deadlines vary: November 15 for American Fellowships, December 1 for International Fellowships, December 15 for Career Development Grants,  January 10 for Selected Professions Fellowships, January 15 for Community Action Grants, and January 15 for International Project Grants
  • Website:

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • Each year, 10-12 one-year fellowships are offered to graduating seniors to work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Anyone who has started graduate studies cannot be considered. The award includes $38,000 as well as full benefits.
  • Deadline: January 15.
  • Website:

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service

  • Seniors and recent graduates in all fields are welcome to apply for study scholarships for Master’s level study at a participating German educational institution. Awards include monthly stipends as well as health insurance and subsidy for travel costs.
  • Deadline: November 1.
  • Website:

Department of Energy Science Fellowship

  • Recipients must be studying sciences, math, computer science, or engineering at the graduate level to be eligible. Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowships entail tuition and a generous stipend for 4 years.
  • Deadline: January 11 and 18, 2017
  • Website:

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

  • A social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.
  • Deadline: January 11, 2017
  • Website:

Ertegun (Mica and Ahmet) Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

  • All U.S. citizens committed to a career in teaching and researching at the college and university level are eligible. Award consists of annual stipend of $20000. Membership in an underrepresented group enhances likelihood of receiving a fellowship.
  • Deadline: November 17
  • Website:

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Fulbright Program – Institute of International Education

  • Sponsored by the Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program and supports graduate study and research in over 140 countries. Open to graduating senior or graduate student in U.S. in the fields of arts/humanities, business, education, engineering, natural/social sciences, and public service. Recipient must be proficient in language of host country. Grants include book allowances, tuition, transportation, and moderate dependence allowance.
  • Deadline: October 19.
  • Website:

Garden Club of America Scholarships

  • A variety of undergraduate and graduate scholarships, of varied amounts, in the following fields:
    • Botany
    • Coastal Wetlands Studies
    • Conservation & Ecological Restoration
    • Desert Studies
    • Garden History & Design
    • Horticulture & Related Fields
    • International Work & Study
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Native Bird Habitat
    • Pollinator Research
    • Summer Environmental Study
    • Urban Forestry
  • Deadline: Varied, mostly in January
  • Website:

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships

  • Available to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom. Must apply to a subject of study available at the University of Cambridge. Must do research leading to Ph.D., MBA, MPhil, LLM, or second bachelor degree. Awards vary in size but tuition, housing, travel, and a stipend are standard. The ideal candidate will be driven by the values of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which include a commitment to reducing inequities and improving lives around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need, particularly in the areas of health and education, often through the use of science and technology.
  • Deadline: October. 
  • Website:

Glamour’s Top 10 College Women Competition

Global Health Corps Fellow

  • During a yearlong paid fellowship, GHC fellows work in a range of critical roles within partner organizations on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia, developing as leaders and making an impact every day.
  • Deadline: January 18
  • Website:

Golden Key

  • Applicants who are members of and/or have significant involvement in local Golden Key chapter are eligible for numerous scholarships. Students may apply up to 5 years after graduation for graduate and professional studies. The Graduate Scholar Award provides $10,000.
  • Deadline: Various deadlines depending on scholarship. December 15 for Graduate Scholar Award.
  • Website:

Barry M. Goldwater Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Intended for students who plan on pursuing graduate studies in math, engineering, or sciences. Recipient must be a full-time junior when applying for senior award. Grants include $7500 to be used for room, tuition, etc.
  • Deadline: January 27.
  • Website:

Hertz Foundation

  • College seniors wishing to pursue their Ph.D. in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences, and willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in time of national emergency, are eligible. There are multiple fellowship awards ranging from $3500 per year to $36000 per year.
  • Deadline: October 30.
  • Website:

Huntington (Samuel) Public Service Award

  • Offers a $15,000 stipend for graduating seniors to pursue one year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world, before student proceeds onto graduate school or a career of public service.
  • Deadline: January 19.
  • Website:

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

  • Established to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect high standards. Open to students of all disciplines. Award consists of $22000 for Ph.D. students and $14000 for undergraduate students (juniors entering their senior year).
  • Deadline: December 31.
  • Website:

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

  • Open to teachers or those who plan to become teachers of American History, American Government, or social studies (grades 7-12). Award is $24000 and prorated over period of graduate study. Students may apply as juniors or seniors and agree to fulfill the graduate study in a prescribed period of time. Fellowship includes the 4-week Summer Institute on the Constitution held in July at Georgetown University.
  • Deadline: March 4.
  • Website:

Marshall Scholarships

  • Open to U.S. citizens who hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.7. The traditional scholarship is for 2 years but may be extended to 3 years. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually for students to study at affiliated universities in the United Kingdom. Awards include university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, airfare to and from U.S., and where applicable, contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
  • Deadline: early October.
  • Website:

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Martin McLaren Scholarship

  • Open to recent university graduates under the age of 26 with no dependents. Should have excellent academic transcripts in horticulture, landscape architecture, or related fields. Scholarship covers cost of travel, housing, and tuition at Reading University in Great Britain plus $4000 supplement.
  • Deadline: November 15.
  • Website:

Andrew W. Mellon Research Universities and Humanistic Scholarship

  • Seven pre-dissertation fellowships in the humanities are offered to candidates, who wish to spend time in the UK for preliminary examinations of primary sources and archival material in order to draw up and refine a dissertation proposal. They are intended for the preliminary investigation of archives, and not for short-term research projects. Award consists of $5000. Five dissertation fellowships in the humanities are offered to candidates, who wish to spend time in the UK carrying out archival research for their dissertations. These fellowships are open to candidates registered for a doctoral degree in a graduate school in the United States or Canada.   Candidates for these awards must be working on a dissertation, which has already been formally approved. They are not grants to help defray the cost of writing up previous work. Award consists of $25000.
  • Deadline: January 16.
  • Website:

George Mitchell Scholarships

  • Open to graduating seniors or graduates enrolled in first year of graduate school at a participating Ireland educational institution. Award includes tuition, fees, travel, and $11000 stipend for living expenses. There are 12 awards per year.
  • Deadline: October 5.
  • Website:

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

  • Open to U.S. citizens and nationals. Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering. NDSEG Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic and overall ability in the areas of interest to the Department of Defense. Award consists of tuition, fees, and a stipend of up to $31500 per year.
  • Deadline: January 5.
  • Website:

National Institutes of Health

  • The Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program and the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) provide opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Trainees work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Fellowships are available in the more than 1250 intramural laboratories of the National Institutes of Health. Stipends are adjusted yearly. Deadline: accepted continuously. The NIH Academy is a post-baccalaureate program that provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Award is $28783. Deadline: January 31. The Technical IRTA program is designed to produce a cadre of highly trained research support personnel. Trainees master the latest and most advanced techniques for basic and/or applied research working in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Fellowships are available in the more than 1250 intramural laboratories of the National Institutes of Health. Stipends are adjusted yearly. Deadline: accepted continuously.
  • Website:

National Physical Science Consortium

  • Eligible to any U.S. citizen who is a graduating senior with a 3.0 GPA and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, or physics. Award consists of $16000 per year for 2-6 years.
  • Deadline: November 5.
  • Website:

National Science Foundation

  • The Graduate Research Fellowship Program aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. Fields of study range from interdisciplinarity, computer engineering, mathematics, geosciences, psychology, social sciences, life sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and engineering.
  • Deadline: ranges from November 2-12.
  • Website:

National Security Education Program – David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

  • Fellowships enable both master’s and doctoral level students representing a broad range of academic and professional disciplines to add a significant language and international dimension to their curricula. Boren Fellows study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili. 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.
  • Deadline: January 28.
  • Website:

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

  • The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
  • Deadline: January, March, May – depending on the sport.
  • Website:

NCAA Postgraduate Walter Byers Scholarship

  • The Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program is separate and distinct from the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, which provides numerous annual awards with smaller stipends. The stipend for each Byers Scholarship is $24000 for an academic year and is renewable. Must be a graduating senior with 3.5 GPA enrolled in a graduate program and competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team.
  • Deadline: January.
  • Website:

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Payne (Donald M.) International Development Fellowship Program

  • Offers funding for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities for students interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Deadline: January 19.
  • Website:

Francis M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat

  • Created to provide financial aid to an advanced student to study the areas in the United States that provide winter or summer habitat for our threatened and endangered native birds. The award is up to $4000.
  • Deadline: January 15.
  • Website:

Phi Kappa Phi

  • Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5000 each and three at $15000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.
  • Deadline: January 20.
  • Website:

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

  •  The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Designed to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, and who have an interest in pursing a career with the Foreign Service in the U.S. State Department. Award includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for the first and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and travel.  Successful candidates are obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.
  • Deadline: January 15.
  • Website:
  • (for those interested in a career in the foreign service)

Rhodes Scholarship

  • The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Criteria include 1)  literary and scholastic attainments; 2) energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; 3) truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; 4) moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings. Award consists of $16000 per year  for 2 years plus tuition, travel, and living expenses.
  • Deadline: October 5.
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Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships

  • U.S. citizen/permanent resident or other visa status, host country language proficiency; recipient must have completed at least 2 years of university coursework and must enroll for academic study in another country with a Rotary club (academic-year/multiyear scholarships) or pursue intensive language study and participate in a host country project for 3-6 months (cultural ambassadorial scholarship). Tuition, travel, living expenses up to $25000 for 1 year (academic-year scholarship); $12500/year grant for 2 years (multiyear scholarship); $12000 for 3 months or $19000 for 6 months (cultural ambassadorial scholarship).
  • Deadline: October 1.
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Schwarzman Scholars

  • Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give the best and brightest young leaders from around the world the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Applications this cycle will open in April of 2016.
  • Deadline: September 15, 2016.
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Williams E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose

  • In order to qualify for graduate fellowships, applicants must engage in graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the college level. Those attending pre-professional (medical, law) schools are ineligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and college seniors or graduate students. Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship, but an applicant may receive only one fellowship during their academic career. The ISI Richard M. Weaver Fellowship pays tuition at the school attended by the recipient, a stipend of $5000, and awards $1000 in ISI Books. The ISI Western Civilization Fellowship awards each recipient $20000 for graduate work related to Western Civilization studies. Two of these graduate fellowships are awarded annually. The ISI Salvatori Fellowship provides $10000 to each awardee for graduate work related to the American Founding. Two of these graduate fellowships are awarded annually. The ISI Bache Renshaw Fellowship awards each recipient $12000 toward doctoral study in education that will influence the discipline with the ideas, values, and institutions that are fundamental to America’s Western tradition.
  • Deadline: January 16.
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Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is designed to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the United States graduate program attended by the Fellow.
  • Deadline: November 1.
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  • PD Soros Fact Sheet_2016

Tillman Scholars Program

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

  • The goal of the Truman Scholarship is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service and provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. 60 fellows are selected each year and the award consists of $30000 for graduate study.
  • Deadline: February 2.
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Morris K. Udall Dissertation Scholarship

  • The Udall Foundation awards two one-year fellowships of up to $24000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation.
  • Deadline: February 24.
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Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity – Prize in Ethics

  • Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the U.S are eligible. Students must write an essay that raises questions, singles our issues, and develops rational arguments for ethical action. Awards consist of $500-$5000.
  • Deadline: January.
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