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  • Beinecke Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Beinecke Scholarship seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 680 college juniors from 110 different schools for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

    Field

    Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from juniors.

    To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

    • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
    • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2022-2023 academic year. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2024 and August 2025.
    • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
    • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
    • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years, with a strong preference for Pell Grant recipients. Each nominated student will be required to complete a Financial Aid Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

    Amount

    Each Beinecke scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

    Application Process

    Campus deadline is January 9, 2023. University endorsement required. Candidates must be nominated by the University of Richmond. The national deadline will be in February 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Boren Awards

    Purpose

    Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. Boren Scholars and Fellows study language abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

    Field

    Unrestricted, although Boren does list preferred fields of study on its website.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from current undergraduate and graduate students.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • U.S. citizen at the time of application.
    • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Awards are not for study in the United States.
    • All Boren-funded programs must include language study as a core element for the duration of the grant.
    • Matriculated for the duration of the scholarship in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the U.S.

    Amount

    Up to $25,000.

    Application Process

    The campus deadline to apply is January 9, 2023. University endorsement required. The national deadline will be in February 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Critical Language Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS offers overseas summer language institutes in fifteen critical need foreign languages.

    Field

    Unrestricted.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from undergraduate and graduate students.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.
    • Students must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level at the time of application. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.
    • Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college coursework by program start date.
    • Some languages have pre-requisites to apply; other languages accept applicants with no prior study in the target language.

    Amount

    All Critical Language Scholarship Program costs are covered for scholarship recipients. This includes travel between the student’s US home city and program location, mandatory pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in November 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • DAAD Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) in Germany

    Purpose

    DAAD RISE offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain, and Ireland. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year.

    Field

    RISE Germany gives U.S. undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, physics or a closely related field the chance to spend a summer working with doctoral students in Germany on cutting-edge research projects.

    Eligibility

    To apply for RISE Germany, you must:

    • be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States as a full-time student of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field).
    • be an undergraduate who will have completed at least two years of a degree program by the time of the RISE Germany internship placement - seniors must prove that they will still have undergraduate status upon their return to North America.
    • Knowledge of German is not required and the working language will be English.

    Amount

    Participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, and the partner universities and research institutions provide housing assistance.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in December 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • DAAD Scholarship for Study in Germany

    Purpose

    DAAD Scholarships for Study in Germany are awarded to highly-qualified seniors and graduate students of all disciplines for a fully funded Master’s degree program at a German university.

    Field

    Unrestricted

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors, post-grads, and current graduate students.

    Eligibility details:

    • Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
    • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada by the time of application are eligible, if your last degree was obtained in the US/Canada, or you will have received a degree in the US/Canada before your scholarship starts. 
    • Applicants may not have been living in Germany for more than 15 consecutive months by the time of application deadline.

    Amount

    For a postgraduate program completed in Germany, the DAAD funding period is between 10-24 months depending on the length of the graduate program. The award includes:

    • Monthly stipend
    • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
    • Travel subsidy, unless these expenses are covered another source of funding
    • One-off study allowance
    • Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits: monthly rent subsidy and monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in November 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

    Purpose

    The Ford Foundation Fellowship programs seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

    The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

    Field

    Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Specifically, applicants must enroll in a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in these fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors, post-grads, current graduate students.

    Eligibility to apply for a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship is limited to:

    • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the United States and DACA recipients regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
    • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
    • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
    • Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution.
    • Individuals who require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

    Amount

    The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship provides:

    • An annual stipend of $27,000 for three years
    • An invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows
    • Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in December 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

    Purpose

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programmes for US undergraduate students who have no to very little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.

    Field

    Unrestricted; may depend on the Institute.

    Eligibility

    • Be a US citizen and possess a US passport
    • Have had no or very little study/travel experience outside of North America
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7
    • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme
    • Be able to participate in the programme in its entirety
    • Have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes

    Amount

    The Institute costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include:

    • Round-trip airfare
    • Tuition and fees at the host institution
    • Accommodation
    • In some cases, a small daily allowance for meals

    Depending on the Institute, students may have the opportunity to:

    • Study alongside leading academics and professionals
    • Develop knowledge in specific fields
    • Experience cultural and social events
    • Visit UK cultural sites and areas of scenic beauty
    • Receive credit to transfer to their home institution
    • Meet people from different backgrounds and cultures
    • Become an ambassador for studying in the UK, for the Fulbright Commission and their host institution(s)

    Application Process

    Applications will be due in February 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Purpose

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers over 2,000 funded opportunities in 140+ countries to study, research, or teach English abroad while promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding.

    Field

    Unrestricted; however, some specific grant opportunities may have field restrictions or preferences.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors, post-grads, and graduate students.

    • Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Dual citizens may have different eligibility considerations depending on the host country.
    • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant.
    • Applicants must meet the language requirements of the award to which they are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete their project and adjust to life in the host country.
    • Candidates may not apply for more than one Fulbright U.S. Student grant in a given competition cycle.

    Amount

    Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include:

    • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
    • 24/7 support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
    • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government

    Additional grant benefits for Fulbright U.S. Student grants may include:

    • Round-trip transportation to the host country
    • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
    • Pre-departure and/or in-country orientations
    • Book and research allowances
    • Mid-term enrichment activities
    • Full or partial tuition
    • Language study programs

    Application Process

    Students and alumni are encouraged to visit fulbright.richmond.edu for further details about UR’s application process.

    Students planning to apply for the 2022-2023 grant cycle must attend an info session and complete an advising appointment by June 1

    Priority Deadline: Students who submit drafts of both application essays by July 18 will be guaranteed feedback on two rounds of revisions before the campus deadline. All students must submit by the Campus Deadline of August 22; applicants will then undergo a Campus Committee Evaluation and essay feedback/review will be provided as resources allow. 

    UR’s Campus Fulbright Deadline for the 2022-2023 application cycle is 8:00 a.m. ET on August 22, 2022.

    The national deadline is October 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

  • Gaither Junior Fellows Program

    Purpose

    Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars.

    Field

    Unrestricted. However, project topics vary each year and may have specific background/field expectations.

    Eligibility

    • Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. The program only accepts applications through participating universities via designated nominating officials.
    • Superior research and writing abilities.
    • Relevant coursework.
    • Relevant work and internship experience.
    • Strong letters of recommendation.

    Amount

    Gaither Junior Fellows positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $42,000. A full benefits package is also provided.

    Application Process

    The campus deadline is November 28, 2022. University endorsement is required; students can only access an application by contacting the Office of Scholars and Fellowships.

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Purpose

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study a postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

    Each year Gates Cambridge offers c.80 full-cost scholarships. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

    Field

    Unrestricted. However, applicants must be interested in pursuing a PhD (three year research-only degree), one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.), or MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree) at Cambridge.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and post-grads.

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria:

    • Outstanding intellectual ability
    • Reasons for choice of course
    • A commitment to improving the lives of others
    • Leadership potential

    Amount

    A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely:

    • The University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate.
    • A maintenance allowance for a single student – for PhD scholars the award is for up to four years.
    • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course.
    • Inbound visa costs and the costs of the Immigration Health Surcharge.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in October 2022 for U.S. citizens and December 2022-January 2023 (depending on course of study) for all other applicants. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Gilman Scholarship

    Purpose

    The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, gaining skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness.

    Field

    Unrestricted

    Eligibility

    Gilman Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria:

    • Be a citizen of the United States;
    • Be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States;
    • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
    • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
    • Be proposing to study in a country not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State* or otherwise determined ineligible for program participation.

    Amount

    Gilman awards up to $5,000 for study abroad program expenses (airfare, tuition, room and board, etc.). Critical Need Language Awards of up to $8,000 are offered to students studying languages deemed critical to foreign relations by U.S. Department of State.

    In addition to the financial benefits of the program, Gilman Scholars are also given 12 months of noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government.

    Application Process

    The Gilman Scholarship has two application cycles. The deadline for students studying abroad in spring, summer, or fall of 2023 is October 6, 2022. The deadline for students studying abroad in the summer or fall of 2023 or spring 2024 will be in March 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Goldwater Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

    The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include:

    • strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering,
    • effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, and
    • potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field.

    Field

    Sciences. Applicants must be interested in pursuing careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from sophomores and juniors.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2022–2023 academic year.
    • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering.
    • Have a college grade-point average of at 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a permanent resident. A permanent resident must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Green Card.

    Amount

    Each Goldwater Scholar annually receives an amount equal to the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, books, and room and board minus the amount of support provided for by other sources, up to a maximum of $7.500 per full academic year. Scholars who receive the award as sophomores can expect to receive support for a maximum of two years (4 semesters) or until graduation, if sooner. Scholars who receive the award as juniors can expect to receive support for a maximum of one year (2 semesters) or until graduation, if sooner.

    Application Process

    Institutional endorsement is required. The campus deadline is November 1, 2022. The national deadline is January 27, 2023. Please contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship

    Purpose

    Through a national competition, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

    Field

    Humanities, Social Sciences. However, you much be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Teaching obligation required after completing the fellowship.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and post-grads.

    To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).
    • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.

    Amount

    The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in March 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Jepson Scholars Program

    Purpose

    The Jepson Scholars Program, made possible through a generous donation from Mr. Robert S. Jepson Jr., B’64, GB’75, H’87, and Mrs. Alice Andrews Jepson, offers graduating Jepson School seniors the opportunity to pursue a one-year master’s degree program at the University of Oxford. Graduates of the program, having benefitted from their experiences interacting with global citizens at a world-renowned institution, will be prepared to lead at home and abroad.

    Field

    Unrestricted.

    Eligibility

    Applications are accepted from graduating seniors who are majoring or minoring in leadership studies at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.

    Eligibility details:

    • Graduating seniors must be majoring or minoring in leadership studies at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, with preference given to those majoring in leadership studies and listing Jepson as their home school.
    • Seniors must apply and be accepted to a master’s program at the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website provides information on applying to Oxford.
    • Only graduating Jepson School seniors are eligible. Jepson School alumni are not eligible.
    • The scholarship supports a one-year master’s degree program at the University of Oxford. It is not transferrable to another university.

    Amount

    The scholarship covers room, board, tuition, and fees for a one-year master’s degree program at the University of Oxford.

    Application Process

    The Jepson Scholars Program is limited to a maximum of three students who have obtained admission to a one-year master’s program at a college at University of Oxford. If more than three students are accepted into one-year master’s programs at Oxford, the Jepson School Student Affairs Committee will review the students’ application materials and recommend to the dean three students for the Jepson Scholars Program. Students must apply by Oxford’s program deadlines with a January deadline or earlier. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

    Purpose

    The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program supports a group of 100 high-achieving students with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

    The program cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world.

    Knight-Hennessy Scholars are selected based on evidence of three criteria: Independence of Thought, Purposeful Leadership, and Civic Mindset.

    Field

    All graduate degree programs at Stanford University are eligible.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and post-graduate students.

    The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a multidisciplinary and multicultural community. There are no restrictions based on age, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration. We encourage citizens and residents of all countries to apply.  We do not require applicants to seek endorsements from colleges, universities, or other institutions.

    There are two baseline eligibility requirements. 

    1. First, in addition to applying to Knight-Hennessy Scholars, you must apply to, be accepted by, and enroll in a full-time Stanford graduate degree program. Each incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholar must be a newly enrolling student in a Stanford graduate program including, but not limited to, DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MPP, MS, or PhD programs. There are no quotas by discipline or program. Note that we will give priority consideration to those who will spend at least two years studying at Stanford. 
    2. Second, you must have earned, in January 2015 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing.

    Amount

    The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University is the world’s largest fully endowed scholars program. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program funds up to three years of your graduate education. If your degree program exceeds three years, such as an MD or PhD program, then your home department will fund the remainder of your education for the duration of that program’s typical length.

    As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University, you receive:

    • a fellowship applied directly to cover tuition and associated fees
    • a stipend for living and academic expenses (such as room and board, books, academic supplies, instructional materials, local transportation, and reasonable personal expenses)
    • a travel grant intended to cover an economy-class ticket for one annual trip to and from Stanford
    • NOTE: Knight-Hennessy Scholars also may access supplemental funds to support academic enrichment (e.g., conference travel).​

    Application Process

    The campus deadline if seeking institutional endorsement is August 15, 2022. The national deadline will be in October 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Marshall Scholarship

    Purpose

    Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a U.K. institution in any field of study.

    Field

    Unrestricted

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a 2023 Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

    • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship)
    • (by the time they take up their scholarship, i.e. September 2023) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States
    • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree (exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college)
    • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2020
    • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University

    Amount

    University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research, and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

    The traditional Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e. 22 months), but may be extended by the Commission, though not beyond the end of a third academic year. There are also a limited number of one-year Marshall Scholarships available.

    Application Process

    The campus deadline is August 15, 2022. Institutional endorsement required. The national deadline will be in September 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Mitchell Scholarship

    Purpose

    The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

    Field

    Unrestricted. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Applicants are judged on three criteria:

    • scholarship
    • leadership
    • sustained commitment to community and public service

    Eligibility

    Applicants to the Mitchell Scholars program must:

    • Be a citizen of the U.S. (permanent residents and U.S. Nationals are not eligible)
    • Be at least 18 years of age, but not yet 30 years by September 30
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar

    Amount

    The Mitchell Scholars program provides:

    • tuition
    • accommodations
    • a living expense stipend
    • international travel stipend

    The scholarship covers September through May of an academic year.

    Application Process

    The campus deadline is August 15, 2022. The national deadline is September 30, 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

    Purpose

    The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) was created as a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

    Field

    Applicants who are interested in furthering their education in the disciplines of military importance compete for Fellowship opportunities listed under DoD’s Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research development.  The broad research area disciplines include, but are not limited to the following: aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Astrodynamics, biomedical engineering, biosciences (includes toxicology); chemical engineering; chemistry; civil engineering; cognitive, neural, and behavioral sciences; computer and computational sciences; electrical engineering; geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air); materials science and engineering; mathematics; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and ocean engineering (includes undersea systems); oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology); physics (including optics) and space physics. 

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors or post-grads.

    Eligibility details:

    • The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States.
    • NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering.
    • Applicants must have received or be on track to receive their bachelor’s degrees by Fall 2022.
    • NDSEG Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen disciplines posted on the NDSEG website.

    Amount

    NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend of $3,400, and up to $1,400 a year in medical insurance.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in November 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

    Purpose

    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

    Field

    Sciences, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Fields.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and post-grads.

    The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. The fellowship is intended for individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

    Applicants must:

    • Be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
    • Intend to enroll or be enrolled in a research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. program in an eligible field of study in STEM or STEM education
    • Have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent)

    Amount

    The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support including a $34,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance, international research and professional development opportunities.

    Application Process

    The application deadlines will be in October 2022 depending on field of study. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Pickering Graduate Fellowship

    Purpose

    The goal of the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

    Pickering Fellows are funded to obtain master’s degrees in international affairs or a related subject, such as economics, history, political science, public administration or public policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

    Field

    Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as public administration, public policy, international relations, business administration, economics, history, political science, communications, or foreign languages at a graduate school approved by the Pickering Program. Law degrees do not satisfy this requirement. Fellows are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout their period of study. Applicants apply to two-year graduate programs at U.S.-based universities simultaneously with their application to the Pickering Program.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and post-grads applying to graduate school.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
    • Seek admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2023 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, management science, organizational development/leadership, sociology, or regional studies).

    Amount

    The Pickering Program plans to award 45 fellowships of up to $42,000 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.  This includes up to $24,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $18,000.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in September 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Projects for Peace

    Purpose

    Every year, 100 or more student leaders at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools are each awarded $10,000 to implement a “Project for Peace,” typically over summer break. The program encourages young adults to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. Along the way, these student leaders increase their knowledge, improve skills, and begin to see themselves as agents of change.

    Field

    Unrestricted. Project proposals must seek to build sustainable peace.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from all freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Individual project proposals from UR students are welcome. Group project proposals are also welcome provided that one project leader is a UR student.

    Amount

    $10,000. For projects with larger budgets, co-funding from other sources is welcome (such as philanthropists, a college or university, a foundation, an NGO/PVO, or students’ own fundraising).

    Application Process

    The campus deadline to apply is November 28, 2022. Institutional endorsement is required. The national deadline will be in February 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA JSI)

    Purpose

    The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Summer programs are available at five locations.

    Field

    All academic majors are welcome to apply. Program graduates are expected to attain a graduate degree from a PPIA consortium school with a degree in public policy, public administration and/or international affairs and pursue a public service career (such as government, nonprofits, and humanitarian or international organizations).

    Eligibility

    All prospective PPIA Fellows are expected to dedicate themselves to the objectives of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Program, have a strong commitment to public service, and contribute to diverse perspectives in public policy and international affairs.

    The following are more specific criteria and guidelines:

    • If you are a United States citizen, legal permanent resident, or DACA recipient you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. (International students are eligible for select JSIs – Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, and University of Washington – and must be enrolled in a U.S. based institution.)
    • Applicants must be juniors, or have an expected graduation date between December 2023 and August 2024.
    • If you will have already completed a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of Junior Summer Institute, you are not eligible to apply.
    • Must be committed to pursuing a Master’s Degree in public policy and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
    • Must be committed to and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, and humanitarian and international organizations.
    • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Program. You must specifically demonstrate involvement in working to improve historically underserved or underrepresented communities, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Latinx, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.
    • Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.

    Amount

    The Junior Summer Institute will provide:

    • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
    • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
    • A stipend for incidentals not covered during your JSI (funding determined and varies by each JSI).
    • University housing with most meals covered.
    • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
    • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation and study resources at their discretion.
    • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
    • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in November 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Rangel Graduate Fellowship

    Purpose

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Graduate Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.

    Field

    Unrestricted. Fellows must obtain master’s degree in international affairs or a related subject, such as economics, history, political science, public administration, or public policy.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and post-grads who are seeking to enter a two-year graduate program the following year.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2023 for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. They can be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2023, or they can be college graduates.
    • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

    Amount

    Rangel Fellows receive up to $42,000 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree. This includes up to $24,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $18,000. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to have obtained a degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (curriculum below) at a graduate school approved by the Rangel Program.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in September 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Rangel Summer Enrichment Program

    Purpose

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduates with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

    Field

    Unrestricted; however, participants must have an interest in international affairs.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

    Applicants must:

    • Be a full-time undergraduate student, with at least a sophomore status on the date of the application deadline. 
    • Have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
    • Be a U.S. Citizen.
    • Have an interest in International Affairs.
    • Have an interest in taking courses to enhance knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics and writing.

    Amount

    The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,200.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply will be in February 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Rhodes Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. The scholarship provides full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

    Field

    Unrestricted

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors and recent alumni. Candidates for the U.S. Rhodes Scholarship must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient.
    • Be between the ages of 18 and 24.
    • Have a minimum 3.7 GPA.

    There are four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are selected:

    • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)
    • energy to use one’s talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)
    • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
    • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

    Amount

    Election to the Rhodes Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. A Scholarship, including required University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, may be renewed, at the complete discretion of the Rhodes Trustees, for a third year for those pursuing a doctoral degree and whose progress is deemed satisfactory. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford.

    Application Process

    The campus deadline is August 15, 2022. Institutional endorsement is required. The national deadline is October 3, 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Schwarzman Scholars Program

    Purpose

    The Schwarzman Scholars Program offers full funding for a one-year Master of Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program is designed to build a global community of future leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.

    Field

    Unrestricted. Must be interested in pursuing a Master of Global Affairs degree in China.

    Eligibility

    In addition to demonstrating extraordinary leadership skills, the ability to anticipate and act on trends and changes in their context, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by August 1 of the candidate’s Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year.
    • Must be at 18-28 years of age.
    • Must be proficient in the English language. 

    Amount

    The extraordinary students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

    • Tuition Fees
    • Room and board
    • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
    • An in-country study tour
    • Required course books and supplies
    • Health insurance
    • A personal stipend

    Application Process

    The national deadline is September 20, 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

    Field

    Applicants must be pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, a specific list of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. See program website for a complete list.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, post-grads applying to graduate school, and current graduate students.

    Eligibility details. To be eligible to apply, you must be:

    • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
    • 18 years of age or older,
    • requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date),
    • able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only)
    • willing to accept post-graduation employment with the DoD,
    • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
    • pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 eligible STEM disciplines.

    Amount

    Participants will receive:

    • Full tuition and related education expenses
    • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 per year depending on degree level
    • Health Insurance reimbursement allowance of up to $1,200 per academic year
    • Miscellaneous allowance of up to $1,000 per academic year
    • Summer Internships (multi-year participants)
    • Employment placement at a DoD facility upon degree completion

    Application Process

    The application is open August through December of every year, with awards being granted the following spring. The deadline will be in December 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    Purpose

    The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Every year, the fellowship supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate study in the United States.

    Field

    Unrestricted

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from seniors, post-grads, first or second year graduate students.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • You must have status as a new American (see website for details).
    • Cannot have reached or be passed your 31st birthday as of the application date.
    • You must be a college senior in good standing or hold a bachelor’s degree.
    • Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment.
    • The program values a commitment to the constitution and the bill of rights.

    Amount

    Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support for graduate study over one to two years, and they join a strong alumni network of inspiring immigrants and children of immigrants working in a range of professional fields.

    Application Process

    The application deadline is October 27, 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Truman Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

    Field

    Unrestricted, though students should be planning to pursue graduate study leading to a career in public service.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from juniors.

    Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:

    • a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree;
    • nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at their institution;
    • in the upper quarter of their class; and
    • a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

    A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:

    • has an extensive record of public and community service;
    • has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
    • is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.

    Amount

    The award provides:

    • Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree.
    • Truman Scholars Leadership Week. This event, held at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, introduces new Scholars to the services provided by the Foundation and the many pathways to public service.
    • Summer Institute. Immediately after college graduation, Scholars have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC.  The Foundation helps to arrange internships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, seminars and workshops, meetings with Washington policymakers and senior Truman Scholars, and opportunities for community building among Scholars.
    • Truman-Albright and Other Fellows Program. After Summer Institute, Scholars may elect to stay in Washington, DC, for a full year in the Truman-Albright Fellows Program; Truman-Albright Fellows are placed in public service jobs while participating in workshops, seminars, and mentoring opportunities.

    Application Process

    The campus deadline is November 1, 2022. University endorsement required. The national deadline will be in February 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Udall Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

    Field

    Unrestricted. However, applicants must have an interest in a career related to the environment or be a Native American or Alaska Native student who is interested in a career related to tribal public policy or Native health care.

    Eligibility

    Applications accepted from sophomores and juniors.

    Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

    • Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment
    • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy
    • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care

    Each eligible applicant must be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree and meet the following requirements:

    • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent
    • Be pursuing full-time study during
    • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident

    Amount

    The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship provides:

    • Up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses
    • Five days in Tucson, Arizona at the Scholar Orientation to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, environmental and tribal leaders
    • Access to a network of environmental, Native American health and tribal policy professionals through the Udall Alumni listserv

    Application Process

    The campus deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. Institutional endorsement is required. The national deadline will be in March 2023. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

  • Yenching Academy Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Yenching Academy Scholarship aims to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies. This initiative brings together young people who have demonstrated a talent for leadership and innovation. At Yenching, they are immersed in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world—past, present, and future. The Academy’s goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China.

    The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships to its scholars, and offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the humanities and social sciences. Working closely with their academic mentors, Yenching Scholars create their own study paths by choosing courses from six research areas. They participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and field studies, organized by the Yenching Academy, and designed by scholars themselves. Studying at the Academy is an exceptional opportunity to take part in intercultural exchanges and interdisciplinary learning, developing both personally and professionally.

    Field

    Unrestricted, though must have a demonstrated interest in the interdisciplinary study of China. In addition to core courses, Yenching Scholars select elective classes from six academic concentrations in the field of China Studies:

    • Economics and Management
    • History and Archaeology
    • Law and Society
    • Literature and Culture
    • Philosophy and Religion
    • Politics and International Relations

    Eligibility

    Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify as Yenching Scholars:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field or currently enrolled in a degree program awarded no later than August 31 than the year they wish to enroll;
    • An outstanding academic record;
    • Strong interest in interdisciplinary study of China;
    • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, social responsibility, and leadership potential;
    • English proficiency.

    Amount

    All tuition and fees, single room in dormitory on campus, generous stipend, roundtrip airfare from home base are covered. Research grants are provided for qualified projects.

    Application Process

    The national deadline will be in December 2022. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information