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Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipSciences
Undergraduate
Purpose

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.

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 2018–2019 academic year. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2018. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September 2018. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national.
Amount

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.

Application Process

The campus deadline is November 1, 2018. National deadline is January 25, 2019. Please contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

Beinecke Scholarship Arts; Humanities; Social Sciences
Post-Graduate
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 graduated course of study. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 355 college juniors from 96 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 2018-2019 academic year. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2019 and August 2020.
  • 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. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student's history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial 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 9am on Friday, January 11, 2019. Candidates must be nominated by the University of Richmond. National deadline is February 13, 2019. Contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International ScholarshipUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
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, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

Eligibility

Gilman Scholarship's 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 (including both two-year and four-year institutions)
  • 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 of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and 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

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

Application Process

National deadline is October 2, 2018. Contact the Fellowship Office for more information.

Boren FellowshipsUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. undergraduate and 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. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Field

Unrestricted. However, applicants should have an interest in world affairs, cultures, or languages; or international research interests/internships.

Eligibility

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

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States.
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
Amount

Boren Graduate Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000 over twenty-four months.

Application Process

The campus deadline to apply is January 16, 2019. National deadline is February 7, 2019. Contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information.

Gaither Jr. Fellows ProgramUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
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
  • Superior Research and Writing abilities
  • Relevant coursework
  • Relevant work and internship experience
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. 
Amount

Gaither Jr. Fellows positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $39,000. A full benefits package is also provided.

Application Process

Campus deadline is November 26, 2018. Applications are available through designated nominating officials at each school. National deadline is January 15, 2019. Contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship ProgramHumanities; Social Sciences
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that 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

Humanities, Social Sciences. Fellows must obtain master’s degrees 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 2019 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2019, 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 $37,500 annually in assistance for tuition, room, board, books and other related expenses. 

Application Process

The deadline to apply is September 17, 2018.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment ProgramSocial Sciences
Undergraduate
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.

Field

Social Sciences. Specifically, international affairs.

Eligibility

Applications accepted from freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

Applicants must:

  • Be a full time student at the time of application.
  • Have a 3.2 GPA
  • 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 is February 1, 2019.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Unrestricted
Undergraduate; Post-Graduate
Purpose

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2019.

Field

Unrestricted

Eligibility

Applications accepted from freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate Law and medical students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by program start date.

Selection details: Expert readers and panelists are asked to review applicants on his or her level of commitment and intent to continue language study after the Critical Language Scholarship Program, in addition to previous academic coursework and language study. Applicants are also encouraged to clearly articulate how the study of a critical language is linked to future academic or professional goals. Selection will also be based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate maturity and readiness for a challenging academic and international experience.

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 appy is mid-November.

Ford Foundation Fellowship ProgramsArts; Humanities; Sciences; Social Sciences
Post-Graduate
Purpose

Through its Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks 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 fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens or nationals of the United States 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 have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
Amount

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs provides:

  • Annual stipend: $20,000
  • Award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees: $2,000
  • Expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows
  • Access to Ford Fellow Liaisons
Application Process

The deadline to apply is December 13, 2019. 

Fulbright (U.S. Dept. of State) Unrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Field

Unrestricted. However, you must be thinking of studying, assistant-teaching English, or conducting research abroad. 

Eligibility

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

You are eligible to apply to the U.S. Student program if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant
  • Are thinking of studying, assistant-teaching English, or conducting research abroad
Amount

Full Grant benefits for Study/Research and English Teaching Assistantships include:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
  • Limited health benefits. These benefits:
    • Are based on the cost of living in the host country
    • Will be paid in host country currency to grantees in countries with a Commission/Foundation 
    • Will be paid in U.S. dollars to grantees in countries without a Fulbright Commission/Foundation
    • Travel-Only grant benefits are also available
Application Process

The campus deadline is August 27, 2018. National deadline early October 9, 2018. If you are applying through your home institution, your Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) will arrange for a campus committee interview. For more information on how to apply please view the application process  guidelines.

Gates Cambridge ScholarshipsUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

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

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:

  • Intellectual ability
  • Leadership capacity
  • A person's desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others
  • A good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate program
  • All applicants for the scholarship apply for and gain admission to the University of Cambridge.
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.
  • One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course.
  • A discretionary contribution towards the costs of supporting dependants at Cambridge (upon application).
Application Process

The deadline to apply is October 10, 2018.

DAAD Scholarship for Study in Germany GenericUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The DAAD Scholarship for Study in Germany Generic is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Fourteen international offices provide information as well as financial support to over 57,000 highly-qualified students and faculty per year for international research and study. Highly qualified graduating seniors (fourth or final year of undergraduate students in Canada) or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full Master's degree program at a German university.

Field

Unrestricted

Eligibility

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

Eligibility details:

  • Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least two years at the time of application.
  • At the time of application, applicants may not be living in Germany for a period of more than one year.
  • Applicants for Master's programs should have a study proposal explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further the applicant's educational and career goals.
  • Applicants for independent study are expected to have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential and should have an invitation from an academic partner at a German university or research institution.
  • Applicants in the arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
Amount

Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany. Monthly stipends are approximately €750. DAAD will cover health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €775 / West: €1025; Canada East: €925 / West: €1,300).

Application Process

The deadlines to apply are November 1 and 15 (based on field of study). Contact the Fellowship Office for more information.

DAAD Research Internship in Science & Engineering (Rise) in GermanyUnrestricted
Undergraduate
Purpose

DAAD RISE Germany 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, computer science, 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, computer science, 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 for most positions but would be helpful for life outside of the laboratory. Students with little or no German proficiency have the opportunity to participate in a two-week intensive language course.
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 is December 15, 2018.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship FoundationSocial Sciences
Undergraduate
Purpose

The mission of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to 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.

Field

Social Sciences. Specifically, applicants should be interested in pursuing a master's degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs.

Eligibility

Applications accepted from juniors.

Eligibility requirements:

  • At the time of application, the applicant is a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; has senior-level standing in their third year of college enrollment; or is a senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island) or will receive citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded.
  • Additional details regarding career and graduate study interests, community service and academic record standards are available on the website. 
Amount

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.

Application Process

The campus deadline is November 1, 2018. National deadline is February 5, 2019. Contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information.

James Madison Memorial FellowshipHumanities; Social Sciences
Post-Graduate
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.

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 or U.S. national.
  • 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.
  • Wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying for a James Madison Fellowship.
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 is March 1, 2019. 

Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for PeaceUnrestricted
Undergraduate
Purpose

The Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design their own grassroots projects anywhere in the world, which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.  We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. 

Field

Unrestricted

Eligibility

Applications accepted from freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Undergraduate students at any of the Davis UWC Scholar schools (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible so long as the president of their institution has signed and returned the grant agreement form. While the schools included are restricted to those in the Davis UWC Scholars Program, all undergraduates (not just Davis UWC Scholars at those schools) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

Amount

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

Application Process

The campus deadline to apply is January 15, 2019. National deadline is February 11, 2019. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

Marshall ScholarshipUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty 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 2019 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 ie September 2019) 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 2016
  • 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

Campus deadline is August 20, 2018. Institutional endorsement required. National deadline is October 1, 2018. Candidates must contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information

George J. Mitchell Scholarship
Post-Grad
Purpose

The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. 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 committment 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
Amount

The Mitchell Scholars program provides:

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

Campus deadline is August 20, 2018. National deadline is September 28, 2018. For more information on the Mitchell Scholars program, please contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)Sciences
Post-Graduate
Purpose

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

Field

Sciences

Eligibility

Applications accepted from seniors or post-grads.

Eligibility details:

  • 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 2017.
  • The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • 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, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.

Application Process

Deadline to apply is early December. 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)Sciences; Social Sciences
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.

Field

Sciences, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Fields.

Eligibility

Applications accepted from seniors and post-grads.

Eligibility details:

  • 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 alien
  • Be in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field 
  • Be attending an accredited United States institution 
  • Have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent)
Amount

The fellowship provides three years of support, a $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, international research and professional development opportunities. Participants will also have TeraGrid Supercomputer access.

Application Process

The application deadlines run from October 22, 2018 through October 26, 2018 depending on field of study. All reference letters must be received by November 2, 2018. 

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Unrestricted
Post-Graduate
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. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

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 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 November 1, 2018. 

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI)Social Sciences
Undergraduate
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

Social Sciences. 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 related career. 

Eligibility

Applications accepted from juniors.

There are a variety of factors that come into play during the selection process. Selected students tend to embody PPIA’s diversity goals, demonstrate a commitment to public service and possess the ability to succeed in graduate school. Our students will be impressive academically, and more importantly, they will be culturally aware, socially  sensitive, committed to public service, and share a common vision about making the world a better place. All other factors being equal, a student from an economically disadvantaged background will receive extra consideration.

Amount

The Junior Summer Institute will provide:

  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses
  • A stipend of up to $1,500
  • University housing with a meal plan
  • Books and related course materials
  • GRE prep
  • Additional benefits available vary by program
Application Process

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2018.

The Rhodes ScholarshipsUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational 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.

Field

Unrestricted

Eligibility

Applications accepted from seniors.

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

  • Literary and scholastic attainments
  • Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports
  • 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 20, 2018. Institutional endorsement is required. National deadline is October 3, 2018. Contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information.

Schwarzman Scholars ProgramSciences
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Schwarzman Scholars Program is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Field

Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies

Eligibility
  • Must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by August 1, 2019
  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age.
  • Applicants must possess strong English skills.
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
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A personal stipend of $3,500

With a $450 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.

Application Process

Campus deadline is August 31, 2018. National deadline is September 27, 2018. Contact the Scholars and Fellowships Office for more information.

SMART Scholarship (part of the National Defense Education Program) Sciences
Undergraduate; Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been 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

Sciences. 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 who have applied to graduate school, and current graduate students.

Eligibility details:

  • Open only to citizens of the United States.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible.
  • Applicants for undergraduate awards must be currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university.
  • Awardees must be eligible to receive and hold a security clearance.
Amount

Participants will receive:

  • A cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 per year depending on prior educational experience
  • Full tuition and related education expenses
  • Health Insurance reimbursement allowance
  • Book allowance
  • Summer Internships (multi-year participants)
  • Post-Graduation Career Opportunities
Application Process

The application deadline is December 1, 2018. 

Stanford University Knight-Hennessy ScholarsUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford aims to prepare a new generation of global leaders with a deep academic foundation and the skills to develop creative solutions and effect positive change in the world. Under the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, each year a group of 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, from a wide array of backgrounds and nationalities, will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. 

Field

All graduate degree programs at Stanford University are eligible.

Eligibility

Applications accepted from seniors and post-graduate students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • All citizens are welcome
  • Must have a graduation year of 2015 or later
Amount

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University is the world's largest fully endowed schoalrs 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 your tuition and associated fees.
  • A generous stipend comprising your on-campus room and board, books and supplies, health insurance and associated fees, travel to and from Stanford, and reasonable personal expenses.
Application Process

Campus deadline is August 30, 2018. National deadline is September 12, 2018. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs FellowshipSocial Sciences
Undergraduate; Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Field

Social Sciences.

Eligibility

Applications accepted from juniors.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
  • It is prefered that applicants have experience in international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages.
Amount

Financial support of up to $37,500 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study will be provided by the Department of State through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. This funding is to help cover tuition costs first then room and board, books, laboratory fees, and one round trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow’s residence and the academic institution, pending availability of funds. Participating schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

Application Process

The deadline to apply is January 11, 2019.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs FellowshipHumanities; Social Sciences
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The goal of the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program is 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, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Field

Humanities, Social Sciences.

Eligibility

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

Eligibility requirements:

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in either public policy, international affairs, public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
Amount

Financial support of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses during the first and second years of graduate school. This funding is to help cover tuition costs first then room and board, books, laboratory fees and one round-trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow’s residence and the academic institution, pending availability of funds.

Application Process

The deadline to apply is September 20, 2018.

Udall Undergraduate ScholarshipUnrestricted
Undergraduate
Purpose

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs focused on environmental and Native American issues. The Udall Foundation is also committed to promoting the principles and practices of environmental conflict resolution.

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 during the 2017-2018 academic year 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 the 2018-2019 academic year
  • 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
  • Four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Arizona 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 4, 2019. Institutional endorsement is required. National deadline is March 7, 2019. Contact the Office of Scholars and Fellowships for more information.

UK Fulbright Summer InstitutesUnrestricted
Post-Graduate
Purpose

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programmes for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.

Field

Unrestricted. Depending on the Institute, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Study alongside leading academics and professionals
  • Develop knowledge in specific fields
  • Participate in field and in-service education
  • Experience cultural and social events
  • Visit museums, galleries, castles, battlegrounds, stately homes and areas of scenic beauty
  • Receive credit to transfer to their home institution
  • Meet people from across the US and the world
  • Become an ambassador for studying in the UK
Eligibility

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a US citizen and possess a US passport
  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme
  • Participate in the programme in its entirety
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes
  • Have had little or no study or travel outside of the US
Amount

The majority of Institute costs are covered, including:

  • Return US-UK airfare
  • Tuition and fees at the host institution
  • Accommodation and meals
  • In some cases a small daily allowance
Application Process

Applications are due January 30, 2019.

Yenching Academy FellowshipUnrestricted
Undergraduate
Purpose

The Yenching Academy Fellowship provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University's campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University provides a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university.

Enrolled international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan spend 12 months in residence at the Yenching Academy. For students from Mainland China, the program lasts 24 months. Coursework is completed during the fall and spring semesters, and it is supplemented by additional study during the summer. Upon completion of their year in residence, students have up to one more year to finalize projects and defend their thesis. During this period, students in good academic standing may apply for a limited number of Teaching, Research, or Administrative Assistantships. In addition, Dean’s Research Grants will be awarded on a bi-annual basis to help fund selected research projects related to China Studies. 

Field

Yenching Scholars select 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:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field, awarded no later than August 31 of the year in which they wish to enroll
  • An outstanding academic record;
  • English proficiency;
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility
  • Leadership potential;
  • Interest in exploring different cultures, particularly those of China and the Asia Pacific region
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

Applications are due at noon on December 7, 2018 (Bejing Time).

For More Information

Office of Scholars and Fellowships
308 Tyler Haynes Commons
University of Richmond, VA 23173
804-662-3060