Seniors and Graduates

Internal Nomination or Review Required

Carnegie Junior Fellows (seniors, work/internship, foreign policy)

Each year the endowment offers approximately ten 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 from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Fellowship includes year’s paid work as a foreign policy research assistant to a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Institutional nomination is required. CofC can only nominate two students.

  • Eligibility: Seniors and members of the most recently graduated class.
  • Award: $31,000 salary plus benefits for the 12-month position
  • Deadlines: 
    • Internal: November 26
    • External: January 15
  • On the Web: Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Fulbright (seniors; international)

Grants for one year of study, research, or English teaching assistantships in almost any country in the world; this is the U.S. Government’s premier scholarship program. About 1,000 awards are given each year, and opportunities vary by number and requirement for each country, so researching and reflecting upon the many opportunities available is absolutely essential

  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, holding bachelor’s degree by the time overseas project would commence.
  • Award: One-year award (though some are longer) typically covering round-trip transportation, language or orientation courses, tuition where necessary, book and research allowances, and living expenses.
  • Deadlines:
    • Internal: September 24 (subject to change)
    • External: October 14
  • Notes: Many research grants require what Fulbright calls an “affiliation.” This is an overseas research mentor who will oversee and consult on your self-designed project. You might also join a larger research project, but it will be important that your role is distinct and substantial. These awards don’t go to lab assistants. Overseas experience is not necessary. It is important to begin the Fulbright application process as soon as possible given complications around affiliations that can arise.
  • On the Web: Fulbright U.S. Student Program
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Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award (senior)

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad.  Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.  In 2013, the Foundation will select up to 15 recipients for this award.

  • Award: Up to $50,000 annually
  • Eligibility: Demonstrated financial need; graduating senior or recent graduate with plans to pursue studies in performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing; 3.2 GPA
  • Deadlines: 
    • Internal: November 1
    • External: Late November (TBA)
  • Notes: A review panel of distinguished artists, arts faculty, and university administrators select Scholars using criteria including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, desire to engage in and contribute to the world, self-confidence, and resilience.  Applicants must be planning to pursue a career as a practicing artist to be eligible for this award.
  • On the Web: Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award

Marshall Scholarship (seniors; UK; academic study)

Full support to finance young Americans of high ability for two or three years of study at any British university leading towards a second bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree (taught and/or by research). Institutional nomination required. At least 40 awards are given each year. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth.

  •  Eligibility: U.S. citizenship; expecting first degree within the current academic year, or received first degree within the 28 months prior to application; min. 3.7 GPA.
  • Award: Full tuition, fees, living allowance, and various expenses for two years (with some possibility of an extension for a third year)
  • Deadlines: 
    • Internal: September 10
    • External: October 1
  • Notes: This tends to be an awards that emphasizes academics ahead of other categories; make sure you read through the extensive rules on the Marshall website.
  • On the Web: Marshall Scholarship

Mitchell Scholarship (seniors; Northern Ireland; academic study)

Scholarship 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. For one year of graduate study leading to an advanced degree at any university in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Institutional nomination required. About 12 awards are given each year.

  • Eligibility: U.S citizens under the age of 30 on October 1 in application year; Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar
  • Award: Tuition, housing, $12,000 living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
  • Deadlines:
    • Internal: September 10
    • External: October 1
  • On the Web: Mitchell Scholarship

Phi Kappa Phi (seniors, academic study)

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

  • Eligibility: You must be graduating with plans to attend graduate school, and you must be a member (initiated or selected) of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Award: $5,000 – $15,000
  • Deadlines:
    • Internal: Spring (TBA)
  • On the Web: Phi Kappa Phi

Rhodes Scholarship (seniors; UK; academic study)

One of the most prestigious international awards, the Rhodes Scholarship offers two or three years of study at Oxford University leading to either a second bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree (taught and/or by research). Institutional nomination required. 32 awards are given each year.

  • Eligibility: graduating senior or recent graduate; U.S. citizenship, 18-23 years old on October 1 in the year of application; most winners have a 3.7 or higher.
  • Award: Two years of full tuition, fees, living allowance, and travel expenses (with some possibility of an extension for a third year); guaranteed admission to Oxford University.
  • Deadlines:
    • Internal: September 10
    • National: October 2
  • Notes: 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. They have also had an interest, historically, in stellar student athletes, though this is not a requirement by any means.
  • On the Web: The Rhodes Trust

Rotary Global Grants (juniors and seniors; international grad study)

Rotary Foundation Global Grants support graduate studies overseas for graduating seniors and recent graduates. Graduate pursue degrees leading to  sustainable high-impact outcomes in one or more of the six Areas of Focus, which include Peace & Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention & Treatment, Maternal & Child Health, Economic & Community Development, Basic Education & Literacy, and Water & Sanitation.

  • Eligibility: Junior, Senior, or recent graduate with plans to pursue overseas studies in one of six Areas of Focus. Open to international students as well as U.S. citizens.
  • Award: minimum of $30,000, maximum $50,000 for overseas graduate study.
  • Deadlines:
    • Internal: April 15
    • District: June 1
    • District Interviews: Late August
    • Note: April applicants would plan on graduate study beginning the fall after the current calendar year. This means that a graduating senior applicant would anticipate a gap year before the program begins if selected.
  • Notes: Although there is not official nomination process, the NCA office works closely with the local Rotary district to recruit applicants and process their applications internally before the district deadline.
  • More on the Areas of Focus and Attributes of Successful Grant Applications: Rotary Areas of Focus in Detail (note that only a portion of the linked site covers scholarships)
  • Download Rotary Application
  • Download detailed timeline for this awards cycle

Internal Review Available

Cultural Vistas Fellowship (international professional dev.

Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore.

  • Eligibility: Juniors of seniors, U.S. citizens with no formal prior work or study abroad experiences, some academic or practical experience (volunteer or work) in sustainability, environmental awareness, engineering, and related sciences. Prior knowledge of language of host country for relevant countries (Argentina and Germany; English is acceptable for Singapore).
  • Award: all costs associated with the program
  • Deadline: early January
  • On the Web: Cultural Vistas

DAAD German Academic Exchange Study Scholarshipe

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. For applicants in artistic fields, see Study Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts.

  • Eligibility: Seniors and recent graduates; level of German depends on area of study.
  • Award: Full academic year, extra year possible; stipend
  • Deadline: November 15
  • On the Web: DAAD Study Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Fellowship

Prestigious , highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Mid-October deadline. Learn more. 

Humanity in Action Fellowship Program (summer, international)

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice In 2012 there were over 500 applicants for 42 U.S. fellowships.

  • Eligibility: Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or recent graduates (for the 2014 Fellowship, this means undergraduate classes of 2012 and 2013) at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States
  • Award: Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of airfare to participate in the program. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for all Fellows with documented need.
  • Deadline: January 9
  • On the Web: Humanity in Action

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (STEM education)

The foundation’s signature program, the KSTF Teaching Fellowships, awards fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics and physical sciences. The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers from the onset of the credentialing process through the early years of their careers. Over 240 fellows have been chosen since 2002. KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on three criteria: the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop in each of these areas in order to be selected. Once selected, fellows focus on growth in these areas over the three phases of the program.

  • Eligibility: The KSTF Teaching Fellowship is intended to support beginning high school STEM teachers, that is, individuals who have recently earned a secondary teaching credential or will earn their credential by the time the fellowship period begins. STEM education majors in their final year of undergraduate education should apply.
  • Award: 5 years of professional and financial support
  • Deadline: October 15
  • On the Web: KSTF

National Science Foundation Grad Fellowship

Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding seniors (who are applying to graduate school) and graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.

  • Eligibility: Seniors applying to graduate school and grad students in NSF-supported fields; significant research experience is expected for successful applicants. 
  • Award: Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.
  • Deadline: November (TBA)
  • On the Web: NSF GRFP

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Fellowship  funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.

  • Eligibility: applicants must be U.S. Citizens in their senior year with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Award: Up to $40,000 per year for two years of grad school
  • Deadline: Early February
  • On the Web: Pickering Fellowship

Rangel Graduate Fellowship (foreign service)

Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service 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.

  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizens with a 3.2 GPA seeking admission to enter graduate school in the year after application (i.e. seniors or graduated students)
  • Award: graduate tuition, internships, professional development, employment
  • Deadline: mid-January
  • On the Web: Rangel Fellowship

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 7.14.55 PMPaul and Daisy Soros established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country. The fellowship honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans–permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents–each year. Early November deadline. Learn more.

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