Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate fellowship programs and scholarships are designed to give current students and recent graduates opportunities for research, personal development, and international experience. The list of fellowships provided below will allow you to examine the opportunities available, the selection criteria for each program, and the application procedures. Fellowships may include university coursework, independent research, special projects, or some combination. Grantees often have the opportunity to live and work in a foreign country.

If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please consult with Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of political science, who serves as Faculty Director: External Scholarships and Fellowships. He will collaborate with Mr. Steven O’Day, special assistant to the president for innovative programs, to identify potential student candidates for various scholarship and fellowship opportunities, maintain application materials and information sources, and provide guidance to students, faculty and alumni during the application process. Email scholarfellow@lvc.edufor more information.

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. The Gilman International Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the regions where they go. Specifically, Gilman offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally under represented in education abroad. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Deadlines differ for Spring, Summer or Fall semester-long study and for academic year-long study. For deadlines see: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Deadlines-and-Timeline

Fund for Education Abroad  2015-2016 FEA scholarshipsdeadline for all applications is 11:59pm EST on January 16, 2015.  Funding Amount: up to $10,000. Number of General and Dedicated Scholarships Awarded: approximately 40. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks (a minimum of 30 days) between May 2015 and May 2016. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2015-2016 academic year or summer 2015. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students. More information: http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Founded in 1910, it is known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy. Each year the endowment offers approximately ten one-year fellowships (Junior Fellows Program) to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.MORE…

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for graduating seniors with exceptional academic records to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. The applicant should be the first in their family to graduate from college. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich educational environment of St. John’s, which was founded in the 16th century, by reading in one of the following subjects: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Social and Political Sciences.MORE…

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. To be eligible, you must be: 1. A New American (a naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country). 2. Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline. 3. A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree. More details here. Note: application deadline for 2015 now extended to November 3rd, 2014.

Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. The 2015Humanity in Action Fellowship will run from May 25-June 28, 2015. Humanity in Action invites applications from college students and recent graduates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2013 and 2014 are eligible. The deadline to apply for this program is January 8, 2015.

Institute of International Education - search tool for Study Abroad scholarships and grants: http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/

Humane Studies Fellowships The Humane Studies Fellowship program supports graduate study in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. The Humane Studies Fellowship is a non-residency fellowship program that awards up to $15,000 per year to pursue a liberty advancing career in academia. Requires previous IHS program participation. Application deadline January 31.

The IHS PhD Scholarship awards $1,500 to entering and currently enrolled graduate students in doctoral programs. 50 graduate scholarships are available to applicants intending a career in academia and whose work advances the principles of individual liberty and economic freedom. Application deadline March 31.

Princeton in Asia (PiA) sponsors over 150 fellowships and internships in 20 countries and is the oldest and largest organization of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. The essence of PiA is to provide transformative, service-oriented experiences for bright, talented graduates and to serve the needs of Asia as determined by our host institutions and Asian partners. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business. Fellowships are the means of fostering person-to-person diplomacy, enhancing mutual understanding, serving vulnerable communities with unmet needs and providing transformative experiences for fellows and host communities. Applications for 2015-2016 fellowships are due November 14. http://piaweb.princeton.edu/

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge (UK), does not require LVC nomination. It is a highly prestigious and competitive award. Students who wish to be considered for this award must apply directly to the University of Cambridge by October 15. Please review all eligibility requirements and rules on the official Gates Cambridge Scholarship website http://www.gatescambridge.org/

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships 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 pre-doctoral 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. Pre-doctoral fellowships are intended for individuals who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program. MORE…

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Created by the U.S. Congress in 1946, it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Grants are available for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens with no U.S. permanent residence to come to the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold bachelor's degrees before the beginning date of the grant and must be sufficiently proficient in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. It is never too early to start thinking about a Fulbright application. First and second-year college students are encouraged to develop a plan of action early with the college’s advisor for the program.MORE…

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding junior and senior students. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process on the Foundation's website. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. MORE… 

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution—its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government. Two types of fellowships for current and future secondary school teachers of American History, American Government, or social studies include: 1) Junior Fellowships awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree. 2) Senior Fellowships awarded to experienced teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree. MORE…

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. These scholarships were established in 1953 by the British government as an expression of gratitude to the U.S. for economic aid under the Marshall Plan after World War II. Awarded for two years, the scholarships enable postgraduate study of a wide range of subjects at any of Britain's universities and business schools. Applications indicating interest in study at universities other than Cambridge or Oxford are especially welcome. The awards total approximately £19,000 (about $27,000 current exchange) and include tuition and fees, a living allowance, fares between the U.S. and Britain, and a book grant. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.MORE…

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. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.MORE…

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds that are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers: scholarship support; paid research training at the NIH during the summer; paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.MORE…

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP) recognize and support outstanding 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.
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. 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. MORE…

The National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships. This scholarship program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Maximum scholarship awards are: $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum); $10,000 for a semester; $20,000 for a full academic year. MORE…

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The program 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 Programs develop 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. There is both an Undergraduate and Graduate Program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program.MORE…

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. 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. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. MORE… 

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. The Truman is a very competitive national scholarship. Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for our 55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually. Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. The primary criteria for selection include: extensive record of campus and community service; commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors; communication skills and a high probability of becoming a "change agent"; and a strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate's choice.MORE…

The Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship has two undergraduate fellowship opportunities. One is for college sophomores or juniors who have outstanding potential, and intend to pursue careers in environmental public policy; and another for Native American and Alaskan Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in who have outstanding potential, and intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy. Students must be a U.S. Citizen, and must be nominated by the college.MORE…

UNCF-MERCK Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to help African American undergraduate students who are interested in science to further their science education and potentially pursue science and engineering careers. The UNCF-Merck awards provide tuition support and opportunities for research experience in a state-of-the-art research facility. Each UNCF Merck Undergraduate Fellow will be paired with a mentor/s and will be eligible for an Internship at a Merck Facility (applied for separately). To be considered you must be: African American (Black); enrolled full-time in any four-year college or university in the United States; a junior who will be a B.S. or B.A. degree candidate; a life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering major; a student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; committed to and eligible for the summer internship at a Merck facility; a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. MORE… 

Other Opportunities Include:

APA Minority Fellowship Program

Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Scholarship

American-Scandinavian Foundation Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships

Rotary International Scholarships

Pulliam Journalism Fellowships 

Math and Science
Bioethics Predoctoral Fellowships at NIH

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowships to increase mass communication skills in student scientists; also Mass Media Spanish Language Fellow(s) Initiative.

Women's Scholarships
Mr. And Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships