There are innumerable national scholarships and fellowships available to undergraduates. Take time to explore our directory and the recommended links below to discover if there is one that is matches your qualifications and your future plans. To ensure that you are eligible, check the programs’ websites for applicant requirements and read information about previous recipients, particularly the average GPAs. If you are then interested in applying for a national scholarship, please contact the URGO office and we can help you determine which programs are a good fit and work with you on your application.
Please note that these applications are a large time investment; you should start the process, and contact the URGO office (email@example.com) months in advance of the national deadline. If the scholarship requires an institutional endorsement or on-campus interview, you must meet the eligibility criteria listed below and turn in your application to the URGO office at least 1 month prior to the national deadline in order to be considered. Endorsements will be decided by Augsburg’s Prestigious Awards Committee. Remember: These are advertised to people all over the country, so most of them are extremely competitive and require numerous rounds of application revisions. Be aware that the majority of the national programs require an internal application that is processed through the URGO office, so please contact us to discuss the application process in detail.
Where to start?
If you are not sure what kind of scholarship you are interested in, we recommend first exploring these popular opportunities:
- Three, four, five or six week academic program at a highly regarded UK University. Applicants must have two years of undergraduate study remaining and a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible. Internal Deadline: January 26
- Up to $7,500 scholarships for high-achieving sophomores and juniors planning to become scientists, mathematicians, or engineers. Applicants must be nominated by their department. Speak to your department chair if you are interested in this scholarship. Average GPA of Goldwater applicants is 3.8.
- Up to $5,000 scholarships for 1) those who are college sophomores and juniors who study the environment and related fields OR 2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. Internal Deadline: February 4
- Funds recent college graduates to travel to another country for a year for 1) an English Teaching Assistantship 2) graduate study or 3) a research project. Internal Deadline: September 24
- Also take a look at these alternatives to the program: Fulbright Alternatives
- Three-year fellowships to fund graduate study in a science, mathematics, or engineering. Internal Deadline: September 26
- Provides fellowships for up to two years of graduate study in any field. Applicants must be a New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered competitive. Internal Deadline: October 1
- Up to $30,000 grants to fund graduate or professional study in the U.S. or Abroad in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. A GPA of 3.2 or higher is considered competitive. Internal Deadline: January 2
- List of scholarships that accept applications from non-citizen students. Deadlines and requirements vary.
- This list includes fellowships, year-long experiences, exciting national internships, opportunities to work abroad, and more….
Detailed descriptions and deadlines for these programs as well as a complete list of scholarships can be found in the directory below.
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All Stars Project
The Activists for Social Development Fellowship is a competitive ten week program designed to challenge ten recent college graduates (or those graduating in the spring) to be self-starters and make a difference by providing high-level training in development, fundraising, and youth organizing at a major national non-profit organization with an outside-the-box approach.
Andrew Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies:
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The Mellon Fellowship is a competitive award for first-year doctoral students. Fellows may take their awards to any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. The Fellowship covers graduate tuition and required fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500.
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship Programs website
The APAICS Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C, providing exceptional graduates and young professionals with an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members of a congressional office. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program:
Applicants must be nominated by their department. Speak to your department chair if you are interested in this scholarship. Average GPA of Goldwater applicants is 3.8.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 10% 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 careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Website
Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is an eleven month program that is divided into two phases. The first phase focuses on service, and places fellows in community organizations across the country that are battling hunger. For the second phase of the fellowship, fellows move to Washington DC, where they work on policy with national organizations to combat hunger and poverty related issues. there are 20 fellows total; both the field placement and policy work are related to hunger issues.
Carnegie Jr. Fellows:
Each year the endowment offers approximately 10-12 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. See your school’s nominating official to learn more about the college application process. Carnegie Jr. Fellows Website Internal Deadline: December 15
Center for Student Leadership:
“The Center for Student Leadership believes that leadership is a lifestyle. It is a reflective and purposeful process, grounded in congruence, driven by collaborative relationships, moving toward positive change.” Center for Student Leadership Website
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship:
The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State, the Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2014, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The application deadline is January 17, 2014. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.
2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Number of Fellowships Offered: 20 Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in Fall 2014 Online Application Opens: October 21 Application Deadline: January 17, 2014 Finalists selected by the end of February Fellows selected by mid-March Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Website
City Hall Fellows
This 12 month fellowship introduces college graduates to positions that allow them the opportunity to understand how cities wok and the various issues that impact local government.
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management:
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an alliance of fourteen schools of business in partnership with corporate America, working to facilitate the entry of minorities into managerial positions in business. The Consortium recruits college-trained African American, Hispanic American, and Native American United States citizens and invites them to compete for merit-based fellowships for graduate study leading to a Master’s Degree in Business. Consortium for Graduate Study in Management website
Chinese Government Scholarship Program:
The Chinese Government Scholarship Program consists of full and partial scholarships to attend Chinese universities for an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, language training or independent research. The scholarship covers tuition, lab fees and accommodations and students can also receive a living stipend of RMB 1,400-2,000 per month. Chinese Government Scholarship Program Website
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship website
This Fellowship Program offers talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor’s degree within two years of the program start date a paid, nine-month fellowship. This fellowship offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice.
Critical Language Scholarships:
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Russian, Chinese or Persian). Program details and the on-line application are available on our website, www.CLScholarship.org. The CLS Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers in any field.
All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including: travel to and from the student’s U.S. home city and program location, mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship. Critical Language Scholarships Website
DAAD Scholarships: I
The New York office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was founded in 1971 to support academic exchange between the US, Canada, and Germany. They offer grants and scholarships for undergraduates through faculty members to spend time in or conduct research on Germany. Some programs include intensive language grants, support for conferences, the “High Tech in Germany” summer program for engineers, graduate grants for research/study, a study scholarship for graduating seniors, and much more. DAAD Scholarship Website
Davies-Jackson Scholarship: I
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. After two years of study, candidates are awarded a Cambridge B.A. degree, known as the Cantab degree, which is often viewed as the equivalent of a masters degree in the U.S. 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.
It is a full two-year scholarship valued at approximately $50,000 depending on prevailing exchange rates. The competition is nationwide and limited to institutions selected according to the criteria of the benefactor. Applications are accepted from early September to mid-November from seniors attending the private colleges and universities whose students are eligible to participate in the competition. The Scholarship traditionally goes to a student whose background closely resembles the donor’s: a first-generation undergraduate with limited financial resources, who has achieved significant intellectual growth through liberal arts studies at a less widely recognized U.S. college or university. Davies-Jackson Scholarship Website
Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship:
The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. The application deadline is January 27, 2014. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University and offers 5 fellowship positions. Donald M. Payne Fellowship Website
Emerson National Hunger Fellowship website
Program participants gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. Through this unique program bridging community-based efforts and national public policy, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships:
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.
Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships Website
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher to be considered for a Campus Committee Evaluation.
The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Several countries also offer English Teaching Assistant positions. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Recent projects have involved cancer research in the UK, free market development in Mauritius, women’s rights in Chile and contemporary artistic expression in India. Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom. The best way to appreciate others viewpoints, their beliefs, the way they think, and the way they do things, is to interact with them directly on an individual basis work with them, live with them, teach with them, learn with them, and learn from them. Fulbright Website Deadline: September 22, 2014
Future Global Leaders website
The FGL Fellowship offers selected Fellows with access to the FGL society, unique trainings, international professional experience and the mentorship of renowned experts.
GEM’s fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation. Additionally, GEM produces publications for graduate and undergraduate students, university and industry administrators to assist in the education process of how to obtain a graduate STEM education. GEM is devoted to increasing access and success in engineering and science graduate education and practice.
GEM’s program activities go beyond financial support by engendering student success in academic and professional environments. GEM has a solid success record in implementing effective programs to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students. GEM Website
Green Corps Environment Fellowship
Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing is a yearlong program that rains members in leading environmental-based political campaigns. Trainees start working on campaigns from the start of their education. Trainees gain classroom and field experience in environmental and public health campaigns, and career placements in environmental groups.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships: I
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be considered for an institutional endorsement.
In establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholars Program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning – all areas that the Foundation is deeply engaged in. Must be accepted to Cambridge for a graduate program or second bachelor’s degree.
The program will offer a substantial number of scholarships for study as an affiliated student or to pursue taught or research courses of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholarship Website Internal Deadline: September 15 (US Citizens); November 2 (citizens of all countries other than the US, excluding the UK)
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award:
The Hertz Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship award, which is based on merit (not need) consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend for Ph.D. candidates studying applications of the physical sciences. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools.
The personal stipend, paid over the nine-month academic year, is $18,000 for fellowships awarded for the academic year. The Fellowship award is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total fellowship tenure of no more than five years. Fellows must attend one of the Foundation’s tenable schools. Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award Website
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) realizes that the country’s strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives. Areas of study that are eligible include: physical, mathematical, computer and information, life, and social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering. Funding is available at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Homeland Security Fellowship Website
Humanity in Action:
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. The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today’s most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. Humanity in Action Fellowship Website Deadline: December 1, 2014
Huntington Public Service Award website
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
The International Fellows Program (IFP) is a none-month internship for talented recent college graduates and graduate students to provide on-the-job development experience in Africa. Our Fellows provide technical assistance and training to community-based grassroots projects including education, literacy, health development, HIV/AIDS, English training, feasibility studies and small business development. IFESH Website
Jack Kent Cooke: I
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers four separate competitions: one for students entering graduate programs; the second for student currently attending community colleges and planning to transfer to four year institutions; the third for eighth grade students; and the fourth for spouses and dependants of victims of September 11 or the 2001 anthrax attacks. The Graduate scholarship requires the institution to nominate no more than two students for the award. The scholarship is given to approximately 10% students each year. Jack Kent Cooke Website
James Madison Fellowships:
Junior Fellowships are 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. The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. James Madison Fellows can attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of preference): Master of Arts degree (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as “government and politics” or as “government”); Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions and political theory (in a political science department); Master of Education degree (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the period of study. James Madison Fellowships Website
John Lewis Fellowship Program I
As the American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship, the John Lewis Fellowship offers 30 American and European university students the opportunity to explore race and civil rights, immigration and Native American issues in Atlanta, Georgia. The program honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. Humanity in Action has partnered with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., a major museum and civic institution in Atlanta, to create the fellowship. The John Lewis Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided through The Center. John Lewis Fellowship Website
Luce Scholars Program
This program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of the careers to come to know Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Luce Website
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be considered for an institutional endorsement.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree.
The Scholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). They are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in the UK (for which the Association of Commonwealth Universities provides the Secretariat) and in the US by the British Embassy in Washington DC and seven regional Consulates- General. Marshall Scholarships Website Internal Deadline: September 1, 2015
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship:
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a10-week summer internship. MLEF’s mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The program allows students to apply their academic achievements to actual research while gaining hands-on experience.
Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship. Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Website
Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program
During each two-year fellowship cycle, 12-15 Leland Fellows are placed with international development organizations that include international and local NGOs, U.S. government agencies and multilateral organizations. Fellows work on a variety of food security issues, such as agricultural development and women’s empowerment. Includes a monthly stipend, health insurance, and travel expenses. Leland International Hunger Fellows Website
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be considered for an institutional endorsement.
The US-Ireland Alliance has established the George J. Mitchell Scholarships to educate future American leaders about the island of Ireland and to provide tomorrow’s leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity with the island from which 44 million Americans claim descent. Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study. Mitchell Scholarship Website Internal Deadline: September 1
Morris K. Udall Scholarship:
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.
The Foundation will award approximately 75 scholarships to outstanding students. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students:
- Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields.
- Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy.
To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university. Each scholar receives up to $5,000 for one year of scholarship support and can be re-nominated for a successive year if still eligible. Udall Scholarship Website Internal Deadline: February 4
National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students:
National Defense, Science and Engineering, Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG):
Application Deadline: December 12, 2014
National Security Education Program (NSEP):
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. As students of other cultures and languages, NSEP Boren Scholars and Fellows begin to acquire the international competence needed to communicate effectively across borders, to understand other perspectives, and to analyze economic and political affairs.
The National Security Education Program includes three components:
- The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad offers opportunities for U.S. students to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests but generally underrepresented in study abroad.
- The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships encourages U.S. graduate students to add an important language component to their educations.
- The National Flagship Language Program offers advanced language training in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, or Russian.
NSEP is merit based. The maximum NSEP Boren Scholarship award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for an academic year. The maximum NSEP Boren Fellowship awards generally vary between $12,000 and $10%,000. National Security Education Program Website
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship:
Among the NSF programs of interest to graduate students is the Graduate Research Fellowship Awards. Through this program the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity.
The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.
Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Website Internal Deadline: September 26
NYC Urban Fellows Program:
The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City. NYC Urban Fellows Website
Payne International Development Fellowship Program
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Payne Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Payne International Development Fellowship Website
The Pickering Fellowship:
The Pickering Fellowships help talented students –highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates–who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The programs provide funding for academic expenses, as well as summer internships, professional development, and ongoing mentoring.
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Pickering Programs honor Career Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, one of the country’s most respected Foreign Service Officers. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The Pickering Fellowship Website
Point Foundation Scholarship:
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. The Point Foundation Website
Rhodes Scholarships: NP
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be considered for an institutional endorsement.
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904.
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. 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 and, upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel. Rhodes Scholarship Website Internal Deadline: September 1, 2015
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: NP
The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships, established in 1947. Since that time, more than 10%,000 men and women from 10%0 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today, the Ambassadorial Scholarships Program of The Rotary Foundation is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to $18,000 or its equivalent. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships Website
Samuel Huntington Public Servie Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, sponsored by National Grid provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Samuel Huntington Public Service Award Website
Scotland USA Graduate Scholarships: D
This exciting scholarship opportunity is open to US Nationals and is aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study at any of Scotland’s universities or higher education institutions listed on the Scotland USA website.
By pursuing these opportunities, not only will you gain an internationally recognized qualification at a world class university, but you will enhance your career prospects with the chance to apply for the Fresh Talent Initiative, which allows international students to remain in Scotland for 2 years upon graduation to live and work in Scotland. You will experience a rich and vibrant culture and make new friends and contacts from Scotland and around the world.
Courses must be masters programs, and can be either taught or research. The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds). The scholarships are not available to US students who have already completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in Scotland. The scholarships are supported and funded by Education UK Scotland in partnership with universities and colleges in Scotland. Scotland USA Graduate Scholarships Website
SMART Scholarship for Service:
The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense facility. Scholarships awarded include a stipend of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, full tuition, health insurance contribution, and book allowance. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. The application will close on December 15, 2014. SMART Scholarship for Service Website
Soros Fellowships for New Americans:
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 and to partake of the American dream. Fellows must have shown potential in the fields for which they seek further education; the capacity for creativity, persistence and work; and the commitment to the values of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protect the American dream. 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.
Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. Soros Fellowships for New Americans Website Internal Deadline: October 1
A GPA of 3.2 or higher is considered competitive.
The Truman Scholarship is a $10,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. The Foundation seeks candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Financial need is not a consideration. Truman Scholarship Website Internal Deadline: January 2
USAID Donald Payne Fellowship:
Must have a GPA of at least 3.2.
he Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org. The application deadline is January 20, 2015. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.
Number of Fellowships Offered: 5
Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in the fall.
Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice
Villers Fellows will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of health care justice issues during their year-long tenure. The Villers fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department. The Fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C. and is designed to provide the fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work. Villers Fellowship Website
VU Amsterdam Scholarships for English-taught Graduate Programs:
VU Amsterdam offers scholarships for student’s looking to earn a masters abroad.
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justices is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities. Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial, and ethnic minority groups, including the American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities. Wellstone Fellowship Website
Whitaker Fellows are biomedical engineers (or bioengineers, which is considered synonymous) ranging from graduating seniors to those conducting doctoral studies. Whitaker Scholars are biomedical engineers who have/will have a PhD by the beginning date of their awards.
The Whitaker Fellowship/Scholarship work can entail anything from studying at a university, to conducting research at a research institute, to working as an intern at a policy-making organization. Our only requirement is that the activity leads to a substantial enhancement of the recipient’s professional experience in biomedical engineering. Benefits of receiving this award include: round trip international airfare, a monthly living stipend, health & accident insurance, and allowance up to a maximum amount greater than $15,000 for fellows only. Whitaker Fellowship Website
White House Fellows
The White House Fellows program is a prestigious program for leadership and public service. White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. White House Fellows Website Application due: January 15, 2015
William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India:
The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change. Together, Fellows and development sector leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange knowledge and skills while sharing their passion and commitment to open new ways of looking at the world – ultimately transforming both the individual and organization. Applications due February 1st. William J. Clinton Fellowship Website
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship:
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields. Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Website