Graduate Awards

Activists for Social Development Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

With a 34-year history of grassroots organizing of diverse communities, the All Stars Project Inc. (ASP) opens its doors to a select group of entrepreneurial and growth-oriented college graduates for a crash course in fundraising, community organizing, youth development and activism through its Activists for Social Development Fellowship. ASP hires 10 recent college graduates for a competitive, eight-week, paid summer fellowship program that is designed to challenge them to be self-starters and make a difference--and along the way provide high-level training in fundraising, community organizing, nonprofit management, and youth development at a major national nonprofit organization with an outside-the-box approach.

National Deadline: rolling admission

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields. Applicants must have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. The ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, even if it is not essential for the execution of the research plan. For projects that require a command of one or more Scandinavian (or other) languages, candidates should defer application until they have the necessary proficiency. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research. The awards support project-related costs, including maintenance, trans- Atlantic round-trip travel, in-country travel, tuition and fees (where applicable) and materials expenditures (e.g., books, photocopying, art supplies).

National Deadline: 1 November 2015

Autry Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC--to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity--by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit the region.

MDC is a nonprofit organization that has been publishing research and developing programs focused on expanding opportunity, reducing poverty, and addressing structural inequity for more than 40 years. Founded in 1967 out of N.C. Gov. Terry Sanford’s North Carolina Fund, the original mission of "Manpower Development Corp." was to design job training programs to help poor and displaced workers in the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy and from a segregated to an integrated workforce. Since then, the name has changed and MDC has developed and implemented programs in areas including youth engagement, training and employment, community college improvement, rural economic development, strategic philanthropy, workforce competitiveness, school reform, and grassroots community leadership.

National Deadline: 11 January 2016

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

Each year, 16-20 participants are selected from around the country for the year-long Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program. Fellows gather in Washington, D.C. in August for a comprehensive orientation and field training, where they learn about hunger, poverty, and social inequality in the United States, the local and national programs designed to address the issues, and the various approaches to social change. Emerson Fellows are placed for the first five months with community-based organizations all over the country. Each host organization identifies specific goals and outcomes for the Fellows and provides the supervision and resources necessary to accomplish them.

In mid-February, the Fellows regroup in Washington, D.C. to debrief and share their field experiences and participate in an extensive policy training to learn about national anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy work. Fellows then work in nonprofit organizations and government agencies working on hunger and poverty policies at the national level. During their time in D.C., Fellows complete research, outreach, advocacy, and public education projects that support national policy initiatives. They also meet regularly for professional development trainings.

National Deadline: 13 January 2016

Boren Fellowship (NSEP)

Disciplines: Diverse

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. 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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. 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.

Contact Dr. Frieda Blackwell, Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences, for more information.

National Deadline: 28 January 2016

Capital Fellows Program, California

Disciplines: Diverse

The Center for California Studies, housed with California State University, Sacramento, administers four fellowship programs: the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, the Executive Fellowship, the Judicial Administration Fellowship, and California Senate Fellows. These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

Fellows in each program work for 10-11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $2,627, and are employees of Sacramento State. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State and receive graduate units from the Sacramento State Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program. The enrollment fees are paid by the programs. The selection process for the fellows programs starts in the late fall when the application period opens. Anyone with a bachelor's degree by the fall of his or her fellowship year and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service is eligible to apply. There are no preferred majors. Fellows are selected in the spring and start their programs in fall with an intensive orientation conducted by the program, after which they interview with various offices before being placed. They attend weekly graduate seminars conducted by their program's academic advisors.

National Deadline: 8 February 2016

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

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 in Washington D.C. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration, and all applicants must be nominated by their university.

National Deadline: 15 January 2016

City Hall Fellows

Disciplines: Diverse

The primary initiative of City Hall Fellows is a 12-month-long, post-college, pre-graduate school program that integrates hands-on, full-time, local government work experience with intensive, comprehensive, real-politic-focused training in how cities work and the people, issues, and organizations that influence local policy. Our Fellows spend their service year working on high-need, high-impact municipal initiatives in cities where they have personal ties. The year-long Fellowship starts with a 3-week orientation, which grounds Fellows in the cultural, social, and political history of their host community, builds cohort rapport, and prepares Fellows for the Fellowship year. Thereafter, Fellows gather weekly for half-day sessions in our intensive, proprietary Civic Leadership Development Program (CLDP). Facilitated by a City Hall Fellows employee, the CLDP takes Fellows on a structured exploration through the context and operations of their own local government. Fellows deep dive into their government structure (including budget, civil service, labor and unions, and the governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental organizations which regulate, impact, or provide public services to or within that community), the local policy-making process, and the relationship and interactions between both local and state and local and federal government. Fellows develop the knowledge, skills and network necessary to become effective local civic leaders, both immediately and for the rest of their lives.

National Deadline: 2016 date not yet posted

Collegiate Network Journalism Fellowship

Disciplines: Journalism || Professional Writing || Public Relations || Digitmal Media

Each year the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Collegiate Network (CN) journalism program offers paid summer internships and postgraduate, yearlong fellowships at prominent media outlets to promising student journalists. For students seriously considering a journalism career, these positions offer writing opportunities at some of the nation’s leading publications. The CN pays recent college graduates stipends of approximately $35,000 for a one-year position and summer interns stipends of approximately $5,000 for ten weeks of work at prominent media outlets. The CN offers all interns and fellows career-development assistance both informally and formally through various events and programs, including a weekend-long seminar featuring briefings with professional journalists, including former CN Fellows, who offer advice on advancing in a journalism career. Topics include pitching stories, fact-checking, cultivating sources, multimedia tips, journalistic ethics, and newsroom etiquette.

For more than 30 years, the Collegiate Network has supported independent college newspapers, magazines, and journals that serve to focus public awareness on the politicization of American college and university classrooms, curricula, student life, and the resulting decline of educational standards. They serve to raise the level of discourse on campus and provide an outlet for students to keep university faculty and administrations honest. Many prominent journalists have got their start by working for a CN publication.

National Deadline: 16 January 2016

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Disciplines: Diverse

The Coro Fellowship uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across the non-profit, business, and government sectors. Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences. Coro fellowship locations are in high-impact urban cities across the U.S.: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.

National Deadline: 20 January 2016

Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes

Disciplines: Diverse

Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers. Sponsored by the United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), scholarships are available for intensive overseas study in critical need languages. Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu are offered at the beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Arabic and Persian are offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. And Chinese, Japanese, and Russian are offered at the intermediate and advanced levels.

All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student's home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities. University level credit may be available. Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

National Deadline: 23 November 2016

DAAD German Academic Graduate Scholarship

Disciplines: Diverse

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards Study Scholarships to highly qualified graduating seniors and graduate students of all disciplines to provide the opportunity to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate or master's degree course and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution.

Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens. Foreign nationals who have been full-time students at an American or Canadian university for at least one year at the time of application may be eligible to apply. Contact professors in the German Department for further details.

National Deadline: 4 November 2015

DAAD RISE Professional Internship

Disciplines: Science || Engineering

RISE professional--Research Internships in Science and Engineering--gives recent graduates as well as graduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics the opportunity to intern for a German company for the summer (6 weeks - 6 months) and thus gain valuable practical experience in their field. These internships, funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education & Research, are awarded based on academic merit and the strength of the applicant's proposal. Interns receive a monthly stipend from DAAD as well as their hosting company; in addition, interns receive travel funds and health insurance.

Please note: German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship. Some require at least an intermediate level of German language skills while others require none at all.

National Deadline: 31 January 2016

Donald Payne International Development Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

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 (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times--poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism--the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which 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.

The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. The fellowship is named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald Payne. The initiative is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.

National Deadline: 19 January 2016

Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships

Disciplines: Diverse

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government's internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program for study, research, and professional development opportunities between Australia and the world. The Endeavour Scholarship allows Americans to undertake graduate study either by coursework (taught degree) or research in any field in Australia--up to 2 years for a master's degree and up to 4 years for a PhD. The Endeavour Research Fellowship allows Americans to pursue graduate research for 4-6 months in Australia.

National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Minorities

Disciplines: Diverse

To increase the presence of underrepresented minorities on the nation's college and university faculties, to enhance diversity on campuses, and to address the persisting effects of past discrimination, the Ford Foundation offers pre-doctoral fellowships to members of six minority groups whose under representation in the professoriate has been severe and long-standing. The fellowship program identifies individuals with demonstrated ability and provides them the opportunity to engage in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. These successful scholars then inspire other students of color to pursue an academic career in teaching and research.Check website for due date and details.

National Deadline: 20 November 2015

Fulbright US Student Scholarship

Disciplines: Diverse

Fulbright grants are awarded annually to graduating seniors, young professionals, artists, and graduate students to study in over 140 countries. Most Fulbrights are given for academic programs, but some are available for work in the creative and performing arts and also for the teaching of English in secondary schools. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

The Fulbright US Student Program awards

  • Study/Research Grants, to pursue a graduate degree and/or graduate research in another country;
  • English Teaching Assistantships, to teach English in another country, typically in a university setting;
  • Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships, to serve in professional public-policy-related placements in foreign government ministries or institutions;
  • Fulbright-mtvU Awards, to research an aspect of international musical culture, focusing on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression; and
  • Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowships, to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding.

    Campus Deadline: 8 October 2015

    National Deadline: 13 October 2015

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    This program offers approximately 60 scholarships for students to pursue courses of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Students must show evidence of ability to make a significant contribution to their disciplines through research, teaching, or creatively using their learning in their chosen profession. Candidates must have excellent transcripts and high grade point averages; they must show how study at Cambridge would help them achieve their goals.

    Contact Dean Elizabeth Vardaman (710-4176) for more information.

    National Deadline: 14 October 2015

    Harvey Fellows Program

    Disciplines: Diverse

    This program was developed to encourage followers of Jesus Christ to integrate their faith and vocation and pursue leadership positions in strategic fields where Christians appear to be underrepresented. The Foundation understands God to be Creator and Sustainer, not only of human beings, but of society's disciplines and structures which make up our world. The goal is to empower students who evidence the passion and ability to lead others as they participate in God's work to redeem these structures.

    The Harvey Fellows Program provides financial support to Christian graduate students who possess a unique vision to impact society through their fields and who are pursuing graduate studies at premier institutions in their disciplines (in the United States or abroad). Contact the scholarship foundation at the above website for further information.

    National Deadline: 1 November 2015

    Health for America Fellowship

    Disciplines: computer science, medicine, public health, technology, management, social entrepreneurship

    Health for America announces a fellowship program to incubate, test, and launch applications to improve the health of communities across the nation. Health for America is looking for passionate change makers from a broad variety of backgrounds who demonstrate creativity, passion, team-work, leadership, interpersonal skills, and integrity. Fellows, based out of Delaware, will receive $50,000 stipends and will travel to San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, and other cities.

    National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

    Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and grad school graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice (of which there are 27 including the Brookings Institution, Stimson Center, and ReThink Media). The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and related fields and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, and media.

    National Deadline (for Spring 2016 Fellows): 1 October 2015

    Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

    Disciplines: Applied Sciences || Engineering

    The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation offers five-year graduate fellowships in the applied physical sciences. Approximately 20 fellowships of $25,000 personal stipends and full tuition equivalent are awarded each year. Hertz Fellowships are tenable at most major research universities. The scholarship applicants should be students in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency (see our Moral Commitment section

    Contact Dean Elizabeth Vardaman (710-4176) for more information.

    National Deadline: 30 October 2015

    Humanity in Action Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Humanity in Action Fellows participate in an annual month-long human rights fellowship program held each summer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, or Warsaw. All Fellows from the U.S. begin their programs in Washington, DC at a special orientation hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Humanity in Action fully covers the cost of participation in the program, including housing and most meals. The selection committee seeks candidates who have a demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice and who possess entrepreneurship and leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and social maturity.

    National Deadline: 7 January 2016

    Humanity in Action-John Lewis Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The John Lewis Fellowship is a new Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia. In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., Humanity in Action will bring together a group of 30 American and European university students and recent graduates for an intensive program about diversity and civil rights in America. The program honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.

    National Deadline: 7 January 2016

    Inter American Press Association Scholarship

    Disciplines: Journalism

    The Inter American Press Association was established in 1942 to defend and promote the right of the peoples of the Americas to be freely informed through an independent press, essential for which is a journalism that is responsible, objective and open to all currents, so as thus to contribute to a better understanding among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere. In 1954 the IAPA established its Scholarship Fund for young American or Canadian journalists for an academic year’s study in some Latin American or Caribbean country, and for young Latin American and Caribbean journalists to take courses in journalism at some recognized university in the United States or Canada during one academic year.

    Applicants must be natives of countries in the Western Hemisphere, journalists or students in the final year of their journalism course, be between 21 and 35 years old, be fluent in the language of the country where they will go to study. Journalism students will have to complete their university studies before the start of the scholarship year.

    National Deadline: 30 January 2016

    James Madison Memorial Fellowship

    Disciplines: Teaching American history in Junior/Senior High School

    The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation encourages future and current teachers of American history, government, and social studies in grades 7-12 to undertake graduate study of the American Constitution, its roots, framing, principles, and development. The applicant must be an outstanding college senior, recent college graduate, or high school teacher who will enroll in a Master of Arts degree in teaching American history or social studies. Up to two calendar years of support, maximum of $24,000 will be awarded.

    National Deadline: 1 March 2016

    Japanese Government Scholarships

    Disciplines: Diverse

    In 2008, the Government of Japan announced the "300000 Foreign Students Plan," which calls to increase the number of foreign students in Japan to 300,000 students by 2020. Consequently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan administers Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships. There are seven types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under this program. For graduate students, there are two: graduate research and teacher training. The scholarships can extend to two years of in-country study, and applications require Baylor University endorsement.

    National Deadline: varies by scholarship

    The website states, "Because the application process differs according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located, please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for details."

    Kobe College Corporation & Japan Education Exchange (KCC-JEE) Graduate Fellowship

    Disciplines: Education

    KCC-JEE is the oldest U.S.-Japan collaborative organization in America. KCC-JEE provides teacher, scholar and student exchange programs, and holds concerts, gatherings and other events that promote cultural understanding. Kobe College Corporation was founded in 1920 in Chicago, Illinois by a group of religious philanthropists as an avenue in which to raise money for a new campus for Kobe College, one of Japan's first Christian educational institutions. KCC-JEE has preserved and nurtured its deep ties to Kobe College, while expanding its mission to provide opportunities for both Kobe College students and American students, researchers, and educators to travel and experience Japan and America.

    The KCC Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program was established in 1996 to support qualified graduate students for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan. One fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin 神戸女学院) for the award year, if selected.

    National Deadline: 11 January 2016

    London School of Economics, U.S. Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Alumni and Friends of the London School of Economics in the United States (AFLSE) awards at least one scholarship each year to an American citizen or permanent resident of the United States for one year of graduate study at the London School of Economics. The scholarship usually covers full tuition fees.

    Selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic merit and financial need, with no restrictions as to age, field of study, or degree being sought. The scholarship is available to students attending the LSE for the first time or who previously have enrolled in LSE summer school programs only; current and former LSE students are not eligible to apply.

    The AFLSE does not have a separate scholarship application. To be considered for the scholarship, prospective students must first apply for admission to the LSE. The LSE will identify candidates who are eligible to apply for the AFLSE scholarship through the Graduate Merit Awards selection process.

    National Deadline: concurrent with the LSE application

    MarshallMarshall Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Marshall Scholarships were established to express British gratitude for the European Recovery Program after World War II. Thirty-two or more scholarships are awarded each year. They may be used for study at any university in the United Kingdom. Marshall Scholars usually pursue an advanced degree during their two years of British education. Candidates must have a first degree (usually a bachelor's degree). Distinction of intellect and character (as evidenced by scholarly attainments and by other activities and interests) are the primary selection criteria. A 3.7 gpa in academic courses is necessary to be competitive for this scholarship. Candidates must have a clear idea of what they want to study in Britain, where, and why. Preference will also be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.

    Contact Dean Elizabeth Vardaman (710-4176) for more information.

    Campus Deadline: 15 September 2015

    National Deadline: 1 October 2015

    Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. It is a unique two-year program that combines field and policy work. Leland Fellows (10-12 selected for each cohort) develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. During the first year, fellows work directly to build food security in the field. In the second year, fellows apply their field experience to the design of sound development policy at the organizational, national, and international level. In addition to their field and policy work, fellows take part in annual CHC-sponsored training sessions and a range of professional development activities aimed at further adding to their skills and expertise. Most Leland Fellows hold advanced degrees and have spent at least one year working or volunteering in a developing country.

    National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

    Mitchell Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    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. 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, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel. The fields of study are not restricted to Irish topics.

    National Due Date: 1 October 2015

    Nanubhai Summer Internship, India

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Each year Nanubhai Education Foundation offers a ten-week, immersive intern experience in India that exposes participants to some of the most pressing issues in education. Interns have an opportunity to participate in Foundation programs, gain exposure to the realities of working in a grassroots NGO, and conduct original field research. Past interns have gone on to work for the Institute of International Education, complete Master’s programs at Columbia Teacher’s College, and contribute to education initiatives in a variety of channels.

    National Due Date: 2016 date not yet posted

    National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program

    Disciplines: Medicine

    The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) allows participants to take advantage of the best of two worlds - the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the NIH. The goal is to create a different kind of graduate experience, one that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.

    At the NIH, graduate students work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians. They share the NIH campus with the largest translational research hospital in the nation. They explore areas such as bioinformatics, biophysics, epidemiology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, health sciences, structural biology, sensory and communication neuroscience, molecular pathology, biobehavioral research, and developmental biology.

    Due Date: See website for the deadlines of individual awards.

    National Institutes of Health Scholarship

    Disciplines: Medicine || Nursing

    The National Institutes of Health offer a variety of opportunities for those preparing for careers in the medical sciences, ranging from summer research at the NIH to support for doctoral studies. Most of these awards are made to students of institutions which have been awarded NIH institutional grants. However, there are some awards for which students may apply directly, such as predoctoral fellowships for nursing research and summer opportunities for minority students.

    Due Date: See website for the deadlines of individual awards.

    NSF Graduate Fellowship

    Disciplines: Science || Engineering || Social Sciences || Mathematics

    Applicants for National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships are traditionally college seniors or first-year graduate students and must be U.S. Citizens, or national or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellowships are awarded for study and research leading to master's and doctoral degrees in the behavioral, biological, chemical, engineering, geological, mathematical, physical, and social sciences, including history and philosophy of science and research-based Ph.D.s in science education. Applicants must have exemplary GPA's (3.50) and strong supportive letters of reference.

    Check website for details. Browse graduate funding opportunities by categories here.

    National Deadlines: vary according to discipline but occur typically each fall between October and November. See website for details.

    NYC Urban Fellows Program

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The NYC Urban Fellows Program is a 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. After participating in an extensive interview process, New York City Urban Fellows are placed at an array of agencies across the City where they learn about public policy through a hands-on approach. This knowledge is supplemented by a series of workshops that help promote a deep understanding of the structure of New York City government. The program seeks to ensure that every Urban Fellow comprehends the intricacies of City, State and Federal finance and the interaction between these levels of government. During the year, these experiences are further enhanced by a group trip to Washington D.C. where Fellows meet face-to-face with representatives and policy-makers who help shape life in New York City.

    National Deadline: 8 January 2016

    Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Schohlarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    With the aim of supporting the efforts of OAS Member States in the development of human resources as a means to achieving the objectives of the organization, the OAS provides valuable study opportunities to students by granting scholarships, for a maximum of two academic years and up to $30,000 annually, for the pursuit of graduate studies and research that are related to eight priority areas: Social Development and the Creation of Productive Employment; Education; Economic Diversification and Integration, Trade liberization, and Market Access; Scientific Development and Exchange and Transfer of Technology; Strengthening of Democratic Institutions; Sustainable Development of Tourism; Sustainable Development and the Environment; Culture. OAS Academic Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies at a university or higher learning education institution in an OAS Member State (of which there are 35) with the exception of the applicant’s sponsoring country.

    National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

    Organizing and Leadership Academy’s (TOLA) Training Program

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Organizing & Leadership Academy (TOLA) is a rigorous, non-ideological, "hands-on" training program for individuals interested and motivated to pursue a career in organizing. The sixteen-week TOLA program is demanding and effective, equipping individuals to be a catalyst for change. In communities around the country, effective organizers have sparked the civil rights movement, efforts to improve schools, and economic development. But too often, inexperienced organizers put into real world situations have neither the personal discipline, nor have mastered the basic fundamentals of organizing to be effective. TOLA teaches these fundamental organizing skills from self-organization to recruiting volunteers to managing a complex organizing project with many volunteers. TOLA fellows do not pay for their training and all TOLA related expenses are paid for.

    National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

    Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    Disciplines: Social Sciences

    The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is 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.

    The Pickering Fellowship has both an undergraduate and graduate program. Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program for fall of 2016. Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer.

    National Deadline: 15 January 2016

    Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

    Disciplines: Humanities || Social Sciences || Languages || Sciences || Music || Engineering || Business || Education

    The Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

    Each year, the Rangel Program offers fellowships to outstanding seniors and recent graduates. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities. Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master's degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer.

    National Deadline: 13 January 2016

    Renshaw Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Renshaw Fellowship Program, awarded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, supports the study and shaping of school curricula by providing grants to those seeking to become superintendents; curriculum developers; or influential scholars teaching, writing, and lecturing on educational issues. Current graduate students or applicants to graduate schools in doctoral study in education are eligible to apply. Each recipient receives a $12,000 grant. As part of the application process, candidates submit an original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: What role do educators have in maintaining a free society?

    National Deadline: 16 January 2016

    Rhodes Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Rhodes Scholarship permits the pursuit of an Oxford University degree. It is awarded only to the very highest qualified students who exemplify scholastic attainment, moral force of character, and leadership. Recipients enter Oxford following the completion of a bachelor's degree but before their twenty-fourth birthday. Awards are made on a nationally competitive basis and are regarded by many as the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

    Contact Dean Elizabeth Vardaman (710-4176) for more information.

    National Deadline: 1 October 2015

    Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Rotary Foundation offers Global Grant Scholarships for students wanting to attend graduate school abroad in one of their traditional areas of focus. Because the Rotary Foundation's mission is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty, Global Grant Scholars pursue one of six areas of focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; Economic and Community Development. Scholarships of a maximum $30,000 range from one to four years and therefore can include an entire degree program. Prospective scholars must show proof of admission to the chosen university before the grant will be approved.

    The Foundation does not require Global Grant Scholars to carry out ambassadorial duties, but the scholarship sponsor may encourage participation in club events or service projects.

    Due Date: Vary according to local Rotary Clubs. Applicants should contact their local club for its timeline and deadlines by searching via

    Rotary World Peace Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Rotary Foundation, in partnership with six leading universities around the world, has established the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Each year, Rotary will select 60 scholars to study at one of the Rotary Centers worldwide in Australia, Argentina, England, Japan, and 2 in the U.S. (Berkeley and Duke/Chapel Hill). Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. See story on Baylor's 2006 Rotary World Peace Scholar. See follow up story on James Griffin, Rotary World Peace Scholar, inside the article "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" in the spring edition of Baylor Magazine 2010: Each Rotary district may nominate one candidate for the selection process.

    National Deadline: 1 July 2016, applications become available 1 December

    Salvatori Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Salvatori Fellowship, awarded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, seeks to further an understanding and appreciation of the principles held by the American Founding Fathers and the culture that formed their values and views. Two $10,000 prizes are granted each year to graduate students in fields related to the American Founding. As part of the application process, candidates submit an original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: What is the importance of the American Founding to a free society?

    National Deadline: 16 January 2016

    Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

    Disciplines: Diverse

    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. Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service.

    National Due Date: 19 January 2016

    Schwarzman Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to train future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China, its role in global trends and their role as future leaders. Up to 200 Scholars (100 scholars for 2016) chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China and its people. Scholars will develop their leadership skills through a one-year Masters degree in public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher education.

    National Deadline: 1 October 2015

    SMART Defense Scholarship

    Disciplines: STEM Fields

    Part of the National Defense Education Program, the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the DoD. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. As such, the program primarily targets "hand-on-the-bench" researchers and engineers. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About Smart page.

    National Deadline: 1 December 2015

    Soros Fellowship for New Americans

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides support for 30 students a year for 2 years of graduate study anywhere in the U.S. To be eligible for the fellowship, one of the following five statements must be true:
    (1) You have been naturalized as a US citizen either on your own or as a minor child under the application of one of your parents.

    (2) You are--or will by the application deadline be--in possession of a valid green card. (Note, if you have a green card application pending and hope it will be approved by the application deadline, please wait to submit your application until you actually receive your green card.)

    (3) You are a US citizen by birth, but neither of your birth parents was a US citizen or eligible for US citizenship at the time of his or her birth, and at least one of them subsequently became a naturalized US citizen.

    (4) You were born outside of the United States or one of its territories and were subsequently adopted by American parents and were awarded US citizenship as a result of your adoption. To the best of your knowledge, neither of your birth parents was a US citizen.

    (5) You have been--or by the application deadline will have been--granted deferred action under the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Note, if you have a DACA application pending and hope it will be approved by the application deadline, please wait to submit your application until you actually have been granted DACA status.)

    Winners receive $20,000 and half tuition yearly to attend any graduate-level school to study medicine, engineering, law, music, public affairs, or any academic discipline in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Applicants must be in the last year of undergraduate study or the first year of graduate study.

    National Deadline: 1 November 2015

    Tillman Military Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Founded in 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships--building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. Tillman Scholars show extraordinary academic and leadership potential, a true sense of vocation, and a deep commitment to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, education and the arts. The Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses by investing in their higher education and covering their educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses.

    National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

    Truman Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Truman Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors who have impressive leadership potential, who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and who wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for public service careers. While students apply for the award during their junior year, the scholarship itself is tenable for graduate study.

    Baylor is proud to have had outstanding students selected for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007. In 2014 we had four endorsed candidates and two of them became finalists.

    The application process encourages candidates to reflect on the needs of society they want to address in their public service, to refine career goals and objectives, and to initiate planning for graduate study. An intense and extensive application process is involved. After carefully reviewing the web pages to understand the eligibility requirements and commitments involved, contact Dean Elizabeth Vardaman (254-710-4176) for more information.

    Campus Deadline: 4 January 2016

    Endorsed Candidate Deadline: 26 January 2016

    National Deadline: 2 February 2016

    Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Families USA, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care, awards the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice. This fellowship was created in 2005 by Philippe Villers, founder and President of Families USA, to inspire and develop the next generation of health care justice leaders. The goal of the Villers Fellowship program is three-fold: (1) to develop a network of young leaders who share a passion for social and health care justice; (2) to inspire Villers Fellows to continue working for health care justice throughout their lives; and (3) to help achieve Families USA’s goal of guaranteed, high-quality, affordable health care in the U.S. During their year-long tenure, Villers Fellows work on Medicaid and enrollment policy issues and develop an understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory process. They will also be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, successful coalition building, and e-advocacy techniques.

    National Deadline: 29 January 2016

    Weaver Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Richard M. Weaver Fellowship, awarded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, seeks to uphold the idea of excellence and the role of education in producing unique individuals capable of making reasoned choices. This fellowship is granted to current graduate students or applicants to graduate schools, who have an intention to teach at the college level. Each Fellow receives a grant of $5,000 and payment of tuition at the school of his or her choice, as well as $1000 worth of ISI books. As part of the application process, candidates submit an original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: What is the relationship between liberal education and a free society?

    National Deadline: 16 January 2016

    Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Families USA, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care, awards the Wellstone Fellowship to underrepresented minorities to increase their presence as social justice leaders. Fellows' primary responsibilities include drafting talking points, blogs, fact sheets, and other publications, as well as developing content for the Families USA website and email lists that promotes health equity and the reduction and elimination of disparities in health and health care. During the year, the fellow will learn about health reform implementation, health equity, the private insurance market, health system improvement, and other important health policy issues. At the same time, the Wellstone Fellow will develop an understanding of the tactics and strategies used in state-based consumer health advocacy organizations. The fellowship will last one year for which the fellow will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Wellstone Fellow is selected each year.

    National Deadline: 2016 deadline not yet posted

    Western Civilization Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Western Civilization Fellowship, awarded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, is designed to address our culture's loss of memory by supporting at the graduate level the study of the institutions, values, and history of the West. The Fellowship is granted to current graduate students with a research interest in and dedication to the Western tradition. Each Fellow receives a $20,000 grant. As part of the application process, candidates submit an original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: In your own field of study, how is liberty related to Western Civilization?

    National Deadline: 16 January 2016

    William Randolph Hearst Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated, current, non-graduating graduate or undergraduate students from underrepresented communities of color.

    National Deadline for Spring 2016 (January-May): 20 November 2015

    National Deadline for Summer 2016 (May-August):11 March 2016

    Whitaker Fellowship

    Disciplines: biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field, i.e., chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering with substantive interest and background in biomedicine

    The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field. We hope to offer at least 40 Fellow and Scholar grants annually; only the highest-quality applicants are awarded. In the last competition cycle, more than 30 grants were awarded, and we encourage all students/post-docs/junior faculty who are considering a period of study or research abroad to apply. Awards have included research in heart blood flow, pursuing a Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise, a policy project on investment in biomedical devices, improved prosthetic leg design, and development of affordable oral cancer screening tools. Projects can occur worldwide, and have taken place in the UK, Chile, Denmark, India, South Africa, and Singapore among many other venues.

    The Whitaker International Fellows program accepts applications from graduate-level applicants (graduating seniors through current PhD students). Fellows receive a stipend for one year and are eligible for tuition reimbursement.

    National Deadline: 19 January 2016

    White House Fellowship

    Disciplines: Diverse

    Fifty-one years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Over the course of nine presidential administrations, the non-partisan White House Fellows program has become the nation’s premiere fellowship for public service and leadership. White House Fellows are remarkable Americans with a commitment to service who come to Washington to gain first-hand, high-level experience in the Federal government and develop themselves as leaders

    The fellowship year consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. Fellows participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at leadership in government, non-profits, business, the media and more. Fellows attend roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors as well as travel to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions, and while there are no formal age restrictions, the Fellowship program was created to give selected Americans the experience of government service early in their careers.

    National Deadline: 12 January 2016