Baylor University
National & International Scholarships
College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Scholarships

Boren Fellowship (NSEP)

Disciplines: Any

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: 27 January 2015

Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes

Disciplines: Diverse

Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. 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 the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. See article on Baylor's three winners in 2008 to Russia. See article on most recent winner in 2010.

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: 12 November 2014

DAAD German Academic Graduate Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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 2014

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 2015

Donald Payne International Development Fellowship

Disciplines: Any

The Payne Fellowship provides funding for graduate studies and internship, as well as mentoring and professional development activities, for individuals interested in becoming USAID Foreign Service Officers. Participants who successfully complete the program receive appointments as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world.

This fellowship supports study in two-year graduate programs relevant to USAID, including international development, public administration, public policy, public health, etc. The fellowship awards approximately $90,000 over two years for tuition, internships, and USAID employment.

National Deadline: 20 January 2015

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Minorities

Disciplines: Any

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: 2015 date not yet available

Fulbright US Student Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

The Fulbright Scholarship is 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 or for the teaching of English in secondary schools. Applicants must in most cases be proficient enough in a language of the host country to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study. Baylor has had many Fulbright winners through the years, including six in 2012, four in 2013, and four in 2014.

National Deadline: 14 October 2014.

Campus Deadline: 10 October 2014.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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: 15 October 2014

The Harvey Fellows Program

Disciplines: Any

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 2014

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: 2015 date not yet available

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: Late October. Check website for specific details.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Seniors || Recent Graduates

Humanity in Action (HIA) Fellows participate in an annual month-long human rights fellowship program held each summer in five European cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw. There is also a US-based HIA summer program: the John Lewis HIA Fellowship. This summer program is held in Atlanta, Georgia at The Center for Civil and Human Rights. Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, immigration, national identity, Native American issues and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. Fellows traveling to Europe from the US 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: 8 January 2015

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Disciplines: Teaching in Grades 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 2015

London School of Economics

(United States Scholarship through Alumni and Friends of LSE)

Disciplines: Any

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: Any

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.

National Deadline: 1 October 2014

Campus Deadline: 15 September 2014

Mitchell Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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 2014

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. Deadlines vary by program, but all are in November 2013. Browse graduate funding opportunities by categories here.

National Deadlines: Vary according to discipline but occur between 29 October and 4 November 2014. See website for details.

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Disciplines: Social Sciences

The Thomas A. Pickering Fellowship provides funding to support students as they prepare academically and professionally to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Recipients receive up to $40,000 annually for two years to cover graduate study expenses and also participate in two paid internships, one domestic and one abroad. Fellows are obligated to work within the Foreign Service for 3 years upon graduation.

National Deadline: 16 January 2015

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 twenty Graduate Fellowships to outstanding seniors and recent graduates. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service.

National Deadline: 14 January 2015

Renshaw Fellowship

Disciplines: Any

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: 14 January 2015

Rhodes Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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 Professor Elizabeth Vardaman (710-4176) for more information.

National Deadline: 1 October 2014

Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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 at

Rotary World Peace Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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 2015, applications available in December

Salvatori Fellowship

Disciplines: Any

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: 14 January 2015

Schwarzman Scholarship

Disciplines: Any

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. The Schwarzman Scholars website offers more information on the program, eligibility criteria, and the admissions process. Additional details of the application and interview process will be posted in March, shortly before the application goes live in April 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 both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. SMART Scholars receive full tuition, a cash stipend, employment with the DoD after graduation, and summer internships.

National Deadline: 2015 date not yet available

Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Disciplines: Any

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 2014

Truman Scholarship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Junior

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.
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 Professor Elizabeth Vardaman (254-710-4176) for more information.

Campus Deadline: 27 October 2014

Endorsed Candidate Deadline: 29 January 2015

National Deadline: 3 February 2015

Weaver Fellowship

Disciplines: Any

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: 14 January 2015

Western Civilization Fellowship

Disciplines: Any

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: 14 January 2015

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 sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers as well as increase international collaboration in the field. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting. In the last competition cycle, more than 60 grants were awarded and awards have included research in heart blood flow, pursuing a master's degree in Bioscience Enterprise, a policy project on investment in biomedical devices, and improved prosthetic leg design. Whitaker Fellows receive a stipend for one year and are eligible for tuition reimbursement. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.

National Deadline: 20 January 2015