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Graduate Fellowships

National and international fellowships and scholarships are highly competitive, so it's a good idea to start thinking about them before application season rolls around.

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Commitment 
Character
Leadership
Aspirations
Scholarships and Fellowships
-- Alfred P. Sloan
-- Beinecke
-- Carnegie Endowment
-- Davies-Jackson
-- Department of Energy
-- Ford Foundation
-- Fulbright
-- Gates Cambridge
-- George J. Mitchell
-- Harry S. Truman
-- Hertz
-- HSF
-- Jack Kent Cooke
-- Jacob K. Javits
-- James Madison
-- Marshall
-- NSF
-- NSF Minority
-- Rhodes
-- Rotary
-- Udall


Keep in mind that most programs take in a holistic view of their applicants rather than just focusing on their transcripts. In addition to excellent grades, applicants should be able to demonstrate intellectual and scholarly commitment, character, leadership, and aspirations.

Commitment
Certainly, getting high grades in a field of study shows a high level of commitment to that area, but getting high grades and nothing else does not demonstrate intellectual growth. Graduate fellowships and scholarships value students who demonstrate ambition and intellectual curiosity as well as aptitude.

Things to consider:

  • Commitment and intellectual growthIn addition to academic excellence, how have I shown my passion for my field of study?
  • Have I sought out and participated in extracurricular activities (clubs, lectures, field trips, programs over breaks, etc.) that have to do with my academic interests? How did these opportunities expand my understanding of my field?
  • What ideas and concepts have captured my imagination and shaped my course selection or independent study?
  • Have I taken advantage of my autonomy as a student? How?
  • How can I best highlight my passion and achievements in an application essay or personal interview?


Character
All of the programs value healthy academic ambition and competition. However, as important as your intellectual motivations are, you must also take into consideration the ethical implications of your academic pursuits.

Things to consider:

  • Character and pursuitsWhat are my personal values with regard to my field of study?
  • Can I justify these values, and to what extent are my studies and my life guided by them?
  • What is my system of values rooted in?
  • Have I integrated this system into my academic pursuits? Have I changed my values in order to achieve my academic goals, or vice versa? If so, how?
  • How have my character and system of values been shaped by my personal experiences, both academic and otherwise?


Leadership

Though some fellowships value this more than others, being able to list your organizational positions and how they have enhanced your academic studies is a valuable addition to any application or interview. Leadership roles take many different forms -- from heading a committee or club to simply being an active participant in a group setting.

Things to consider:

  • Leadership rolesWhat community, political, faith-based, or other activities have I engaged in? How have I taken on leadership or active participation roles in these activities?
  • Why did I choose to participate in these activities? How do they relate to my intellectual pursuits?
  • What personal values, commitments, and passions drive my involvement in these activities?
  • What have I accomplished or learned through these experiences? How have I made a difference in the lives of others through my involvement?


Aspirations

These fellowships and scholarship programs are interested in funding students with the potential to make a difference, whether in their academic field or in the lives of the others around them. You don't have to find the cure for cancer or create world peace, but your academic and intellectual pursuits, your moral code, and your involvement in and commitment to communities around you must reflect your potential to achieve your long-term goals.

Things to consider:

  • Aspirations and goalsWhat are my long-term aspirations? Where do I want to be in five years? In ten?
  • How will this fellowship or scholarship program help me on my way to achieving these goals?
  • How have my academic and personal experiences prepared me for reaching my long-term goals in the future?
  • How will my personal moral code help me pursue my long-term goals in an ethical way that I can feel proud of later?
  • How can I best discuss my aspirations in an application or interview setting?

Scholarships and Fellowships (download Excel spreadsheet) 
Title Field(s) of Study General Info General Requirements
Who to Contact
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program Engineering, Natural Science, Mathematics From the website: "offers substantial scholarship support to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science, and mathematics. Since its establishment in 1995, the program has provided direct support to over 900 minority Ph.D. students in these fields." Students must be accepted into a program supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Must be a minority student in one or more of the listed fields of study. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Beinecke Scholarships Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences From the website: "seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students... Since 1975 the program has selected more than 400 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university. ... Each scholar recieves $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school." Applicants must have a history of recieving financial aid for their studies. Scholars must begin study as soon as possible following graduation from college. Must utilize all funding within five years. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates - see 'more info' for details From the website: "offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. ... Carnegie Endowment's nomination deadline is January 15 of each year." Students must be nominated for consideration by the school's Nominating Official. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Davies-Jackson Scholarship Program Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History/Art History, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences From the website: "presents students with the opportunity of staying for two years at St. John's College in Cambridge, England where they will pursue a Cambridge B.A." Students must be among the first in their family to graduate from college. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences From the website: "supports outstanding students to pursue graduate training in fundamental research... relevant to the Office of Science... [This is] a three-year award, providing partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research allowance for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution." Applicants are accepted based on academic performance and preparedness for graduate research. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences From the website: "Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowships for Minorities and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities are two programs administered by the National Research Council. ... Recipients are to engage in study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree and the Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree." Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Fulbright Grants Awarded for a variety of activities (research, post-graduate programs, english Teaching Assistantships, etc.). See website for more information. Approximately 1,500 Fulbright grants are awarded annually to graduating seniors. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must be sufficiently fluent in the language of the host country. Must be in good health. Dean Breitborde, campus advisor
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Any subject offered at the University of Cambridge. From the website: "Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants... to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others." Applicants must live outside the UK. Dean Breitborde, campus advisor
George J. Mitchell Scholarship Any subject offered by institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. From the website: "designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland... The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accomodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend." Applicants are judged on scholarship, leadership, and sustained commitment to community and public service. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Public service fields From the website: "provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. ... Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school, admissions, and professional development." Must be a college junior at the time of selection. Must be a U.S. citizen. Extensive community service record preferred. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Hertz Foundation Fellows Applied physical, biological, and engineering science From the website: "[Supports] the early stage research endeavors of... science students who possess the potential to change our world for the better by solving difficult, real-world problems." Program offers 5-year funding options, plus others that can be tailed to your graduate school. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Any From the website: "an organization that provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic heritage in order to assist students of Hispanic backgrounds in completing a higher education." Must be Hispanic or Latino to apply. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award  Creative or performing arts From the website: "enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. The Foundation will select 10 recipients each year." Must have significant financial need. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences From the website: "intended to provide support for students who have demonstrated superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and the financial need to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a master's degree." Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Must be attending a U.S. institution of study. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
James Madison Graduate Fellowships American History Education From the website: "offers James Madison Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution." Must be a U.S. citizen or national. Must be a teacher or planning to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. Prof. Lane Sunderland, campus advisor
Marshall Scholarship Any field offered by an institution of higher learning in the UK From the website: "finance[s] young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognised for its excellence." Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Science, Mathematics, Engineering, some Social Sciences and Humanities From the website: "these grants may be used at any non-profit U.S. or foreign institution of higher learning which offers advanced degrees in science or engineering; they are intended to promote the progress of science in the U.S." Contact advisor for information. Prof. Matthew Jones-Rhoades, campus advisor
National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship Science and Engineering From the website: "established for the same purpose as the main NSF Graduate Fellowship Program, with additional goal of increasing the number of practicing scientists who are members of ethnic minority groups which traditionally have been underrepresented in the advanced levels of the nation's science and engineering talent pool." Must be American Indian, African American, Alaskan (Eskimo or Aleut) or Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian), or Hispanic. Prof. Matthew Jones-Rhoades, campus advisor
Rhodes Scholarship Any field of study offered at the University of Oxford. From the website: "Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential leadership in whatever domain their careers may lead. ... provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom." Must be a citizen of the United States. Must be between the ages of 18 and 24. Dean Breitborde, campus advisor
Rotary Foundation Scholarship Any From the website: "Scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture." Please note that Rotary scholarships will end in 2013. Contact advisor for information. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
Udall Scholarships See info and requirements Udall Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: 1. To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; 2. To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careeers related to tribal public policy; 3. To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care. Contact advisor for information. Dean Haslem, campus advisor
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