Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships

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

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


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Name of Fellowship or Scholarship Application Due Date Students Eligible Date of Program Program Info/Amount of award
Humanity in Action Jan-7-16 Currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors), recent graduates (classes of 2014 and 2015) Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. May 24 through June 26, 2016 Applicants who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights.
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program Sep-19-16 Applicants  must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2016 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2016, or they can be college graduates. 
Attract and prepare students careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through  U.S. foreign policy.  Encouraged application of members of minority groups and those with financial need.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Jan-15-15 Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration (except in cases where the student has completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program). The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials. 1 year when accepted Work as research assistant to endowment's senior associates.
Fund for education abroad Jan-18-16 Undergraduate student participating in study abroad program, must be eligible for credit at institution, at least 4 weeks long Summer 2016, fall 2016, spring 2017  Awards money for study abroad
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program Jan-15-16 Undergraduate students- juniors expected to receive bachelor's degree in Spring 2017, with intent to attend a two year master's program and then join the Foreign Service                                      Graduate Students- Applicants seeking admission to a two year graduate program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages with intent to join the foreign service Senior year and 1st year of grad school or 2 years of grad school and two summer internships Pays for either senior year of undergraduate and 1st year of graduate or two years of graduate, two summer internships and then entrance into the foreign service
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Jan-22-16 Junior or Senior students in outstanding academic standing Payment July 31, 2016 The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
DAAD (GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE) Jan-31-16 Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or an independent study abroad semester or year. For Septermber 2016-July 2017 (For 4 or up to 10 months) Provides funding for German Study, internships or research
Jan-31-16 The Humane Studies Fellowship is an exclusive award for graduate students who are alumni of IHS programs and events.  1 year of grad school towards PhD Provides $15,000 per year for graduate studies in multiple areas
AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM  Feb-1-16 Sophmore, Junior or non-graduating Senior GPA of 3.2 or above, interest in pursuing PHD or MD Summer 2016 Opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world's leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.
The National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships Feb-9-16 Provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East June 1st, 2016 is the earliest a program can start for this deadline Provides funding for undergraduate students to underrepresented areas in study abroad
Eben Tisdale Fellowship  Feb-10-15 The Tisdale Fellowship is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested technology and public policy. The selection committee will be looking for students with a concrete record of academic achievement and civic mindedness. A background in computer science or other high-technology fields is helpful but not required. June 6-July 31, 2015 Provides a full scholarship of $7,995 to attend the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) as well as a $1,000 stipend.  Through IBGA, Tisdale Fellows will be placed with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, take two classes worth six credits from George Mason University, and live in furnished apartments on George Washington University’s downtown campus. Fellows will also attend weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors, as well as briefings at institutions such as the U.S. Capitol, Department of State, World Bank, and Federal Reserve.
Fulbright UK Summer Programs 2016 Need to have at least 2 years of undergraduate study left, Summer program Covers all fees and tuition for an academic and cultural program in the UK over the summer
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation  Mar-1-16 One fellowship per state per year, outstanding student with a desire to teach the constitution in secondary school, bachelor's degree, but may also be a teacher Grad school- 2 years Pays fees for master's degree and requires that you teach grades 7 to 12 after recieving the degree
The IHS PhD Scholarship Mar-1-16 Students enrolled in a PhD program having to do with the advancement of Liberty and economics notified May 1, 2016 Provides up to 1500 dollars of financial support to those entering or enrolled in a PhD that advances the progress of individual liberty and economic freedom. *Also makes eligible for the human studies program 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship program  Jan-4-16 Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Late July 2016 Scholarship support, paid research at NIH in the summer, Paid employment and training at NIH after graduation
 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program  March 2016 Must receive federal pell grant, Have proof of acceptance to a study abroad program that is eligible for credit at your institution, program must be at least 4 weeks long and may not exceed 1 year May-16 The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints
The Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship  Mar-2-16 Interest in advocacy for indian tribes, through tribal policy and native health care Scholars announced May 1 Scholarship for up to $7000 towards academic study
Schwarzman Scholarship  October 2016  Bachelor's degree, English language proficiency, 18-29 years old, academic excellence June of the next year Provides funding for study in Beijing to prepare future leaders 
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship November 2016 First in family to graduate college, outstanding academic record Notified January of next year Program at Cambridge to pursue second BA
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans November 2016 Must be New American (naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad), under 31 years, and college senior or holder of bachelor's degree Grad school- 2 years Provides stipend support and up to 50% of tuition and fees, supports up to 2 years of graduate study
Institute of International Education N/A Search engine for study abroad scholarships N/A Database of study abroad scholarships
Princeton in Asia (PiA Nov -13 Bachelor's degree and english language skills ability to travel to Princeton for Interviews Finalization of positions is mid March to April Provides funding toteach or study at a University in Asia to promote further understanding and cooperation
Gates Cambridge Scholarship October 14 2015 or December 2, 2015 The most outstanding students. The award is very competitive and prestigious.  Interviews in late January or March, You will find out a week after the interview if you have received the fellowship Provides funds for graduate study at the University of Cambridge
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships Programs  Predoctoral application: November 20, 2015, Dissertation application: November 13, 2015, Postdoctoral application: November 13, 2015 All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level For grad school Awards for research based study in PhD programs
Fulbright Program October 11, 2016 Must have bachelor's degree and proficiency in host language within the country of study Dates vary International Exchange program to promote understanding between the US and other cultures. Grants are available to conduct research and teach English.
Marshall Scholarships October 2016 Graduate of Bachelors program pursuing Graduate study, must have GPA of 3.7 or higher 1 semester up to one year Finance degree for US citizen in UK
The Mitchell Scholarship Program October 2016  Between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic 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. N/A Provides funding for students studying at a university in Ireland
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships October 2016 Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  N/A Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.
The Rhodes Scholarships October 2016  20-24 years of age, U.S. Citizen N/A Provides financial support for students to pursue degree at Oxford University in England
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation February, 2 2016 Undergraduate junior or senior, The primary criteria for selection include: extensive record of campus and community service; commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors; communication skills and a high probability of becoming a "change agent"; and a strong academic record with likely acceptance to the graduate school of the candidate's choice.  Scholar posting- April 22, 2016 Funding for Graduate Study, Priority application to Graduate programs, special internships in government
UNCF-MERCK Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards Not updated African American (Black), Enrolled full-time in any four-year college or university in the United States, A junior who will be a B.S. or B.A. degree candidate in the 2015-2016 academic year, A life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering major. (Applicants majoring in the physical sciences must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the 2014-15 academic year). First professional (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., etc.) majors are ineligible, A student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, Committed to and eligible for the summer internship at a Merck facility, A citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Not updated Funding for undergraduate research in specified fields
American Psychology association Minority fellowship program January 15 or May 1 Our ultimate goal is to help promising graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and early career professionals achieve lasting success in areas related to ethnic minority psychology. To this end, the MFP provides financial support, professional development activities, and opportunities for professional and personal guidance. Ethnic minority students are encouraged to apply.  Dates vary Be sure to check out the website, there are multiple scholarships posted. 1. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Predoctoral Fellowship: Promote culturally competent behavioral health services and policy for ethnic minority populations. 2. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Postdoctoral Fellowship: The goal of the Postdoctoral MHSAS Fellowship Program is to encourage and facilitate the specialized training of postdoctoral psychologists, Increase the number of ethnic minority psychologists providing behavioral health services and developing policy for ethnic minority populations. The program seeks to accomplish the following objectives, Promote culturally competent behavioral health services and policy for ethnic minority populations, Increase the number of ethnic minority psychologists providing behavioral health services and developing policy for ethnic minority populations. 3. Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Fellowship: MFP supports the following financial and training opportunities for terminal master’s students in order to further their development in areas related to mental health services for ethnic minority youth ages 16 through 25 and their families. This is a federally funded program to support terminal master’s level training in psychology that seeks to: Promote culturally competent mental health services for ethnic minority transition age youth and their families.Increase the number of ethnic minority service providers in psychology who are providing mental health services for this population. Provides funding for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral candidates, depending on scholarship.
Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Scholarship N/A This one is for high school juniors, I think the one that might have been there before is not there anymore N/A
American-Scandinavian foundation Awards Nov-1 Competed undergraduate, some knowledge of language proficiency whether the research project requires it or not.  15-Apr Provides funding for students to study in Scandanavian countries, Fellowships/Grants to study in Scandanavia, Translation competition or alternative funding for Study in Scandanavia
Mar-18-16 Must be Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows and candidates for the Ph.D. degree in fields recognized under the terms of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Candidates must have passed all comprehensive examinations, completed all course work for the degree, and selected a dissertation topic that has been approved by the dissertation advisor. 1 semester of the following year Travel and research or dissertation grants
Rotary international Scholarships 
Pullam Journalism Fellowships out of date, as far as I can tell, this one does not exist anymore.  N/A
Bioethics Predoctoral Fellowships at NIH Pre-doctoral January 15, post-doctoral December 31 Pre doctoral: Interest in bioethics, previous experience not required, Completed or expected to complete undergraduate degree prior to start of fellowship, Completion of most recent degree no more than 2 years prior to the fellowship, Planning to pursue MD, JD, PhD or related degree , Evidence of academic achievements and analytical thinking, Commitment to scholarship in bioethics Post-doctoral: Interest in bioethics, previous experience not required, Completed or expected to complete graduate degree (MD, JD, PhD or related ) prior to start of fellowship, Completion of graduate degree no more than 5 years prior to the fellowship, Evidence of academic achievements and analytical thinking, Commitment to scholarship in bioethics Program Begins September following application cycle Research in bioethics
American Association for the advancement of science-Mass media, science and engineering fellowships Jan-15-16 Applicants must be enrolled as college or university students (graduate, doctoral, or upper level undergraduates) — or within one year of a completed degree — in the physical, biological, geological, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics in order to apply.Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement. Summer after application cycle To strengthen connection between scientists and journalists, scientists work with journalists to make science news easy for the public to understand
Mass media spanish language fellows initiative not available
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships  Jan-25-16 Women going to study for professional degrees, must go to Washington university for these programs: Arts & Sciences (MAEd, MAT, MFA, MM, PhD), Brown School of Social Work (MPH, MSW, PhD), Engineering & Applied Science (PhD), Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (MArch, MFA, MLA, MUD), Law (JD), Medicine (AuD, DOT, DPT, MD, PhD), Olin Business School (MBA, PhD) Announced in March To encourage women of exceptional promise to prepare for careers in higher education and the professions.To continue and extend the historically important contributions of Monticello to the education of women.To extend the influence of Washington University by assisting in the advanced education of outstanding women who are likely to make significant contributions to higher education. All Olin Fellows receive full tuition remission for up to four years, provided they continue to make satisfactory academic progress.  They are also eligible for a grant to defray the cost of professional travel. In addition, Fellows in PhD programs will receive a stipend equal to or in excess of other awards in their discipline.