Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships
Distinguished scholarships and fellowships are nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies. They offer opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career. Scholarships and Fellowships are available for undergraduates and graduates still in school, as well as for those interested in pursuing graduate studies or research.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a State Department program supporting study abroad. Up to $5,000 is offered to enrolled students with financial need.
The David L. Boren Scholarship funds undergraduate study in critical languages and understudied areas of interest to national security. Awards focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Awards are between $8,000 to $20,000 depending on duration of study. A Foreign Service commitment is required.
A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. Host countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The Fulbright program promotes mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. Study, research, or teach English and U.S. American culture in one of over 150 countries. Awards are for graduating seniors, current graduate students and alumni (U.S. citizenship required). Alumni are eligible to apply through SHU for up to three years beyond graduation, unless you have subsequently matriculated at another U.S. university.
The Fogarty-Ellison Overseas Fellowships in Global Health and Clinical Research is open graduate students in health professions. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the fellowship funds one year of clinical research training abroad. The award amount is $25,000 plus $6,000 for additional travel and materials expenses.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate's academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. 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 public service and community. 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. Seniors, alumni, and graduate students no older than 30 may apply to study in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Award covers tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and international travel.
Sponsored by the DAAD, RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. The program offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.
Funding is for graduate or professional schools in the United States or foreign countries. Awardees receive up to $30,000 for 2-3 years of graduate study. This scholarship is for leadership in public policy.
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States. IDRF promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region but is also informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Research topics may address all periods in history, but applicants should be alert to the broader implications of their research as it relates to contemporary issues and debates. The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Application deadlines are in first week of November.
The Institute for International Public Policy offers fellowships for a five year program, with a study abroad component, to prepare underrepresented minority undergraduates for careers in international affairs. Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who apply sophomore year.
The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship award helps fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interactions with individuals from other nations.
The Luce Scholars Program offers 15-18 young Americans annually a fellowship experience in Asia designed both to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perceptions of Asia, America, and themselves. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges because it is intended for young leaders with little or no prior experience of Asia who otherwise might not have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to gain in-depth knowledge about Asia or their Asian counterparts and contemporaries. The Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. At the heart of the enterprise is the internship arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her specific interest, background, qualifications, and experience. These work assignments run for approximately ten months, from September until July of the following year, and are intended primarily as learning opportunities for Luce Scholars.
Marshall Scholarships finance approximately 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom each year. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree. The scholarship allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. Award covers university fees, tuition, books, a thesis grant, research & daily travel, plus fares to and from the U.S.
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants.
Rotary International funds study and language training abroad for undergraduates and master’s degrees for graduate students in international studies, peace studies, and conflict resolution to be completed at one of seven Rotary Centers. Ambassadorial grants range from $11,000 to $24,000 depending on duration of study.
Open to U.S. citizens, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is a multi-year program also for women and members of minorities underrepresented in Foreign Service as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service division. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. A Foreign Service commitment is required. Applicants must apply in their junior year. Awards are available up to $40,000.