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General Fellowships

Central Intelligence Graduate Scholarship Program:

Applicants should be entering either their first or second year of graduate studies when applying to CIA’s Graduate Scholar Program. We invite you to participate in our Graduate Scholarship program by applying now. This unique program gives promising graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their graduate studies.

The Graduate Scholar Program is a financial needs based program that offers students unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. You'll complete at least one 60 to 90-day work experience prior to graduating, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills.

We believe in challenging our Scholars with meaningful work that relates to their college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation. A foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. As a final example, a human resource major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

Once selected, you will be given up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, and books books; an annual salary; and an optional benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, and retirement. You'll be required to work at an Agency facility in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for at least 60 to 90 days before graduation and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA. We will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, D.C., area for your work experience and provide a daily allowance for lodging, meals and incidentals.
Because the Scholar Program is an investment in you, accepting an offer means making a career choice. We ask that you agree to continue employment with the Agency after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of your college sponsorship.

Deadline: Typically April - September

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities:

Contact: The National Academies, Fellowships Office, Keck 576. National Research Council, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 334-2872,, Eligibility: Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as GPA, class rank, honors or other designations). Must be enrolled in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution and committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Cannot have earned a prior doctoral degree at any time, in any field. Award: An annual stipend between $20,000-$40,000 and expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Deadline: Typically in November

British Marshall Scholarships:

Contact: Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Mary Denyer , Assistant Secretary, Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Woburn House. 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, UK WC1H 9HF, 44 207 380 6704 ext. 3, or,
Up to forty Marshall Scholarships will be awarded in 2016. Of these up to eight Scholarships will be for one year only. The one year Marshall Scholarship is aimed at applicants who wish to study in the UK, but have strong reasons that would mean a one year Scholarship would work better for them than the traditional two year Marshall Scholarship. Eligibility: be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);

  • (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2016) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree. (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application).
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2013.
  • ot have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University. Courtesy of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) Page 50 Award: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Fulbright Scholar Program:

Contact: Department of State, Walter Jackson, Program Manager, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580, (212) 984-5327,,
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. graduating college senior, graduate students, young professional or artist to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. Must be a U.S. citizen. Award: Up to one academic year of support for study and/or research in academic fields and the creative and performing arts, or one academic year as an English teaching assistant overseas, or a grant for international travel to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships or research projects.

Deadline: Typically in August

National Institute of Justice Fellowships:

NIJ sponsors fellowship programs to strengthen and broaden the pool of researchers looking at the issues of crime and justice. The Graduate Research Fellowship program has supported research from doctoral students across the country for more than 40 years. In 2014, NIJ split the program into two tracks – one to support social and behavioral science research and one to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. Learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship program, including how to apply, and learn about past fellows.

Oxford and the Rhodes Scholarships:

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Applicants from more than 320 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.

Deadline: Typically in October

Smithsonian Minority Awards Program:

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields by conducting research using its collections with a Smithsonian research staff member serving as an advisor at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices.

Visiting Student Awards are available for currently enrolled graduate students in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution. Visiting Students pursue independently designed research projects in association with Smithsonian staff.
Applicants must be:

  • Engaged in graduate study at the time of the appointment

  • In good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or equivalent

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident

  • Available full-time (40 hours per week) for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring.

  • Actively engaged in a field of study that relates to current Smithsonian research

Stipend: $600 per week, a small research allowance and with possible travel allowance
All Sessions = 10 weeks, full time (40 hours per week)

Deadline: Summer/Fall Typically in February

Spring: Deadline: Typically in January

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program:

Smithsonian Institution Fellows conduct independent study and research related to SI collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one Smithsonian advisor. The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is administered through the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI).

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is open to:
Graduate Students, Predoctoral Students, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Senior Researchers
Graduate Student Fellowships
Graduate Student Fellowships are typically 10 weeks in length. Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree granting institution. Before the appointment begins fellows must still be enrolled and must have completed at least one full time semester or its equivalent. Graduate Student Fellowships are usually intended for students who have not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a doctoral program. Graduate student fellowships are offered for ten weeks and are not available for periods of less or more than ten weeks.
Predoctoral Student Fellowships
Predoctoral Student Fellowships are typically (pls see below for exceptions) 3 to 12 months in length. Students must be enrolled in a university as a candidate for the Ph.D. or equivalent. By the time the appointment begins the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met

Deadline: Typically in December

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers:

Submit an application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.

Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed.

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Graduate Fellowship (DDETFP):

The EISENHOWER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (provides funding for the pursuit of Masters or Doctorate Degrees in transportation related discipline. The program objectives are: 1) to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, 2) to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees, and, 3) to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States. The Program is intended to bring innovation and enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States. The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Program encompasses all modes of transportation.

Deadline: Typically in April

Rotary Grants:

Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Rotary Foundation offers two types of grants: District Grants and Global Grants. Each Rotary district has the autonomy to choose what kind of work its grant(s) will fund. District Grants generally support humanitarian projects, scholarship, and volunteer teams traveling abroad. The Rotary District 6080 (local to Columbia) offers a global scholarship each year that provides $30,000 for one student to apply toward graduate study at an international institution.Rotary Global Grants, on the other hand, provide funding for long-term, large international activities. The minimum budget for a global grant activitiy is $30,000.

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program:

This program aims to prepare students for careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. Minority and low-income students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in international studies, public policy, public administration, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communication are encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to pass the Foreign Service exam upon completing their graduate program and will be receive appointments around the world as Foreign Service Officers.

Deadline: Typically in November

Churchill Scholarship:

Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office.
At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships, tenable for nine or twelve months of study at Cambridge University, are awarded annually to pursue graduate work in Engineering (including Computer Science), Mathematics, and the Physical and Biological Sciences. The one-year awards lead to the Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) or the Master of Advanced Study (MASt).

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes:

The Critical Language Scholarships Program offers intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. The Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

Deadline: Typically in November

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship (from the National Security Education Program):

Boren Fellowships provide American graduate students, both at the master's and the doctoral level, with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The program funds study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Deadline: Typically in January

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund:

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice through progressive movements on their campus and in their community.
Applicants should be current undergraduate or graduate students who are working as peace and justice advocates on their campuses. They should be enrolled at a U.S. university at the time of receiving the award but can be either domestic or international students.

Deadline: Typically in January - April

George J. Mitchell:

Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office.
Intended to familiarize and connect the next generation of American leadership with the island of Ireland. The US-Ireland Alliance sponsors a competitive, national scholarship for graduate study by American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 at institutions of higher learning on the island of Ireland.

Deadline: Typically in October

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship:

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington D.C. with a public-interest organization focusing on international security issues. The fellowship is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. They have written fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, articles, briefing books and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Many former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGO's, the Federal Government, and academia, or attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

Deadline: Typically in January

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award:

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is in memory of the former CEO of National Grid, Samuel Huntington. He was deeply interested in public service and taught in Nigeria before attending law school in the US. This award is designed for students who share the same passion for public service.

Deadline: Typically in January

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship:

The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years’ service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program:

This program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Clinton Scholars:

The William Jefferson Clinton Scholars at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the US and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.

Deadline: Typically in March

Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates:

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme.
Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

Deadline: Typically in February

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows:

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program invites undergraduate leaders from diverse academic disciplines to immerse themselves in leadership development programming inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington, and today's foremost leaders. This five-and-a-half week residential summer fellowship is designed to create the next generation of our nation's top leaders. During this time, you will dig deep into a cause you believe in, interact with like-minded student leaders from across the country, and learn from the top corporate, military, government, and non-profit leaders in the nation.

Deadline: Typically in February

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship:

Seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant tointernational affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy who are interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the WWNFF.

Deadline: Typically in January

J. W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service:

This scholarship is awarded to one or more undergraduate or graduate students who will work in public or civil service in the US. Funding goes towards a summer or term internship that is no-pay or low-pay. Preference is given to students who have already secured an internship.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP):

For Graduate Students
To be considered for the WRGP resident tuition rate, apply directly to the department or graduate studies department of the institution where you want to enroll, and identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant. WGRP students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the department and institution concerned, and meet all admission deadlines. Contact information for each participating program is listed in our WRGP online directory.
For Graduate Programs Interested in Joining the WRGP Network
Institutions can nominate their graduate programs for participation in WRGP every fall. Programs that aren’t related to healthcare must be “distinctive,” meaning they must be offered at no more than four other institutions in the WICHE region (exclusive of California). WICHE is particularly interested adding graduate programs in healthcare (for fields not available through WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program) and on-the-rise sectors including microtechnology and nanotechnology; green building and building energy conservation; emerging media and communications; biotechnology and bioinformatics; computer and cyber security; alternative energy technology and sustainability; geospatial technology; market research, data mining, data science and analytics; homeland security and emergency and disaster management; user experience design and management; and, elder care specialists.

Deadline: Typically in December