Rhodes Scholarship .......................................................................(Thursday, August 18, 12 noon)
The Rhodes Scholarships owe their origin to the remarkable vision expressed in the Will of Cecil J. Rhodes, the British colonial pioneer and statesman who died on March 26, 1902. He dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world to study at the University where he took his degree in 1881 would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Dedicated alumnus though he was, he was not moved merely by sentimental loyalty to establish the Scholarships at Oxford. Mr. Rhodes believed that, in addition to its eminence in the world of learning, Oxford University—with its emphasis on individualized instruction and on the community life provided by residential colleges—offered an environment highly congenial to personal and intellectual development.
Though some aspects of the structure of the Rhodes Scholarships have been modified from time to time, the founder’s basic purposes have been maintained. Mr. Rhodes wanted the administrators of his Will to seek out those qualities of excellence in young people which would contribute to “the world’s fight.” He specifically directed that no candidate for a Scholarship should be qualified or disqualified on account of race or religious opinions.
Mr. Rhodes wished his Scholars to benefit from education at Oxford and to return, enriched by their experience, to contributive careers in their home countries, without losing the affection for the University of Oxford and for the United Kingdom, which he believed that experience would nurture. The Scholarships are for this reason best seen as long-term investments in the growth of promising young persons and in the encouragement of ever-closer international relations.
The criteria which Mr. Rhodes set forth in his Will still guide Committees of Selection in their assessment of applicants. The Will contains four standards by which prospective Rhodes Scholars should be judged:
- literary and scholastic attainments;
- energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
- truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
- moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
Underlying these standards is the aim that Scholars be physically, intellectually, and morally capable of leadership, that is, persons who, in Mr. Rhodes’ phrase, will “esteem the performance of public duties as [their] highest aim.” From this statement one may infer that he expected his Scholars to play an influential part in the betterment of society, wherever their careers might lead them.
Much of the distinctiveness of the Rhodes Scholarships stems from this comprehensive set of criteria. Intellectual excellence is obviously required, but not in isolation from other qualities. Mr. Rhodes sought Scholars who were more than “mere bookworms;” he wanted their intellectual talents to be combined with concern for others. Thus, the Selection Committees assign the highest importance to this blend of character with intellect.
Applicants apply as a representative of one of the fifty states: either in the state in which they will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1, or in the state where they were legally resident on April 15th of the previous academic year. At the time of application:
- An applicant must be a citizen of the United States; or a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline. (Pending application for citizenship does not qualify a person to apply.)
- An applicant, by October 1, must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
- An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 of the following academic year.
- Intent to Apply message (inc. name, house, class, degree program of interest) due by email to fellowships@fas:August 1
- Endorsement applications due:Thursday, August 18, 12 noon
- Endorsement Committee meeting:~September 10
- U.S. national deadline:Wednesday, October 5 (receipt)
- Canadian national deadline:Friday, October 14 (receipt)
- U.S. District interviews:Friday-Saturday, November 18-19
Marshall Scholarship ......................................................................(Thursday, August 18, 12 noon)
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognised for its excellence. Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by General George C Marshall. They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.
The objectives of the Marshall Scholarships are:
- To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.
- To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
- To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centres of academic excellence.
- To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British-American understanding.
- To promote the personal and academic fulfilment of each Scholar.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars will strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wideranging in their interests, and their time as Scholars will enhance their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes will contribute to their ultimate personal success.
In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.
Preference will be given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic programme.
To be eligible for a Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:
- 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) 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 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree;
- have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university within the past two years;
- not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.
- Intent to Apply message (inc. name, house, class, degree program of interest) due by email to fellowships@fas:August 1
- Endorsement applications due:Thursday, August 18, 12 noon
- Endorsement Committee meeting:~September 10
- National deadline:October 3 (receipt)
- Interviews begin:Early November
Mitchell Scholarship ........................................................................(Thursday, August 18, 12 noon)
The Mitchell Scholars 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.
The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
Applicants are judged on three criteria:
- Leadership, and
- A sustained commitment to community and public service.
We look for persuasive, documented evidence of significant achievement in three areas: scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. All three areas are important. Some applicants have impressive academic credentials but lack a credible record of accomplishment in leadership and service. Membership or participation in a long resume of extracurricular activities is less convincing than demonstrating a significant, tangible impact on a candidate's community or school. Academic excellence, leadership, and service are equally important criteria. We suggest studying the profiles of current and past Scholars on our web site to learn more about the qualities we seek in a Scholar.
If a candidate has studied in Ireland previously, does this help or hurt the application?
The Selection Committee's overriding interest is an applicant's record of scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. Because the Mitchell Scholars progam seeks to introduce future American leaders to the island of Ireland, lack of previous experience there could weigh in favor of a candidate among equally qualified applicants. Previous or current study in Ireland, however, does not preclude someone from being selected as a Mitchell Scholar.
Is the Mitchell Scholarship only available to students interested in Irish Studies or an Irish-specific topic?
No, a Mitchell Scholar may study any academic discipline offered in a degree or certificate program at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Can I pursue a graduate program in Ireland unrelated to my undergraduate major?
An applicant must demonstrate sufficient undergraduate or non-academic preparation to study for the designated graduate degree. Although this may be in a field different from an applicant's undergraduate major, an applicant still should have the necessary academic or professional training necessary for proposed graduate study.
How many Higher Education Institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland should a candidate list as choices? If an applicant wants to study at only one university, is there a handicap in limiting preferences to that one institution?
Applicants should list at least three institutions and can list up to five. Institutional balance is a factor in the placement of Scholars at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland, so an applicant's prospects are enhanced by indicating multiple university preferences. An applicant who lists just one or two institutional preferences, seriously weakens his or her chances of selection as a Mitchell Scholar.
Candidates for the Mitchell Scholarship Program must meet all the following criteria:
- Be U.S. citizens
- Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 30 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on 1 October are not eligible).
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.
- Intent to Apply message (inc. name, house, class, degree program of interest) due by email to fellowships@fas:August 1
- Endorsement applications due:Thursday, August 18, 12 noon
- Endorsement committee meeting:~September 10
- National deadline:Friday, September 30 (receipt)
- National interviews:Friday-Saturday, November 18-19
Schwarzman Scholarship .................................................................(Monday, August 22, 12 noon)
The Schwarzman Scholars program provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
- Public Policy
- Economics and Business
- International Studies
Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.
Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate paradigm changes, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.
Graduating seniors and alumni under to age 29 are eligible. ONLY GRADUATING SENIORS must obey the Harvard evaluation deadline. Alumni should apply directly through the Schwarzman website.
- Endorsement applications due (for U.S. citizens):Monday, August 22, 12 noon
- Endorsement applications due (for Chinese passport holders):contact URAF in the spring
- National deadline (for U.S. citizens):Thursday, September 15 (receipt)
- National deadline (for Chinese passport holders):Wednesday, June 15 (receipt)
- Interviews begin:Mid-November
Fulbright Grant ............................................................................(Thursday, September 1, 12 noon)
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details. Country summaries can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/regions.
Selection is made on the basis of:
- Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
- Academic or professional record.
- Personal qualifications.
- Language preparation.
- Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities.
- Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary.
- Requirements of the program in individual countries. In some countries, advanced-degree candidates are preferred, and in some countries, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.
- Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
- In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
- Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
- Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
- Draft Statement of Purpose due by email to fellowships@fas:August 15
- Applications due:Thursday, September 1, 12 noon
- Campus interviews:by appointment
- National deadline(online applications):Tuesday, October 11
- Preliminary screening results announced:January 31
Churchill Foundation Scholarship ........................................(Wednesday, September 28, 12 noon)
Churchill Scholarships provide funding toward a year of postgraduate study and research in the natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics at Churchill College, Cambridge. At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually. The Scholarship is tenable from nine to twelve months, in accordance with the academic program. The Churchill Scholarship is worth between $45,000 and $50,000, depending on the exchange rate.
The criteria for the selection of Churchill Scholars include:
- Outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades. The Foundation does not require a minimum GPA, but recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above.
- A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
- Outstanding personal qualities. Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called ‘well rounded’ applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting ‘jagged edges.’ Nonetheless, it should be noted that successful applicants display a bewildering array of talents…outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics, and social service, among other activities.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply to the University of Cambridge by the deadline indicated in the instructions: the Churchill Foundation has selected the same deadline as that for the Gates Scholarship in order to facilitate the process for applicants.
An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has recently graduated from one of those institutions. Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must be in their final year of undergraduate study or be within 12 months of graduating, and may not have attained a doctorate.
- Applications due:Wednesday, September 28, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:late October
- National deadline (online application):Thursday, November 10 (receipt)
St. Andrew's Society Scholarship ...................................................(Thursday, October 6, 12 noon)
Initiated by the Society at its 200th anniversary in 1956, the Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship Program has consistently attracted the top students from the most competitive institutions of learning; including, Harvard University, St. Andrews University, Edinburgh University, New York University, University of Glasgow, Oxford University, Cambridge, Columbia University, etc.
The Society provides funding for two Scottish graduate students to study in the US and two Scottish-American students to study in Scotland. Each scholarship currently provides funds of $20,000 to $30,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.
Candidates should possess the qualifications which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the United States while in Scotland. The basis for selection shall include the student’s:
- Academic achievement
- Extracurricular activities
- Financial need
- Clarity of career purpose in pursuing the graduate studies
- Statement of personal objectives
- Some Scottish descent
- Proof of US citizenship
- Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in the United Kingdom.
Senior undergraduate students who will obtain a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the Spring…and can demonstrate the significance of studying in Scotland.
- Proof of application to their selected school will be required for finalists.
- Candidates must reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York State.
- An appropriate official, with knowledge of the applicant’s financial status, must certify that assistance would be required for a year of graduate study in Scotland
Only one applicant shall be considered from each institution per year.
Letters of reference from appropriate professors are required.
It is the scholarship committee’s usual practice to invite six finalists to a luncheon in New York City during February or early March. Following this meeting, two (2) of these finalists will be awarded a scholarship for graduate study in Scotland.
- Applications due:Thursday, October 6, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:mid- to late November
- National deadline:December 15
Michael C. Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship ...................................(Tuesday, October 11, 12 noon)
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship, a post-graduate, year-long experience, was founded in 1965 by the family and close friends of Michael Rockefeller ’60, who died during an expedition to study a remote agricultural community in New Guinea. Michael had a zest for exploration—for new ideas, places, and people. His sense of adventure, combined with his sensitivity and goodwill made him an extraordinary friend to many. It was a natural choice to keep his memory alive through a fellowship that would affirm these same qualities in other young men and women. The Fellowship would enable them to seek, as Michael did, a deeper understanding of our common human experience and their part in it, through the respectful exploration of a different culture.
Over the past years, over 200 Rockefeller Fellows have traversed the globe and encountered the wonder and challenge of living and participating in communities very different from those they have known. In so doing, they have carried out the intention of the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship to provide a year of purposeful postgraduate immersion in a foreign culture for individuals at critical stages in their development who feel a compelling need for new and broadening experiences.
FROM THE ORIGINAL DONORS’ STATEMENT OF INTENT:
"The primary purpose of the Fellowship is the development of an individual’s understanding of himself and his world through involvement with people of a culture not his own. It is intended that the holder of the Fellowship will use it to heighten his awareness of and sensitivity to the people of such a culture and will thereby broaden and deepen the reach of his mind and further discover and clarify the purpose for his life. His involvement with the people in the culture of his choice should be through travel, study, field work, and adventure.
"The main portion of the individual’s time should be spent in more intensive and more personal involvement with the people of the culture in which he is traveling or residing than normal tourist travel would entail. Also, as a general rule, the year’s experience should not be primarily one of academic study in an academic environment. Scholarly study should not be pursued at or in a university or college unless it is clearly preparatory or supplementary to a major activity. The year provided by the Fellowship should not be spent in the practice or furtherance of a professional career or deliberately used to begin work that the individual intends to make a lifetime work. The year should be planned with the idea of exploration, challenge, and new discovery.
"In the course of his travel and work, each individual should engage in serious reflection upon his experiences, and it is hoped that he will become involved in a critical study of some aspect of the culture in which he is living."
The establishment of this Fellowship is inspired by the spirit and quality of Michael C. Rockefeller’s life, and particularly the purpose and meaningfulness of his travel, study, and adventure among the people of New Guinea. Therefore, the guiding purpose of the Fellowship program is to make possible a year of equally significant experience for two or more young men and women like Michael, who, as he did, confront a critical stage in the development of their thinking, character, and commitments, and feel the need for further new and broadening experience before turning to a regular job or profession. With this in mind, the qualifications for the grant, the type of experience the Fellowship intends to make possible, and the manner in which the program should be administered are set forth as follows.
The fellowship is largely concerned with character. While specific plans for using the fellowship are important—a well-prepared, feasible plan must be presented in the application—they are not the mainstay of the fellowship. The Board’s search is not just for interesting sets of plans or proposals, but for interesting people ready to face new challenges.
The Rockefeller Fellowship affords an opportunity that requires tremendous personal resources. Recipients must be able to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, perhaps traveling and living in remote areas of the world. The fellowship, therefore, is for people who are self-reliant, interested in the larger issues of the day, and above all, filled with a spirit of adventure--the fellowship is meant to encourage exploration and adventure as a means of personal growth.
Application is open to all Harvard College seniors. Fellows who marry before or during the term abroad will forfeit the fellowship.
- Applications due:Tuesday, October 11, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:early December
Learn more about the Rockefeller Fellowship here.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship .............................................................(Friday, October 28, 12 noon)
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation—the federal memorial to our thirty-third President—awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:
- has an extensive record of public and community service;
- has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
- is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service.**
**The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.
Finalists are selected on the basis of:
- extent and quality of community service and government involvement;
- leadership record;
- academic performance, writing and analytical skills; and
- suitability of the nominee's proposed program of study for a career in public service.
Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:
- a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the following academic year.;
- nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
- in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
- a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.
Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. Scholars who are not employed in public service for a total of three years, or who fail to provide proof to the Foundation of such employment, will be required to repay any funds received along with interest. The Foundation will have an appeals process for those Scholars in special circumstances. The Foundation may withhold or terminate a scholarship due to unsatisfactory academic performance or failure as judged by the Foundation to pursue preparation specifically for a career in public service.
- Applications due:Friday, October 28, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:early to mid-December
- National deadline:January 31 (receipt)
Yenching Academy Scholarship at Peking University ......................(Monday, October 31, 12 noon)
The Yenching Academy offers an intensive program of interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development. As a college integrated within China’s leading university, the Yenching Academy prepares a diverse group of exceptional international and Chinese students with the knowledge of China that they need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders.
The Yenching Academy offers international students a one or two-year Master of Arts in China Studies degree program. Academy courses will be available in both English and Chinese. It will be possible for international students to complete their degrees with courses taught in English. Approaching the study of China from multiple perspectives and disciplines, the program will help equip Yenching Scholars with a nuanced understanding of China’s rich civilization and its complexities today. The curriculum will range horizontally across various fields of study in the humanities and social sciences, and vertically through Chinese history. Some courses will address a theme, such as China’s Population, that will necessitate a team teaching approach by faculty from the departments of Sociology, History, Geography, Anthropology, and Government, for example. Overall, courses will fall into the following six broad categories: Literature and Culture; History and Archaeology; Philosophy and Religion; Public Policy and International Relations; Economics and Management; and Law and Society. Chinese language study will be required for all international students; those with an advanced level of Chinese will be encouraged to take courses taught in Chinese.
Yenching Scholars will also be deeply immersed into Chinese culture through field excursions and an intensive Chinese language program taken along within their degree studies. Further, Yenching Scholars have access to prominent guest lectures, world-renowned visiting faculty, visits to leading domestic and international companies, organizations, and government institutions, and special seminars. Scholars will be required to enrich their academic knowledge outside the classroom by completing an internship or conducting a Field Study guided by a faculty mentor. A Master’s thesis with oral defense is required for the degree.
Candidates will be selected based on their record of academics, leadership, and their commitment to service and fostering cultural understanding. Candidates should be able to articulate clear reasons for seeking an interdisciplinary degree in Chinese studies.
Applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree by the time of expected matriculation in the Yenching Academy.
- Endorsement applications due:Monday, October 31, 12 noon
- National deadline:January 31 (receipt)
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship ....................................................(Tuesday, November 1, 12 noon)
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.
Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee’s field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their online application a statement of interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees.
Nominees are evaluated on:
- Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
- Outstanding academic performance.
To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:
- Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2012–2013 academic year.
- Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
- Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national.
All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates but will advise applicants as to the appropriate procedures. An independent review committee appointed by the Foundation will evaluate all valid nominations and recommend the most outstanding nominees from each state for consideration by the Foundation Board of Trustees.
- Applications due:Tuesday, November 1
- Selection Committee meeting:early to mid-December
- National deadline:January 27, 5:00pm CST (receipt)
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship .......................................(Monday, November 21, 12 noon)
Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to senior associates working on the Carnegie Endowment’s projects. You may learn more about our programs by visiting Carnegie’s homepage. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,166 per month ($38,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.
The application process is highly competitive. Approximately 5% of applicants are ultimately selected for positions. Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.
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. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials.
You need not be a U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the US for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the program.
- Applications due:Monday, November 21, 12 noon
- National deadline:January 15 (receipt)
Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship .................................................(Tuesday, November 22, 12 noon)
The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships provide for one year of study at Cambridge University. There are currently four Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships, which are distinct from one another only in the Colleges where respective scholars reside:
- Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholarship (Emmanuel College)
- John Eliot Scholarship (Jesus College)
- Lt. Charles H. Fiske III Scholarship (Trinity College)
- Gov. William Shirley Scholarship (Pembroke College)
Each of the four scholarships provides placement at the designated college, lodging, and a stipend to cover all maintenance expenses for one year, including transportation and some travel.
The criteria for selection are broad. The selection committee—made up of former recipients of the scholarships—looks for people who have been actively engaged in whatever they have done, who have learned and grown at Harvard, and who give promise of further learning and growth. There is no requirement of a particular grade point average or concentration. Ambassadorial qualities are as important as academic strengths. At the same time, no specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify a candidate for either an interview or selection. The achievements of scholarship winners are often outstanding, but these are neither the only basis of selection nor emblematic of a formula that ensures it.
By far the most important parts of an application are the student’s essay and the letters of recommendation, for these give the committee some sense of the individual behind the achievements. The committee is not seeking merit-badge collectors; a sense of adventure and a willingness to take risks may mean more than a string of safe successes. The essay should therefore devote greater attention to the applicant’s background and interests than to a program of study. In other words, the essay should not be a purely academic proposal, though some awareness of the educational structure at Cambridge is advisable. The selection committee’s focus is on the person, especially as one poised to make the most of the Cambridge experience. Applicants must apply on their own for admission to their chosen degree program.
From the selection committee:
"We are looking for people who have been actively engaged in whatever they have done, who have learned and grown at Harvard, and who give promise of further learning and growth. There is no requirement of a particular grade point average or subject of concentration; while scholarship winners usually have strong (or, as important, improving) academic records, applicants whose transcripts show uniform A-level grades may not be chosen for interviews. Ambassadorial qualities are as important as academic. At the same time, no specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify someone for either an interview or selection. By far the most important parts of an application are the student's own essay and letters of recommendation, for these give us some sense of the individual behind the achievements."
Harvard graduating seniors are eligible.
- Applications due:Tuesday, November 22, 12 noon
- Semi-finalist interviews:late January
- Finalist interviews:mid-February
Harvard-UK Fellowship ................................................................(Tuesday, November 29, 12 noon)
A single application puts you into consideration for each of the following fellowships for which you are eligible:
Founded by the will of the late Lady Henry “in earnest hope and desire of cementing bonds of friendship between the British Empire and the U.S.,” income from the Trust is applied toward one year of study at either Cambridge or Oxford University.
The primary criteria are academic excellence (usually an A- average or better) and extracurricular involvement. Each candidate must also present a definite plan of study or research to be carried out at Cambridge or Oxford within ordinary university programs and facilities.
Graduating seniors who are unmarried U.S. citizens and will have earned their bachelor’s degree by the time of the fellowship year are eligible.
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
The Knox Fellowships provide one year of study in any university of the British Commonwealth, preferably in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
The selection committee bases its decisions on a candidate’s academic achievement (B+ or better grades are typical), intellectual potential, breadth of interest beyond the field of concentration, involvement in nonacademic activities, the strength and appropriateness of the study proposal, and promise of future leadership.
Competition is open to graduating seniors who have already applied for admission to a Commonwealth university, but is restricted to U.S. citizens.
Herchel Smith Scholarship in Non-Science
This Herchel Smith Scholarship provides for a year of postgraduate study in any non-science field at Cambridge University, and may be continued for one or two years contingent on satisfactory degree progress. This is an outgrowth of the original Herchel Smith Scholarships for science students. Scholarships are usually held at Emmanuel College.
Students of high academic ability (typically A- or better grades) who intend to pursue graduate study in their field are eligible. One- and two-year programs at Cambridge are acceptable, provided they can serve as suitable preparation for subsequent graduate work. A three-year D.Phil. or Ph.D. course at Cambridge is also acceptable. Candidates should have identified appropriate and suitable courses of study at the time of application.
Graduating seniors or graduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous two years are eligible.
Michael Von Clemm Fellowship
The von Clemm Fellowship provides a member of the senior class with the opportunity to study for one academic year at Oxford University while living at Corpus Christi College.
The primary criteria are academic excellence (usually an A- average or better) and extracurricular involvement. Each candidate must also present a definite plan of study or research to be carried out at Oxford within ordinary university programs and facilities.
All unmarried members of the Harvard senior class are eligible, provided they will have graduated by June in the year of application.
Paul Williams Fellowship
This scholarship provides a graduating senior with a year of postgraduate study in international government and public affairs at Emmanuel College in Cambridge University.
Selection committees expect to see a record of interest in and commitment to international government and public affairs. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate their abilities to make the most of Cambridge University’s resources in furthering their growth in these areas.
Competition is open to Harvard undergraduates who will have completed their bachelor’s degree by the time the scholarship becomes tenable.
- Applications due:Tuesday, November 29, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:mid-February
Herchel Smith Fellowship in Science ..........................................(Thursday, December 1, 12 noon)
These scholarships aim to encourage Harvard graduates of high academic ability and research promise in the sciences to study at Cambridge University. Scholarships are held at Emmanuel College. Awardees are to undertake studies appropriate to preparation for a future Ph.D. degree in computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences, or the physical sciences. Five or more scholarships may be awarded each year. Each scholarship pays all fees, tuition, living costs, and travel expenses for one year. Scholarships may be renewed for two subsequent years, assuming satisfactory academic progress toward a PhD in the same field and approval by the selection committee.
One- and two-year programs are acceptable, provided they can serve as a suitable preparation for a subsequent Ph.D. in the U.S. or the U.K. A three-year D.Phil. or Ph.D. course at Cambridge is also acceptable. Candidates should have identified appropriate and suitable courses of study at the time of application, although some fine-tuning may be allowed upon arrival in Cambridge. In some cases, proceeding to a doctorate will only be allowed after a satisfactory first year of study.
Students of high academic ability (typically demonstrated by A- or better grades) who intend to pursue the fields of computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences, or the physical sciences at a graduate level are eligible. Details of the courses in these fields are set out in the Cambridge University’s online “Guide to Courses,” at www.cam.ac.uk/guide. The range of subjects available in the Natural Sciences Tripos is notably broad.
Graduating seniors or graduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous two years are eligible.
- Applications due:Thursday, December 1, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:mid-February
Thouron Scholarship .............................................................................(Friday, January 6, 12 noon)
The Thouron family, known for its generous commitments to trans-Atlantic academic exchange at the graduate level, inaugurated a new program in 2006 to give undergraduates students at select institutions a greater comparative understanding of British and American culture.
The John Thouron Prize will be awarded to a small, select group of undergraduates from Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania who are pursuing an eight-week summer program of study abroad at Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge, in the U.K. Through exposure to Cambridge’s renowned tutorial and supervision systems, students will be challenged intellectually, and through engagement with a wide range of carefully tailored extracurricular experiences, they will also have an enriching cultural experience. Thouron prize winners will have access to the full range of courses and facilities available to participants in this prestigious eight-week summer school hosted jointly by Pembroke and King’s Colleges. For a listing of courses offered, visit Pembroke's summer website.
Selection as a nominee will be based on the suitability of an applicant’s plan of study in the Pembroke-King’s Summer Programme for his or her academic and personal development. There is no set requirement for a particular grade point average or set of achievements, but Harvard’s nominating process will favor those with records of academic distinction and personal promise in some non-academic area of endeavor. Preference will also be given to those who have not previously studied in the U.K. and who have not traveled abroad extensively.
Students may apply for the summer following their sophomore or junior year. U.S. citizenship is required.
- Applications due:Friday, January 6, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Mid-March
Beinecke Scholarship ................................................................(Wednesday, January 18, 12 noon)
The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 490 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.
Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 20 new scholarships are awarded. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year.
To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:
- Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
- Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the following academic year. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December and August of the following year.
- Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
- Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
- Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered, with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.
- Applications due:Wednesday, January 18, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:early to mid-February
- National deadline:February 17 (receipt)
Udall Scholarship .................................................................................(Friday, January 20, 12 noon)
Udall Scholarships provide sophomores or juniors with $5,000 in tuition assistance for the following year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or nationals, and fall into one of two categories: (1) those with career interests in environmental public policy and related fields, or (2) Native Americans/Alaska Natives with career interests in health care or tribal public policy.
Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
- 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; or
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.
Scholars are selected on the basis of:
- Demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues; OR Demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy; OR Demonstrated commitment to Native American health care. Commitment is demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, tribal involvement, community or public service. Nominees in the categories of tribal public policy OR Native American health care must be Native American or Alaska Native.
- Course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where nominee can make significant contributions to the shaping of either environmental, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care issues, whether through scientific advances, public or political service, or community action.
- Leadership (evidence of consensus building versus personal style), character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.
To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care. (Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care. Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment. Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.)
- Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree during the following academic year.
- Meet the following requirements:
- Have a college grade-point average of at least a ‘B’ or the equivalent.
- Be pursuing full-time study during the current and following academic years.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
Students are nominated by their college or university’s faculty representative, who is the liaison between the institution and the Foundation.
- Applications due:Friday, January 20, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Mid-February
- National Deadline:March 2, 11:59pm MST (receipt)
William Lyon Mackenzie King Harvard Scholarship ...................(Wednesday, February 1, 12 noon)
The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King Harvard Scholarship supports one year of study at a Canadian university (may not be a pre-professional program). One award of approximately $4,000 (Canadian) may be granted annually. Since this does not cover a full year of study in Canada, recipients are expected to supplement the award with other resources.
The committee may favor applications that focus specifically on Canada, its history, culture, resources, or other unique aspects. The selection committee typically looks for B+ or better academic records as well as ambassadorial potential.
Harvard seniors who have already applied to a Canadian university are eligible.
- Applications due:Wednesday, February 1, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:early February
Artist Development Fellowship .......................................................(Thursday, February 2, 12 noon)
Artist Development Fellowships are intended to nurture the artistic development of promising and/or accomplished students in the arts who, it is hoped, will one day look back on this opportunity and mark it as a significant contributor to their creative development.
Artist Development Fellowships are awarded annually by the Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Fellowships support student development in the practice of the arts, including but not limited to work in the following disciplines: dance, literature, music, theater, studio art, film, mixed media, and arts practices that are multi-disciplinary in nature. The Council will consider fellowship requests for:
- Research and development of individual artistic projects that are crucial to the development of the artist;
- Domestic or international travel in order to apprentice and/or work with individual artists, programs, and/or artistic companies; and/or
- Interdisciplinary work—not necessarily work that combines art forms, but work that links the artistic/creative process to a wholly different field in a way that sheds new perspective on and/or understanding of each.
- Other types of funding requests will be considered, provided that individual artistic development is at the core of the proposal.
The ADF program supports the work of Fellowship recipients through:
- Financial assistance: The number and amount of awards will vary each year subject to program funding and individual project budgets. Awards will likely be in the $1,000 to $7,000 range. With larger awards reserved for those that involve international travel.
- Community building: Each year, opportunities will be provided for Fellowship recipients to share their work, meet periodically, and engage in discussion and exchange of ideas with visiting professional artists.
During their year-long Fellowship, recipients will be asked to:
- Attend occasional artist fellows gatherings throughout the year.
- Submit a final report discussing work completed during the year, as well as samples of work, if possible.
- Share their work within the Harvard Community.
Candidates must demonstrate unusual accomplishment in the arts and/or evidence of significant artistic promise. The work outlined in the proposal must constitute a truly exceptional opportunity for artistic growth. The Council encourages applicants to seek funding for proposals from other sources in addition to this program. The Council generally will not fund proposals supporting thesis projects, post-production work on film and video, attendance at conferences, housing costs alone, or private music lessons that could be supported through the OFA's Music Lesson Subsidy Program.
The program is open to undergraduates currently enrolled in Harvard College. Fellowships are not awarded to freshmen except in extraordinary circumstances. Applicants are expected to complete their fellowship work prior to graduation. (The Council may occasionally make exceptions for work undertaken immediately following graduation, although current undergraduates will be given priority consideration.)
If you have questions about the Artist Development Program, please contact Stephanie Troisi at the Office for the Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications due:Thursday, February 2, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:early-mid March
Postgraduate Traveling Fellowship ...................................................(Monday, February 6, 12 noon)
All of these fellowships provide funds to support a year of purposeful travel and cultural immersion outside the U.S. in the year after graduation. A single application puts you into consideration for each of the following fellowships for which you are eligible:
Gardner Fellowships provide a year of purposeful postgraduate travel for Harvard students to supplement their formal education through immersion in a foreign culture.
Recipients of this fellowship should demonstrate a curiosity and concern about the history, habitat, and customs of cultures other than their own. In addition, an ability to communicate feelings and ideas about these matters should have weight in making the award. It is hoped that candidates considered for the fellowship will have a broad and diverse college experience, both curricular and noncurricular. It is further hoped that the stated goals of this fellowship will provide its recipients with an opportunity to reflect on their undergraduate life in the context of a wider horizon. Most particularly, it is intended that this fellowship be helpful in opening, rather than narrowing, the range of life-long interests and careers ultimately to be pursued.
All Harvard College seniors are eligible.
Shaw Fellowships aim to make it possible for young men and women of promise to supplement their formal education by broadening and cultivating influence which comes from acquaintance with other countries. While great good is done by traveling fellowships intended to provide the means of study and research, the object of these awards is benefiting young men and women of worth, who without necessarily having attained to the highest scholarship in college, have made good use of their opportunities and give promise of success in professional or business careers.
All Harvard College seniors are eligible.
The undergraduate Sheldon Fellowships “support students of promise and good academic standing in a year of unrestricted purposeful travel abroad after graduation.
The most important qualifying criterion for the Sheldon is superior academic achievement. In the past, Sheldon recipients have frequently graduated either summa or magna cum laude. Apart from the academic criterion, the Sheldon is similar to other traveling fellowships, such as the Gardner, Rockefeller, Shaw, and Trustman. The project proposal is critical and should clearly define a goal or purpose for the year’s travel.
All Harvard College seniors are eligible.
Trustman Fellowships “are intended to further the education of students who show great promise of making important, long-range contributions to society by providing them with the opportunity to travel after graduation.
Candidates must demonstrate distinguished achievement within their field of concentration but need not have attained any specific rank or relative standing in scholarship. The student’s proposal for the fellowship year is critical and should be planned with the idea of exploration and challenge as a means of personal development and enrichment. The travel proposal should present some well-defined structure to make the fellowship year a rich experience.
All Harvard College seniors are eligible.
- Applications due:Monday, February 6, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:Early April
British Teaching Fellowship ........................................................(Wednesday, February 8, 12 noon)
The objective of the British Teaching Fellowships is to encourage, through the sharing of intellectual and cultural experiences in the context of secondary school life, a better understanding between England and America. The Fellowships offer an opportunity for an American student from Harvard to spend a school year as a full member of the community in one of England's finest "Public Schools" (as Preparatory Schools are called in England).
The duties, which can be adjusted to suit the interests of the Fellow and the requirements of the School, will normally involve:
- Part-time teaching in a subject on which the Fellow has concentrated, as well as in American literature, history or current affairs;
- Coaching of crew (in which the School is particularly strong) or other sports (such as soccer, rugby, running, tennis, mountaineering), or leading of other groups, such as the drama society;
- A share of the occasional supervisory duties carried out by masters in Boarding Houses or elsewhere and help with student activities;
- Occasional talks to interested groups on American current affairs and American college life. This ambassadorial function is important, as it is hoped that the Fellow will stimulate an understanding of the U.S.A.;
- In common with full-time masters, Fellows often take on the academic and pastoral care of a small tutorial group of pupils
The School will provide accommodation and board during school terms.The Fellow will have the normal School holidays of approximately four weeks at Christmas and four weeks at Easter, as well as half-term holidays as well.
Candidates must be at the time of application candidates for degrees in Harvard University and must be graduating in the summer.
- The Fellowship is available only to an unmarried person of either gender.
- The duration of the Fellowship is from early September to mid July.
- Applications due:February 8, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:March-April
Postgraduate Public Service Fellowship .......................................(Tuesday, February 21, 12 noon)
**For Harvard fellowships and grants, a “public service project” is defined as work that:
- helps people meet their needs for food, shelter, and/or health;
- improves educational and/or employment opportunities;
- educates people about their legal and/or civil rights;
- protects the environment and/or wildlife;
- and/or otherwise supports the general welfare.
Each of these fellowships provide funds to support public service either domestically or outside the U.S. in the year after graduation. A single application puts you into consideration for all funds for which you are eligible:
Pforzheimer Foundation Public Service Fellowships provide funding for students who will be involved in public service projects after graduation. Projects are expected to be at least four months long, and they can be up to a year in duration. Approximately $80,000 or more is available each year to be distributed by the selection committee. Grant awards usually vary from about $4,000 to $15,000, depending on project duration and need.
Students will be selected on the basis of demonstrated interest in, abilities in, and commitment to public service, as well as the merit, soundness, and practicality of their project. Selection committees have usually articulated a clear inclination to make awards when a student’s direct involvement is essential to the quality or success of a project, addresses significant human need through the project, and establishes viability for the project once the fellow departs. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and must be able to dedicate themselves fully to their projects. Financial need is not a criterion.
The competition is open to Harvard College seniors.
The Richardson Fellowships provide outstanding students contemplating a career in public service with the opportunity to spend a year gaining concrete experience with, and understanding of, the sort of problem or issue that their contemplated public service career would address. The tenure of each Richardson Fellowship in Public Service will be between ten and twelve months, depending upon the nature of the project and the living expenses necessary to pursuing it, and will normally occur during one academic year. Recipients may not be enrolled as candidates for any academic degree or otherwise engaged in academic study during the period of the Fellowship. While recipients of these fellowships may hold other grants and/or receive compensation from their organization, they may do so only with the approval of the body administering the Richardson Fellowships, and only if the combination of other such funding sources does not exceed the amount of their Richardson Fellowship.
The Richardson Fellowships are to be awarded to students who show outstanding promise of being of service in the public or non-profit sectors. For purposes of this fellowship, commitment to serving the public good is a more important defining feature of ‘public service’ than whether a job is on a governmental payroll or within a tax-exempt organization.
In addition, each Richardson fellow should meet the following criteria:
- Each awardee should have personal characteristics that well suit him or her to a potential career in public service and to benefiting from their fellowship year. These characteristics should include drive or energy, caring or a ready empathetic understanding of the plight and position of others, an ability to lead or persuade, and commitment to the public good as distinct from merely private ambition.
- Each awardee should show, whether on the basis of past involvements or in the proposal for the fellowship year, that he or she is seriously contemplating a career in public service, to which the experience gained in the fellowship year would make a valuable contribution.
- Each awardee must present a proposal for the fellowship year containing a considered plan for engaging in non-academic activities calculated to provide direct experience of an important public-policy problem or of promising ways of dealing with public-policy problems. Although such experience may also ultimately aid awardees in their pursuit of higher academic or professional degrees, this potential benefit will not be a primary factor in the selection of awardees.”
These fellowships are intended primarily for graduating seniors in Harvard College who aim to gain some practical experience in the year after graduation before beginning work or graduate school.
- Applications due:Tuesday, February 21, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:Early April
Alex G. Booth Fellowship ...............................................................(Tuesday, February 28, 12 noon)
The Booth Fund Fellowships help to defray the cost of travel, tuition, or other appropriate expenses for travel to a country or countries related to the recipient’s field of interest, either during the summer or during the following academic year. Fellowships can usually support up to about $15,000 in costs.
Candidates must demonstrate some purpose to their proposed travel that relates to their undergraduate interests, usually interpreted as related to their concentration. The proposed travel must also reflect a candidate’s own initiative. The donors’ terms direct selection committees to make awards "that will enable the recipient, based on his or her own planning and initiative, to engage in a program of travel, study, research or observation that will further expand and challenge an existing interest in a particular field."
Given the connections between a recipient’s field of interest and the proposed project, committees will expect to see sufficient academic preparation to derive a meaningful and thought-provoking experience on the fellowship. The donors’ terms also list inquisitiveness among selection criteria, as well as the potential to be challenged and have horizons broadened through the fellowship experience. Financial need is not a selection criterion.
Current graduating Harvard College seniors are eligible. The fellowship may be used to support projects in the U.S. or overseas. Grants are intended to fund individuals, not groups.
- Applications due:Tuesday, February 28, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Early March
Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship ...........................................(Thursday, March 2, 12 noon)
The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships Committee offers summer fellowships to rising juniors and seniors to pursue meaningful opportunities in the United Kingdom—either through sponsored research or study experiences at Cambridge, or in affiliation with Cambridge-sponsored or affiliated arts or service projects. Fellowships will provide for expenses necessary to generously cover each summer experience. Experiences must last at least eight weeks, beginning in late June.
The Committee intends to offer summer fellowships in the following categories:
- Research or study with instructors or fellows at Cambridge University*
- Non-academic projects undertaken with Cambridge instructors, fellows, or researchers
- Work in the arts, either undertaken in affiliation with a Cambridge University-based organization (such as the Fitzwilliam Museum or Hamilton Kerr Institute) or in affiliation with an arts organization elsewhere in the U.K. that has some connection to Cambridge (such as the Gate Theatre in London).
*PLEASE NOTE: The selection committee expects students to contact potential advisors on their own in order to arrange research/program placement. While not required, most successful candidates have secured an advising arrangement with Cambridge before submitting their application.
Housing assignments will be made by the committee according to availability at specific colleges. Students working in the arts must secure their own program and living arrangements.
Selection will be based on the suitability of an applicant’s experience for his or her development at a particular moment in life. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors. There is no requirement for a particular grade point average or set of achievements, but the selection committee will look for a sense of the person behind the application, and for a sense of how the experience desired fits within the person’s plans for the next few years.
Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible.
- Applications due:Thursday, March 2, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Mid-March
Patterson Traveling Fellowship to Italy ...........................................(Wednesday, March 8, 12 noon)
The goal of the fellowship is to inspire the Harvard community to share John’s love for travel and for Italy. John led bicycling tours through Europe; he also traveled with his friends. John brought them to museums, to historical sights, to restaurants, and inevitably his students and friends acquired his enthusiasm for the places they visited. John was a demanding tour guide, eager to teach others the value and beauty of another culture. Of all the places he went, he loved Italy best. As a law student and a graduate student in legal history, John was the head teaching fellow for several Harvard courses and a tutor in Mather House. A generation of undergraduates admired him for his intellect and his wisdom. John lived with AIDS for seven years and died on October 9, 1997. In 1998 his family and friends established this fellowship in his memory.
One fellowship is awarded each year to fund summer or holiday travel to Italy. The recipient may use the award any time from the start of the summer in the award year to the start of the summer in the next year. The award provides approximately $2,000, enough to cover a two- or three-week visit. The award is intended to introduce Italy to a student who has little familiarity with the country. The award is for travel that would not otherwise have happened, rather than for funding that the student would have taken anyway. The trip should be intellectually purposeful and personally enriching, but need not contribute in any way to an academic project. After returning, the student will share her or his experiences in a presentation to John’s family, friends, and the Mather House community.
The fellowship will be awarded to a student who:
- demonstrates personal or intellectual curiosity about Italy;
- is resourceful, mature, and displays independence of mind; and
- has not traveled extensively.
The competition is open to all Harvard first-years, sophomores, and juniors who are not Italian citizens and have not lived in Italy. There is a strong preference for current Mather House residents and affiliates. Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
- Applications due:Wednesday, March 8, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting/interviews:Early April
Laura Houghteling Memorial Scholarship .........................................(Thursday, March 23, 12 noon)
The Laura Houghteling Memorial Fellowship provides one or two awards each year to students planning a career in elementary or secondary education. Each year, one or two fellowships of about $4000 each may be awarded, and must be used for the reduction of recipients’ student loan indebtedness.
According to the Donors’ statement, "We, the friends and family of Laura Houghteling, have established this fund as a means both of preserving Laura’s spirit, and of sustaining one of the visions of social service that she had hoped herself to enact. Laura was committed to the idea of public service, and was exploring careers in women’s advocacy and children’s education. She worked after her graduation as a phone counselor at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia and, at Harvard, participated in the Radcliffe Women’s Leadership Conference and was a founding member of the Leverett House Women’s Issues Discussion Group. Her commitment to the ideals reflected by her involvement in these endeavors was only one of the reasons why she was loved and respected by so many people. For her, for us, and in the hopes that something positive can be born of the tragedy of her death, we decided to found this fellowship in her name.
"We envision the ideal Houghteling Fellowship winner to be: a person who embodies Laura’s spirit in his or her wide range of interests, commitment to public service, and (especially) caring for young people. Academic achievement and degree of financial need may be taken into consideration in selecting fellowship winners, but the most important factor should be demonstrated commitment to, and qualifications for, a career in teaching. Anyone who plans a career in K-12 education and is on financial aid is invited to apply; preference shall be given to applicants interested in elementary education."
Harvard seniors who are receiving financial aid are eligible.
- Applications due:Thursday, March 23, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Early April
Eben Fiske Studentship........ (not available in 2016-2017, will return in the 2017-2018 school year)
The Eben Fiske Studentship, established by the bequest of the Reverend Eben Fiske (Trinity ’35), enables a member of the Harvard College graduating class to undertake postgraduate study in Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. There is no subject restriction. Preference will be given to students intending to proceed to the Ph.D. degree, but consideration will be given to all candidates intending to pursue a multi-year advanced degree course.
One award will be made each year in which the studentship is offered. The studentship will cover all University and College fees and provide a maintenance allowance equal at least to that of a Rhodes Scholar. The studentship is tenable initially for one year, but will normally be renewed for one or more years (subject to satisfactory progress, up to a limit of four years in total) if the scholar is accepted by the Board of Graduate Studies as a candidate for the Ph.D. degree or other multi-year advanced degree course and is successful in obtaining one of the British government’s Overseas Research Students awards.
The clear intent of the Trinity College Council is to foster a purposeful advanced academic degree program at Cambridge for promising scholars from Harvard College, and the integrity of a candidate’s academic program and qualifications to pursue it are therefore Harvard’s primary criteria for selecting a short list for consideration at Trinity. Harvard’s selection committee also looks favorably on ambassadorial qualities and other evidence that a candidate will contribute meaningfully to the academic and social life of Trinity College.
Graduating Harvard seniors are eligible. N.B.: A multi-year advanced degree course does not include a second (or Honors) bachelor’s degree course, or a one-year advanced certificate or degree course, or a succession of one-year advanced certificate or degree courses.
- Applications due:Not available for 2016-2017, will return for the 2017-2018 school year
- Selection Committee meeting:TBD