Rhodes Scholarship .........................................................................due Thursday, August 13, 12 noon
Cecil J. Rhodes, the British colonial pioneer and statesman, 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 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.
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.
Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors or alumni under the age of 24 as of October 1 of the year of application. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.7. Applicants for the U.S. Rhodes competition must be U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, or DACA Recipients. Citizenship requirements for other Rhodes constituent counties vary, check with URAF for more information.
Thirty-two Scholarships are assigned annually to U.S. candidates grouped into 16 districts, with two winners per district. Successful candidates will be placed in departments at Oxford University, according to the candidates’ preference insofar as possible. Scholarships cover all tuition fees plus a maintenance stipend of not less than £14,276 per year for two or three years. *In some cases a fourth year may be undertaken, but the scholarship will be reduced for that time. The Rhodes Trust will assist successful candidates with their traveling expenses to and from Oxford.
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;
- 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 will "esteem the performance of public duties as [their] highest aim." From this statement one may infer that Scholars should plan to play an influential part in the betterment of society, wherever their careers might lead them. 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."
- Intent to Apply message due by email to fellowships@fas:August 1
- Endorsement applications due (for U.S. and Canadian applicants):Thursday, August 13, 12 noon
- Applications due (for other Rhodes constituent countries):varies
- Endorsement Committee meeting:~September 7
- U.S. national deadline:Wednesday, October 7 (receipt)
- Canadian national deadline:Friday, September 25 (receipt)
- U.S. District interviews:Friday-Saturday, November 20-21
Marshall Scholarship ........................................................................due Thursday, August 13, 12 noon
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. 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.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.7, and be graduating seniors or have graduated within the past two years.
Marshall Scholarships provide for two* years of study at any university(s) in the UK. Up to 40 awards may be given each year. Scholarships cover tuition, books, travel, and a living stipend.
A two year plan of study may consist of one two-year program or two one-year programs undertaken back-to-back at the same or different universities. (Candidates will be asked to present a first-choice and second-choice plan of study and are strongly encouraged to look at programs outside of Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, King's College London, and the London School of Economics. If any part of the first-choice plan takes place at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, ICL, KCL, or LSE, no part of the second-choice plan may take place at any of those universities.)
*In rare cases, a candidate may present a one-year terminal plan of study. Also, in some cases, a third year of funding may be petitioned after two successful years as a Marshall Scholar.
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 program.
Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wideranging in their interests. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars are interested in strengthening the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions.
*Candidates are encouraged to read the full “Rules for Candidates” document, as well as all other informational materials, on the Marshall Scholarship website.
- 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 13, 12 noon
- Endorsement Committee meeting:~September 7
- National deadline:Friday, September 25
- Interviews begin:November 1 - November 14
Mitchell Scholarship ..........................................................................due Thursday, August 13, 12 noon
The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Irish 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.
Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors or alumni under the age of 30 (as of September 29th of the year of application), and must be U.S. citizens. Applicants may be in any field of study, so long as an appropriate degree or certificate program exists in an institution of higher learning in Ireland. Although applicants are welcome to study a field different from their undergraduate concentration, applicants will still need to show they have the necessary academic or professional training to take on the proposed program. **Alumni candidates for the Mitchell Scholarship should NOT go through the university endorsement process, see the Mitchell website for instructions to apply directly.**
The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend for one year of study in Ireland.
Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. All three areas are equally important. 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.
Because the Mitchell Scholarship 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.
Applicants will be asked to list at least three (and up to five) institutions in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland at which they would like to study, and will not be able to express a preference. The Mitchell Scholarship committee will make the final institutional designation.
SPECIAL DIRECTOR’S NOTE
The Mitchell Scholarship national application requires a 1,000 word personal statement essay. Like the Rhodes, the Mitchell Scholarship requires that all applicants must sign an attestation that this essay is their work, and has not been closely edited or revised by anyone else. Because of this, for the Harvard endorsement process please provide answers to the three endorsement questions outlined on the following page in lieu of submitting your essay. (You may get editing help for your responses to these questions.)
- 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 13, 12 noon
- Endorsement committee meeting:~September 7
- National deadline:Friday, September 25, 5:00pm (ET) (receipt)
- National semi-final interviews:Monday-Thursday, October 19-22
- National final interviews:Friday-Saturday, November 20-21
Fulbright Program (ETA, Research, NatGeo) ................................due Tuesday, 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. During their tenure, 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.
Program length, dates, and other characteristics vary by country. Please consult the country summary for details. These can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/regions.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and graduating Harvard College seniors.
College alumni not currently affiliated with a graduate institution must apply through the “At-Large” process which allows candidates to skip the institutional review process. At-Large applications are submitted directly through the Fulbright website by the October deadline. When prompted for a university affiliation, At-Large candidates should indicate that they have none.
College alumni who are currently studying at a graduate institution must apply through that institution’s review process, and must adhere to any early deadlines established by that institution.
Approximately 1,900 awards are granted annually in all fields of study and in more than 140 countries worldwide. Awards cover round-trip transportation, room & board (based on the cost of living in the host country), incidental costs, and accident & sickness health benefits. In some countries, awards may also include book and research allowances, full or partial tuition, and language study programs.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Draft Statement of Purpose due by email to fellowships@fas:August 14
- Applications due:Tuesday, September 1, 12 noon
- Campus interviews:by appointment
- National deadline(online applications):Tuesday, October 13, 5 P.M. (ET)
- Preliminary screening results announced:January 31
Churchill Scholarship .............................................................due Wednesday, September 23, 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. Applicants must apply separately for admission to Cambridge University by mid-October. The Scholarship is tenable from nine to twelve months, in accordance with the academic program. Applicants must designate Churchill College as their first choice on the Cambridge application.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be Harvard College graduating seniors or alumni within 12 months of graduating.
At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually and is worth is worth between $50,000 and $60,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees in addition to a living allowance, a travel allowance of up to $1,500, and reimbursement of the UK visa application fee and health surcharge. The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000. This grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities.
- Outstanding academic 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.
Outstanding recommendations only from individuals in the disciplines related to the application. If an applicant has done an NSF REU, an internship, or other analogous programs, it is assumed that at least one of the four letters will come from the director of that activity.
- Applications due:Wednesday, September 23, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:late October
- National deadline (online application):Monday, November 2 (receipt)
Keasbey Scholarship ........................................................................due Thursday, October 1, 12 noon
Michael C. Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship ......................................due Tuesday, October 6, 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."
Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality.
The stipend is set annually by the Michael C. Rockefeller Administrative Board, which currently offers five or more individual awards of $25,000 each year. Fellows who marry before or during the term abroad will forfeit the fellowship.
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 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 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 experiences before turning to a regular job or profession.
Recent Rockefeller Fellowship proposals have included:
- Travel to southern France to live among Arab, Jewish, and North African immigrant communities in order to explore personal immigrant experiences in greater depth
- Explore community-building through yoga in Costa Rica
- Apprentice with devotional artists in a remote village in India, where religious icons are made in traditional forms, as an antidote to the materialism of the Western art world
- Travel to South Africa to spend time with Buddhist communities there in order to learn to value healing over wealth
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.
- Applications due:Tuesday, October 6, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:early December
St. Andrew's Society Scholarship ..........................................................due Friday, October 9, 12 noon
Initiated by the Society at its 200th anniversary in 1956, the Saint Andrews’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.
It is the scholarship committee’s usual practice to invite six (6) 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.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and graduating Harvard College seniors who can demonstrate some Scottish descent, and must reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York State. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need.
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. Please note: the award will likely not be able to cover all 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
- Applications due:Friday, October 9, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:mid- to late November
- National deadline:December 15
Truman Scholarship .............................................................................due Friday, October 23, 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. 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.
Applicants must be Harvard College juniors, and U.S. citizens, in the upper quarter of their class. (Harvard does not rank students; candidates with a GPA of 3.7 or above are likely to be qualified.)
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.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate significant and deep commitment to public service and leadership. Scholars 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 proposed program of study for a career 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.
- Applications due:Friday, October 23, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:early to mid-December
- National deadline:February 2, 2021
Goldwater Scholarship ................................................................due Wednesday, October 28, 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 purpose of the Program is to help alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
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.
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.
- Have a college grade-point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of their 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.
Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of their junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in their senior year.
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 potential to make a significant contribution to their field. Applicants are evaluated on their academic achievements, and their demonstrated commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
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.
- Applications due:Wednesday, October 28
- Selection Committee meeting:early to mid-December
- National deadline:January 29, 5:00pm CT (receipt)
Yenching Academy Scholarship at Peking University ...............due Wednesday, November 4, 12 noon
The Yenching Academy offers a one- or two-year Master of Arts in China Studies degree program. The intensive program consists 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.
Academy courses will be available in both English and Chinese, although it is possible to complete the degree with only 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.
Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality, or alumni under the age of 28 as of August 31 of the year of program commencement.
The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University's campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university.
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.
- Endorsement applications due:Wednesday, November 4, 12 noon
- National deadline:TBA
Gaither Fellowship at Carnegie Endowment ...........................due Wednesday, November 18, 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. 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.
Applicants must be graduating seniors or alumni 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.
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. Students may only apply under one program.
- Applications due:Wednesday, November 18, 12 noon
- National deadline:January 15 (receipt)
Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship ....................................................due Tuesday, December 1, 12 noon
The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship program comprises four separate scholarships, each providing for one year of study at Cambridge University:
- 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)
Applicants must be Harvard College graduating seniors.
Each of the four scholarships provides for tuition and fees, and lodging expenses for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a generous stipend to cover additional expenses, transportation, and some travel.
The selection committee—made up of former recipients of the scholarship—looks for people who have been actively engaged in their passions, 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. 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 - 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. No specific extracurricular activities or positions automatically qualify someone for either an interview or selection. The essay should therefore devote greater attention to the applicant’s background and interests than to a program of study. 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.
- Applications due:Tuesday, December 1, 12 noon
- Semi-finalist interviews:late January
- Finalist interviews:mid-February
Harvard-UK Fellowship .............................................................due Wednesday, December 2, 12 noon
The Harvard-UK Fellowship comprises 5 separate scholarships, listed below. Applicants may only submit one application for one plan of study. Applicants will be considered for all applicable funds.
Henry Fellowship—supports one year of study at either Cambridge or Oxford University. Graduating seniors who are unmarried U.S. citizens are eligible.
Herchel Smith Harvard Scholarship (non-science) --This Herchel Smith Harvard 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. Graduating seniors of any nationality or alumni who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous 2 years are eligible.
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship—provides for one year of study in any university of the British Commonwealth. Competition is open to U.S. citizen graduating seniors.
Michael von Clemm Fellowship—provides the opportunity to study for one academic year at Oxford University while living at Corpus Christi College. Unmarried graduating seniors of any nationality are eligible.
Paul Williams Scholarship—provides for a year of study in international studies at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Graduating seniors of all nationalities are eligible.
Six fellowships (1 Henry, 2 Knox, 1 Herchel Smith, 1 von Clemm, 1 Williams) may be awarded each year. Each fellowship pays all fees, tuition, and lodging for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a stipend to cover additional expenses and transportation.
The selection committee bases its decisions on a candidate’s academic achievement, intellectual potential, breadth of interest beyond the field of concentration, and the strength and appropriateness of the study proposal. Candidates should have identified appropriate and suitable courses of study at the time of application, with a definite plan of study or research to be carried out at their school of choice.
- Applications due:Wednesday, December 2, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:mid-February
Herchel Smith Fellowship in Science ...........................................due Thursday, December 3, 12 noon
Herchel Smith fellowships aim to encourage Harvard graduates of high academic ability and research promise in the sciences to study at Cambridge University. Fellowships are held at Emmanuel College. Awardees are to undertake studies appropriate to preparation for a future Ph.D. degree in mathematics, natural sciences, physical sciences, or applied sciences.
Graduating seniors or graduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within the previous two years are eligible.
Five or more fellowships may be awarded each year. Each fellowship pays all fees, tuition, and lodging for one year (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms), as well as a stipend to cover additional expenses and transportation. Fellowships may be renewed for two subsequent years, assuming satisfactory academic progress toward a PhD in the same field and approval by the selection committee.
Students of high academic ability (typically demonstrated by A- or better grades) who intend to pursue the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, physical sciences, or applied 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.
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.
- Applications due:Thursday, December 3, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:mid-February
Beinecke Scholarship .......................................................................due Tuesday, January 19, 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 year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship. 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. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2018 and August 2019.
- Plan to enter a masters 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 the 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 students being able to attend graduate school.
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.
- Applications due:Tuesday, January 19, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:early to mid-February
- National deadline:February 10, 2021 (receipt)
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship ...............................................due Wednesday, January 27, 12 noon
Each year, the Udall Foundation awards 55 scholarships of up to $7000 each and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
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 sophomore or junior
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
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, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.
- Applications due: Wednesday, January 27, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Mid-February
- National Deadline:TBA
William Lyon Mackenzie King Harvard Scholarship ........................due Thursday, January 28, 12 noon
The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King Scholarship is a fellowship which supports one year of study at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing study that relates to Canada or Canadian interests. Programs may not, however, be pre-professional in nature.
Applicants must apply for admission to their chosen program separately.
Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality.
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 selection committee is particularly interested in study proposals 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.
- Applications due:Thursday, January 28, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:early February
Postgraduate Traveling Fellowship ...................................................due Tuesday, February 9, 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. Applications need not be tailored to any of the following fellowships in particular; candidates should put forward one proposal, and will be considered for all available funding.
George Peabody Gardner Fellowship—The goal of this fellowship is to 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 ultimately to be pursued. Recipients of this fellowship demonstrate a curiosity and concern about the history, habitat, and customs of cultures other than their own.
Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship—Shaw Fellowships are limited to European travel. The purpose of these awards is to make it possible for young [people] to supplement their formal education by broadening and cultivating influence which comes from acquaintance with other countries. The object of these awards is to benefit young [people] who, without necessarily having attained to the highest scholarship in college, have made good use of their opportunities and give promise of success.
Frederick Sheldon Fellowship--The Sheldon Fellowships support students of promise and good academic standing in a year of unrestricted purposeful travel abroad after graduation. The project proposal is critical and should clearly define a goal or purpose for the year’s travel.
Benjamin A. Trustman Fellowship—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. 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.
Applicants must be Harvard College seniors of any nationality.
Approximately 15 fellowships are available each year. Fellowships provide $24,000 which can be used to support one year of travel abroad.
These fellowships are 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 backbone of the fellowship. The committee’s search is not just for interesting projects, but for interesting people ready to challenge themselves and their own perceptions of the world. 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.
- Applications due:Tuesday, February 9, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:Early April
British Teaching Fellowship .......................................................due Wednesday, February 10, 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. These fellowships offer an opportunity for an American student from Harvard to spend a school year (early September to mid-July) as a full member of the community in one of England's finest Preparatory Schools for pupils ages 11-18.
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 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.
- The Fellow may be asked to take on the academic and pastoral care of a small tutorial group of pupils.
At the time of application candidates must be graduating Harvard College seniors or within two years of graduation. The Fellowship is available only to an unmarried person.
The School will provide accommodation during the school year. In addition, there will be a small financial stipend. The Fellow may hold concurrently other awards to assist in travel but may not engage in other paid employment 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 will be selected based on their potential to contribute meaningfully to School life, including both academic and extra-curricular pursuits. The ambassadorial function is important, as it is hoped that the Fellow will stimulate an understanding of the USA. Candidates should put forward strong letters of recommendation which can speak to their contribution to the residential and intellectual community.
- Applications due: Wednesday, February 10, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:Late February
Postgraduate Public Service Fellowship ...................................due Wednesday, February 24, 12 noon
Postgraduate Public Service Fellowships support meaningful public service projects undertaken after graduation. Projects may be of any length between 3 and 12 months. Candidates should present one proposal; a single application will put you into consideration for all available funding.
For these purposes, 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.
Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors of any nationality.
PFORZHEIMER FELLOWSHIP: 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 three months long.
Approximately $80,000 or more is available each year to be distributed by the selection committee. Award amounts vary depending on project duration and need.
Fellows will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest, abilities, and commitment to public service, as well as the merit, soundness, and practicality of their project. There is a preference for proposals where the student’s direct involvement is essential to the success of the project, and when the project addresses a significant human need. Financial need is not a criterion.
RICHARDSON FELLOWSHIP: The Richardson Fellowships are intended for students contemplating a career in public service and provide the opportunity to spend a year gaining concrete experience with the issues that their public service career would address. The tenure of each Richardson Fellowship must be between ten and twelve months, depending upon the nature of the project and the living expenses necessary to pursue it.
Three awards of approximately $30,000 each will be made each year.
The Richardson Fellowships are to be awarded to students who show outstanding promise of being of service in the public or non-profit sectors. Successful candidates will demonstrate 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 candidate should also show that they are seriously contemplating a career in public service, to which the experience gained in the fellowship year would make a valuable contribution.
- Applications due:Wednesday, February 24, 12 noon
- Selection Committee interviews:Early April
Alex G. Booth Fellowship ..............................................................due Thursday, February 25, 12 noon
The Booth Fellowship helps to defray the cost of travel and associate project expenses for an experience related to an intellectual field of interest. Eligible projects may be academic in nature (enrollment in an academic program or research) or may allow for learning in a less academic setting (an internship, service project, or travel experience). Proposals may be for any length of time up to 12 months, in any location domestic or international, within GSS guidelines.
Only graduating Harvard College seniors will be considered for the Booth Fellowship. Fellowships are intended to fund individuals, not groups.
Approximately $100,000 is available each year. The number and amount of individual awards will vary each year according to variation in project budgets.
Candidates must demonstrate some purpose to their proposed travel that relates to their intellectual interests, usually interpreted as related to their concentration. The proposed travel must also reflect a candidates 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 recipients field of interest and the proposed project, committees will expect to see sufficient academic preparation to derive a meaningful and thought-provoking experience during 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.
- Applications due:Thursday, February 25, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Mid-April
Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship ..............................................due Tuesday, March 2, 12 noon
The Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship Committee offers 8 to 12 summer scholarships to undergraduates for supervised research or study at Cambridge University.
The specific research of study proposed by the applicant must be conducted under the supervision of an advisor who is an instructor, fellow or researcher associated with Cambridge University or one of its colleges, or a research facility associated with the University. Applicants are responsible for identifying, contacting and securing the agreement in writing of the advisor to supervise the proposed research or study. (Trinity College customarily sends us a list of faculty members associated with it that have projects for which they are seeking research assistance and this list is made available in January to interested applicants through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.) The Committee also awards one summer scholarship on the recommendation of the A.R.T., for an internship in the theater arts at the Gate Theatre in London.
Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible.
Scholarship awards provide for the expenses associated with the summer experience and include travel to and from the U.K. and room and board at either Trinity College or Emmanuel College. The research or study must begin in late June and last at least eight weeks.
There is no requirement for a particular grade point average or set of achievements. The Selection Committee favors applicants who have a carefully thought-out and interesting project, whose proposed supervisor shows genuine interest in supervising the project; and whose proposed project builds on, expands, or has the potential to alter the applicant's interests. The Committee favors independent research projects or study programs over the Pembroke-King's program.
*PLEASE NOTE: The selection committee expects students to contact potential advisors on their own in order to arrange research/program placement, OR, to select from one of the provided projects (available in late January). (There is no preference between candidates who propose projects of their own design and candidates who choose from one of the provided projects.) As you reach out to potential mentors, candidates should be mindful that research mentoring in the U.K. is often pursued differently than in the U.S. It may be useful to describe the Harvard-Cambridge Fellowship in some detail so that potential mentors can become acquainted with the program and with the American mentoring style. Provided below is a brief description that you may find useful in contacting potential mentors at Cambridge.
Now in its 12th year, the Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship is a prestigious undergraduate research fellowship conducted in cooperation between Harvard and Cambridge Universities during the months of June through August. Fellows are outstanding student researchers who have, together with Cambridge mentors, crafted summer research projects to take place at Cambridge University. These projects may be an outgrowth of a mentor’s own research interests in which the Fellow assists, or may be conceived and conducted more independently by the Fellow with occasional mentor check-ins for guidance and support. While Fellows receive free accommodation at Trinity, Emmanuel, and Jesus Colleges, the Harvard-Cambridge Summer Fellowship is unable to provide remuneration directly to mentors at this time. However, dozens of former mentors have reported positive, mutually-beneficial mentoring experiences over the years, and we are looking forward to many more years of future cooperation between these two historic institutions.
- Applications due:Tuesday, March 2, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Mid-March
Patterson Traveling Fellowship to Italy ..........................................due Wednesday, March 10, 12 noon
The Patterson Fellowship is in memoriam to John Thomas Patterson, and is intended 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.
The award is intended to introduce Italy to a student who has little familiarity with the country. Applicants should propose a trip that would be intellectually purposeful and personally enriching, but it need not contribute in any way to an academic project. The award is for travel that would not otherwise have happened, rather than for funding travel that the student would have undertaken anyway.
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 preference for current Mather House residents and affiliates.
One fellowship is awarded each year to fund summer or holiday travel to Italy. The award provides approximately $2,000, enough to cover a two or three-week visit.
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.
- Applications due:Wednesday, March 10, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting/interviews:Mid-April
Laura Houghteling Memorial Scholarship ..........................................due Thursday, March 11, 12 noon
The Laura Houghteling Memorial Fellowship provides one or two awards each year to students planning a career in elementary or secondary education.
Harvard seniors of any nationality who are receiving financial aid are eligible.
One or two fellowships of approximately $4000 may be awarded each year, 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."
- Applications due:Thursday, March 11, 12 noon
- Selection Committee meeting:Early April