National Fellowships and Scholarships

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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:

  1. literary and scholastic attainments;
  2. energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
  3. truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  4. 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:

  1. 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.)
  2. An applicant, by October 1, must be at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age.
  3. 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:

  1. To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.
  2. To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  3. 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.
  4. To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British-American understanding.
  5. 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:

  1. be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  2. (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;
  3. have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree;
  4. have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university within the past two years;
  5. 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:

  1. Scholarship,
  2. Leadership, and
  3. 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:

  1. Be U.S. citizens
  2. 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).
  3. 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

Selection is made on the basis of:

  1. Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  2. Academic or professional record.
  3. Personal qualifications.
  4. Language preparation.
  5. 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.
  6. Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary.
  7. 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.
  8. Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.

  1. Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  2. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  3. Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Extracurricular activities
  3. Financial need
  4. Clarity of career purpose in pursuing the graduate studies
  5. Statement of personal objectives
  6. Some Scottish descent
  7. Proof of US citizenship
  8. 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

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:

  1. has an extensive record of public and community service;
  2. has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  3. 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:

  1. extent and quality of community service and government involvement;
  2. leadership record;
  3. academic performance, writing and analytical skills; and
  4. suitability of the nominee's proposed program of study for a career in public service.

Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:

  1. a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the following academic year.;
  2. nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
  3. in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
  4. 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:

  1. Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  2. Outstanding academic performance.

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

  1. Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2012–2013 academic year.
  2. Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  3. 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)

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:

  1. Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  5. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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)

Keasbey Scholarship............ (not available in 2016-2017, will return in the 2017-2018 school year)

Miss Marguerite A. Keasbey established the Keasbey Memorial Foundation in honor of her father and mother. Her father, Henry G. Keasbey, was the founder of the firm of Keasbey and Mattison, which had its principal plant and offices in Ambler, Pennsylvania.  Marguerite A. Keasbey, never married and had spent a great deal of time in England both before and after World War I with her father, a widower.  Miss Keasbey was particularly interested in the quality of British education and decided in the 1950s to establish a foundation to provide scholarships for both British public school students and for graduating American college students so that they might pursue degrees in Britain and experience fully the life of the British college system and university.

Over the course of the past fifty years, the Keasbey Foundation has established strong ties with the following colleges and universities in the UK:  Balliol, Christ Church, Hertford, New College, Trinity and University at Oxford; King’s, St. John’s, Selwyn and Trinity at Cambridge; The University of Edinburgh and University College of Wales at Aberystwyth.

American students who receive a Keasbey fellowship are awarded up to two years of full funding, including tuition, fees and living expenses, either to read for a second undergraduate degree or to attend a graduate program at one of the universities with which the Keasbey Foudation is affiliated in the UK.

The American students are selected on a rotating basis from the following institutions: Amherst, Bowdoin, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Haverford, Middlebury, Princeton, Swarthmore, Wesleyan and Yale. Students do not apply directly to the Keasbey Foundation: they apply through their college or university. Each participating university is allowed to nominate two or three students for the Keasbey Foundation. All of the nominated students are interviewed by the trustees of the Keasbey Foundation in Philadelphia at the law offices of Morgan Lewis in early December. Awards are announced by mid December.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • academic excellence,
  • active participation in extracurricular activities,
  • leadership abilities, and
  • the promise of personally and intellectually benefiting from two years of study in Britain.

At the time of application:

  1. An applicant must be a citizen of the United States and must be a member of the graduating class of his or her college or university.
  2. A married Scholar may not hold the scholarship. Therefore, a nominee should not expect to marry before completing two years of study abroad. If the Scholar marries, the scholarship is forfeited.
  3. The Scholar may not have another scholarship, such as a Rhodes, Marshall, Mellon or a fellowship grant for foreign study from his or her own college.
  4. The Keasbey Scholarship may not be deferred or interrupted.
  • Endorsement applications due:Not available for 2016-2017, will return for the 2017-2018 school year
  • U.S. national deadline:TBD
  • National interviews:TBD