National Fellowships and Scholarships

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Rhodes Scholarship ..........................................................................due Thursday, August 17, 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 for the U.S. Rhodes competition must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. 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.

Selection Criteria:
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;
  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 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 16, 12 noon
  • Applications due (for other Rhodes constituent countries):varies
  • Endorsement Committee meeting:~September 7
  • U.S. national deadline:Wednesday, October 3 (receipt)
  • Canadian national deadline:Friday, September 28 (receipt)
  • U.S. District interviews:Friday-Saturday, November 16-17

Marshall Scholarship .........................................................................due Thursday, August 17, 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 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, and the London School of Economics. If any part of the first-choice plan takes place at Oxford, Cambridge, or the 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.

Selection Criteria:
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 16, 12 noon
  • Endorsement Committee meeting:~September 7
  • National deadline:October 1, 5pm (receipt)
  • Interviews begin:Early November

Mitchell Scholarship ..........................................................................due Thursday, August 17, 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.

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 or Northern 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.

Selection Criteria:
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.

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 16, 12 noon
  • Endorsement committee meeting:~September 7
  • National deadline:Friday, September 28, 5:00pm (receipt)
  • National semi-final interviews:Monday-Friday, October 22-26
  • National final interviews:Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17

Schwarzman Scholarship ................................................................due Thursday, August 17, 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.

Graduating seniors and alumni under to age 29 are eligible. ONLY GRADUATING SENIORS must obey the Harvard assessment deadline indicated on the following page. Alumni should apply directly to the Schwarzman website by the deadline indicated there.

Schwarzman Scholarships will provide:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A modest personal stipend

Selection criteria:  
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.


  • Endorsement applications due (for U.S. citizens):Monday, August 17, 12 noon
  • Endorsement applications due (for Chinese passport holders):contact URAF by April 1
  • National deadline (for U.S. citizens):Thursday, September 28 (receipt)
  • National deadline (for Chinese passport holders):Wednesday, May 31 (receipt)
  • National interviews :Mid-November

Fulbright Program (ETA, Research, NatGeo) ...................................due Friday, 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

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.

Selection Criteria:

  • 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 15
  • Applications due:Tuesday, September 4, 12 noon
  • Campus interviews:by appointment
  • National deadline(online applications):Tuesday, October 9
  • Preliminary screening results announced:January 31

Churchill Scholarship .............................................................due Wednesday, September 27, 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.

Selection Criteria:

  • 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 26, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:late October
  • National deadline (online application):Thursday, November 1 (receipt)

Keasbey Scholarship ........................................................................ due Tuesday, October 3, 12 noon

Miss Marguerite A. Keasbey established the Keasbey Memorial Foundation in honor of her father and mother. Miss Keasbey was particularly interested in the quality of British education and decided in the 1950s to establish a foundation to provide scholarships 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.

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. Each participating university is allowed to nominate two students for the Keasbey Foundation to review. All of the nominated students are interviewed by the trustees of the Keasbey Foundation in Philadelphia in early December. Awards are announced by mid December.

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

Candidates for the Keasbey Scholarship must apply separately for admission to their chosen degree program by December 1st.

Applicants must be graduating Harvard College seniors, unmarried, and U.S. citizens. Scholars may not concurrently hold the Keasbey Scholarship and another scholarship, such as a Rhodes, Marshall, or Churchill Scholarship.

Keasbey Scholarships provide one or 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 Foundation is affiliated.

Selection Criteria:
Successful candidates 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.



  • Endorsement applications due:Tuesday, October 3, 12 noon
  • U.S. national deadline:November 16
  • National interviews:December 8

St. Andrew's Society Scholarship ....................................................due Thursday, October 5, 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

Selection Criteria:
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:Thursday, October 4, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:mid- to late November
  • National deadline:December 15


Truman Scholarship ............................................................................due Friday, October 27, 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.

Selection Criteria:
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 26, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:early to mid-December
  • National deadline:February 5 (receipt)

Yenching Academy Scholarship at Peking University .....................due Tuesday, October 31, 12 noon

The Yenching Academy offers a one-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 25 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.

Selection Criteria:
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:Tuesday, October 30, 12 noon
  • National deadline:December 10 (receipt)

Goldwater Scholarship .............................................................due Wednesday, 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 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.

Selection Criteria:
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 31
  • Selection Committee meeting:early to mid-December
  • National deadline:January 25, 5:00pm CT (receipt)

Gaither Fellowship at Carnegie Endowment ..........................due Wednesday, November 22, 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.

Selection Criteria:
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 21, 12 noon
  • National deadline:January 15 (receipt)

Beinecke Scholarship ................................................................due Wednesday, January 17, 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:Wednesday, January 16, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee interviews:early to mid-February
  • National deadline:February 13 (receipt)

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship .......................................................due Friday, January 19, 12 noon

Each year, the Udall Foundation awards 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 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:

  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 sophomore or junior
  3. 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.

Selection Criteria:
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, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.


  • Applications due:Friday, January 18, 12 noon
  • Selection Committee meeting:Mid-February
  • National Deadline:March 8, 11:59pm MST (receipt)