Scholarships for Undocumented Students
The U.S. Department of Education has put together a list of scholarships open to undocumented students, updated in October, 2015.
Critical Language Scholarships
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Arabic and Persian
Intermediate and advanced levels: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
To learn more, visit the CLS website.
An agreement between the D.A.A.D (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) and Harvard University provides Harvard graduating seniors, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows the opportunity to apply for study or research scholarships in Germany. Study Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent Harvard University graduates of all disciplines to do independent study or to undertake a full Master's degree in Germany.
DAAD Scholarships for Harvard students are administered through the Committee on General Scholarships. The German Academic Exchange Service also maintains a detailed website.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. These include the PhD (three year research-only degree), MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree), or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
To learn more, visit the Gates Cambridge website.
Harvard Teacher Fellows
Harvard Teacher Fellows offers an innovative pathway into teaching for Harvard College students who are committed to careers that will serve the communities that are most in need of high-quality instruction. The fellowship was established in response to the urgent demand for exemplary teachers in high-need urban secondary schools and the remarkable level of interest in education among Harvard students. HTF prepares excellent English, History, Math, and Science teachers through subject-specific training, intensive fieldwork, and personalized coaching and support. Placed in “teaching schools” across the country, fellows experience world-class schools committed to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps, launching their careers as teachers who will change the world. A licensure program that offers the option to earn an Ed.M.
Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowship
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is targeted at prospective leaders interested in spending a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad and exploring new solutions to the global issues of our times. Topics include politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. During their stay in Germany, Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects with a German host of their choice at host institutions.
To learn more, visit the Humbolt Fellowship website.
The goal of the Luce Scholars Program is to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The Luce Scholar Year is a cultural and experiential opportunity rather than an academic one. Students are not enrolled in colleges or universities and no academic credit is extended for the program. A professional placement is individually arranged for each scholar on the basis of his or her professional interest, background, and qualifications.
The Luce Scholars competition is open to Harvard College seniors, recent graduates of Harvard College, Harvard graduate students, and recent graduates of Harvard graduate or professional schools. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. who have not reached their 30th birthday by September 1st of the year they enter the program.
Mt. Vernon Leadership Fellowship
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid and funded, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. Fellows will immerse themselves in a leadership development program, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital, and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.
To learn more, visit the Mt. Vernon website.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer.
To learn more, visit the Pickering website.
PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Fellowship
The PPIA Fellowship provides for a summer of intensive study in economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues, and leadership, as well as at least $5,000 tuition assistance (often more) for a Master's degree in public and/or international affairs at one of several participating schools. Applicants must be College juniors and must be available to attend the 7-week summer institute in the summer after their junior year. All nationalities are welcome, although international students may only attend the summer institute at UC Berkely or Princeton. Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
To learn more, visit the PPIA Fellowship website.
Scoville Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. The fellowship lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. Scoville Fellows contribute to their host organization’s goals through research, public education, advocacy, and by writing articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, and/or reports. In addition, they organize talks and conferences and attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows are paired with mentors from the fellowship's board and alumni, and also receive a small stipend to attend meetings and conferences, or take a language or policy course.
To learn more, visit the Scoville Peace Fellowships website.
Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans assist young New Americans at critical points in their educations with financial support during graduate school. Applicants must be graduating seniors or early graduate students who, if born outside the U.S. are naturalized citizens or in possession of a green card. If born within the U.S., both parents must have been born outside the United States and its territories and neither can have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of the applicant's birth. At least one of those parents must subsequently have become a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
To learn more, visit the Soros Fellowships website.
White House Fellowships
Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.
To learn more, visit the White House Fellowships website.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. Fellows receive a generous stipend ($30,000-32,000) to complete a master's degree program that includes a full school year of experience in local high-need classrooms. In turn, they commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. They also get mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools throughout their three-year commitment.
To learn more, visit the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships website.