Scholarships and Fellowships
Fellowships for Graduate Study within the United States
Who is eligible? U.S. citizens aspiring to a career in foreign service, and seeking admission to a graduate program of relevance to this field. Either graduating seniors or college graduates are eligible. Minimum GPA of 3.200. The program “encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.”
When is the Deadline?
Campus Deadline: Mid-August
Rangel Deadline: Mid-September
Description The Fellowship awards up to $47,500 towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees.The program includes curricular expectations, that the recipient will pursue graduate studies in international relations or a closely related field, and participate in a domestic internship on Capitol Hill during the first summer and overseas at a U.S. Embassy in the second summer of the program. The Rangel includes a service obligation of five years through an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
How Do I Apply? Candidates apply online, providing essays, two letters of recommendation, their Student Aid Reports, results of graduate school standardized tests, among other documentation.
Essay(s): Two essays: a 600-word personal statement, discussing the student’s interest in the Rangel Fellowship, in foreign service, and any pertinent experiences; a 400 word discussion of any financial need.
What happens after I submit an application? The Rangel selection panel will choose approximately 60 finalists by the end of October. The Rangel Program staff will communicate decisions by email to both successful and unsuccessful applicants by the end of October. Candidates selected for final consideration will be invited to Washington, D.C. for interviews (from continental U.S. points only) and to prepare a writing sample. Finalists will be in D.C. for one full day in November. The program will pay the cost of accommodations and travel to Washington, DC from within the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. The program will strive to complete the selection process and make offers to 30 fellows by Late November.
“The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program will select 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.”
Visit the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program webpage.
Who is eligible? U.S. citizens aspiring to a teaching and research career in higher education who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in a research-based program leading to the Ph.D. or the Sc.D. Preference for applicants from groups "whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding."
When is the Deadline? Campus Deadline: Early November
Ford Deadline: Mid-December
Description The fellowship emphasizes research-based study, not practice-oriented programs, and supports three years of support for graduate studies, providing an annual stipend of $24,000.. The Foundation seeks individuals who have had significant involvement with underrepresented communities and who hold the promise of responding to the specific learning needs of students of diverse backgrounds.
How Do I Apply? The Ford Diversity Fellowship application is available online. The student must complete the application, three essays, and a list of four references by the November deadline. Transcripts, reference letters and GRE scores are due in January.
Essay(s): A personal statement describing the applicant's background and commitment to the Fellowship's diversity goals; a statement of previous research; an essay describing the student's proposed plan of graduate study and long-term career goals.
What happens after I submit an application? Special panels of scholars organized by the National Research Council review all applications. Fellowship awards are announced in April
What's next? Students awarded fellowships are required to enroll full-time in Ph.D. or ScD. programs. Ford Fellows participate in conferences of their peers and established scholars.
"Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. This year the program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships."
For more information, see the Ford Diversity Fellowship website.
Who is eligible? Full-time juniors with significant records of community service and meaningful leadership activities. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree and intend to study full time as seniors. They must be a citizen or a national of the United States, and have a GPA of at least 3.3.
When is the Deadline? Campus: Mid-December
Truman: Early February
Description The intent of this scholarship is to select individuals with high potential for leadership and future success in public service. The Foundation defines public service as participation in government or in areas related to the public interest, with an emphasis on the student as a potential change agent. The Scholarship awards up to $30,000 towards a public service related advanced degree. Truman Scholars participate in Leadership Week in Liberty, MO. They also have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute immediately following college graduation, an eight-week internship opportunity with different DC nonprofits and government agencies.
How Do I Apply? Candidates must be nominated by Marist College, and may not apply directly. Student applications must be submitted to the nomination committee.
Essay(s): An essay of no more than 500 words that analyzes a public policy issue of particular interest to the student. Also, pivotal short essays on the applicant's significant contributions as a leader and to a particular community.
What happens after I submit an application? If nominated, the committee will provide feedback on your application, which you should use to finalize your materials, and the College will then submit your application to the Foundation.
What's next? Approximately two weeks following the Truman deadline, the Foundation selects about 200 Finalists who are interviewed by regional selection panels in late February and March. The Foundation named sixty-two students as Truman Scholars in 2017.
The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Each award totals $30,000, of which $2,000 is allocated for senior year tuition at the student's undergraduate institution and the remainder supports the student's graduate studies. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.
For more information visit the
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation website
Graduate School and Fellowship Advisor
Who is eligible? College seniors intending to pursue the PhD and first-year doctoral candidates devoted to "the understanding and solving of problems associated with contemporary human concern, using applications of knowledge from the physical and engineering sciences" may apply. The award is not applicable to professional degrees other than the Ph.D. Supported fields include the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences, and also studies in applied mathematics, statistics, and quantitative aspects of modern biology
When is the Deadline?
Campus Deadline: Mid-September
Hertz Deadline: Late October
Description The fellowships are tenable at forty of the nation's finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the Ph.D. degree in applications of the physical sciences; other graduate programs are acceptable upon negotiation of an agreement with the Hertz Foundation. The award consists of a stipend and a cost-of-education allowance, and may be renewed for no more than 5 years of study.
How Do I Apply? Applications are normally submitted in electronic form via the Internet.
Essay(s): Applicants submit a personal essay and are invited also to include "supplemental documents," generally samples of the student's research.
What happens after I submit an application? Each year's competition concludes at the end of the following March, at which time the Foundation's Board of Directors determines the most highly qualified Fellowship applicants and the number of new Fellowships which available resources will be able to support.
What's next? All Fellowship applicants are notified of the Foundation's action on their application on or before 1 April of each year.
In 1957, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation was formed with the goal of supporting applied sciences education. Fellowships were enlarged to include both the fields of engineering and applied sciences, with special emphasis placed on physical sciences and the stimulation of exceptional competence and innovation-oriented development in these fields.
The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools.
For more information visit the
Fannie and John Hertz Foundation website
Who is eligible? Seniors who are U.S. citizens, and who have no teaching experience yet do have a commitment to becoming secondary school teachers of American history, government or social studies, and who have a record of commitment to civic responsibilities.
When is the Deadline? Campus: Early February
Madison: March 1
Description The Fellowship supports master's studies in history, social studies or education that integrate a two-semester course sequence on U.S. constitutional history. The maximum award is $24,000, to be pro-rated over the period of study. It is expected that fellowship recipients will commit to teaching secondary school history or social studies for a period no less than one year for each year of graduate study supported by the Fellowship. One Madison Fellow named in each U.S. state.
How Do I Apply? Students create an online account and access the electronic application, which includes the application essay, description of the student's proposed course of graduate study, and three letters of recommendation.
Essay(s): 600 words describing the importance and role of studying the U.S. Constitution in the contemporary secondary school context and with respect to the applicant's career goals.
What happens after I submit an application? A selection committee evaluates all applications and recommends for selection at least one James Madison Fellow from each state for which there are at least two eligible applicants.
What's next? James Madison Fellows participate in a four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution.
"The Foundation seeks to make awards to those experienced and aspiring secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 who demonstrate the fullest and deepest commitment to a life-long career in classroom teaching young people about the history and principles of American constitutional government."
For more information, see the James Madison Foundation website.
Who is eligible?
Open to those applying for admission to any Stanford graduate program, provided that the target program is at least two years in duration. No minimum GPA, but the applicant must present academic credentials which would meet the standards of the student’s intended graduate program. Admission to the Program cannot be deferred. Applicants must have earned the bachelor’s degree within the past four years
When is the Deadline?
Knight-Hennessy: Late September
The Program emphasizes a global community of scholars, with approximately one-third of the Scholars coming from the United States. Each year, up to 100 new Scholars are selected. The Program emphasizes the development of leadership, mentorship by established leaders, and opportunities for experiential learning.
How Do I Apply?
The student must submit two applications: one to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and one to the target graduate program. The Knight-Hennessy application is electronic and includes, along with transcripts, biographical information, essays and short answers, the names and contact information for two reference writers.
Two essays: one addressing how influences in life have shaped the applicant, and the other describing three potential life paths and how the Program will prepare the applicant for those paths.
What happens after I submit an application?
In December, finalists are notified and invited to attend “Immersion Weekend” the following January, an event which allows finalists to learn about their program and about Stanford, and for the Knight-Hennessy Program to learn more about each applicant.
New Scholars will be notified in February, and that class of Scholars will come to campus the following summer for an “orientation experience.”
“The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.”
“As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you may pursue an education in any of Stanford’s graduate programs. We welcome students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in Stanford's schools of business; earth, energy and environmental sciences; education; engineering; humanities and sciences; law; and medicine – all of which are rated among the best in the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars are ambitious, in the best sense, and will drive large-scale change in our complex world. Denning House, to be constructed in the heart of the Stanford campus, will become the convening hub for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars.”
Explore the details on the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website.
Who is eligible?
Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; graduating seniors and first- or second-year graduate students may apply. Applicants should be attending or planning to attend a research-based masters-level or doctoral program in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Current graduate students can only apply once, in either their first or second year of the graduate program.
When is the Deadline?
Campus Deadline: Mid-September
GRFP Deadline: Late October/Early November (Varies by discipline)
The fellowship emphasizes research-based study, not practice-oriented programs, and supports up to three years of graduate studies, providing an annual stipend of $34,000. Applications are evaluated based on criteria of “Intellectual Merit” and the potential “Broader Impacts” of the student’s prospective research for societal betterment.
How Do I Apply?
Students apply through the online FastLane system, paying particular attention to formatting particulars for uploaded essays.
Three-page “Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement,” and a “Graduate Research Plan Statement.”
What happens after I submit an application?
Awards are announced in early April
In the 2017 competition cycle, NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers.
“As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.
Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.”
Seek out additional information on the NSF GRFP webpage.
Who is eligible? Seniors who are U.S. citizens and are applying for admission to a two-year master's program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
When is the Deadline? Campus Deadline: Mid-December
Description The Pickering supports those students who aspire to a career in the Foreign Service. Along with the tuition award, the fellowship helps pay for books and one round-trip flight per academic year; includes one domestic internship between the first and second year of study and one foreign internship following the second year; and provides for a Foreign Service mentor during the student's course of graduate studies. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years' service in an appointment with the Department of State as a Foreign Service officer.
How Do I Apply? The applicant fills out the on-line application, which includes a list of graduate institutions to which the student has applied and a 600-word personal statement of background and goals. Each applicant must also request letters from two recommenders, at least one of whom should be a faculty member.
What happens next? Finalists selected from the pool of applicants are required to attend an interview session in Washington, DC in March or April. Those named as new Fellows attend an Orientation in Washington DC.
"Ambassador Pickering served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997-2000) and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger. After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations and member of the Executive Council. He serves on a number not-for-profit boards. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Melbourne and speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also Arabic, Hebrew and Russian."
Those interested in this opportunity should review the Pickering website