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Other Award Opportunities

External Scholarship List

Importance of Pursuing Other Scholarships

Part of creating an impressive academic record is building a portfolio of accomplishments, including scholarships awarded to you. As you become more familiar with the selection criteria of the distinguished scholarships we work with in our program, you will notice that having a “strong academic record” is a common consideration. This phrase is a significant term that goes well beyond how you performed in your coursework. By using this language, award organizations are implying they want to see how you are an exceptional student both in the classroom and outside it. Being awarded other scholarships uniquely affirms your academic ability and demonstrates that you have something special to offer as an applicant to help achieve the goals of the awarding organization.

List of Competitive External Scholarship Opportunities

To assist you in the process of building your own record of awards and honors that you can feature in a distinguished scholarship application, we have created the following list of external award opportunities. It is intended to help you find out for yourself about opportunities that fit you best and begin to research and apply for those scholarships.

Name of AwardAward Description
American Association of University Women (AAUW) International FellowshipsSupports full-time graduate study or research for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are completing or have completed an undergraduate degree, plan to pursue a U.S. graduate program, and intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career. English proficiency is required. Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women and girls in the home country. Seniors and college graduates may apply.
American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and GrantsFellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to pursue research, study, or creative work in one or more of the Scandinavian countries. Seniors, graduates, and graduate students may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have an undergraduate degree in hand by the beginning of the award period. Some ability in the language of the host country is desirable, and some projects require proficiency. Graduate students planning dissertation research are given priority for the fellowships, whereas grants are geared toward graduating seniors and college graduates. There is an application fee.
Amgen Scholars U.S. ProgramProvides undergraduate students with a paid summer research experience in the STEM fields at one of 10 U.S. universities: CalTech, Columbia/Barnard, Harvard, MIT, NIH, Stanford, UC, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, and Washington University in St. Louis. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are planning a fifth year of study; must be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.; and must have minimum GPA of 3.2. Compensation packages vary depending upon the host institution.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows ProgramSupports one year of service at the Endowment in Washington D.C. This award provides research assistance to senior associates on international policy issues, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. Applicants must be seniors or have graduated within the past year but not have begun graduate study. Applicants must have substantial coursework in such areas as international affairs, political science, economics, or history. May be U.S. citizen or foreign national eligible to work in the U.S. for the award period. WSU may endorse up to two candidates.
Commonwealth ScholarshipsProvides opportunities for citizens of Commonwealth countries to pursue graduate study in other Commonwealth countries, including the United Kingdom. Qualifications and application procedures vary by country. In most cases, applicants should be seniors or recent college graduates.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young ProfessionalsYear-long work-study program beginning in July provides opportunities for young adults to gain cultural understanding, education, and professional experience in Germany. Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, age 18-24 at the start of the program, and be a high school, college (freshman through senior), or graduate student. Applicant must have coursework and some practical experience relevant to the intended internship field. Exchange Program includes classroom instruction and an internship experience and covers international and in-country travel, university tuition, a living stipend, and accommodations with a host family or in a student residence. Preferred fields include business, technology, engineering, and agriculture but all fields may apply. German language proficiency is preferred but not required.
Critical Language ScholarshipsU.S. government-sponsored scholarships support intensive summer language study in the critical need languages, such as Azerbaijani, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu, at approved language institutes abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students. All fields of study are eligible. Some institutes have language prerequisites, but many are open to beginners. All program costs are covered, including travel, room and board, instruction, visa fees, and entrance fees for program activities.
DAAD EMGIP Bundestag InternshipsOffers two-month-long internship opportunities in the German parliament. Applicants should be advanced undergraduates (junior or senior) or graduate students (excluding Ph.D. students) in fields such as political science, international relations, law, history, economics, or German. Applicants must have strong German language skills, some knowledge of the German legislative process, an outstanding academic record and personal integrity, and must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or international students enrolled full time in the U.S. or Canada. Compensation is approximately €1,100 per month to cover living expenses. Most placements are during the fall.
DAAD Summer Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)Supports six- to12-week summer internships working on scientific research projects at top research institutions in Germany. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, or engineering. German language skills are helpful but not required; most projects may be carried out in English. The program provides a monthly stipend of €650, health insurance, and assistance arranging housing. Awardees may choose from among 500+ research projects.
DAAD Undergraduate ScholarshipsProvides support for four to 10 months of undergraduate study, senior thesis research, and/or internship in Germany. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors in any field of study at any North American university, must have an outstanding academic record and personal integrity, must demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs, and have well-defined plans for their time in Germany. Citizenship is open. Preference is given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. German language proficiency is not required but applicants must have language skills commensurate with their study and research needs. Includes monthly stipend of €650, travel/research funds, and health insurance.
DAAD University Summer Course GrantsProvides support for three to four weeks of summer courses at German universities, which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political, or economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students with outstanding academic records; U.S. or Canadian citizens or foreign nationals who have been full-time students at North American universities for at least one year are also eligible. Applicants must have completed at least 4 semesters of German or equivalent.
Davis-Putter Scholarship FundNeed-based scholarships intended for students actively working in movements for social and economic justice. Awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are active in the progressive movement. Whereas early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism and for peace in Vietnam, recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Applicants must have participated in activities in the U.S., and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country. Maximum grant available is $10,000 per year, and grantees must reapply each year support is sought.
De Karman FellowshipsSupports one year of undergraduate study or graduate study in the U.S. in any field, with special consideration to candidates in the humanities. Applicants may be juniors or Ph.D. candidates who are U.S citizens or foreign students already enrolled in U.S. institutions. Undergraduate applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship. Graduate applicants should have outstanding recommendations, significant publications, and have already completed several chapters of their dissertation at time of application. Undergraduate awards are $14,000, and graduate awards are $22,000.
Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) ProgramPrepares outstanding Ph.D.-pursuing graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. Provides graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories along with supplemental funding support consisting of up to a $3,000 monthly living stipend and inbound and outbound transportation reimbursement of up to $2,000. Award period for proposed research project may range from three to 12 consecutive months. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with an established Ph.D. candidacy with a defined dissertation project at time of application. Applicant and their primary graduate thesis advisor are responsible for identifying a collaborating research scientist at a DOE laboratory and jointly developing their research proposal as part of the SCGSR application process.
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate FellowshipOffered to doctoral students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields using high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are exceptional seniors, college graduates not yet enrolled in graduate school, or first-year graduate students. Fellows receive up to four years of support which includes a yearly stipend of $36,000, payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period, and a $1,000 to $5,000 academic allowance depending on the year of support. Fellows are required to participate in a 12-week practicum experience at one of the 21 DOE national laboratories or sites that will include access to DOE supercomputers.
Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Science Graduate FellowshipOffered to doctoral students pursuing a Ph.D. and focusing their study on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are exceptional seniors, college graduates not yet enrolled in graduate school, or first-year graduate students. Fellows receive up to four years of support which includes a yearly stipend of $36,000, payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period, and a $1,000 academic allowance depending on the year of support. Fellows are required to participate in a 12-week practicum experience at one of three DOE national defense laboratories. Support is augmented during the practicum, and there is an option to participate in second practicum at a different DOE laboratory.
Emigre Memorial German Internship Program (EMGIP)Supports one- to three-month internships in the German State Parliaments, in fall, spring, or early summer. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens age 30 or younger, and must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with at least two years of study in international relations, public administration, political science, law, economics, or European studies. Eligibility requires high-intermediate German language skills, a good command of professional vocabulary in field, and some relevant work experience. U.S. participants receive a stipend of up to €670 per month.
English Program in Korea (EPIK)Supports one year (52 weeks) as an English teacher in a Korean public school. Applicant must be a citizen of one of six designated English-speaking countries (including the U.S.), must hold at least a bachelor's degree, must have excellent English language skills and the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and living. The program includes benefits and a salary, which varies by level of experience and location.
Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral FellowshipsFor U.S. citizens who will pursue (or are pursuing) graduate study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs in many disciplines, as preparation for careers as college professors. The fellowship provides $24,000 per year for up to three years. Seniors, college graduates, and graduate students may apply, but graduate students must still require minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree. Positive factors for selection include membership in one of several underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, superior academic achievement, and sustained personal engagement with underrepresented communities and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level. Approximately 60 awards are made nationwide.
Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship ProgramProvides outstanding undergraduate sophomores and prospective graduate students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellowship includes up to $37,500 annually of support for expenses associated with either junior and senior years of undergraduate studies or a two-year master’s degree in an IT-related field. The fellowship also includes two fully supported summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Note that the fellowship is conditional and recipients are obligated to a minimum five year service commitment in the Department of State's Foreign Service after graduation.
Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language StudyThe Blakemore Foundation awards fellowships for one year of Asian language study at an institution located in Asia. Grants cover a year of advanced language study of modern Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Southeast Asian languages at specific universities. Stipend provides tuition, related educational expenses, a basic living costs and transportation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must have an undergraduate degree at the start of the program, and must be at or near an advanced level in the chosen Asian language. Additional selection criteria include having a well-defined career objective involving Asia and regular use of the chosen language, and prior experience in the Asian country or involvement in activities related to it.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) ScholarshipsSupports undergraduate students planning to participate in rigorous education abroad programs during the next academic year or summer. Scholarships are awarded at $5,000 to students who study abroad for one semester and up to $10,000 for two semesters; students who study abroad for other lengths of time (minimum of four weeks) will receive a proportionate amount. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have in mind a definite study abroad program that is eligible for credit at the student's educational institution. Preference is given to students pursuing academically rigorous and immersive study abroad programs, studying in the host country language, targeting a non-traditional destination, demonstrating financial need, and being a member of a group that is underrepresented in education abroad.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Rainbow ScholarshipAwarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who applies for an FEA scholarship and thus aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Accordingly, FEA will award $5,000 to students who study abroad for one semester and up to $10,000 for two semesters; students who study abroad for other lengths of time (minimum of four weeks) will receive a proportionate amount. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have in mind a definite study abroad program that is eligible for credit at the student's educational institution. Preference is given to students pursuing academically rigorous and immersive study abroad programs, studying in the host country language, targeting a non-traditional destination, demonstrating financial need, and being a member of a group that is underrepresented in education abroad. The Rainbow Scholarship is supported by a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students.
German Universities of Applied Sciences Study & Internship ProgramSupports one semester of study abroad at one of Germany's applied sciences universities, followed by a six month paid professional internship. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors in engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, or social work; note that U.S. or Canadian citizenship is not required. Competitive applicants will also have a well-defined study plan, language skills commensurate with their proposed course of study and internship in Germany, and strong support from academic and study abroad advisors. Program includes a full tuition waiver for both study and internship semesters and eligibility for a €1,000 travel scholarship.
Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College WomenRecognizes academic excellence, leadership experience, and involvement in campus and community affairs of female college juniors. Applicants must be full-time juniors with outstanding academic records, and U.S. citizenship is not required for eligibility. Winners receive a $3,000 prize, a trip to New York, a meeting with top female professionals, and recognition in the magazine.
Google's Women Techmakers Scholars ProgramPromotes creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field. Provides $10,000 of support for women studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field full-time through a Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. program at a university in the U.S. or Canada. Criteria include a strong academic record, demonstrated leadership and passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science.
Hertz Foundation Graduate FellowshipsFor graduate study leading to a Ph.D. in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. Provides up to five years of support. Applicants must be outstanding seniors or graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Must submit GRE scores. Approximately 10 awards nationwide.
Hispanic Scholarship FundFor undergraduate or graduate study in any field. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage as defined by the Scholarship Fund, and U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, with GPA of 3.0 or higher. Freshmen through seniors and graduate students may apply. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Homeland Security STEM Summer InternshipsThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.
Humanity in Action FellowshipSupports participation in a Humanity in Action summer program in one of five cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, or Warsaw. The programs bring together international groups of students to study human rights and to produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies resist intolerance and stand up for democratic values. Applicants must be currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, seniors or recent college graduates. U.S. citizens and non-citizens enrolled at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the U.S. are eligible. The fellowship covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the program, as well as a modest stipend for meals. Fellows are responsible for financing the cost of airfare. All majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Selections are made on the basis of demonstrated commitment to minority rights and social justice, evidence of leadership potential, significant academic achievement, entrepreneurship and social maturity.
Huntington Public Service AwardsProvides a stipend of $15,000 for a graduating senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Applicants must develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Citizenship is not required for eligibility.
Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) ProgramSupports one year of work in Japan as either an assistant English Language Teacher or a coordinator of international exchanges. Applicants must be seniors or graduates, U.S. citizens, with a strong interest in Japan and a functional command of the Japanese language. Also, applicants must not have lived in Japan for six or more years since 2004. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in hand by the beginning of the position.
Killam Fellowships to CanadaFor a semester or year of undergraduate study in Canada. The program encourages exchange between Canada and the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, full-time undergraduates (in most cases sophomore or junior) with outstanding academic records. Fellowships are $10,000 U.S. for a year or $5,000 U.S. for a semester. Fellows also participate in two exchange events, for which expenses are covered.
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation FellowshipsSupports beginning high school science and math teachers as they earn a teaching credential and through the early years of their career (up to five years of financial and professional support). Up to $10,000 of tuition assistance and stipends are available for full-time graduate school, as well as summer stipends and funding for summer professional development. Obligations include successfully completing a teacher credential program, obtaining a full-time teaching position within the area of certification, participating in fellows' meetings, and submitting reports and portfolios. Applicants must be seniors or recent graduates who will earn a degree in physical or biological science, mathematical science or engineering by summer 2011, plan to teach science or mathematics in a U.S. high school, and are enrolled in, or plan to enroll in, an approved teaching credential program. Citizenship is open. Fellowships are awarded based on content knowledge, commitment to teaching, ability to teach, and leadership.
John Lewis FellowshipFunded through Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., the John Lewis Fellowship funds a summer program in Atlanta, Georgia, exploring histories and contemporary issues of diversity and minority rights in the U.S.. Fellows attend discussion with renowned scholars and activists, visit historical sites and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. Currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, and seniors and recent college graduates are eligible to apply. U.S. citizens and non-citizens studying at a university in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the John Lewis Fellowship; students must cover travel expenses to and from the program.
Madison FellowshipsFor two years of study in the U.S. in a master's program leading to a career in secondary school teaching of American history, government, or social studies. The proposed graduate program must include coursework in constitutional history. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. seniors and recent college graduates may apply for the junior fellowships; employed teachers who wish to pursue a graduate degree part-time may apply for senior fellowships.
Malmberg Scholarship for Study in SwedenAdministered by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, this scholarship provides up to $10,000 for up to a year of study or research in Sweden, with some attention to Swedish America or relations between the U.S. and Sweden. Freshman through seniors and graduate students may apply. Applicants must have a working knowledge of Swedish language. The scholarship will not be awarded for language study alone, although language study may be part of the proposal. Applicants must establish an institutional contact in Sweden that can provide a letter of affiliation or invitation.
Math for America FellowshipsProvides generous support for graduate education plus additional financial incentives and mentoring to prepare for a career as a mathematics teacher in the nation's public schools. Fellows receive full scholarships for teacher preparation programs at specific universities in Berkeley, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, or Washington, DC. Seniors and college graduates may apply. Applicants have completed substantial coursework in mathematics; math major or minor is not required. Fellows must take specific standardized math tests, and the award includes a teaching obligation in the city's public schools.
Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows programThe Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program invites undergraduate leaders from diverse academic disciplines to immerse themselves in a five-and-one-half-week leadership development program inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington and today's leaders. Students will engage in dynamic academic workshops, experiential activities, and a capstone project that fully utilizes the rich resources of Washington, D.C., the nation's newest presidential library, and the famous estate of America's first president. Applicants must be currently enrolled sophomores in good standing with a demonstrated leadership ability and interest and a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU)Provides 12-week summer research experience in nanotechnology for freshman or sophomore student in Japan; no prior Japanese language or culture study is required. Participants earn one credit through Rice University. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a demonstrated interest in the field of nanotechnology as it relates to THz dynamics of nanostructures. No prior research experience is required. Women and students underrepresented in STEM disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Award includes a stipend, international airfare, a three-week language and culture orientation.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate FellowshipThree-year fellowships awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of Department of Defense interest in science or engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. Seniors, college graduates, or first- or second-year graduate students may apply. Applicants must have outstanding academic ability and must have an undergraduate degree in hand by the beginning of the award period. Fellowships are tenable only at U.S. institutions of higher education. The award covers tuition, fees, and a stipend of over $30,000 per year.
National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Biomedical Research Scholars ProgramSupports graduate study leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences through a partnership between NIH and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Students spend approximately half their time at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, and the other half at Oxford or Cambridge. Scholars may also pursue a combined MD/Ph.D. through one of NIH's American medical school partners. Seniors and college graduates may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with outstanding academic records and exceptional promise for a career in biomedical research, must have prior coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, must have previous laboratory research experience, and must complete an undergraduate degree prior to the start of the program. The award includes a stipend of approximately $25,000 per year, health benefits, and other academic support.
National Institutes of Health Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award FellowshipsProvides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend one or two years engaged in full-time biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, and selected off-campus sites. Applicants may be seniors or recent college graduates and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It is expected that fellows will apply to medical school or graduate school during their tenure in the program. Fellows receive a stipend of approximately $27,000, health insurance and other benefits.
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate ScholarshipsSupports outstanding undergraduates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Applicants may be full-time freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be certified by the Office of Student Finance as having exceptional financial need. In general, applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, but foreign nationals may apply under certain conditions. The scholarship includes paid research training at NIH during the summer and carries a commitment to take up paid employment and training at NIH for one or more years after graduation. Scholarships are awarded at up to $20,000 and may be renewed for up to four years.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP)Provides support for up to three years of graduate study at a U.S. institution leading to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in mathematics, science, engineering, social science, or history/philosophy of science. Includes $30,000 annual stipend, cost of education allowance, and one-time travel allowance. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. Seniors, recent college graduates, and first-year graduate students may apply, and a research proposal is required.
North American Language and Culture Assistants in SpainSupports an academic-year English teaching assistantship at a primary or secondary school in Spain. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, seniors or college graduates and must be U.S. or Canadian citizens, with intermediate or advanced proficiency in Spanish. Stipend is approximately €700 per month; medical insurance and a teacher-orientation course are included.
Payne International Development Graduate FellowshipProvides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Applicants must be seniors or college graduates planning to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.
Phi Beta Kappa (WSU Gamma Chapter) ScholarshipsRecognizes and fosters excellence in liberal learning at the undergraduate level and provides support toward tuition for senior year at WSU. Applicants must be current juniors or seniors planning to register as seniors for the next fall semester, must be majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, or in the School of Economic Sciences, the Department of Human Development, the Program in Neuroscience, the College of Communication or the School of Molecular Biosciences, and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6. Finalists will be interviewed by the WSU Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship Committee.
Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship ProgramProvides training, mentoring, and financial support to encourage students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to pursue graduate study and careers serving the public good. Applicants must be juniors and U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a demonstrated interest in public service and ability to contribute to diversity of perspectives. Consideration is given to financial need. Fellows participate in a seven-week junior summer onstitute (tuition, books, housing, meals, and a $1,500 minimum stipend are included) and receive a minimum $5,000 scholarship for graduate study in public policy or international affairs at a PPIA-affiliated institution (most top public affairs schools in the U.S. are PPIA affiliates). Most PPIA Fellows receive additional financial assistance for graduate study.
Rangel International Affairs Program Graduate FellowshipsThe fellowship program seeks to promote diversity in the U.S. diplomatic corps. Supports two years of graduate study in an approved two-year master's degree program as preparation for a career in the Foreign Service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be seniors or recent college graduates with outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, and financial need, and must be seeking admission to an appropriate graduate program. 20 awards are made per year of up to $34,000.
Scoville Peace FellowshipsSupports six to nine months at a participating non-profit organization in Washington D.C., addressing peace and security issues. Fellows receive a stipend of $2,700 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, D.C. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in hand by the beginning of the fellowship and may have begun graduate study (i.e., seniors, college graduates, and graduate students may apply). Preference is given to U.S. citizens, but foreign nationals residing and eligible to work in the U.S. may also apply. Selection criteria include academic excellence, prior study relevant to peace and security issues, and public-interest activism or advocacy.
Soros Fellowships for New AmericansProvides up to two years of support for graduate or professional school in the U.S. in any field (up to $45,000 per year). Applicant must be a permanent resident, a naturalized U.S. citizen, or the child of parents who are naturalized citizens, under 31 years old at the time of application, and must hold bachelor's degree by the beginning of the award. Selection criteria include strong academics and character traits such as creativity, originality, initiative, a capacity for accomplishment, and a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Seniors, graduates, and first- or second-year graduate students may apply. Applicants must submit scores from appropriate graduate aptitude test (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT).
Teaching Assistantship Program in FranceSupports a six- to nine-month teaching assistantship in France at a primary or secondary school or teacher's college. Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduates, age 20-29. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are not French citizens are eligible. Proficiency in French is required. Stipend is €965 per month.
ThinkSwiss Research ScholarshipSupports two to three months of research at a Swiss university. Applicants must be currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students and must provide written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that she/he will accept you for a research stay in her/his group. Knowledge of German, French, or Italian is helpful but not required. The scholarship provides approximately $1,100 per month, of which half is paid upon completion of the research stay. Participants are expected to participate in limited outreach activities as student ambassadors
Tillman Military ScholarshipProvides financial support for undergraduate and graduate students who are veterans or active duty military service members in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and for spouses or surviving spouses of veterans and active service members. Amount of award is determined case-by-case on the basis of need. Recipients are expected to participate in Tillman-sponsored community service and leadership activities. Additional selection criteria include strong educational and career ambitions, community service, leadership potential, and excellent application essays.
Voices of Tomorrow and the Leonard M. Rieser AwardOn an annual basis, an award of $1,000 and an annual subscription is provided to a selected high school student, undergraduate, college graduate, or graduate student who has published an article in the Voices of Tomorrow feature of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Voices of Tomorrow articles are essays, opinion pieces, and multimedia presentations addressing at least one of the Bulletin's core issues: nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, biosecurity, and threats from emerging technologies. The intent of the feature is to introduce readers to the thoughts and research of future experts, policymakers, and opinion leaders as they try to come to grips with serious global security challenges.
Wellstone Fellowship for Social JusticeSupports one year of work in the Washington, D.C., office of Families U.S.A., a national organization for health-care consumers, beginning in August. The fellowship aims to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. Wellstone Fellows play a key role in the organization's outreach to communities of color, and in efforts to overcome health disparities. The fellowship offers the opportunity to learn about health-care policy issues, grassroots organizing and advocacy. Preference is for an individual who holds a bachelor's degree in hand from any field by the beginning of the award year (i.e., seniors, college graduate, and graduate students). Selection criteria include experience with, or demonstrated interest in, working with communities of color. The stipend of $38,000 plus health benefits carries a service commitment.
Whitaker International Fellows ProgramProvides funding to emerging U.S.-based leaders in biomedical engineering/bioengineering to conduct a study and/or research project abroad, with the underlying objective of increasing international collaboration in the field of biomedical engineering (BME). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must hold a bachelor's degree by the beginning date of the grant. Seniors, college graduates, and graduate students may apply. Fellows receive a stipend for one year, and are eligible for tuition reimbursement. Awards vary depending upon the recipient's experience and expected expenses in the host country.
Wiesel Prize in EthicsAnnual essay contest challenges college students to analyze urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Contestants must be full-time juniors or seniors at U.S. institutions. U.S. Citizenship is not required for eligibility. First prize $5,000; second and third prizes and two honorable mentions are also awarded.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships — STEM TeachingNational fellowship program to encourage exceptional candidates to seek long-term careers as high school math and science teachers in high-need schools in Michigan, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, and Ohio. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a year-long master's program at a participating university in Michigan, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, or Ohio. Applicants must be seniors or college graduates of any accredited U.S. university with GPA of 3.0 or higher and major or have a strong professional background in math, science, technology, or engineering. Includes a service commitment.

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