Fellowship Opportunities

The fellowships landscape is crowded with possibilities — good news for Mount Holyoke students or graduates looking to continue their education in uniquely valuable ways.

There are two kinds of fellowships, broadly speaking: Premier Programs, which students and alums must apply for through the College, and Direct-apply awards. As you explore the opportunities below, remember that Fellowships staff within the College’s Office of Student Success and Advising are ready to help you navigate options and applications.

Interested in pursuing a particular fellowship? Request an appointment to discuss your eligibility with the Fellowships advisor.

Premier Programs 

To receive one of these prestigious fellowships, individuals must first complete an internal campus process by submitting an application to the college’s Fellowships staff and the Committee on Fellowships. This is because the organizations that sponsor these fellowships rely upon campus officials to review eligibility and then endorse and nominate applicants. This is a list of the most significant: 

  • Beinecke Scholarship: funds graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Two students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Boren Awards: funds undergraduate study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in language study. Eight students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program: funds one-year, full-time research assistantship at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C. One student has won this award in the last decade.
  • Churchill Scholarship: funds nine to 12 months of study in the sciences, engineering or math at University of Cambridge in the U.K.
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service): funds one academic year of graduate study in Germany. Eleven students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Davis Projects for Peace: funds a summer grassroots project that promotes peace in a region of conflict. Thirteen students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Fulbright US Student Program: funds graduate study, research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching in more than 140 countries. Sixty-one students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Goldwater Scholarship: supports undergraduate studies of outstanding students in math, natural sciences and engineering. Two students have received honorable mention for this award in the last decade. 
  • Luce Scholarship: funds career-based internships in Asia for applicants who have neither studied nor previously traveled in Asia. One student has won this award in the past decade.
  • Marshall Scholarship: funds one to two years of graduate study at a university in the U.K.
  • Mitchell Scholarship: funds one year of graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
  • Rhodes Scholarship: fully funds graduate study at Oxford University in the U.K.
  • Schwarzman Scholars: funds a one-year master’s program in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Schwarzman College/Tsinghua University.
  • Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholarship: funds one year of graduate study in Scotland (available to students of Scottish descent). Two students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Truman Scholarship: supports graduate study toward a career in government or public service.
  • Udall Undergraduate Scholarship: supports undergraduate study of students who demonstrate commitment to a career related to Native American nations or the environment. One student has won this award in the last decade. 

For more details about these opportunities, current Mount Holyoke students and recent graduates should visit the fellowships page in my.mtholyoke (requires login).

Direct-apply Awards

The organizations offering these fellowships do not require nomination from Mount Holyoke College — students and alums can apply directly. But we encourage you to work with the Fellowships advisor to strengthen your application. Here are some of the most popular: 

  • Critical Language Scholarship: funds summer language instruction and cultural enrichment activities overseas. Nineteen students have won this award in the last decade. 
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship: funds one to three years of graduate study in any subject at Cambridge University in the U.K. One student has won this award in the last decade.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines. Thirty-five students have won this award in the last decade. 

Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College Fellowships

Please visit the Alumnae Association website to learn about opportunities for graduates of the College and the Alumnae Association’s application timeline and process. 

Stories about Mount Holyoke Fellowship Winners

Learn about some of the past winners of these awards.