Major Fellowships List

All of the awards listed below are distinguished and competitive. They offer substantial funding for travel, study, research or projects. For most, applicants are expected to have exceptional academic records; for many, they should also have demonstrated leadership and service records. Most of these fellowships require that students apply through a campus process rather than directly to the fellowship foundation. Those marked with an asterisk are direct apply awards; students can apply to these fellowships directly via foundation websites. Students interested in any of these fellowships are invited and encouraged to contact the MHC Fellowships Advisor for guidance, support, and assistance with essays at least two months and preferably a semester before the time of the MHC internal deadline.

Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College Fellowships

Thanks to generous gifts from alumnae, the Alumnae Association is able to offer a small number of fellowships each year to Mount Holyoke graduates. Applicants may apply for up to $7500 in funding for postgraduate projects or continued study. Specific criteria govern eligibility for each fellowship.  Please visit the Alumnae Association website for more information.  The National Fellowships Advisor does not facilitate applications for these fellowships.

Fellowship Quick List
Name Award Type Requirements Eligibility Rec GPA Nomination Information Deadline
Beinecke Scholarship Awards up to $34,000 for two years of rigorous graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences applicant should have clear sense of what she plans to pursue in graduate school and show capacity for independent research in field and demonstrate financial need juniors; US citizens 3.7+ MHC may nominate 1 MHC deadline: JAN
Boren (NSEP) Scholarship Provides up to $20,000 to undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in language study requires 1 year of government service within 3 years of graduation 1st yrs, sophomores, juniors; US citizens 3.7+ unlimited number of candidates MHC deadline: JAN
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Award Awards a one year, full-time, paid, research assistantship working with a Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment in DC for students with demonstrated understanding of international affairs and research experience; may include language proficiency seniors, alumnae; all citizenships 3.7+ MHC may nominate 2 MHC deadline: NOV
Churchill Scholarship Awards up to $60,000 for tuition, fees, living stipend and travel for 9-12 months of study in sciences, engineering, or math at University of Cambridge; travel allowance within the UK must demonstrate ability to do original, independent work in field; GRE Required seniors, alumnae up to 26; US citizens (incl. naturalized) 3.9 MHC may nominate 2 MHC deadline: OCT
Critical Language Scholarship* Fully funds intensive summer language instruction and structured cultural enrichment activities overseas for less-commonly-studied languages Continued language study post-scholarship is expected. All majors encouraged to apply. All class years; US citizens 3.5 nomination not required CLS deadline: NOV
Cooke (Jack Kent) Graduate Arts Award Recognizes and rewards promising artists from lower-income backgrounds with up to $50,000 annually for 1-3 years for graduate study in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing demonstrated financial need seniors, alumnae; all citizenships 3.2+ MHC many nominate 2 MHC deadline: NOV
DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Funds one academic year of graduate study or research in Germany. Students should either pursue admission to German host institution or seek affiliation with research facility German proficiency not required for all pursuits but applicants with at least intermediate level German will be more competitive. seniors, alumnae up to 6 yrs; all citizenships (int’l must have 2 years at college by grad date) 3.5+ unlimited # of candidates MHC deadline: OCT
Davis Projects for Peace Grants up to $10,000 for a summer grassroots project that promotes peace in a region where conflict (broadly defined) has prevailed; apply individually or in groups   all class years; all citizenships no GPA req'ment MHC may nominate 1 + alternate MHC deadline: JAN
US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes Funds 3-6 week summer study and travel to explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills students take a course at one of several universities in the UK as part of their chosen themed program first years, sophomores; US citizens 3.5 nomination not required Fulbright deadline: MAR
Fulbright US Student Program Grant Funds a year of teaching English or research/study abroad in nearly 150 countries; purpose is to promote good will between countries through cultural exchange students without experience in target country preferred (study abroad excepted) seniors, alumnae; US citizens (other countries have Fulbright commissions) 3.5+ unlimited # of candidates MHC deadline: AUG
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship* Funds 1-3 years for any subject at Cambridge University (UK) including research/PhD, Masters, M.B.A. or second bachelor degree Favors students committed to improving people’s lives. Must be accepted to Cambridge University. GRE for some programs seniors, alumnae; all citizens except UK 3.75+ nomination not required Gates deadline: OCT (US); DEC (int’l)
Goldwater Scholarship Provides up to $7,500.00 of college expenses for each of up to two years for outstanding students in math, natural sciences, and engineering seek students with strong research aptitude sophomores, juniors; US citizens or intending to apply 3.7+ MHC may nominate 4 MHC deadline: NOV
Luce Scholarship Funds career-based internships in Asia for applicants who have neither studied nor previously traveled in Asia applicants should have a strong sense of career goals; purpose is to enhance understanding of Asia among potential leaders seniors, alumnae up to age 30; US citizens 3.5+ MHC may nominate 3 MHC deadline: OCT
Marshall Scholarship Funds 1-2 years of graduate study at a university in the UK; purpose is strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions in addition to academic excellence, candidates should have demonstrated leadership/ambassadorial qualities; all academic fields welcome except pursuit of professional degrees seniors, alumnae; US citizens 3.7+ unlimited nominations MHC deadline: JULY
Mitchell Scholarship Funds one year of graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland 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 seniors, alumnae; US citizens 3.7+ unlimited nominations MHC deadline: JULY
Pickering (Thomas) Foreign Affairs and Fellowships* Two awards for graduate study aimed at entering US Foreign Service. The Undergraduate Fellowship offers up to $40,000 annually for the senior year of college and 1st year of graduate school; the Graduate Fellowship pays for 2 years of master’s degree applicants must show academic achievement and demonstrated leadership; financial need preferred juniors/seniors; US citizens 3.7+ nomination not required Pickering deadline: FEB (undergrad); JAN (grad)
Rangel Graduate Fellowship* Funds two years of master’s study toward pursuing a career in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Fellowship provides internship and professional development opportunities minority and historically underrepresented groups & financial need preferred seniors; US citizens 3.2+   Rangel deadline: JAN
Rhodes Scholarship Fully funds (fees, stipend, and travel) 2-3 years of graduate study at Oxford University (UK) Rhodes seeks students with outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service with energy to serve (demonstrated by a sustained habit of physical activity) seniors, alumnae up to 24 US citizens (some other countries also have a Rhodes) 3.7+ unlimited nominations MHC deadline: JULY
St. Andrews Society of New York Scholarship Provides $20 - $30,000 for two Scottish graduate students to study in the United States and two Scottish-American students to study in Scotland for one year Applicants must be able to demonstrate the significance of studying in Scotland; Scottish descent-provable; demonstrated financial need seniors, US citizens of Scottish descent 3.0+ MHC may nominate 1 MHC deadline: NOV
Truman Scholarship Awards up to $30,000 for graduate study toward a career in government or public service Applicants must show demonstrated leadership potential and have a record of interest in public/community service. All academic fields are welcome. Lower GPA permitted if service/leadership record is exceptional Juniors (& seniors graduating in 3 years); US citizens or nationals 3.7 MHC may nominate 4, + 3 transfer students MHC deadline: NOV
Udall Scholarship Awards up to $5,000 for 1-2 years of undergraduate study to students who can demonstrate commitment to a career related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields Must show community service and leadership sophomores, juniors; US citizens, nationals, permanent residents 3.0+ MHC may nominate 6 MHC deadline: JAN
UNCF-Merck Scholarship Awards undergraduate support of up to $30,000; also offers opportunities for summer research internship experience in a state-of-the-art research facility Intended to help African American undergraduate students who are majoring in life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering to further their science education and potentially pursue science and engineering careers juniors; US citizens, permanent residents; African-American/non-Hispanic 3.3+ unlimited nominations MHC deadline: NOV