Major Fellowships Quick List
All of the major fellowships 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. Awards on this webpage are listed in order of application season (when initial application materials are due).
View a complete listing of major fellowships in alphabetical order.
Click on the “learn more” links to find the campus handout (with important information for applicants) for each award. Some of the pdfs listed below are currently being updated, so please check back soon for these important handouts.
The U.S. Fulbright Program funds a year of teaching English or engaging in research/study abroad in nearly 150 countries. The purpose is to promote good will between countries through cultural exchange. Seniors or alumnae who are U.S. citizens and have little experience in the target country are eligible to apply (study abroad experience is not counted). A GPA of 3.5 or above is recommended. Learn more.
Note that several other countries have Fulbright Commissions. International students are invited to investigate the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students website.
The UK Marshall Commission selects up to 40 young American scholars of high ability each year to pursue a degree at the graduate level in the United Kingdom in any field of study. The purpose of the Marshall is to strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. In addition to academic excellence, candidates should possess leadership and ambassadorial qualities. Seniors or alumnae who are U.S. citizens with exceptional academic records (3.75+) as well as the requisite ambassadorial and leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
The Mitchell Scholars Program is 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. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seniors or alumnae who are U.S. citizens with exceptional academic records (3.75+) as well as the requisite leadership and service records are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
The Rhodes Scholarship fully funds (fees, stipend, and travel) 2-3 years of graduate study in any field at Oxford University in the UK. Students may pursue a master’s degree, a doctorate, or a second B.A. 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 and alumnae up to age 24 with a GPA of at least 3.75 and the above qualities are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Early to mid-Fall
The Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program awards a one year, full-time, paid research assistantship working with a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in DC. Open to US and international students, the organization seeks students with a demonstrated understanding of international affairs and research experience. Language proficiency is also required for some assistantships. Areas of focus include Nuclear Policy; Energy and Climate; International Economics; Middle East Studies; South Asian studies; Asian Studies; and Russian and Eurasian Studies. Students may apply as seniors or alumnae; a 3.7 GPA or higher is recommended. Learn more.
The Churchill Scholarship offers American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement in the fields of science, math, and engineering the opportunity to pursue one year of graduate study at the University of Cambridge. (Typically, an MPhil in the UK is a one-year programme.) Seniors and alumnae up to 26 years of age with a GPA of at least 3.75 (usually successful candidates have higher) and a capacity to advance knowledge through research in one of these fields are welcome to apply. GRE scores are required. Learn more.
The Critical Language Scholarship fully funds intensive summer language instruction and structured cultural enrichment activities overseas for less commonly studied languages. Continued language study following the scholarship is expected. All majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be US citizens and may apply in anticipation of completing their first year of college, and each subsequent year up through the senior year (as long as they are enrolled in college or graduate school). Learn more.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
The DAAD funds one academic year of graduate study or research in Germany. Students pursue admission to a German academic institution or seek affiliation with a research facility. While German proficiency is not required for many programs of study, applicants in the arts and humanities will be more competitive if they have a good command of German. U.S. citizens and international students who will have attended MHC for at least two years by the time of graduating may apply. Learn more.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship seeks to award US and international students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability and a commitment to improving the lives of others. It funds one to three years of graduate study in any subject at the University of Cambridge, from research leading to a PhD to courses leading to a Masters degree. Students must be accepted to Cambridge University to be considered for the scholarship and the GRE is required for some programmes. Learn more.
The Barry 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. The foundation seeks students with a strong aptitude for research evidenced by their academic record and a research-focused essay. Sophomores and juniors who are US citizens and have a 3.75 or higher GPA are eligible to apply. Learn more.
The Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award recognizes and rewards promising artists from lower-income backgrounds with up to $50,000.00 annually for 1-3 years of graduate study in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is recommended. Seniors and alumnae may apply; all citizenships are welcome. The two-phase application process begins in November with submission of a portfolio and financial information; qualified candidates are then invited to participate in the second phase where a full application is submitted. Learn more.
The Luce Scholarship funds career-based internships in Asia for applicants who have neither studied nor previously traveled in Asia. The purpose of the scholarship is to enhance understanding of Asia among future US leaders, and for this reason the scholarship is available only to US citizens. Applicants should have a strong sense of their career goals; experience in a career is a significant advantage. Seniors and alumnae up to age 30 are encouraged to apply. A GPA of 3.5 is recommended. Learn more.
The St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholarship provides$20,000.00 to $30,000.00 for study at any university in Scotland for one year. Applicants must have Scottish heritage, some demonstrated financial need, and be able to explain the significance for them of study in Scotland. Candidates must be seniors who are US citizens. Learn more.
The Truman Scholarship awards up to $30,000.00 for graduate study in any discipline toward a career in public service including government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and or/educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented non-profit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. US citizens with a GPA of 3.7 or higher are eligible to apply as juniors only, unless they are completing their degree in three years in which case they may apply as seniors. Applicants should have a strong service and/or leadership record. Learn more.
The UNCF-Merck Scholarship is 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. It awards undergraduate support of up to $30,000.00 and also offers opportunities for summer research internship experiences. Juniors who are US citizens or permanent residents, African American (non-Hispanic), and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher are welcome to apply. Learn more (pdf to follow).
Late Fall to Winter
The Boren (National Security Education Program) Scholarship offers unique opportunities and partial funding for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad with a focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Boren winners must commit to one year of paid work for the U.S. government and are assisted in finding a suitable position. A GPA of 3.7 or higher is recommended. Learn more.
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship offers annual funding of up to $35,000.00 for two years of graduate study in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communications). Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA and plans to apply for a position as a Foreign Service officer upon completion of graduate studies. Learn more.