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If you haven't already, please read through our Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions.

The Caltech Fellowships Guide

Lauren Stolper, the Director of Study Abroad, has created a guide for Caltech students, which our office updates and sends out to Caltech juniors each spring. If you haven't received a guide and would like one, please stop by our office or feel free to download the PDF of the 2020-21 Fellowships Guide here.


Though this guide is updated annually, not all information is available at time of printing. Be sure to check the sponsor's website for the most current up-to-date information.

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Our guide provides information on major awards for graduate study in the U.S. and abroad. We also include a few lesser known, but interesting, awards.

The goal is to provide you with summary information so that you do not have to wade through fellowship files or internet searches to determine which awards are of interest to you. It discusses fellowships that are primarily awarded to graduating seniors. However, some of these are available to current graduate students or alumni.


The Bishop Fellowship

The Bishop family has agreed to honor the memory of Dr. Amasa Bishop who graduated from Caltech with his B.S. in physics in 1943 by establishing the Amasa Bishop Summer Study Abroad prize. Please see further information about this fellowship available for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. (Brief bio of Amasa Bishop here.)

The SanPietro Travel Prize

Craig SanPietro, a Caltech alumnus of the class of 1969, has generously donated $250,000 to endow a summer travel prize for fun and personal growth. This prize will be open to rising juniors (current sophomores), rising seniors (current juniors) and continuing and graduating seniors. The travel experience should be one that expands the applicant's horizons and challenges them. Please see here for further information.

Watson Fellowship

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors by one of 41 partner colleges. Caltech is a partnered university and nominates up to 3 students a year for fellowship consideration.

Study in the United Kingdom

The following information may be valuable for students considering graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Additional Resources for Fellowships

These data bases can also be searched for fellowship opportunities: