Graduate Fellowships for Research/ Study Abroad
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) provides fellowships for advanced research or study in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Fellowships are intended to support a yearlong stay and priority is given to graduate students for dissertation-related study or research. Fellowships are valued at up to $23,000. The number of awards depends on the total funds available by country.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have received their undergraduate degree by the time that they begin their study or project in Scandinavia. Applicants must have a well-defined study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Smaller grants of approximately $5,000 are available to support one to three months of postgraduate study.
The Churchill funds one year of study and research in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. Twelve awards are given yearly and all tuition and fees are paid. Students enrolled in the nine-month program will receive an annual living allowance of £11,000-£13,000 depending on the length of their academic program. They also receive a travel allowance of $1,500. Married students who are accompanied by their spouses receive an additional allowance of £500. Depending on the field of study and recent rates of exchange, the value of a Churchill Scholarship is approximately $50,000 to $60,000.
The Churchill Foundation also funds Special Research Grant Program. Churchill Scholars will be eligible for up to $2,000 in research expenses approved in advance by the Foundation. The Special Research Grant may be used to pay for travel to a conference where a Churchill Scholar has been invited to present a paper, to buy specialized software related to his or her research interests, or other expenses that the Foundation will consider on a case-to-case basis.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Only graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 26 and must possess a bachelor's degree at the time the scholarship begins. Applicants may hold a Master's, but not a Ph.D. Applicants should have good character and demonstrate a concern about the critical issues that face the world.
Applicants should have an exceptional academic record. Winners usually have at least a 3.9 G.P.A. The selection committee is also seeking applicants that have demonstrated their originality through creative work in their field of study or interest. Applicants need strong letters of recommendation and must take the general test of the GRE no later than November of their senior year.
Kanders Churchill Scholarship
The Kanders Churchill Scholarship was created to address the growing divide between science and science policy. At present, there is just one Kanders Churchill Scholarship available each year. The recipient will join the cohort of the existing 15 Churchill Scholars in science, mathematics, and engineering, bringing the size of the group to 16 Scholars.
The Kanders Churchill Scholar will hold a bachelor's degree (either as a major or minor concentration) in science, mathematics, or engineering, and will attend the Cambridge Master's in Public Policy (see http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/study-at-polis/graduates/MPhilPP). It is an addition to the Churchill Scholarship program and builds upon the two days of science policy seminars and visits to UK government ministries, which was introduced in the 2016-17 academic year for all Churchill Scholars.
The Erasmus+ offers funding for study, teaching or research activities in the framework of selected consortia or partnerships at participating universities in the European Union. There are different possibilities for Master's or Ph.D. studies. The award covers travel/installation contribution, tuition fees, insurance and monthly allowance. For two years it offers $42,000. For a list of partnerships for masters of doctorate programs, visit: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en
The Erasmus+ program offers full time scholarships to students from any non-European Union country. Students from Europe as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein are ineligible. Eligible students should not have carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the above-mentioned countries. Fellows must split the two-year Master's program between two participating universities.
There is a myriad of Fulbright grants available. This guide will focus on the Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study that provide one year of graduate study abroad. It should be noted that in most cases this year should not be devoted to commencing Ph.D. studies. Rather, the applicant should have a specific program of study or project that they wish to accomplish. The Fulbright is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students completing their Ph.D. studies and seeking a post-doctoral year abroad or grad students needing to complete a special project.
Fulbright requirements can vary according to the host country. In most cases, applicants must have earned their bachelor's degree prior to starting their grant. Applicants applying for a Fulbright through Caltech must be U.S. citizens and have language proficiency in the language of the host country. Those with other citizenship should contact their country's embassy or consulate to inquire if their country participates in the Fulbright program.
Recipients receive round-trip travel, tuition, living expenses, books, and a language orientation course when necessary. Teaching assistantships are also available through the Fulbright program. Several countries seek individuals to teach science, math, or English. Grants are also available in the performing arts. It should be noted that no support is available for spouses.
Candidates may pursue independent post-BA-level research, or undertake a graduate degree program with affiliation at any accredited academic institution. Of the 48 awards, only up to four are tenable at any UK institution in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These ‘open' awards are the Commission's most competitive awards and prospective applicants should consider carefully all award categories before choosing to which to apply. The Cambridge and Oxford programs are only for PhD study.
Fullbright Teaching Assistanship Grants
English Teaching Assistantships are offered in many countries worldwide. Each ETA Program is designed by the host country and individual elements may vary by country.
In most cases, ETAs:
- Are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities.
- Are assigned various activities designed to improve their students' language abilities and knowledge of the United States
- Are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.
- May pursue individual study/research plans in addition to ETA responsibilities.
Applicants for English Teaching Assistantships can apply to only one country. Multi-country ETA projects will not be considered.
The Fulbright ETA program has grown rapidly over the last two years. See the website for participating countries and for more information: ttp://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html.
Fullbright Critical Language Enhancement
This award is held in conjunction with a full Fulbright grant.
The purpose of the Critical Language Enhancement Award is to cultivate language learning prior to and during the Fulbright grant period and beyond. Ultimately, critical language enhancement awardees will achieve a high level of proficiency in a targeted language and will go on to careers or further study which will incorporate the use of this and/or related languages.
Each year, up to 150 Critical Language Enhancement Awards will be available for grantees to pursue in- country training for up to six months prior to beginning their Fulbright project. The languages available for the Critical Language Enhancement Award: Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin only), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu, and Uzbek.
Before beginning the Fulbright Full grant, critical language enhancement awardees will study the language full-time for up to six (6) months in either the host country of the Fulbright Full grant project or another appropriate country. The requirements of the enhancement awards include pre- and post-testing of the prospective awardees knowledge of the language, as well as a clearly defined commitment to continuing study in the language after the six-month training period, i.e., during their Fulbright Full grant period and beyond. This can be in formal course work, tutoring, or structured independent study.
Applicants must be prepared, if selected, to begin language training abroad as early as June. While students may suggest their own language training programs, final approval – and possible reassignment – will be the responsibility of the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in the receiving country. In the Language Background Report (Form 8A), you may describe in more detail the institution in which you would like to pursue language study.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Trust offers about 95 Gates Cambridge Scholarships to students from every country other than the United Kingdom who are committed to serve their communities and who gain admission to the University of Cambridge. Students can study almost any subject at Cambridge. There are approximately 800-1000 applications from U.S. citizens each year, from which about 85 students are interviewed, and 35 of those are offered scholarships. Of the 8,000-10,000 international applications, 90 are interviewed and 55 scholarships are awarded. Applicants may earn a second Bachelor's degree, do a one-year postgraduate course, or engage in research leading to a Ph.D. One to three years of funding are available.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship (International)
Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. In her honor, Google has developed the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. For more information on each program, please visit the appropriate website: https://www.womentechmakers.com/scholars
The Marshall Scholarship offers three different options to study in the UK: a one-year program, a two-year program or a two-year program with the option of a third year extension. The Marshall Scholarships were created by the British Parliament to commemorate the ideals behind the Marshall Plan that provided much needed aid to Britain after World War II. The British Government funds the scholarships.
About 1,000 applicants compete yearly for these awards, of which about 150 are interviewed, and 30-35 are receive the scholarship. Recipients have high academic capability and distinction of intellect. The amount of the scholarship varies a bit depending on the fees of the institution at which the scholar is studying. This fellowship covers tuition, provides a comfortable living allowance, a book grant, thesis preparation costs, and provides approved travel connected to the scholar's study. A spousal allowance is also available under certain circumstances. Travel to and from Britain from the scholar's home is also covered.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
Named in honor of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the George J. Mitchell Scholarships will allow American post-graduates to pursue one year of study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated both academic distinction and the potential for leadership. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study. Twelve awards are normally made each year and provide tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and international travel.
National Institute of Health Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health-University of Oxford Scholars in Biomedical Sciences interdisciplinary program is specially devoted to the training of outstanding students in various areas of biomedical research leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree awarded by the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Being a collaborative program between the NIH laboratories and University of Oxford, students are provided with the opportunity to work at both institutions. Student research projects will be co-mentored by a research investigator at NIH and a faculty member at University of Oxford who work together on a collaborative project in which students carry out research. It is envisioned that students will spend roughly half of their time at Oxford and half their time at NIH, though the specific division of time will be dictated by the nature of the research.
The National Institutes of Health-University of Cambridge Health Science Scholars Program is a special interdisciplinary program committed to scholarship in the training of exceptional students in various areas of basic biomedical research or clinical research leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree awarded by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Being a collaborative program between the NIH laboratories and University of Cambridge, students carry out research at both institutions. Students will have the opportunity to be co-mentored by outstanding research investigators at NIH and at the University of Cambridge who work together on a collaborative project that can fall into any area of biomedical research. It is envisioned that students will spend roughly half of their time at Cambridge and half their time at NIH, though the specific division of time will be dictated by the research project.
The NIH also funds students who wish to pursue an MD/PhD degree as part of the NIH/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program. Students can attend one of the participating medical schools affiliated with the NIH's Medical Scientist Research Training Program, and should visit their website below for the complete list.
The Rhodes Scholarship may be the best known of all the fellowships as many of its scholars have pursued careers in public life. Indeed, the Rhodes Selection Committee looks for individuals who have leadership ability and will have a major impact on some area of society.
Rhodes Scholarships are available to American citizens, Canadian citizens and citizens from other Commonwealth countries. Certain U.S. permanent residents may be eligible if they meet the Rhodes residency requirements (see Rhodes website or specifics). Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually. Seventy-one are awarded to Canadians and citizens of other Commonwealth countries. Over one thousand individuals apply each year for the thirty-two American Rhodes Scholarships. Rhodes applicants can only apply in one country.
Rhodes Scholars study for one or two and, with special permission, three years at Oxford University in Britain. Most students do one two-year degree program or two one-year degree programs. Study can be in any field and must lead to a degree. Study can be at the graduate or undergraduate level. Some Rhodes Scholars study the last two years of an undergraduate major. Others do graduate study. The Rhodes pays for tuition, fees, travel to and from home to Oxford, and an allowance that is sufficient to pay living costs during the academic year and vacation periods.
The Schwarzman Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master's Degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Students can apply as seniors or after graduation as long as they are under 29 years old. While there is no GPA requirement, applicants should have very strong academic records. There is no citizenship requirement.
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
The Watson Fellowship provides graduating seniors of unusual promise the opportunity to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad after graduation. Candidates must devise their own study program. This independent study program should provide substantial contact with another culture or cultures. This year should not involve extended foreign study at a university. Rather, the applicant's proposal should be one that fosters independence and be of personal significance. Unmarried fellows receive $30,000 and married fellows receive $40,000 for the year.