Current students can apply for many opportunities and grants, some domestic and some abroad, for use after graduation. Each award has its own criteria, application procedures, and deadlines. For help in planning, contact faculty members in your field of study and Professor Monica Cable, Director of Post Graduate Fellowships.
The Fulbright Program funds thousands of grants for students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research overseas. The purpose of the program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should look for similar grants through organizations in their home countries.
Deadlines: Mid-September (Franklin & Marshall); mid-October (Fulbright) for the following academic year. Students should begin considering this option no later than spring semester of junior year for a project in the year following graduation. Final draft of the application is due to the Franklin & Marshall selection committee by mid-September.
For two years of graduate study at University of Oxford. These are highly competitive awards. Awardees should display "excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead." Students from the U.S., Australia, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Jamaica, Germany, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens apply through their country of citizenship.
Deadlines: Early September (Franklin & Marshall); October 1 (Rhodes) for the following academic year.
For two years of graduate study at British universities (with a possible third year sponsored by many universities). U.S. citizens only are eligible. These awards are prestigious and competitive; students with a 3.90 cumulative GPA or above are encouraged to apply.
Deadlines: Early September (Franklin & Marshall); Early October (Marshall) for the following academic year
To support graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Although most winners use the award in the U.S., some have used it to attend universities in England and Scotland, and study at other European institutions might be possible. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen receiving need-based financial aid as an undergraduate.
Deadline: March 1
Scholarship for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Students who have a committed interest in public service are encouraged to apply. U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible.
Deadline: Early October for the following academic year
The American Association of University Women: International Fellowships for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents for full-time study or research.
Deadline: December 1 for the following academic year
British Council Education UK Scholarship Database: Find scholarship opportunities for postgraduate study in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. Search by subject area and nationality.
Deadlines vary by institution.
Carnegie Endowment for World Peace Junior Fellows Program: One-year fellowships for graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates, conducting research for books, co-authoring journal articles and policy papers, participating in meetings with high-level officials, contributing to congressional testimony, and organizing briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officals. Fellowships begin around August 1. International student applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for 12 months on Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation.
Deadlines: Late November (Franklin & Marshall); Mid-January (Carnegie) for the following academic year
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals: Year-long program funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State. 75 placements per year for young professionals with an interest in cultural exchange. The program consists of two months of German language school, four months of classes in a particular career field, and a five-month internship. Although designed primarily for business, engineering, technical, vocational, and agricultural students, applicants from all fields may apply. Some German language background is recommended, but not required.
Deadline: December 1 for the following academic year
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship: Scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the U.S. or Canada. Winners must agree to return to their home countries after completion of graduate program.
Deadlines: Eligibility Form due December 15; Application materials due January 31 for the following academic year. Eligibility materials may be requested at any time.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship: Local Rotary clubs sponsor scholarships for on year of study overseas. Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there are Rotary Clubs, and be proficient in the host country language before the period of study.
Deadlines: Students apply in the spring semester of junior year for studies in the year following graduation.
Rotary World Peace Fellows: Scholarships for study at one of the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there are Rotary Clubs, be proficient in the host country language, and have a minimum of three years combined paid or unpaid full-time work experience in a relevant field.
Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme: Scholarship to pursue graduate study at Oxford University and to participate in leadership-skills development, long-term mentoring and networking (including communication skills courses, pro-bono projects and involvement in a high-level speaker and seminar series). Open to citizens of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, and Yemen. The scholarship is managed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
Deadlines: Early January for Medical Sciences and Philosophy; Late January for all other subjects