Internal Grants

During the COG application periods, students may apply for the following grants:

  1. Student Research Grants provide additional support for student research projects whose need exceeds the resources of departmental budgets. Most successful applications are for advanced independent research or artistic projects (e.g. 390 or 490), but collaborative projects are also eligible for funds. The maximum for these student research grants is $400 per year.
  2. Leser Grants provide funds for outstanding student-initiated research projects in the natural sciences, up to $1,000 per year.
  3. Nissley Grants provide funds for outstanding student-initiated research projects in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, up to $1,000 per year.
  4. Rockhold funds are grants for economic research in developing countries, up to $3,000 per grant.

Students who receive COG funding are expected to present their research findings at either the Fall or Spring Research Fair.​ COG funding will not be provided for research which has already commenced. Please apply for COG grants before you begin your project.

Apply here: COG Application Form during the COG application periods listed in the "COG Deadlines" section below.

  • For more undergraduate/post-graduate funding resources, please visit the fellowship opportunities for students and alumni page here
  • Students traveling to conferences to present posters or papers may apply for funding through the Office of the Dean of the College. Questions may be directed to Michelle Hooper, Assistant to the Dean of the College at
  • The Office of International Programs has information on funding opportunities for off-campus study programs, independent projects, and internships.
  • The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement provides funds for public service programs such as, summer internship programs (PSSI), community-based learning/service learning programs and the Manheim Summer Mentoring Program.

*For information regarding departmental awards, contact the relevant department

COG Deadlines:


The COG Application Form is accessible only during four application "rounds" throughout the year. For 2015-2016, these applications times are:

  • Application Round 1 opens Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and awards made by Sept. 29
  • Application Round 2 opens Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and awards made by Nov. 10
  • Application Round 3 opens Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and awards made by Feb. 9
  • If funds remain; Application Round 4 opens Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018, closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Mar. 28, and awards made by Apr. 6.
  • The F&M Summer Scholars Program Application  (Faculty only may apply for students) opens Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 and closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Awards will be made between February 21 and 28, 2018.

External Funding Resources

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships of up to $30,000 to college students who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for their careers.

Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate programs specifically oriented to careers in public service. These include master's, Ph.D., and J.D. programs in public administration; public policy analysis; public health; international relations; government; economics; social service delivery; education and human resource development; and conservation and environmental protection.

The Truman Scholarship provides $3,000 toward the recipient's final year of undergraduate study and $27,000 for graduate study. The Truman Foundation maintains an excellent web site with extensive information and guidance to candidates.

Princess Grace Foundation

Established in 1982 in memory of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the Princess Grace Foundation - USA supports emerging young artists nationwide in the fields of theater, dance and film. Students in their last year of schooling or training are eligible for tuition assistance through scholarships, while young artists working in the area of theater and dance qualify for apprenticeships and fellowships.

Smithsonian Institution Internships

The Smithsonian Institution offers a variety of highly structured educational internships to students over a broad range of fields. There are usually no deadlines, and stipends may or may not be offered. A number of special internships are targeted at specific minority groups, including Latinos and Native Americans.

Rhodes Scholarships

Students in all Academic Fields

Rhodes scholarships are investments in people. Applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and cannot have reached their 24th birthday by October 1 of the year in which they apply for a Rhodes Scholarship. Applicants must also have graduated with their bachelor's degree before they matriculate at Oxford one year from the time of their application for a Rhodes Scholarship.  

The Garden Club of America Scholarships

  • The Garden Club of America
    14 East 60th St., 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    Phone: (212) 753-8287
    Fax: (212) 753-0134

Founded in 1913, the Garden Club of America is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. GCA members passionately devote their energies and expertise to a wide array of projects in their communities and across the nation.  

To promote greater understanding of the interdependence of horticulture, environmental protection, and community improvement, the Garden Club of America annually awards over $200,000 in scholarships, including the prestigious Rome Prize and the Garden Club of America/Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowship. The GCA Founders Fund is an annual award to a club for an exceptional community project. At the national level, the GCA annually recognizes prominent citizens for their outstanding contributions and frequently hosts a variety of educational conferences across the country 

More Opportunities

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships designate international "goodwill ambassadors" to study for a year in a country other than their own (you must be proficient in the host country's language before you go).  Application deadlines are set by the local Rotary club, which would sponsor you and occur in the spring of the year before the grant becomes available (that is, about 18 months before your study abroad would begin).  Grants of up to $23,000 are available for the 2008-2009 academic year; applications will be due around April 16, 2007 if you apply through the Rotary Club of Lancaster, PA (contact Stefanie Valar at F&M: 291-4272 for additional details).  You can also apply through a Rotary club in you home area (providing there is one there), including foreign countries.  If you are a junior, apply for the fall after you graduate.  If you are a senior, apply for the second year after you graduate.  Franklin & Marshall has had winners. 

Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program provides scholarships for a 2-year masters' program in several countries, in international relations, peace studies and conflict resolution.  Similar conditions to (and contact person for) the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship above, including being proficient in at least one language in addition to your native language.  Applying after postgraduate study or after a couple of years of postgraduate work is highly recommended.  Franklin & Marshall has had a winner.

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Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

Academy For Educational Development and Public Policy and International Affairs

The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program seeks to recruit and empower a new generation of culturally diverse and dedicated public servants. PPIA targets that segment of the U.S. population that will constitute the majority of new workers hired in the new millennium -- people of color. Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students, at least in their junior year, with a minimum of one full semester or quarter of course work remaining before graduation at the conclusion of the Junior Institute; U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • People of color historically underrepresented in public policy and international affairs, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, Alaska Natives, or Native Americans; and Persons demonstrating a strong interest in public policy and/or international affairs.



There are three major components of the program:
  • Junior Institutes, held during the summer on the campuses of five schools of public policy and international affairs, offer participants seven weeks of intensive study before the senior year to build upon skills in communications and to analyze and further explore public policy and international issues.
  • Senior Programs provide options to graduating seniors, such as language study, internships, and specialized study in preparation for graduate school.
  • Graduate Fellowships support Master's degrees in public policy and international affairs in 29 U.S. graduate schools.

To receive a PPIA Graduate Fellowship, students must have successfully applied for admission to a PPIA Junior Institute and completed the Institute Program.