Eager to continue your academic and professional development across the globe? Fellowships offer often-funded experiential learning opportunities such as advanced study, research, internships, service, travel, and more.

Discovering the Right Opportunity

Fellowships are typically competitive, merit-based opportunities for which you must apply. At F&M, we firmly believe that every student should have the opportunity to apply for at least one fellowship. We’ll begin by discussing your interests and goals to help you select the fellowship programs that best align with your envisioned future. We’ll then guide you through the application process, helping you refine your application materials, select the more appropriate sources for recommendation letters, practice your interview, and more to ensure you put forward the best application possible.

Opportunities are open to undergraduates and alumni and can range from short-term summer courses to multi-year graduate programs, and self-directed projects to cohort-driven service opportunities throughout the world. Experiences are often funded. They can take the form of: 

Something for Everyone

Below are just a few of the hundreds of opportunities available to F&M students and alumni.

  • BMI Foundation John Lennon Fellowship
  • The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Program
  • English Program in Korea (EPIK)
  • FAO Schwarz Fellowship
  • The Fulbright U.S. Study Award
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship 
  • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Fellowship
  • The Marshall Scholarship
  • The Mitchell Scholarship
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
  • The Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship
  • The Payne Fellowship
  • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship
  • The Rhodes Scholarship
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
  • Schwarzman Scholars
  • Summer Public Health Scholars Program at Columbia University
  • The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program


Diplomat Fellowship Success Stories

“Fulbright has been a transformational experience for me because I get to collaborate with youth while also empowering myself to be proud of my dual identity.”

Lisbeth Marquez-Delgado '21, a government and Spanish major, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) fellowship in Mexico. “The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowship is the culmination of my academic, work and volunteer experience, which focuses on my cultural heritage,” Marquez-Delgado said. “Fulbright has been a transformational experience for me because I get to collaborate with youth while also empowering myself to be proud of my dual identity.”
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Every Stitch Tells a Story

It's not every day you wear hoops skirts, bustles and bonnets to work — let alone hand-stitch them. But for Franklin & Marshall College alum Rachel Sheffield, it's just another day on the job. An American studies major and Italian minor, Sheffield's sewing talents helped her land a Marshall Fellows grant. The scholarship enabled Sheffield to investigate her hometown's history at Northwestern State University's Cammie G. Henry Research Center and create traditional Southern gowns.
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Record 11 Alumni Selected for 2023 Fulbright Awards

Eleven recent graduates of F&M were awarded Fulbright fellowships in 2023, the highest number in F&M history. Among this year's Fulbright recipients is 2022 graduate Siliphone "Anna" Phommachanthone who will travel to her home country of Laos this fall to study developmental progress that directly results from demining efforts.
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March 14, 2024

Teaching Fellowship Opens Door to Castles, Culture

Emily Kapner ’21 never imagined an F&M education would lead to castle-hopping in Slovakia. But like many Diplomats, she discovered that a liberal arts degree can open many unexpected paths.

March 8, 2024

Curiosity Leads Kalida Gawon '23 to Taiwan Teaching Fellowship

"I was impressed by Taiwan's commitment to keeping its indigenous languages and culture alive. It felt like a warm embrace of diversity," says Kalida Gawon '23, a Fulbright English teaching fellow.

February 29, 2024

‘Transformational Experience’: Fellowship Connects Grad to Family Roots

Lisbeth Marquez-Delgado’s Fulbright fellowship has given her a chance to not only empower Mexican students, but gain a better understanding of her own cultural roots.

Support for Alumni

Are you ready to get started discovering and applying for fellowships? You can email us at fellowships@fandm.edu.

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The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The program funds American citizens to study, conduct research, or teach English abroad, and is among the largest and most diverse exchange programs in the world.

At F&M, we are proud to be recognized by Fulbright as a top-producing institution. This recognition is given to U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for a Fulbright program in a particular year. F&M has received this honor nine times in the past decade: 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24.

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At F&M, we are proud to be recognized by Fulbright as a top-producing institution.

Fulbright By The Numbers

A Decade — and Counting — of Success


Fellowships awarded 2014-2024


Countries represented 2014-2024