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Fellowships for General Studies in All Fields

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American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships
Allows individuals to pursue research or study in any field in one or more Scandinavian country. Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. See

City Hall Fellows
Offers recent college graduates an unparalleled opportunity to experience local government from the inside out. See

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
For study at universities in Germany. Applicants must have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential. Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study or do research in a particular university department. Requires university endorsement. See and Professor Denise DellaRosa for more information.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows Program
Provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a PhD or ScD in order to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. See

Fulbright Study and Research Grants
Aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and other countries through exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The program funds three types of activities: research abroad; study in a foreign academic institution; and teaching English in select countries. Requires university endorsement. See the Fellowships Office and

Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Assists students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise for whom advanced study at the University of Cambridge would be particularly appropriate. The awards are based on intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. See

German Chancellor Scholarship Program
Provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study or research for students from any profession or field of study who show outstanding potential for future leadership. Applicants are expected to have established contact with a mentor in Germany before submitting an application. See

Luce Scholars Program
Eighteen young Americans of outstanding promise are sent each year to the Far East for professional apprenticeships under the guidance of leading Asians in the interest of improving American understanding of Asia. Students of Asian studies are specifically excluded in favor of those whose professional interests may range from architecture to zoology. Requires university endorsement. See and ND Professor Steven Skaar or Nancy O’Connor for more information.

Marshall Scholarship
Allow recipients to study for 2 years at any university in the UK in any discipline. Selection is based on distinction of intellect and character as well as a potential to make a significant contribution to one’s own society. Candidates are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment, and communication skills. Requires university endorsement.
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Mitchell Scholarship
Support 1 year of graduate study in any discipline offered at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Scholars will have strong records of academic excellence, leaderships and community service. Requires university endorsement.
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National Security Education Program (NSEP)-Boren Graduate Fellowship
Enables US students applying to graduate degree programs in a college/university within the US to pursue specialization in area and language study critical to US national security. Fellows must be willing to enter into a service agreement. See

NWF: National Wildlife Federation Fellowships 

Grant and project support for students interested in enhancing the environment through campus greening, civic engagement and research projects.

Rhodes Scholarship
Cecil Rhodes hoped to improve “the lot of humankind through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own.” Thirty-two Americans are among more than 90 scholars chosen each year to study at the University of Oxford based on four criteria: scholastic attainment; athleticism; devotion to duty to others; and moral force of character. Requires university endorsement. See the Fellowships Office and

Soros Fellowship

Provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Supports thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. See 

For Sophomores and Juniors

DeKarman Fellowship 

DeKarman fellowships are open to juniors in any discipline, including international students, with special consideration given to applicants in the Humanities. Applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship.

Gilman International Scholarship
Offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. It aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, with diverse ethnic backgrounds, with disabilities, and of nontraditional age.

Horizons Foundation Scholarship Program
For juniors and seniors. Established by Women in Defense to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the US and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. See

National Security Education Program (NSEP) Undergraduate Scholarship
Provide support to undergraduates pursuing the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to national security. All recipients incur a requirement to work for the DOD, Homeland Security, State or Intelligence Community. Requires university endorsement.
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Truman Scholarship
Provides college juniors who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service with the financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. The scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based federal grant for graduate or professional school. Requires university endorsement.
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Last Updated 6/20/14