`Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities
There are 13 different national fellowship and scholarships that have individual faculty advisor’s that work specifically with students who are considering to apply to one or more of these opportunities. You can visit the separate links below to learn more about these specific fellowships/scholarships along with the faculty and his/her contact information. It is important to note that the following fellowships/scholarships also require institutional endorsement: Beinecke Scholarship, Watson Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship and Truman Scholarship. For a full list of available fellowships/scholarships, please see below:
|Fellowship||Who Can Apply||Description||Deadline||Faculty Advisor|
|Beinecke Scholarship||X||Funding for graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences||TBA||TBA|
|Churchill Scholarship||X||X||Funding for graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences at Cambridge University in Britain||TBA||Charles Conover|
|Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship||X||X||Funding for graduate study in the arts and for dissertation fellows for individuals demonstrating financial need||TBA||Lydia Moland|
|Fulbright Grants for English Teaching Assistantships||X||X||A year abroad teaching English||Campus Deadline: 9/27/2013||Todd Borgerding|
|Fulbright Grants for Study/Research||X||X||A year abroad engaged in study/research||Campus Deadline: 9/27/2013||Todd Borgerding|
|Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship||X||X||Undergraduate scholarship support for students in mathematics, science, and engineering||1/15/2014||Bruce Maxwell|
|Japanese Monbusho Government Scholarship||X||X||Funding support for education in Japan for varied studies||April 2014||Tamae Prindle|
|Marshall Scholarships||X||X||Two years of graduate study in Great Britain with funding support||Campus Deadline: 9/15/2013||TBA|
|George J. Mitchell Scholarship||X||X||One year of graduate study in Ireland in any field and funding support||TBA||Victoria Mayer|
|National Science Foundation Scholarship||X||X||Funding for graduate research in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics||Varies||Kevin Rice|
|Rhodes Scholarship||X||X||Two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University with funding support||Campus Deadline: 9/14/2013||Tarja Raag|
|Harry S. Truman Scholarship||X||Funding for graduate study to prepare for a career in government or public service||12/1/2013||Cal Mackenzie|
|Morris K. Udall Scholarship||X||X||Undergraduate scholarship support for students with a demonstrated commitment to the environment, or to Native Americans and Alaskan Native students with a demonstrated commitment to tribal public policy and Native health care||Campus Deadline: 12/1/2012||Philip Nyhus|
|Thomas J. Watson Fellowships||X||One year of independent travel and study outside of the US with financial support||TBA||Ben Fallaw|
Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 22 new scholarships will be awarded in 2012. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year. Students enrolled at a participating institution who are interested in applying for a Beinecke Scholarship should contact their campus liaison for information regarding the procedure to be followed in selecting the school’s nominee.
Eligibility: To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:
- Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
- Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2012-2013 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2013 and August 2014.
- Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral degree between December 2013 and August 2014. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
- Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. In the selection process, the amount of financial need will not be a major determining factor, nevertheless, preference is given to candidate for whom the awarding of a scholarship would increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.
Citizenship: Be a United States citizen or a Unites States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Duration: A scholar must utilize all funding within five years of graduation.
- January – First draft of application materials due to Colby for initial review (consultation recommended before final deadline)
- February – Final and complete draft of application materials due to Colby.
- Late February – Nomination due to Beinecke Foundation (must be sent by Colby)
- May – Announcement of awards.
Amount: A Beinecke Scholar receives a total of $34,000 in support of his or her graduate education. The initial payment of $4,000 is awarded directly to the student prior to entering graduate school. This award is intended to offset the costs associated with the graduate application process and to pay for travel expenses directly related to the start of graduate school. While in graduate school, a Beinecke Scholar will receive an additional $30,000 in support. These funds are awarded as a supplement to support provided by the graduate school and the award may be spread over up to five years to comply with institutional limits on the total amount of a student’s annual award.
Guillermo Vuletin, Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
The Churchill Scholarship provides full support including a stipend to a student for one year of graduate work in science, math, or engineering at Cambridge University. Students reside at Churchill College in Cambridge and can choose form a wide variety of programs. Cambridge University is the MIT of the UK with many distinguished faculty and long history of scientific discovery from Newton to Crick and Watson.
Eligibility: Applicants must be a senior or recent graduate from an eligible institution. Applicants should be majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering.
Citizenship: Must be U.S. citizen.
Duration: Nine months to twelve months, depending upon selected program.
Deadline: November 13, 2012
Amount: The scholarship covers all University and College fees (about $25,000) plus a living allowance (£11,000 £13,000, this varies depending on the program time of 9,10,11 or a 12-month) and up to $500 for travel to and from the UK. There is also a possible $2,000 Special Research Grant. The total dollar value is approximately $44,000 to $50,000.
Department of Physics & Astronomy
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A highly selective national fellowship competition to support graduate school funding in any discipline at any accredited graduate institution internationally; there is no restriction on the field of study. Award amounts are based on demonstrated financial need, up to $50,000 per year for up to six years.
Eligibility: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; must have graduated within the past four years (2008 or later for the 2013 competition); must have applied to and need ultimately to be accepted at a graduate program; a preference for demonstrated financial need; generally must be a first graduate degree, and you must not have already begun graduate school.
Citizenship: Not restricted; must be a student at a U.S. university or college.
Duration: Up to six years of graduate study.
Application Details: 2013 application materials and instructions are on-line at http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully. In order to be considered for the Colby nomination (a decision made by a committee of four faculty from disciplines across the college), you will need to submit:
- 4 paper copies of the complete application package to the faculty representative by the Colby deadline, which will be announced in October each year. Paper copies can be mailed to Prof. Moland in the Philosophy Department, Colby College, Waterville, ME 04901. All paper copies must be collated and stapled or secured with a binder clip. We cannot accept faxed or emailed materials. Note that the application requires significant writing components.
- A complete package must include letters of reference and an official transcript. The campus contact’s e-mail is email@example.com if there are questions from your referees. All letters and transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes and should be on letterhead or stationary.
- A cover letter of less than 400 words in which you explain to the nominating committee why you believe you would be a strong candidate from Colby for the national competition. In writing this cover letter, be attentive to the goals of the Foundation, as outlined on the web site. Please also include a list of the graduate programs to which you have applied; include any information that you have regarding their anticipated timeline for offering acceptances.
- You are strongly encouraged to ask faculty in your field and with whom you are familiar to review your application, to make suggestions, and to help you to polish it.
- Be sure that you meet the minimum requirements for the competition. These are not flexible.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation does not conduct interviews at the national level, and the committee expects to complete the selection process primarily on the basis of written materials. However, in some instances the committee may ask to interview candidates on the short list.
It is critical that you keep the committee informed of any news from graduate programs that might change your application status during March. The internal nominee MUST have been accepted to a graduate program for the fall of 2013. Candidates who have not been accepted to a graduate program cannot be considered competitive.
After the final decision about an internal nomination is made, the nominees will be asked to meet with the faculty representative to discuss the committee’s recommendations for final revisions to his or her application package. Successfully revising the application is required for the final nomination process. The committee may choose to elect a runner-up candidate able to serve as an alternate. The final application is due to the faculty representative on a date to be determined and will be mailed at that juncture to ensure timely arrival at the national offices by mid-March, 2013.
Please be in touch with the campus contact, Prof. Moland, if you have questions about your application or candidacy, and good luck!
Amount: Up to $50,000 annually, most awards are for less.
Department of Philosophy
The Fulbright Program enables a student to live and study/conduct research in a foreign country for one academic year. Teaching (English) opportunities are available in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Eligibility: Candidates must have a definite study project in mind and, in most cases, have an excellent command of the language of the country. Applicants should hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant but applicants who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.
Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required.
Duration: One academic year (exact months vary by country).
Campus Deadline: September 28, 2012
Amount: Varies by country
2013-2014 Fulbright Brochure: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/resources
Department of East Asian Studies
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program honors former Senator Barry Goldwater through the operation of an educational scholarship program, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomore and junior level students may be nominated by the institution’s Goldwater Faculty Representative. Applicants must also have a GPA greater than 3.0 and be in the upper fourth of his/her class.
Citizenship: Students must be US citizens or resident aliens.
Duration: One year (renewable for a second year for sophomore students).
Amount: Up to $7,500
Professor Bruce Maxwell
Department of Computer Science
The Monbusho Scholarship enables foreign students from 110 different countries to study for 1-2 years in Japan at the graduate level.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a superior command of the Japanese language and will be required to take a language proficiency exam.
Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is required.
Duration: One to two years
Deadline: April 2013
Amount: Round-trip airfare, exemption from all school fees, arrival allowance of 25,000 Yen, stipend of approximately 180,300 Yen per month. Housing and some medical insurance benefits are included.
Other information on studying in Japan can be found at Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)’s website: http://www.jasso.go.jp/index_e.html
Professor Tamae Prindle
Award established for two years of graduate study on any subject at any university in the United Kingdom.
Eligibility: If at all possible, applicants should clearly understand how they will use their two years and have a specific course of study in mind that is best fulfilled in England. Minimum GPA 3.70.
Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required.
Duration: Two years
Campus Deadline: September 15, 2012
Amount: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States.
Kenneth A. Rodman, Professor
Department of Government
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of hire learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
Eligibility: The George J. Mitchell scholarship program welcomes applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.
Citizenship: Must be U.S. citizen.
Duration: One year
Campus Deadline: September 17, 2012
Amount: The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
Victoria L. Mayer
Department of Sociology
The National Science Foundation Fellowships enable students to study the natural and social sciences at the graduate level. Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study. Applications will be reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded for graduate study in fields supported by the NSF, including the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based PhD degrees in science education.
Citizenship: Students must be U.S. Citizens or permanent resident aliens.
Duration: Three years of support that may be used over a five-year period
Deadline: Varies, depending upon fellowship program.
Amount: $27,500 stipend for a 12-month tenure plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure year. All award amounts are pending availability of funds.
Kevin P. Rice, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Award established for two years of study at Oxford University. Applying students must be of outstanding intellectual ability and character as well as involved in some form of athletic activity.
Eligibility: Minimum GPA 3.70
Citizenship: Students who are not U.S. Citizens can apply through their country’s Rhodes Trust Secretaries. See the Rhodes website for more information.
Duration: Two years of study with the possibility of a third.
Deadline: September 14, 2012. Interested candidates should contact Professor Raag as soon as possible.
Amount: All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees.
Tarja Raag, Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
The Truman Scholarship is a merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or public service.
Eligibility: Must be a junior student nominated by your college’s Truman Faculty Representative.
Citizenship: Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.
Duration: One year of graduate study following the student’s senior year (a small portion of the award is used to finance the senior year of undergraduate study).
Campus Deadline: December 1, 2012
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship awards scholarships and honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: (1) to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or (2) to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or (3) to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.
Students are nominated by their college’s faculty representative, who is the liaison between the institution and the Foundation. Each nominee must submit a formal application, 800-word essay, official college transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. On-campus deadlines are typically in early January. Stephen Erario (Colby ’10) was one of 80 students from 64 different schools selected as Udall Scholars.
Eligibility: Sophomores or Juniors with a GPA greater than 3.0 who have (1) demonstrated a commitment to the environment OR (2) are Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or careers related to Native health care.
Citizenship: Students are required to be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
Duration: One academic year
Deadline: The campus deadline for students to submit applications to the Colby faculty representative for consideration is January 13, 2012. The campus deadline for students invited to submit revised applications is February 10, 2012.
** Students interested in being nominated for an Udall Scholarship should contact the Udall Campus Representative, Professor Philip Nyhus, no later than November 15, 2011.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Professor Phillip Nyhus
A one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States awarded to graduating seniors at one of 50 participating institutions. For additional information, please click here.
Eligibility: Must be a graduating senior nominated by your college.
Citizenship: Both U.S. and foreign nationals may apply. Foreign nationals may not return to their home country.
Duration: One year
Campus Deadline: All application materials must be submitted to Professor Stone by September 28th, 2:00 p.m.
Amount: $25,000 ($35,000 if married or with dependent child)
Professor Judy Stone