Undergraduate Fellowships

Click on the title of a fellowship to read a short description. Each description includes an overview, application materials and deadlines, contact information for the Whittier advisors who mentor students for each fellowship, and a link to the sponsoring website for further information.

 

With the support of the Ahmanson Family Foundation, Whittier College has established the Ahmanson Veterans Fellowship which is dedicated to increasing the opportunity for up to three sophomore, junior, or senior United States military veterans with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to engage in a substantial undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor for a semester, an academic year, or a summer term. Each fellow will receive a $1,750 stipend per semester or $3,500 for summer research, in order to pursue a research question that will continue through the year and inform a scholarly presentation, perhaps but not necessarily only in support of a senior project presentation. The application process includes an 800­ word personal statement, a 1000­ word project proposal (articulating the topic, method, timeline of activities, and budget), faculty mentor recommendation, and an interview (if needed). Applications will be evaluated by the advisor and a faculty committee on the basis of intellectual rigor, likelihood of success, and fit with students’ academic and career goals.
Advisor: Joel Perez, Vice President and Dean of Students
Application: TBA spring 2017

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 The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program invites students with sophomore or higher class standing to engage in research at one of ten prestigious institutions. Amgen Scholars will take part in important research projects, gain hands-on lab experience, and contribute to the advancement of science. Furthermore, they will receive guidance from faculty members as well as participate in scientific seminars, workshops, and other networking events. Students will be able to conduct their studies at UC Berkeley, Caltech, Columbia University Barnard, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Washington University, UCLA, or UCSF. Depending on the host university, research areas may include Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biopsychology; Biotechnology; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Immunology; Medical Pharmacology; Microbiology; Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Medicine; Molecular Pharmacology; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Physiological Psychology; Physiological Science; Statistics; and Toxicology. Stipends vary by institution and typically include housing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, should have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above, and be interested in pursuing an M.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. degree. Candidates may apply to more than one host institution, but each requires a separate application, which includes a transcript, letter(s) of recommendation, a research proposal, and response to one or more essay questions.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early February

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With the generous support of Don '50 and Virginia Baudrand, Whittier College has established the Don '50 and Virginia Baudrand Fellowship, dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to Whittier's best students interested in conducting chemistry research with a faculty member. This fellowship provides funds for students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year to enter into a supervised research project and earn an augmenting scholarship for the fall term following the completion of the summer research project. Each fellow will receive a summer stipend of approximately $1,750 for summer research, a budget of approximately $250 for research related materials, and approximately $250 in a scholarship for the fall term following the completion of the summer research project. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and be interested in the field of Chemistry. Applications include a 500 word essay outlining your research areas of interest while expanding upon how a research fellowship will fit with your future plans; selected applicants will interview with the advisor.
Advisor: Devin Iimoto, Chemistry
Application: TBA spring 2017

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Boren Scholarship provides grants ($20,000 for a full academic year, $10,000 per semester, $8,000 for summer (8+ weeks)) to all U.S. citizen undergraduate students studying languages and cultures in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests yet are underrepresented in study abroad. Areas include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East (and exclude Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Competitive applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security. Goals may include not only traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, e.g. sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. In exchange for financial support, Boren Scholars incur a service obligation in the U.S. government in a position with national security responsibilities.
Advisor: Andy Wallis, Modern Languages and Interim Director of the Office of International Programs
Application: due in early February; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

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With the generous support of a Whittier alum and his spouse, Whittier College has established the John ’45 and Jan Cauffman Fellowship, which will enable one sophomore or junior in any major (with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) to assist a faculty mentor to develop and implement new or redesigned courses in the digital liberal arts. Fellows will work on a project identified by a faculty mentor who is planning to incorporate digital pedagogies and technologies into one or more classes. Fellows will receive an approximately $4000 award (pending an annual review of available funds) either as a stipend, tuition scholarship, or combination of both, and will receive this award for the year in which the redesigned course is offered at Whittier College. Students who are interested in applying should work closely with a faculty mentor to develop the proposal and should seek guidance from the Digital Liberal Arts Program. Applications include a resume that provides a description of relevant skills and experience, an 800 word project proposal, and a faculty mentor recommendation from the faculty member who will teach the course(s) in question. Applications will be evaluated by the advisor in consultation with the Digital Liberal Arts Steering Committee. Finalists may be interviewed, if needed. 
Advisor: Andrea Rehn, English and Director, Digital Liberal Arts Program
Application: TBA spring 2017

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City of Hope's Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy gives curious and hardworking students the opportunity to learn about science. City of Hope's summer program students select their own research project according to their individual areas of interest. Selected participants then spend 10 weeks working full-time as a member of a biomedical research team. During the program, students will attend seminars, poster sessions, and meetings with faculty. Students are also presented with the opportunity to present at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. Students in the program are awarded a $4,000 stipend for their research and work. All undergraduate candidates must submit an online application, and any additional information such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, and resumes are advisable but not required. These may be submitted online with your application.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-March

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Current undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of general college course-work by the program start date (one year is defined as two semesters or three quarters). All CLS Program costs are covered for participants including: travel to and from the student's U.S. home city and program location, a mandatory Washington, D.C. pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within the country, and all entrance fees for CLS Program cultural enhancement activities. Please note that U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship, and you will be required to cover transportation to and from your U.S. home address and the airport for CLS Program travel. Applications include an online application, unofficial transcripts, two letters of reference, two short-answer questions (about your interest in language study and your plans to continue that study after the program concludes), and two short essays (about the connection between language study and your academic/career goals and your ability to deal with challenging living situations).
Advisor: Andy Wallis, Modern Languages and Interim Director of the Office of International Programs
Application: due in late November

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DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) is a summer internship program for rising juniors from the United States, Canada, and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance. Applicants must be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada, or the UK as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field), and have completed at least 2 years of coursework by the time of placement, and be able to prove continued undergraduate status upon return to applicants' home university. German language skills are not required for most positions, but would be helpful to manage everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language will generally be English. Completed applications must include: completed online application form, full curriculum vitae/résumé, up-to-date official university/college transcript(s), as a supplement to this transcript, a list of courses that will have completed by the time the internship begins, a letter of reference from a senior academic in your field of study from current university, a cover letter, and a certificate of enrollment. Applicants will be notified of their application status in early March.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-January

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The DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship focuses on outstanding undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors during their fellowship year and who are seeking financial support for study abroad in any academic field in German universities or for an internship in Germany. Funding includes a monthly stipend, travel and research expenses, and health insurance. German language competency is not required, but candidates must submit a language evaluation form with the application. DAAD scholarships fund a minimum of four months (one semester) to a maximum of ten months (one academic year); the scholarship period must take place within the German academic year between October and July. Candidates must have well-defined study or internship plans which demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies or to their research/professional goals. Applications include an online application form, resume, project proposal, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and letter of acceptance into a study abroad or exchange program. Also, note that a hard copy of the online application is required with the applicant's signature, along with three additional copies, to be mailed to the DAAD NY office.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in late January

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The Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace at Middlebury College addresses today's critical need for increased language proficiency in the United States. Candidates should have demonstrated an interest in international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; or, peace and security studies. Individuals in other fields are encouraged to apply if their field requires the study of one of the critical languages listed below. This competitive merit-based fellowship covers tuition, room, and board for one summer language study program from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Previous language experience recommended. All undergraduates may apply, and applicants must include a complete application to an eligible language school, and two copies of the following: coversheet, Davis Fellow essay, and résumé.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-January

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The Mary Davis Fellowship in Public Service will be awarded to two undergraduate students annually ($7000 per student per year) who are pursuing internships or field research related to economic development and the general improvement of the human condition. Each fellow will receive a $4000 stipend for their internship/research, a $2000 scholarship upon completing their internship/research, and $1000 for supplies or travel funds. There is an additional $500 stipend for a faculty mentor to work with each fellow for a total of $1000 if the same faculty member mentors both fellows. This fellowship is particularly directed at women from any major who have a firm career interest in public service and who will do their internships or field research projects in the U.S. or abroad (except China). Applications include a form, a project proposal (articulating the topic, method, timeline of activities, and budget), a resume, and a transcript.
Advisor: Mike McBride, Political Science
Application: TBA spring 2017

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 The Freeman-ASIA Award enables first years, sophomores, and juniors with financial need to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others.  Students should consider their own skills and interests in addition to the publicity needs of their campus/community; this service project must be fulfilled within the semester immediately following your return to the United States. The award provides need-based funding to assist with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Awards are granted up to $3000 for a summer program, and up to $5000 for a semester program. Applicants should be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and have a minimum 2.8 GPA, in addition to having little to no experience in the intended country of study. Furthermore, candidates must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. Application materials include an official transcript, project proposal, and endorsements from the applicant's study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor. 
Advisor: Andy Wallis, Modern Languages and Interim Director of the Office of International Programs
Application: due in early March for summer programs and in early April for academic year programs. 

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students with limited financial means to pursue academic studies in especially non-traditional study abroad destinations outside of Western Europe and Australia. Gilman aims to support students who currently receive Federal Pell Grants and who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Candidates may include but are not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, first-generation college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, or students with disabilities. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs.
Advisor: Andy Wallis, Modern Languages and Interim Director of the Office of International Programs
Application: due in early March for summer, fall, and academic year programs and in early October for spring programs

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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. This scholarship is awarded to sophomores or juniors (i.e., rising juniors and seniors) majoring in math, the natural sciences, or engineering. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA, stand in the top 25% of their class, and plan to pursue graduate study toward a Ph.D. and a career in teaching and research. Nominated by the faculty advisor, applicants for the Goldwater Scholarships must include a statement of career interests in the online application, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen goals. About 300 awards are granted each year, with each award providing up to $7,500 per year toward undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
Advisor: Fred Park, Mathematics
Application: due in mid-January; check with the advisor about earlier on-campus deadlines

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The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship provides an opportunity for sophomores, juniors, or seniors interested in foreign service to intern during the summer at one of three locations: the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. or the U.S. Embassy in London or Paris. The Harriman award is nationally competitive and highly selective, offering a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses to three outstanding undergraduates each year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with an excellent academic record who demonstrate leadership, public service and community work, and research or creative projects. In addition to an application form, transcripts, and a statement of interest, candidates must also provide two detailed recommendations from faculty members. Students must first apply for a summer internship with the State Department. The State Department will forward the list of qualifying candidates to the Harriman Selection Board. Interns are notified in February; eligible candidates for the Harriman are also notified in February and requested to submit supplemental materials. Interviews with finalists and selection of Harriman Fellows take place in March and April.
Advisor: Deborah Pratt, Assistant Dean, Center for Career and Professional Development
Application: due in mid-October

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has provided Whittier College with funds to help increase the number of science and math majors (or minors) who pursue careers in math and science education, including K-12 education. In order to accomplish this, Whittier College has established the HHMI-SMART (Science and Math in Research and Teaching) Program. Whittier undergraduate students (science and math majors or minors, and others interested in teaching) will be selected to participate in a program that will allow them to: 1) complete a substantial research project in their field, under faculty supervision; 2) participate in two-week summer workshops with local high school math and science teachers to explore new ways of bringing research experiences to the high school curriculum; and 3) help local high school teachers during the academic year to put new activities into place in their classrooms.  Each student will receive summer research stipends ($4500 per summer); academic year stipends ($1250 per semester); research project funds ($400); and conference travel funds ($800). The application includes a form, a contract, a 500 word personal statement, an 800 word research statement, a 500 word teaching statement, an academic progress report, and a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor/research advisor. 
Advisor: David Bourgaize, Biology and Director, Center for Science, Health, and Policy
Application: TBA spring 2017

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With the generous support of Whittier alumnus Tien Zee ‘61, Whittier College has established the Intex Fellowship for four students to intern at the Intex call center in Xiamen, China for 10 weeks, from mid-May through early July. Intex recently earned Walmart's Vendor of the Year Award, and, thus, this fellowship offers students a unique opportunity to work at and study a major player in the global marketplace. After a week of training, fellows will primarily work at the Intex call center responding to in-bound customer service calls on the night shift during a 6 day work week; will help informally train other interns (specifically Chinese university students majoring in English) on American English and culture; and will be assigned about 3 days per week to departments to work on pre-designated projects in order to enhance their learning about international business.  Fellows will stay in the Intex dormitory (single rooms with private baths; meals and laundry services provided), and will receive a $6500 stipend to cover travel expenses to and from Xiamen, visa application and international insurance fees, and other expenses ($5000 will be paid to fellows in early May, and upon the successful completion of the fellowship, $1500 will be paid to fellows either as a follow-on tuition scholarship or as a stipend). Rising juniors and seniors in any major are eligible to apply. Competitive applicants will possess one year of Chinese language and cultural studies (strongly preferred), evidence of cultural adaptability and flexibility, excellent English communication skills, a highly motivated and disciplined work ethic (with customer service experience and teamwork skills), a desire to learn about Chinese culture and business practices, and an enthusiasm for sharing positive elements of American culture with Chinese counterparts. Applications include a 1000 word personal statement, which addresses your academic preparation, prior study abroad and/or internship work, and understanding of the fit between this fellowship and your overall academic and professional goals. Semi-finalists will be interviewed via Skype by Intex managers, who will select the interns. Upon completing the fellowship, students will engage in reflective practice about their academic/professional goals as well as their intercultural competence, and will assist in recruiting as well as orienting the next group of fellows.
Advisor: Jeffrey N. Decker and Lana Nino, Business Administration
Application: TBA spring 2017

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Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF strives to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs, to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and achieve professionalism, and to improve the quality of college and university theater in America. In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. Through the KCACTF's ongoing effort to honor excellence of overall production, juniors and seniors are eligible for recognition through a variety of awards in a wide range of areas within the theatrical arts, including: playwriting, design, directing, journalism and advocacy, and dramaturgy. First prize winners of selected awards participate in a professional development opportunity, sponsored by the KCACTF. Students are expected to present their work at the regional festival via work entered by their home institution during the academic year.
Advisor: Gil Gonzalez, Theater
Application: deadlines vary; consult the advisor

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The Language Schools Scholarship is offered by the Middlebury College Language Schools for language study in their summer programs; all undergraduates from historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, or Tribal colleges may apply. Applicants for this scholarship should strongly demonstrate an interest or previous experience in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. Recipients of these scholarships will receive funding to cover the tuition and room/board for their summer language program at Middlebury College Language Schools. Applications include a complete online application to an eligible language school; three copies of the cover sheet; three copies of the short essay; and, a letter of support from a Dean, faculty member, or program director indicating support from your home institution.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies, Director of Graduate Fellowships
Application: due in mid-January

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The Jeffrey Lindstrom Fellowship in Political Science honors the wonderful and exemplary life of Jeffrey Lindstrom ‘94. This fellowship funds undergraduate research and travel during the summer between the recipient's junior and senior years. Approximately $2000 will be awarded to a junior (with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) who is majoring in Political Science or has completed significant coursework in the subject, who embodies Jeff's character, strengths, and talents, and who shows considerable growth, potential, and ambition. Applications include a coverletter/personal statement explaining your interest in this fellowship, a project proposal (articulating the topic, method, timeline of activities, and budget), résumé, and transcript.   
Advisor: Mike McBride and Fred Bergerson, Political Science
Application: TBA spring 2017

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With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Whittier College has established the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, dedicated to increasing faculty diversity in institutions of higher learning. Open to students of all races and ethnicities, the program's objective is to increase the number undergraduate students who have a demonstrated commitment and interest in promoting and or studying issues of diversity, equality, and access, and who will pursue a Ph.D. and enter the professoriate in core arts-and-sciences fields. As future professors, these individuals will aid in addressing the attendant educational consequences of these disparities within institutions of higher learning. Annually, five Whittier College students will be selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows, and will explore their interest in college teaching in disciplines of special interest to the Foundation. Students will receive tuition assistance, summer research funding and opportunities, and academic-year support through faculty mentors at Whittier, and will engage with other Fellows at Mellon Mays-sponsored events. Applications include an application form, an unofficial transcript demonstrating a minimum 3.0 GPA, two essays (800 word personal essay, 500 word MMUF essay), one graded paper as a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation (from your prospective MMUF faculty mentor and from a faculty member outside your major). 
Advisor: Sylvia A. Vetrone, Biology; Shannon Stanton, Education and Child Development; Jose Orozco, History
Application: TBA fall 2016

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The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a competitive five-and-a-half week summer leadership program that offers a small cohort (about 15-16) of rising juniors unparalleled opportunities in Washington, DC and on the famous estate of George Washington, America's first president. Fellows will engage in academic workshops, experiential activities, and a capstone project that utilizes the rich resources of the US capital, the nation's newest presidential library, and the Mount Vernon estate. Fellows receive a $600 weekly stipend plus all room, board, and transportation expenses.  Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, have a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA, and demonstrate leadership ability and interest in causes that may become the source of their community service-focused capstone projects. Applications include an online application form, two essays, two letters of recommendation, and a current college transcript. Finalists will be notified and interviewed in early to mid-March, with offers made in early April.
Advisor: Deborah Pratt, Assistant Dean, Center for Career and Professional Development
Application: due early February

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The MTO Fellows Program is designed to introduce juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates to the practice of law at the highest level, with the aim of helping Fellows develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school and later as members of the legal profession. Each year, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, CA admits 20-25 students to participate in a year-long fellowship that includes monthly workshops, an intensive LSAT course that is offered to Fellows in a separate class and paid for by the firm, and guidance in the law school admissions program.  The program will also connect fellows to a strong network of law students and practicing attorneys. Successful applicants possess a record of academic achievement as well as demonstrate leadership, initiative, and community involvement, all of which indicate the potential for success in law school and in the legal profession. MTO seeks applicants who show the potential to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal profession, including, but not limited to, candidates who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are physically challenged, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.  Applications include a resume, official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and a 500-word personal statement describing your interest in the program. Interviews will be scheduled for finalists.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early January

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The National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program introduces all undergraduates to the field of student affairs in higher education. Undergraduates must identify a mentor who is also a NASPA member. The mentor and fellow apply together and, if selected, create a semi-structured mentoring program at Whittier. In addition to developing research and presentation skills, networking skills, and personal awareness, fellows are also given the opportunity to attend a national conference, participate in paid internships, and participate in the Summer Leadership Institute. Candidates for this fellowship should have a NASPA member at Whittier agree to serve as a mentor, have the support of Whittier's senior student affairs officer, identify as a member of a historically disenfranchised or underrepresented student population in higher education (including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ), and have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
Advisor: Joel Perez, Vice President and Dean of Students
Application: due in mid-September and late October 

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The National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The scholarship will pay up to $20,000 in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years. After each year of scholarship support, scholars will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. During the summer, each scholar will be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH postdoctoral fellow who will serve as mentors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) and full-time college juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. Candidates must also demonstrate ‘exceptional financial need' or certify that they come from a disadvantaged background. Upon graduation, NIH Scholars must serve one year of full-time employment with NIH for each year of scholarship support.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-March

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  The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship seeks to inspire U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergraduate students to pursue STEM fields through a unique summer research experience. The program allows all undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience while working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations. Over the course of 11 weeks, students contribute to the ongoing research of one of thirteen NIST laboratories located in either Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD. Fellows will receive housing and travel allotments as well as a $5500 stipend. Applicants should be majoring in physics, material science, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or engineering with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Applications include a coversheet, checklist, transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement, submitted to the advisors, below. Whittier College then submits all application materials and a grant proposal.
Advisor: Anne Sebanc and Shuna Holmes, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Application: due in mid-February

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Created by gifts and funds from friends and alumni to honor Whittier College alumnus (class of 1934) and former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, the Nixon Fellowship Program is designed to prepare exceptional first year, sophomore, and junior students for informed citizenship and service through internships and/or research opportunities that echo Nixon's successful legacy in domestic and foreign policy. Nixon fellows will develop leadership skills, increase international understanding, and experience the rewards inherent in a career dedicated to the public good. One Whittier College student will be selected annually to be a Nixon Fellow and engage in a self-designed program of focused learning and applied experience. The Nixon Fellow will receive a $5000 stipend toward the completion of an internship experience and projects during the year. The application process includes a form, project proposal (articulating the topic, method, timeline of activities, and budget), resume, and transcript. 
Advisor: Mike McBride, Political Science
Application: TBA spring 2017

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With the generous support of a Whittier alumna and her husband, Whittier College has established the Barbara Ondrasik '57 and David Groce Fellowship which is designed for sophomores or juniors in any major (with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) to engage in a substantial undergraduate research or creative project with a faculty mentor. Each fellow will receive up to $5000 for summer research, study, or an internship, up to $500 for supplies, travel, or other expenses, as needed, and a $1500 augmenting scholarship to be awarded in the fall semester following the successful completion of summer research. The application process includes a coversheet with your name, class year, major, cumulative GPA, Whittier email address, phone number, and faculty mentor, an 800-word personal statement (explaining how you became interested and engaged in the project), a 1000-word project proposal (articulating the topic, method, timeline of activities, and budget), faculty mentor recommendation, and an interview (if needed). Applications will be evaluated by the advisor and a faculty committee on the basis of academic promise, feasibility (likelihood of completing the project), and the fit between the project and the student's academic and/or professional goals. 
Advisor: Laura McEnaney, History
Application: TBA spring 2017

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Established through a gift from Whittier College Trustee James R. Parks, The Parks Prizes and Fellowship aim to inspire talented students to pursue a career in business and to provide a scholarship to replace loans with grant funding, thereby helping to reduce students' loan burden. They are to be awarded to students who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibit a "substantial spark" revealing outstanding potential as a leader in the business community upon graduation. Successful applicants will demonstrate drive, energy, and motivation, which may be indicated through a variety of traditional and non-traditional qualities. Parks Prizes may be awarded to first years and sophomores who have declared or intend to declare a major in Business Administration. Preference will be given to students who have shown an aptitude for and interest in accounting and/or students with financial need. Each recipient will receive a $1000 stipend to be used at the student’s discretion. Some recipients may be eligible for a financial award to be applied toward the student’s tuition. The Parks Fellowship will be awarded to one first year or sophomore student who has declared or intends to declare a major in Business Administration. The recipient will undertake an internship of his/her choice domestically or internationally. The Fellowship carries an award of $7000, with a $3500 stipend to enable the Fellow to take on an unpaid or low-paid internship and the remaining $3500 to be applied toward the student’s tuition. Applicants must have taken and done well in relevant courses by the end of the spring semester during which he/she is chosen for the award. Preference will be given to students with financial need and/or first-generation college students who will garner significant business experience and benefit in other ways from exposure to a professional work environment. Applications include a form, a personal statement, and a transcript.
Advisor: Jeffrey N. Decker, Lana Nino, Fatos Radoniqi, Business Administration
Application: TBA spring 2017

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With the generous support of Ed '93 and Jennifer Petersen, Whittier College has established the Ed '93 and Jennifer Petersen Fellowship, dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to one of Whittier's best students pursuing a minor in Organizational Leadership. This fellowship provides one student with a $3500 stipend in the summer following his/her sophomore or junior year to pursue a low-paid or unpaid internship, and a $1000 scholarship for the fall semester upon the completion of the internship. The fellow will also be required to engage in reflective practice on the internship with a faculty mentor, ordinarily by enrolling in INTD 299 Internship or a similar approved course. Applications include a letter of application, a graded assignment from a specified course in the minor, and an interview.
Advisor: Susan Gotsch, Sociology
Application: TBA spring 2017

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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, with the goal to attract U.S. citizen juniors with a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program and in a future career as a Foreign Service Officer. The fellowship award includes funding up to $37,500 during the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study. Application materials include an online application, certification of U.S. citizenship, official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, copies of the most recent financial aid letter and SAR, and two letters of recommendation. Criteria for selection are based on applicants' outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in relevant academic programs, such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages. Finalists will be invited to an interview in Washington, D.C. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Advisor: Deborah Pratt, Assistant Dean, Center for Career and Professional Development
Application: due in mid-January 

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The Pitts Family Foundation Fellowship is available for African-American students of any class standing (all undergraduates) who are participating in faculty-led, short-term, or semester study abroad programs offered through Whittier College. Fellowship awards vary, depending mainly on the student’s financial need. The application process requires the submission of a 500 word short essay (that specifies your reasons for studying abroad, your intended academic and professional path, and how this particular fellowship can help support your study abroad and/or future paths), and a service project proposal that helps to promote international education with the African-American student community at Whittier College. This project must be completed within six months of your return to the United States. Applications are submitted online via the Poet World Portal, and are reviewed by the Office of International Programs each semester.
Advisor: Andy Wallis, Modern Languages and Interim Director of the Office of International Programs
Application: due each semester; see the advisor for specific deadlines

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The Point Foundation Scholarship aims to provide educational opportunities for LGBTQ students who have cultivated a strong academic and leadership record and who have significant financial need. The scholarship provides support for tuition, room and board, and other related expenses; the average amount awarded each scholar is $13,600. All undergraduate candidates submit an online application with short essays regarding educational and professional goals, financial situation, and experiences with both marginalization and positive change. Semi-finalists will be required to submit supplemental application materials. If selected, Point Scholars are expected to maintain a 3.3 GPA, attend Point's leadership programs currently held twice each year, and complete a community service project that benefits the LGBTQ community.
Advisor: Elizabeth Schrock, Assistant Dean of Students
Application: Part I due in mid-January, Part II due in early February

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The Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship prepares juniors (who will be rising seniors) from diverse backgrounds and perspectives for graduate studies in public service and/or international affairs. All academic majors are welcome to apply. The award includes full tuition to attend the Junior Summer Institute, a minimum $1,000 stipend, and a minimum $5,000 grant toward graduate school tuition. Prior to attending JSI, students must have already completed their junior year and have at least one semester of coursework left to be completed. Candidates for this fellowship must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with transcripts and applications that demonstrate an ability to succeed in a master's program in public service and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA consortium graduate schools. Applications include an online application form, personal statement, resume, transcripts, financial aid information, and two letters of recommendation.
Advisor: Deborah Pratt, Assistant Dean, Center for Career and Professional Development
Application: due in early November

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The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program offers a six-week summer program designed to provide 15-20 undergraduates - Rangel Scholars - with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge, and understanding about U.S. foreign policy. Rangel Scholars live at Howard University, attend classes in U.S. foreign relations, political economy, and writing, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, D.C. The program covers tuition, travel, and room and board, as well as provides a stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, a full-time undergraduate student of sophomore, junior or senior standing, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Application materials include an online application form, a 500 word interest statement that explains your interest in international affairs and how this program will assist you in pursuing this interest, transcripts from all colleges attended, three letters of recommendation, and proof of U.S. citizenship. A panel of individuals with experience in foreign affairs and academia evaluates candidates' applications. The program will strive to complete the selection process and make offers by the end of March.
Advisor: Deborah Pratt, Assistant Dean, Center for Career and Professional Development
Application: due in mid-January

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The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for all undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed with the US Department of Defense upon graduation. The program is particularly interested in supporting students who demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. Applicants should be interested in working as a civilian research scientist or engineer. Benefits include full tuition and related fees; a stipend paid at a rate depending on degree and on award length; paid summer internships; and health Insurance and books allowance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD, in good standing with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and, pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines stipulated by the SMART Program. Application materials include an online application, a resume, a statement (limited to 5000 characters) of current and longterm educational goals, a statement (limited to 5000 characters) of research interests explaining the factors and experiences that led you to choose your field of study and specific challenges or problems in your field that most interest you and why, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and three references.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early December

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The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 pre-medical school students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. During the summer at Cornell Medical College, the program enables fellows to conduct laboratory and clinical research under the supervision of a faculty member and to attend lectures addressing the health care concerns of minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Fellows also receive counseling on financial planning for medical school. Housing and travel expenses are covered for students that live some distance from New York, in addition to a $140-a-week cost-of-living allowance. Fellows pay for their meals and other living expenses. All pre-med juniors and seniors with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications include a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an essay outlining your interest in the medical field and working with underserved populations.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early February

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The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to about 60 to 65 outstanding juniors annually who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service at a leadership level. Truman Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs, such as the Truman Scholars Leadership Week, Summer Institute, and Fellows Program. Applications consist of an in-depth application form, transcripts (indicating a cumulative GPA in the top 25% of the class), a policy proposal, an institutional nomination form and letter from the fellowship advisor, and three additional letters of recommendation. Truman Scholars commit to work in public service for three of the first seven years after completing a graduate degree.
Advisor: Fred Bergerson, Political Science
Application: due in early February; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

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Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation honors Congressman Morris King Udall's thirty-year legacy of public service and Stewart L. Udall's vast public service by awarding up to $7,000 to sophomores and juniors who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Students are nominated by the fellowship advisor, and submit an application accompanied by several short, substantive essay responses, an 800-word essay, official college transcripts from all colleges attended which indicate a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and three letters of recommendation.
Advisor: Michelle Switzer, Philosophy; Cheryl Swift, Biology
Application: due in early March; check with the advisor about earlier on-campus deadlines

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US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes offer the opportunity for US citizen first year and sophomore students with a minimum cumulative 3.7 GPA to attend a three-six week summer program at a world-class UK university or cultural institution. Each of the eight different institutes provides an immersive academic, cultural and social experience for American students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the United Kingdom and its diverse populations while developing their communication, research, and presentation skills. Most costs are covered by the program, including travel, tuition and fees, housing and meals, and cultural visits. Applications include a standard application form, a personal statement, an essay on a designated topic, an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the US-UK Fulbright committee and will be notified within a week after the interview about the status of their applications.
Advisor: Andy Wallis, Modern Languages and Interim Director of the Office of International Programs
Application: due in late February 

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With the generous support of the Yao Yuan Sze Foundation, Whittier College has established the Yao Yuan Sze Fellowship, dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to two students interested in conducting Kinesiology research with a faculty member. This fellowship provides funds for students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year to enter into a supervised research project and earn an augmenting scholarship for the fall term following the completion of the summer research project. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $3000 for summer research, a budget of $500 for research related materials, and a $1000 augmenting scholarship in the fall following the completion of their work. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and be interested in the field of Kinesiology. Applications include a 500 word essay outlining your research areas of interest while expanding upon how a research fellowship will fit with your future plans; selected applicants will interview with the advisor.
Advisor: Trish Van Oosbree and Kathy Barlow, Kinesiology
Application: TBA spring 2017

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