Graduate Fellowships


Click on the title of a fellowship to read a short description, which includes application deadlines, contact information for the Whittier advisors who mentor students for each fellowship, and a link to the sponsoring foundation’s website for further information.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) 

Offers two fellowships for seniors or recent alumnae who are pursuing graduate study in selected fields. International Fellowships are awarded for one year of full-time study or research (renewable for a second year) to those who have received a bachelor’s degree before the application deadline, who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who will enroll in master’s or doctoral programs at accredited U.S. institutions. Candidates submit an online application form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, proof of bachelor’s degree, and TOEFL test scores (or waiver). The selection committee prioritizes candidates who demonstrate academic and professional qualifications, quality and feasible proposed plan of study, prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work, and financial need. Selected Professions Fellowships provide financial support (between $5,000 and $18,000) for women to pursue graduate and first-professional degrees in designated fields where women traditionally have been underrepresented, including architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, and mathematics/statistics; women of color in their 2nd year of study in business administration, and in their 3rd year of law or 3rd/4th year of medical school are also encouraged to apply. In addition to official transcripts, candidates submit a proposed course of study, a résumé, a statement of professional goals, a narrative autobiography, a budget, and three letters of recommendation. The selection committee evaluates applications based on the following criteria: professional promise as a role model, academic excellence, and financial need.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early December (International) and early January (Selected Professions)

Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP)

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP). The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. From August – December 2014, 35 Fellows from around the globe will join regional specialists and leadership educators in a dynamic learning community. From January – April 2015, Fellows have the option to participate in extended fieldwork in Southeast Asia, internships, self-designed projects and employment experience. Upon acceptance into the program, each fellow will receive $15,000 to cover part of the cost of the program. Additional funding may be required and applicants are strongly suggested to apply for scholarships from the APLP. To be eligible to apply to the APLP, applicants must have at least a 3-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Applicants must submit the APLP application form, a cover letter, an essay, official transcripts from each educational institution, and three letters of recommendation sealed by the author.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: Applications accepted on a rolling basis through early March

Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship provides US resident college graduates or recent alumni (within two years of graduation) with an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC in Durham, North Carolina, which helps organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region.  Prospective candidates should be open-minded, compassionate, and able to work with people from diverse backgrounds; curious and reflective; leaders in their areas of interest; and, committed to advancing social equity and opportunity.  More importantly, candidates should also have prior work experience or study in a variety of relevant areas – public policy, education, economic and workforce development, poverty alleviation, sociology, political science, Southern studies, community development, leadership development, or a similar field – which gives them the capacity to understand complex economic and social issues and communicate those issues clearly and persuasively. Applicants fill out and submit an application via email, which includes six short answer questions.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January

Berkley Repertory Theatre Fellowship

The Berkley Repertory Theatre Fellowship provides graduating seniors with a remarkable year-long program to embark upon a theatre career by learning alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, guest directors, and designers in the award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which serves as the linchpin of a bustling arts district in downtown Berkeley. Berkeley Rep offers various fellowships in the production or administrative aspects of theatre. Fellows receive housing and a $1,100 per month stipend for participation in the program. Applicants should be serious-minded, highly motivated individuals who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field of theatre and who are ready for the next step toward an administrative or production career in professional theatre. Ideal candidates should be willing to engage in the creative process, eager to test the limits of their own ingenuity, and ready to join a professional community. Applicants submit a personal statement, résumé, writing sample or portfolio, and three letters of recommendation. Finalists are interviewed in late April, and notified in June.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Deadline: due in early March

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide $24,000 for overseas study or $30,000 for a combination of domestic and overseas study to U.S. citizen graduate students seeking to add an international and language component to their graduate education (at the master's or doctoral level). Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program, which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, along with their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, which is broadly defined to 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 Fellows incur a service obligation in the U.S. government in a position with national security responsibilities. Applications include three essays, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials (e.g. budget, letter of affiliation).

Advisor: Jason Carbine, Religious Studies and Director, Office of International Programs
Application: due in late January

Capital Fellows Program

The Capital Fellows Program welcomes applicants who have a demonstrated interest in state government, public policy, and public service, who have received a bachelor’s degree in any major, and who have reached 20 years of age by September 1 of the application year. The Program includes the following fellowships: California Senate Fellows, Executive Fellowship, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, and Judicial Administration Fellowship. Fellows in each program work for 10-11 months as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office. In addition to receiving medical benefits, moving allowance, and a monthly stipend of $3,523, fellows will also enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State and receive graduate credits in either Government or Public Policy. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to public service, strong writing skills, and may apply to one or more fellowships. Application materials vary depending on the fellowship; see the advisor for further details.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in December

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers about 8-10 one-year fellowships for graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Fellows will work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior research associates who undertake various projects in international affairs. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications for this highly competitive fellowship only through participating universities via designated nominating officials. Applications are available at Whittier through the faculty advisor beginning in October. Candidates are judged on the quality of their written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews. Selected applicants are interviewed by the Carnegie Endowment Selection Committee, with the final announcement of the Fellows in late March. Junior fellows are currently paid $3,916.67 per month with full benefits, and a relocation allowance.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

Challenge Detroit

Challenge Detroit is a yearlong urban revitalization project bringing together individuals of various intellects and backgrounds from our own backyard and across the country to come together to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit by uniting with area companies, non-profits and cultural institutions. Fellows will engage in partnerships with one of the top companies in the Detroit region to positively impact the city. Fellows will get to participate in a leadership development program, receive perks such as memberships to various organizations, discounts, and a $43,000 salary plus benefits. Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree by September of the fellowship year and complete a four-step application process. Step one includes the written application. If qualified, the applicant must then submit an essay and a video in which you will explain your interest in the program and answer questions. If chosen to proceed, there will be an online community vote. The fellows with the highest votes will then be given in person interviews.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: April

CHCI Public Policy Fellowship Program

The CHCI Public Policy Fellowship Program targets accomplished Latino/a students who are seniors or recent alumni/ae (graduated college within two years of the program start date) to gain hands-on experience in public policy at the national level. Fellows in the program work in federal agencies and congressional offices in Washington, DC, and may choose to focus on international affairs, economic development, health and education policy, housing, or local government. Whatever their focus, fellows will gain work experience, receive leadership training, network, and engage in a community service project. Benefits include a stipend, health insurance, round-trip transportation to Washington, DC, and optional housing. Application materials include a resume, academic transcripts, short essay responses (regarding your leadership in your family or community and how that has contributed to your interests in public policy),and a letter of recommendation. Applicants should have superior analytical skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Program alumni, members of the CHCI Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and CHCI staff will review all applications. Top candidates will be invited to interview and asked to discuss their leadership experience, specific interests in public policy, and prospects for the Latino/a community. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: December

Citizen Schools AmeriCorps Fellowship 

The Citizen Schools AmeriCorps Fellowship is designed to increase access for K-12 students to authentic, experience-based learning opportunities. Fellows will be placed at host site partners to support them with designing innovative, hands-on learning experiences, building partnerships with local community stakeholders, and mobilizing volunteers. Each Fellow will collaborate with service members from across the country by participating in a year-long training program designed to set them up for success during their service year and in future career endeavors. Fellows will receive living and housing stipends, insurance, and are eligible for additional benefits.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: To be determined

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, yearlong experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in six different sectors of public affairs (including Government, Business, Media, Organized Labor, Electoral Politics, and Non-Profit/Philanthropy). Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program uses the city as a classroom and is an unparalleled rigorous opportunity for personal and professional growth. Coro is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis. Fellows receive stipends and long-term support from the program for future graduate school studies as well as other opportunities. The ideal fellow will be "idealistic and a potential agent for change" and have ample leadership skills, a willingness to work in groups and to gain new perspectives, and an openness to continual learning in each sector. Candidates must at least have a bachelor's degree, or have equivalent experience. Applications include an online form, resume, three essays, two recommendations, and transcripts. Semifinalists will be interviewed. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January

DAAD Study Scholarship

The DAAD Study Scholarship allows graduating seniors or recent alumni/ae (in the last six years) in all disciplines to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. Applicants from all fields are eligible to apply. The award provides one academic year of funding (renewable for a second year and in rare cases for a third year), a monthly stipend, flat-rate travel subsidies, and health insurance. A very limited number of scholarship holders may be awarded a two month language course grants. Candidates submit an online application, a resume or c.v., supplemental materials (in music and the arts), a two-page study proposal that identifies a particular program and shows how that program will further educational and career goals, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a German language evaluation form (a very good command of German is needed for study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences). Students beginning a master’s degree need not have prior contact with a German university or program. Results of the application process will be announced in late March / early April.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in late October for musical, performing, and visual arts; due in early November for all other fields

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a unique leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains emerging leaders committed to social justice. Fellows gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy, to help develop fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty. Benefits include a substantial annual living allowance, moving and travel expenses, health insurance, housing and/or a housing subsidy, and an end-of-service award. Prospective candidates should be US citizens or residents with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and anti-racism, leadership skills, flexibility and creativity in adapting to new situations and problem solving, and a willingness to learn from both experts in the field as well as peer fellows. Applications include an online form, a resume, a personal statement, two short essay questions, and two letters of recommendation. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due January 

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs are designed to increase the diversity of U.S. college and university faculties by encouraging minority graduating seniors, recent graduates, and those already enrolled in graduate programs with superior academic records to pursue a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Approximately 60 awards at the pre-doctoral level are given each year to students who are enrolled in or are planning to enroll in a full-time research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution. The award includes a $20,000 grant to the fellow plus a $2,000 institutional allowance for three years. Awardees also have expenses paid to attend one conference of Ford fellows. Candidates submit an online application, transcripts, two-page statement of previous research, two-page proposal for graduate study, research, and professional goals, two-page personal statement about background and experiences with diversity in regard to teaching and personal engagement, and four letters of recommendation. Candidates must show an exemplary academic record and promise of continuing academic achievement, a firm commitment to and capacity for a teaching and research career, and likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship. Awards are announced in April.

Advisor: Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone, Biology and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-November

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Each year, more than 1,600 students in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields and the arts, receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant for the year following their graduation to pursue independent study/research or to teach English abroad. Each spring, the advisor offers the Fulbright Application Seminar to assist eligible juniors and seniors through a competitive application process. Contact the advisor for further details.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-October; final draft is due the first day of the fall semester

Gates Cambridge

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to create a network of future leaders from around the world, known as the Gates Cambridge Scholars, who will become leaders in helping to address global problems. This scholarship provides full funding for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge in England. Applicants for this highly competitive scholarship will be expected to have excellent transcripts with high GPA scores showing evidence of sustained achievement in study, together with the type of academic references which speak of the candidate's leadership potential, social commitment, and intellectual ability and why further study at Cambridge is particularly appropriate. Candidates apply simultaneously for admission to Cambridge and for this scholarship; applications include an application form, personal statement, transcripts, three letters of reference, and supplemental materials as required by certain departments. Shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview in early February. Scholarships are awarded shortly after the interviews on the basis of the candidate's intellectual ability, leadership capacity, good fit with Cambridge, and commitment to improving the lives of others.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-October

Green Corps

Green Corps is offering a one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing that includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups. The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Organizers will learn important skills such as recruiting volunteers, developing strategic campaigns, and building strong coalitions. The application process has three steps. The first step is to fill out the application online. Selected candidates will be selected for an interview. Top candidates from first-round interviews are invited to a second-round interview where we make our final hiring decisions on a rolling basis. Second-round candidates will be asked to submit references before arriving at their 2nd round interview. Those hired will receive a salary of $32,500 and $39,000 depending on location with optional group health care coverage, paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation, and a student loan repayment program for qualifying staff.

Advisor: Becky Overmyer-Velazquez, Sociology 
Application: due in early February

Greenlining Institute Summer Associates Program

The Greenlining Institute is a national policy, organizing and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. The Summer Associates Program is a paid ($6,000 stipend) intensive 10-week development program for young leaders that have completed, at minimum, their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program. Associates manage research and advocacy projects with the direction of a Greenlining staff member. Associates present their findings and projects in both a written and oral report at the end of the program. Associates participate in leadership and skills building workshops, attend power lunches with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Associates receive regular mentorship, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and community leaders. The Fellowship Program is a paid ($60,000 per year, including health benefits) year-long development program for young leaders that have completed their undergraduate degrees and are seeking hands-on public policy experience. Fellows are assigned to specific program areas and develop expertise under the direction of a Program Manager and the Academy Director. Although the curriculum and activities are similar to that of the Associates program (described above), Fellows are given more responsibility and independence to implement projects and campaigns. Greenlining seeks talented, self-motivated individuals committed to equity and justice. Applicants should have the following traits: track record of working towards social justice; ability to work well with diverse groups; strong personal initiative and motivation; leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in school, the workplace or community; and, openness to new ideas. Applications include an online application form, a personal statement, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, and copies of all higher education transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted).

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early January (Summer Associates Program) and early February (Fellowship Program)

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships consist of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend for up to five years at any participating U.S. universities in the program. The fellowship is targeted at college seniors or graduate students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences, which include astrophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth science, various engineering fields, materials science, mathematics, physics, and quantitative biology/biotechnology. Applicants should be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and demonstrate exceptional creativity as well as outstanding potential for innovative research. Between 15 to 20 fellows are selected after two rounds of rigorous interviews.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in late October

HIA's Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship

HIA’s Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship targets current or recent graduate students of universities in the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, and Ukraine.  Participants will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, Berlin, and Warsaw to meet with leaders in government, business, and academia to discuss contemporary global challenges over the course of four weeks. Throughout the program, fellows will lead discussions, share research, and build upon their knowledge of complicated international issues in addition to developing strong leadership skills. Upon completion, fellows will research and write essays regarding contemporary issues relating to diversity or pluralism that will be published in a compilation by Humanity in Action. The program covers most costs, such as accommodations, local transportation and flights (including travel to Washington, DC for orientation), and most meals.  Applicants should be aiming to build careers in foreign policy, diplomacy and government service, international development, trade and business, NGOs, and other international fields. Veterans and candidates of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, but the application is open to all fellows with intellectual curiosity, a collaborative spirit, commitment to Humanity in Action’s objectives, and open-mindedness. Application materials include a resume, transcript, response essay, personal statement, a brief essay on program themes, two letters of recommendation, and a $40 application fee

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due mid-January

Huquiao University Fellowship

Huaqiao University’s Chinese Language and Culture College in Xiamen, China offers two fellowships for recent Whittier College graduates to enroll in the Continuing Study Course to master Chinese. Fellows will be grouped in classes with other undergraduate-age students with similar Chinese language proficiency. Upon concluding the fellowship, fellows will be awarded a certificate of completion. Fellowships cover tuition, room (possibly not including utilities), and a food stipend; students are responsible for visa and other fees, travel costs to and from Xiamen, and any other expenses related to their studies and time in China. Students are identified and referred by the advisor to apply directly to Huaqiao University, which will then screen applications for admission. Students must arrive in Xiamen by late August to prepare for classes which begin in early September, and are required to attend a pre-departure orientation with the advisor. 

Advisor: Horng-Yi Lee, Modern Languages
Application: consult with the advisor

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $30,000 stipend each year for graduating college seniors to pursue one year of public service in America or abroad. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before pursuing graduate school or a career. Candidates will develop a proposal for public service in the U.S. or abroad, that furthers the public good. The project can be done individually or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Applications also include an application form, a one-page cover sheet, a budget, a transcript, a resume, and three letters of recommendation. Awards will be based on the quality of the proposal as well as the applicant’s academic record and other personal achievements. Semi-finalists will be interviewed prior to selection of the award recipient

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January

James Madison Fellowships

The James Madison Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study, who plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis, and who desire to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their master's degree in American history, government, political science and theory, or social studies. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, spread over the period of graduate study. Whatever institution and whichever degree a Fellow selects, at least 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of constitutional study must be part of the Fellow's program. Six of these semester credits will be earned at Georgetown University at the Foundation's Summer Institute on the Constitution. After earning a master’s degree, each Fellow must teach in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship. Applications include an online application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation; further details in the online application about other materials.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early March

Marshall Scholarships

Founded by a 1953 Act of the British Parliament to commemorate the human ideals of the Marshall Plan, Marshall Scholarships generously finance approximately 40 young Americans of high ability to study toward a degree in the United Kingdom in any field of study. As future leaders with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Contact the advisor for further information about the application. Applications from students with a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA must be submitted in the Los Angeles region or in the student's home region, and endorsed by the College's nominating committee as well as by a letter from the President. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in late November-early December, with final decisions announced thereafter.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early October

Mitchell Scholars Program

The George J. Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell'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 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Thus, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Mitchell Scholars receive tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. Applicants are required to provide five letters of recommendation, proof of US citizenship, transcripts, a completed online application, a carefully considered and well-written 1,000-word personal essay, and a letter of institutional endorsement from the College via the President. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. On the basis of the application submissions and semi-final interviews, approximately twenty finalists are invited for interviews with the Selection Committee, with final decisions announced shortly thereafter.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in late September

LEAP/MTO Fellows Program

The LEAP/ MTO Fellows Program is designed to provide aspiring law students with the resources needed to become change agents and leaders in their respective legal paths. LEAP offers comprehensive law school admissions assistance through a nine-month fellowship. The LEAP fellowship gives students access and exposure to practicing attorneys and offers a

meticulously designed curriculum to help them become competitive law school applicants, successful law students, and future changemakers.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in September

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program seeks to ensure the vitality of the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences in the United States and to reinforce the diversity of these fields by awarding about 1,000 three-year fellowships in March of each year. Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Fellows receive: three years of support, a $37,000 annual stipend, a $16,000 cost of education allowance to their graduate institution, and international research as well as professional development opportunities. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (by the application deadline) and must be either college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Applications include an online application form, a 3-page personal statement, a 2-page graduate research statement, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in late October and early November with specific due dates depending on the field of study

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships support graduating student athletes who will enroll in a graduate program. The award is nonrenewable grant of $7,500 to help with the costs of the first year of graduate school. The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually to student athletes who excel academically (minimum 3.2 GPA) and athletically, and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Students are evaluated based on their athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. Candidates are nominated by the faculty athletics representative / advisor no later than the relevant sport season deadline. Applications should also include transcripts, a personal statement, and four letters of recommendation from a head coach, the athletics administrator, a professor, and someone in the position to speak to the applicant's community service and leadership. 

Advisors: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in January, April, and June depending on the sports season

The NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholars Program recognizes student varsity athletes for their outstanding academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA) and potential for success in postgraduate study. The scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate superior character and leadership and who demonstrate the positive impact of athletics on their personal and intellectual development. The award is $24,000 for an academic year of graduate study and may be renewed for a second year. In addition to an application form and transcripts, applications include a personal essay; lists of college and community activities as well as athletic and academic honors; four letters of recommendation; and nomination by the faculty athletics representative/advisor. Being a United States citizen is not necessary. An individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service.

Advisors: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in January

NYC Urban Fellows Program

The NYC Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City. The program is designed to introduce America's finest college students and graduates to local government and public service. The nine-month Urban Fellows Program begins in September and ends the following May. For their services, Fellows are awarded a stipend of $31,563 and health insurance coverage. Only students who have received their undergraduate degree from a four-year college in the spring semester no more than two years prior to the application date are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to commit full-time to the nine-month Urban Fellows Program and agree to suspend any graduate study or outside work for the duration of the program.  Proof of eligibility to work in the United States is required. All applications must be submitted online and include: the most recent unofficial college transcript(s), a one-page resume, two essays, and the names and email addresses of three recommenders.  Applicants will receive email notification regarding their application status in mid to late February. Finalists will interview in NYC in early March and will be notified of their interview status in early April. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January

Donald Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

The Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the USAID provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway towards these goals. Students from historically underrepresented groups in international development careers and those with financial need are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens seeking admission to a two-year graduate program at a U.S. university and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. A completed application includes: general background information, two personal statements, two letters of recommendation, proof of citizenship, a completed FAFSA form, GRE or GMAT scores, official financial aid statement, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  Additional pre-employment procedures, including background checks for security clearance, medical screenings, and a drug test are required for participation in the program if admitted. The Payne selection panel will choose finalists and communicate decisions to all applicants by the end of February.  Candidates selected for final consideration will be invited to Washington, D.C. for interviews and to prepare a writing sample in mid-March.  The program will pay the cost of accommodations and travel to Washington, D.C. Offers will be made to five fellows soon after the interview.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, with a goal to attract outstanding U.S. citizen seniors who will enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or other academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, and who will pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The award includes up to $42,000 in funding for tuition, room and board, and fees during the first and second year of graduate study, as well as two paid internships. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA; applications require an online application form, two letters of recommendation, proof of US citizenship, GRE/GMAT scores, transcripts, and a copy of the most recent financial aid award letter and SAR (if applicable). Criteria for selection are based on outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in relevant academic programs. Finalists will be invited to an interview in Washington, D.C. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years' service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-January

Rangel International Affairs Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program invites outstanding students, especially from minority groups underrepresented in the U.S. State Department, who interested in international affairs and careers in the U.S. Foreign Service to apply for the Graduate Fellowship. Program benefits include: an orientation to the program at Howard University, two paid summer internships, up to $42,000 annually toward all tuition, fees, and living expenses, and employment in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service upon successful completion of the fellowship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are in their senior year of undergraduate study, plan to attend graduate school in international affairs or related subjects, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Application materials include an online application, two personal statements, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, proof of U.S. citizenship, a Student Aid Report (SAR), and GRE/GMAT scores. Finalists will be chosen by the end of February, and invited to Washington, D.C. for interviews. Selections will be made by late March. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years' service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in mid-September

Rhodes Scholarships

Created after the death of Cecil J. Rhodes, a British colonial pioneer and statesman, the Rhodes Scholarships provide top graduating seniors with two years of financial support for graduate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year to represent the fifty states. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Applications consist of transcripts, an essay, five to eight letters of reference, and the College's endorsement via a letter from the President. Applications are judged according to the following criteria: (1) literary and scholastic attainments; (2) energy to use one's talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; (3) truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and, (4) moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings. Selection committees conduct mandatory personal interviews with the most outstanding candidates the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday, announce the Rhodes Scholars-Elect, and then forward applications to the University of Oxford for admission.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early October


Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution have provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  Each year up to 100 fellows are selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Thailand. Our alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations.  Benefits include funding to cover the required tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from the study city, books and supplies, and an applied field experience. Applications must have earned a bachelor’s degree and accumulated a minimum of 3-5 years relevant work experience; proficiency in a second language is recommended but not required.  Applications include an online form, a resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores (if required), an essay which responds to four specific questions, three letters of recommendation, and the endorsement of your local club or district. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due to your local club or district, usually in March-June; due to Rotary International in early July

Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship is a prestigious international scholarship program that supports post-graduate studies at any international university. The Rotary Global Scholarship Committee for District 5320 presents six areas of focus that the applicant may choose: peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.  Eligible candidates must display excellent leadership skills and potential, personal commitment to community service, and concrete ideas as to how he/she will make advances within his/her chosen career field. The benefits include $30,000  in scholarship funding and the ability to attend an international university for a year.  Applicants must be non-Rotarians, be proficient in native language of host country, must be residents of Rotary District 5320 or residents of participating districts in this grant. In addition, applicants must show proof of admission to an international university, and maintain full-time academic studies in good standing at that university. Candidates must submit a preliminary application, and, if selected by the local committee, will submit a formal application to Rotary International along with confirmation of their acceptance to their host university. The formal application includes an online form, essay questions, and the endorsement of Rotary District 5320 or a participating district in this grant. 

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: preliminary application due to Rotary District 5320 by late February  

San Francisco Fellows

San Francisco Fellows is offering a 11+-month-long, community stewardship program that prepares recent college graduates for leadership roles in public service. The program begins in mid-August/early September with a comprehensive orientation to the city. Thereafter, Fellows gather weekly for a learning component built into the Fellows' work schedule that is designed to provide a well-rounded, thorough introduction to San Francisco government operations, in addition to supporting the development of vital workplace skills such as leadership and communication. In the final half of the program, participants will work together on small group consulting projects for various City departments. Fellows work full-time on projects during the program that have a direct impact on City operations. In addition to hands-on work experience and comprehensive professional development, Fellows will be paired with mentors in City government, seasoned leaders who wish to support the Fellows. Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend commensurate to the cost of living in their host city plus health care, dental, and retirement benefits. Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution within 5 years prior to their Fellowship start date. Applicants from all majors and academic disciplines will be considered and are encouraged to apply. The program is looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in working in the public sector and who would like to learn about public administration and analysis in the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco Fellows has a two-stage application process: a written application submitted online followed by in-person finalist interviews. Applications include an electronic cover sheet with your biographical, academic, and contact information, four short essay questions, your GPA, a one-page resume, an unofficial transcript, and two references. All materials (except the references) must be submitted together in a single application package online.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in January

Schwarzman Scholars

The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders by developing their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies. Scholars will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. Internships at prominent institutions, corporations and nonprofit organizations, mentoring, and travel throughout China are integral components of the program. Scholars will receive comprehensive financial packages including tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing, and other benefits. Academically distinguished graduating seniors and recent graduates with strong English language skills are encouraged to apply.  Complete applications must include: transcripts from all college or universities attended, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and two essays, current resume/CV, and an assessment form to be completed by a college official for currently enrolled undergraduates. Semi-finalists will be interviewed in mid-November and finalists will be notified by late November. Orientation begins the following July.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due between mid-April and mid-September

Scoville Peace Fellowship

Scoville Peace Fellowship is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington-based perspective on key issues relating to international peace and security. Fellows may focus on arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, defense budget, diplomacy, environmental and energy security, terrorism prevention, and other international security issues. Fellows spend six to nine months in Washington, DC and serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, travel expenses, health insurance, and professional development funds. Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, coursework, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable.  Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast-paced office environment. Candidates must be US citizens or nationals and must have completed a baccalaureate degree by the start of the fellowship. Applications include a cover letter, a c.v./resume, a personal essay, a policy/opinion essay, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early October (for a spring start date) and early January (for a fall start date)

Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides up to $90,000 over two years toward graduate degrees in any discipline or profession (including fine and performing arts, law school, and medical school) for New Americans or their children. A New American is an individual who (1) holds a valid Green Card; (2) is a naturalized U.S. citizen (or a minor child under a parent’s application); (3) is a U.S. citizen by birth but whose parents were not U.S. citizens; (4) was adopted by American parents and received U.S. citizenship as a result; and (5) was granted deferred action under the U.S. government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  In addition to an application form, applicants submit two essays, a resume, a transcript, an institutional status form, proof of New American status, scores from graduate aptitude tests, and three recommendation letters. A successful candidate will give evidence of the following criteria: evidence of significant accomplishments that reflect creativity, originality, and/or initiative; evidence of a commitment to constitutional values and responsible citizenship; evidence that planned graduate study will enhance future creativity and accomplishments; and, promise of continued significant contributions as an American. Announcement of fellows in March.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowship Coordinator
Application: due in October

Teach for America

A division of AmeriCorps, Teach for America is building the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. Corps members are a diverse group of outstanding individuals who share a commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. Corps members teach grades pre-K through 12 in public schools in 52 regions across the United States. The Corps is looking for college graduate applicants who have leadership experience and have demonstrated perseverance and focus in the face of challenges. Benefits include a $33,000 - $68,000 salary along with a comprehensive two-year program of teacher training, coaching, development, and support. The application process consists of an online application, resume, and short answer responses (about 300 words each). Selected applicants participate in a 30-minute phone interview with a Teach for America representative, followed by a two-hour online activity. Thereafter, finalists will be invited to a full-day interview that includes teaching a brief sample lesson, preparing assigned articles, completing teaching assignment and coursework forms, as well as uploading transcripts and citizenship/residency documents.

Advisor: any counselor in the Center for Career and Professional Development
Application: deadlines vary; five-six different deadlines annually

TNTP Teaching Fellowship

 TNTP Teaching Fellowship offers a one year teaching fellowship that prepares exceptional teachers for the students in our country’s most disadvantaged communities. Teaching fellows receive intensive classroom training centered around actual teaching experience and focused practice on core skills, such as creating a positive classroom culture and delivering content clearly. Fellows will also receive coaching from experienced teachers who will visit the classroom weekly as well as personalized training. Fellows who successfully meet certification and program requirements will earn full teaching certification in just 1-2 years. Fellows will be offered a competitive salary and benefits.  To apply, complete the online application which includes a resume, unofficial transcripts, and responses to four application questions. Based on your written application, you may be invited to participate in a rigorous phone interview. Once admitted, you’ll receive email guidance on completing mandatory state exams in your subject area, which you must pass prior to the start of training in order to begin the program. Prior to summer training, you will build your foundational knowledge about the teaching profession through online coursework. During an intensive summer training you’ll learn essential skills like managing a classroom, delivering content, and keeping students engaged on rigorous tasks. You must master those fundamentals by the end of summer training. Only Fellows who can demonstrate those skills will complete pre-service and begin teaching full-time in the fall.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in early November

Whittier Fifth Year Art Fellowship

The Whittier Fifth Year Art Fellowship is awarded to a recent graduate and truly outstanding studio art major, minor, or WSP student with an art focus who intends to pursue a Master of Fine Art degree. During the one-year program, one student will receive $1000  for supplies and will have access to Wardman Gym's facilities to produce a formally and conceptually coherent body of work for graduate school applications. Though students will be granted a substantial amount of freedom in their explorations, they will have several formal critiques with studio faculty throughout the year, and faculty will be available should students need guidance with specific tasks. Additionally, fellows will participate as critics in senior critiques. At the end of the fellowship, students will be expected to mount an exhibition of their work as well as submit an artist statement and complete graduate school portfolio. Eligible students should have graduated with a 3.5 GPA in the Art major or related fields notes above and be nominated by the Art and Art History faculty.

Advisor: Danny Jauregui, Art and Visual Studies
Application: consult with the advisor

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

For high achievers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship offers a $30,000 -$32,000 stipend and admission to an innovative school-based teacher preparation program at one of the participating universities in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. WW Teaching Fellows commit to teach for three years in a high-need urban or rural secondary school in the state where the master’s work is done. Current undergraduate STEM majors who will complete the bachelor’s degree by June 30 of the grant year are eligible, as are recent STEM graduates, current grad students in these fields, and mid-career or second-career professionals. Students who have demonstrably strong math and science backgrounds, if not a STEM major per se, may also be considered. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have outstanding credentials (including a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA), real enthusiasm for teaching, and a determination to create new opportunities for kids in high-need schools. Application materials include an online application, two 500 word essays, a resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Interviews for finalists, which include a sample teaching lesson, a writing sample, one-on-one interview, and question & answer session, will be conducted in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey; alternate opportunities will be provided for finalists residing outside these states.

Advisor: Elizabeth Sanchez, Fellowships Coordinator
Application: due in late October, late November, and late January