Undergraduate Fellowships

The following fellowships have been specially selected for Whittier students by the Fellowships Director. 

Fellowships available exclusively to Whittier College students are noted with an asterisk. 

Undergraduate Fellowships Supporting All Academic Interests

Undergraduate Fellowships by Academic Division

Humanities: Art, Languages, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theater

Social Sciences: Anthropology, Business Administration, Child Development, Global & Cultural Studies, Kinesiology, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Social Work, Sociology

Natural Sciences (STEM): Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

Fellowship Details

Ahmanson Veterans Fellowship*

Supports a research project with a Whittier faculty mentor in any field (humanities, social science or STEM).

  • Deadline: March 
  • Eligibility: US Military Veteran; Sophomore, Junior, or Senior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: $3,500 over two academic semesters or one summer 
  • Advisor: Jennifer Guerra
  • Application Info

Alianza de los Amigos Martin Ortiz Fellowship*

Supports student participation in an internship or research activities related to public service in the economic development and the general improvement of the human condition. 

  • Deadline: March 
  • Eligibility: First-Year, Sophomore, Junior
  • Benefits: $4,000 stipend, $500 scholarship, and a $500 award to their faculty mentor.
  • Advisor: Jenny Guerra
  • Application Info

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Entry Point! Fellowship

Supports students with apparent or non-apparent disabilities to conduct research in STEM, computer science, and business with companies, government agencies and research universities. 

  • Deadline: September through mid-January
  • Eligibility: Students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities; US Citizenship, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: Paid 10-12 week summer internship, travel and housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Amgen Scholars U.S. Program

Supports STEM research activities with a faculty mentor at a research university.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident; Sophomore, Junior; 3.2 GPA or higher; Interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
  • Benefits: Paid 10-12 week summer internship. Travel and housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Barbara Ondrasik ’57 and David Groce Fellowship*

  • Supports a research or creative project with a Whittier faculty mentor in any field (humanities, social science, STEM).
  • Deadline: March 
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: $5,000 for one summer, $500 supplies/travel, and $1,500 scholarship
  • Advisor: Professor Fatos Radoniqi
  • Application Info

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Supports academic costs (tuition, fees, books, room & board) for students majoring in a STEM field.

  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; top 25% class standing; interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and career in research and or teaching
  • Benefits: $7,500 per year toward tuition, fees, books, and room & board
  • Advisor: Professor Fred Park
  • Application Info

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Supports academic study abroad experiences, especially in non-traditional destinations (Western Europe and Australia not eligible).

  • Deadline: March (Summer and Fall programs) and October (Spring programs)
  • Eligibility: US Citizen; high financial need; Sophomore, Junior, or Senior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: up to $5,000 to help pay for studies abroad
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis
  • Application Info

Big Ten Academic Alliance Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Supports STEM research activities with a faculty mentor at a research university.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident; Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; interest in pursuing a Ph.D. 
  • Benefits: Paid 8-10 week summer internship; travel and housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application info

Boren Scholarship

Supports the study of less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests.  (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded).

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: US Citizen; First-Year, Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: $8,000-$20,000 to study abroad for 3-12 months for all students, and 8-week summer periods for STEM students.
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis
  • Application Info

Brethren Community Foundation Fellowship

Supports work in East Africa on community projects that provide sustainable solutions.

  • Deadline: March 2017
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.5 GPA or higher; track record of service to community
  • Benefits: Paid travel and accommodations to East Africa in JanTerm to engage in community-based efforts. 
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis

Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Supports research activities in Neuroscience with a faculty mentor at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; Strong performance in STEM courses
  • Benefits: PAID 10-week summer internship, housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Supports academic activities in International Affairs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard University and Washington D.C. to increase the understanding of U.S. foreign policy.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 3.2 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: Paid 6-week summer internship. Travel and housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

City of Hope Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy

Supports biomedical research activities with a faculty mentor at the City of Hope.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

Supports activities in a cultural and language immersion programs abroad, to enhance building relationships between the U.S. and other countries. 

  • Deadline: November
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
  • Benefits: Paid 7-10 week summer program. Travel and housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis
  • Application Info

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Supports activities in a multinational professional development program abroad for underrepresented students to enhance their career goals, increase their global competencies, and experience life in another culture. 

  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility: From an underrepresented population; Sophomore, Junior; Ages 18-30; 3.0 GPA or higher; no former work or study aboard experiences
  • Benefits: Paid 8-week summer internship. Travel and housing accommodations are covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis
  • Application Info

DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Germany

Supports STEM research activities with a faculty mentor at a research university in Germany.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

Supports study or research in Germany for a period of 4-10 months. 

  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: Paid stipend over the 4-10 month stay. Includes health, accident & liability insurance, and travel allowance.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Don ’50 and Virginia Baudrand Fellowship*

Objective: Supports chemistry research activities with a Whittier faculty mentor.

  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: $2,250 summer stipend, $250 supplies, and $250 fall stipend.
  • Advisor: Professor Devin Iimoto
  • Application Info

Freeman ASIA Award

  • Supports students to study abroad in East or Southeast Asian countries.
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; US citizen or resident status; 2.8 GPA or higher; demonstrate need-based financial aid 
  • Benefits: Financial support to assist with program costs, airfare, living expenses, books, etc.
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis
  • Application Info

Hudson Institute Political Studies Summer Fellowship

Supports students to participate in a six-week political theory and practice summer program at Georgetown University.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate enrollment; Recent undergraduate enrollment
  • Benefits: Students receive a $3,000 stipend, and financial support to cover the program costs and housing.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

INTEX Fellowship*

Supports students to participate in a 10-week summer internship at the Intex Company in Xiamen China.

Jan Cauffman Fellowship*

Supports students working with a Whittier faculty mentor in developing and implementing new or redesigned courses with digital pedagogies and or technologies. 

  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: Students receive a $4,000 award to be used as a stipend, tuition scholarship, or a combination of both.  
  • Advisor: Professor Andrea Rehn
  • Application Info

Jan Lopez Wood Fellowship

Supports the efforts of committed and high achieving students in the visual arts.

  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility: First-year, sophomores, juniors majoring or minoring in studio art or Whittier Scholars Program Educational Design with at least six studio art classes
  • Benefits: Students receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship and $1,000 for project-related costs annually.
  • Advisor: Professor David Sloan
  • Application Info

Jeffrey Lindstrom Fellowship in Political Science*

Supports students majoring in Political Science to conduct research or participate in travel programs during the summer between their junior and senior year.

  • Deadline: 
  • Eligibility: Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; political science major or significant coursework in political science 
  • Benefits: Students receive a $2000 award to be used as a stipend to support research or travel expenses.
  • Advisor: Professor Mike McBride
  • Application Info

Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace

Supports students to participate in a summer Middlebury Language School program.

Keck Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship*

Supports students majoring in STEM, Kinesiology, or Psychology to participate in a summer research experience with a Whittier faculty mentor. 

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF)

  • Supports student activities within the theatrical arts such as, acting, playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, design/technology/management.
  • Deadline: ongoing
  • Eligibility: Junior, Seniors
  • Benefits: Financial support to participate in a professional development program sponsored by KCACTF.
  • Advisor: Professor Gil Gonzalez
  • Application Info

Language Schools Scholarship

Objective: Supports students to participate in a summer Middlebury Language School program.

Leadership Alliance Summer Research - Early Identification Program

  • Supports students interested in pursuing PhD or MD-PhD graduate study to participate in a summer research experience with a faculty mentor at a research institution.
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; US Citizen, resident, or green card holder
  • Benefits: Paid 8-10 week summer program. Housing and travel are also covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Mary Davis Fellowship in Public Service*

Supports student participation in internships or research activities related to economic development and the general improvement of the human condition.

  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: $4,000 stipend, $2,000 scholarship upon completion of the research project or internship, $1,000 for supplies or travel, and a $500 award to their faculty mentor.
  • Advisor: Professor Mike McBride
  • Application Info

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship*

Supports students committed to reducing racial disparities in higher education, to conduct research with a Whittier faculty mentor. Students must also demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a PhD degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

Supports student activities focused on environmental challenges or issues impacting the Native American Indian Community.

National Cancer Institute CURE Program

Supports cancer research activities with a faculty mentor at the City of Hope.

  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; from an underrepresented population; Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: Paid 12-week summer internship
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Nixon Fellowship*

  • Supports students to conduct research or participate in an internship that echo Nixon’s successful legacy in domestic or foreign policy.
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Benefits: $5,000 stipend
  • Advisor: Professor Mike McBride
  • Application Info

Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship

Supports students interested in public service to participate in a summer internship in the U.S. Embassy in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C.

Parks Fellowship*

Supports students interested in pursuing a career in business with their academic costs. 

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Eligibility: First-year, Sophomore; Business Major
  • Benefits:  Students receiving the Parks Fellowship will receive a $3,500 scholarship towards their tuition and fees and an additional $3,500 stipend to participate in a summer internship experience.
  • Advisor: Professor Lana Lino and Professor Fatos Radoniqi
  • Application Info

Parks Prizes*

Supports students interested in pursuing a career in business with their academic costs. 

Point Foundation Scholarship

Supports LGBTQ students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the LGBTQ community in pursing their academic goals.

  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility: Identify as part of the LGBTQ community; 3.0 GPA or higher; track record of leadership and community involvement in supporting the LGBTQ community
  • Benefits: A scholarship of approximately $14,000 to cover tuition, fees, room and board. 
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

Supports students interested in public policy and international affairs to participation in an intensive seven-week summer program focused on preparation for graduate school.

  • Deadline: November
  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; US citizen or resident
  • Benefits: Financial support to cover the full tuition and fees of the program, travel costs, housing costs, and meals. Students will also receive a $1,500 stipend and a $5,000 scholarship to a PPIA graduate school upon admission into a masters program.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESEES)

Supports students to conduct summer research in Earth sciences or geosciences at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: Junior; 2.5 GPA or higher; US citizen or resident
  • Benefits: $6,000 summer stipend over a 11-week period. Housing and airfare are also provided.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

A scholarship to support students majoring in STEM who will commit to work for the Department of Defense upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • Deadline: December 
  • Eligibility: Sophomore or Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; US Citizen
  • Benefits: The scholarship will pay the full tuition and fees. Students will receive an annual stipend of $25,000 - $38,000, up to $1,200 towards health insurance, and $1,000 for miscellaneous supplies. Students will participate in paid summer internships with the DOD.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program

Supports students to conduct health service research in the summer with a faculty mentor at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program

Support participation in a summer biomedical research program for pre-med students. Students will also participate in a seminar series focused on medical school admissions and preparation. 

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: Junior; 3.0 GPA or higher; US Citizen or resident; from an underrepresented group in medicine 
  • Benefits: Students receive a $1,000 stipend and financial support to cover the cost of housing, some meals, and travel to the program.
  • Advisor: Professor Sylvia Lopez-Vetrone
  • Application Info

Truman Scholarship

Supports students who are dedicated to pursue graduate or professional school in preparation for a career in public service within government or a non-profit organization. 

UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

Supports student participation in a four-week summer program in the United Kingdom.

  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility: Freshman or sophomore; 3.7 GPA or higher; US citizen
  • Benefits: Financial costs associated with airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations and meals will be covered.
  • Advisor: Professor Andy Wallis
  • Application Info

Yao Yuan Sze Fellowship*

Supports kinesiology research activities with a Whittier College faculty mentor.