Get Started: Fellowship Opportunities and Deadlines
The website of each fellowship-granting program always contains the official and most up-to-date information. This curated collection contains many of the top nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.
Review the following selected nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships to find opportunities that connect with your class year and your academic/professional trajectory. You can also search using filters, such as level of study, location of study, minimum GPA, etc. on this page:
Beyond each fellowship’s official website, you can learn more about specific fellowships during targeted information sessions. Most fellowship application deadlines are in the early fall, so many of these sessions take place during the spring and summer and are noted on the CCPD event calendar.
National scholarship in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming the US’ next generation of research leaders in these fields. Scholarships entail up to $7,500 a year to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
The Boren Scholarships fund intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate students (25+ weeks preferred) and the Boren Fellowships fund language study by graduate students.
The Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program supports summer study abroad in one of 14 languages critical to America’s national security and economic prosperity.
CLS Spark, an initiative of the CLS Program, provides opportunities for American undergraduate college and university students to study Arabic, Chinese and Russian virtually at the beginning level.
The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four week programs for US undergraduate students who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Rising sophomores and rising juniors can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program seeks to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others, granting around 25 awards annually to U.S. students to fund the cost of graduate study at Cambridge for PhD, MSc/MLitt or one year postgraduate course (with some exceptions), including most tuition, fees and living expenses. Two-thirds of awards go to PhD candidates.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship funds up to 12 Scholars annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Scholarship supports qualified students who demonstrate a passion for self-government with up to $15K annually during junior and senior year, as well as numerous professional development experiences (speakers, workshops, internships, etc.). Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and the potential for leadership. Apply as a sophomore.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars exhibit independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset. They receive up to three years of full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford to develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the intractable challenges and opportunities of the future.
The Scholarship finances up to 50 young Americans of high ability to study for one or two years toward a graduate degree in most fields of study in the United Kingdom. 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.
The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
This $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively supports immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The program draws more than 2,200 applications annually for just 30 fellowships.
The oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program enables outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are people who have a vision of how the world could be better and the energy to make a difference – whatever their sphere of interest. Scholars are selected on the basis not only of intellect, but also of character, leadership and commitment to service.
The Scholarship is designed to prepare young leaders to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world as the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Students pursue a Master’s in Global Affairs for one year at Tsinghua University.
The Fellowship attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State by funding two years of graduate study. The Fellowship welcoming the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, facilitates cultural exchange and provides grants for a one-academic-year individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in a participating country outside the U.S.
The Udall Foundation awards 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
The Payne Fellowship seeks students interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and provides up to $52,000 annually for up to two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.
Current year deadlines are listed here, but it’s always a good idea to double-check the individual fellowship websites, as some deadlines do change after initial publication.
Goldwater: December 1, 2023 (internal qualification)
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships: December 12, 2023, 5 p.m. Eastern (tentative)
Truman: January 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Central (internal qualification)
Boren Fellowship (graduate): January 2024
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes: January 25, 2024 (internal qualification)
Boren Scholarship (undergraduate): February 2024
Udall: February 1, 2024
Madison: March 1, 2024
Gilman: March 7, 2024
Sumners: March 2024
Mitchell: September 1, 2024 (internal qualification)
Marshall: September 1, 2024 (internal qualification)
Rhodes: September 1, 2024 (internal qualification)
Fulbright: September 10, 2024 (internal qualification)
Schwarzman: September 2024 (TBD)
Pickering: September 2024 (TBD)
Rangel: September 2024 (TBD)
Knight-Hennessy: October 2024 (TBD)
Gates Cambridge Scholarship: October 2024 (TBD) (US citizens residing in the US)
NSF GRFP: October 2024 (TBD)
- Life Sciences: October 2024
- Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning: October 2024
- Engineering: October 2024 TBD
- Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy: October 2024
Payne: October 2024 (TBD)
Soros: October 2024 (TBD)
CLS: November 2024
Additional Funding Opportunities
Additional funding opportunities for graduate study and other professional pursuits exist beyond these fellowships:
James Robert Andrews Endowed Fellowship: Awarded to a Southwestern student for the first year of graduate study, the fellowship was established by family and friends of James Robert Andrews ’04 in memory of his strength, courage, determination, and intellectual curiosity. The $2,500 award supports a portion of the selected candidate’s educational costs. Graduating seniors and alumni (no more than two years post-bacc) are eligible to apply. Applications open annually in February and close in April.
Fellowship Finder for graduate study (University of Illinois): https://apps.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship-finder/
INFO (University of South Carolina’s searchable database): https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/fellowships_and_scholar_programs/national_fellowships/competitions_and_deadlines/index.php
Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (for students of color to study abroad): http://www.ciee.org/FDGF
National GEM Consortium Fellowship (for graduate study in science and engineering for underrepresented students: https://gemfellowship.org/application-process/
Washington University in St. Louis McDonnell International Scholars Academy: https://mcdonnell.wustl.edu/the-program/
FAO Schwarz Fellowships: Provide graduating seniors considering careers in social change with a paid, two-year opportunity to develop leadership skills while working at nonprofit organizations in the Northeast. The Fellowships combine direct service experience with strategic initiatives and include professional development, retreats, mentoring, and cohort experiences in addition to salary and benefits. Six new Fellowship positions are typically available each year. Applications are due February 10. Apply at faoschwarzfellowship.org.
Scholarships for Women PhD Students: PhDs.me has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for women, including from different identity groups, among other financial resources.