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If you are an alumnus or alumna of MSU, Mankato, you are welcome and encouraged to utilize the resources of the Fellowship Office to pursue your professional goals. If you are considering graduate school or seeking independent research opportunities or unique work experiences, email to make an appointment, or click the Contact Us tab on the sidebar. There are a wide range of awards available for alumni, some of which are listed below.

Awards Funding Graduate/Doctoral Studies

*Fulbright Grants: Approximately 1,560 grants are awarded annually for one academic year to pursue graduate study, conduct independent research, or participate in a teaching assistantship in over 155 countries around the world.
The campus deadline for this award is September.

*Rhodes Scholarship: The Rhodes Scholarship provides funding for students to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Oxford in the UK. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.
The campus deadline for this award is August.
The national deadline for this award is October.

*Marshall Scholarship: The Marshall Scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a postgraduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at a UK institution in any field of study.
The campus deadline for this award is August.
The national deadline for this award is October.

*Mitchell Scholarship: The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, accomodation, a stipend for living expenses, and travel funds for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in the Republic of Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.
The campus deadline for this award is August.
The national deadline for this award is September.

*Gates-Cambridge: Gates-Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
The deadlines for this award are October (Round 1) and December (Round 2).

*Schwarzman Scholars: The Schwarzman Scholars program is a one-year master's program in Beijing that supports studies in the disciplines of Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies. All classes are taught in English. Scholars will live and study at Schwarzman College, a new facility set on the campus of Tsinghua University.
The deadline for this award is September.

*Boren Fellowship: Boren Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students with the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.
The campus deadline for this award is November.
The national deadline for this award is January.

*Rotary Peace Fellowship:  Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world. The fellowship covers tuition and living expenses and increases the capacity of current and emerging peace leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through academic training, field experience, and professional networking.
The deadline for this award is May 31.

Hosei International Fund (HIF) Foreign Scholars Fellowship: Young scholars who are, at the least, enrolled in a doctoral degree program may apply to the HIF Fellowship Program to carry out non-degree research programs at Hosei University in Tokyo under the direction of and/or in cooperation with Hosei faculty and researchers. It is expected that joint cooperation and coordination with Hosei faculty will contribute much to the development of the university’s research capabilities.
The deadline for this award is June.

Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship: The purpose of the Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship is to promote the study biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas. Projects must be tenable in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities and Mpala Research Centre in Kenya. The Mpala Fellowship is a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Predoctoral and Masters students are ineligible.
The deadline for this award is December 1.

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program: Every fall, Thermo Fisher Scientific awards two $10,000 and four $5,000 awards to undergraduate and graduate students with declared majors of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field. All candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The deadline for this award is May 31.

DAAD Professional: DAAD creates unique opportunities for science and engineering students from the United States and Canada interested in gaining serious practical experience in Germany. Recent graduates, Master and PhD students from North American universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics (or a closely related field) are invited to apply.
The deadline for this award is December 15.

*NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
The deadlines for these awards are in the last full week of October.

*Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships: The Hertz Foundation provides financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. The Graduate Fellowship Award is merit-based and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.
The deadline for this award is October.

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Awards: Supports up to five years of doctoral work in the biomedical, behavioral, and health sciences.
The deadline for this award varies. See website for details.

*National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships: As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) supports the pursuit of a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported STEM disciplines at a U.S. institution of the applicant's choosing. Fellowships last for up to four years (subject to the availability of funds), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees. Fellows also receive a monthly stipend, and up to $1,500 a year in medical insurance.
The deadline for this award is December 31.

The National GEM Consortium: GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS (Engineering) and PhD (Engineering and natural sciences) levels, coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers fellowships without paid summer internships through our GEM University and Associate Fellowship programs.
The deadline for this award is November 13.

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program: This program is designed to bring PhD students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. The goal is to create a PhD experience that focuses on communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.
The deadline for this is December 1.

National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships: The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique in being: open to all American citizens; lasting for up to six years; providing a $20,000 annual stipend; covering tuition; allowing a fellow also to hold a research or teaching assistantship; including one or two paid summer internships with a government agency; providing a mentor and the opportunity for a lasting relationship with the sponsor.
The deadline for this award is November 30.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships: Through its Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in study at a research-based (dissertation-required) program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution.
The deadline for this award is December 14.

Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Promotes collaborative research in fields involving comparative genomic approaches such as phylogenomics, population genomics, metagenomics or transcriptomics, and having a component that involves significant bioinformatics analysis. Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for a period of 12 to 24 months, and must have completed or be near completion of their Ph.D.
The deadline for this award is December 1.

*Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship: The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for this award is January 12.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs: This nine-month, full-time, graduate-level leadership program introduces diverse, intelligent and driven young public servants to all aspects of the public affairs arena. The program is open to applicants with a BA degree or equivalent work experience.
The deadline for this award is January 17.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship: The Fellowship offers up to $24,000 for two years of graduate study leading to a Master's degree. Applicants should be graduating seniors and alumni desiring to teach the American Constitution in secondary schools (grades 7-12).
The deadline for this award is March 1.

Pat Tillman Award: The Pat Tillman Foundation Award is open to post-9/11 military veterans and their spouses who are pursuing graduate or professional school. Individuals chosen for the awards have leadership skills, strong character, academic excellence, and incredible potential.
The deadline for this award is March 1.

American Association of University Women: One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2017–18 academic year. Six distinct awards are available.
Deadlines for these awards are November through January.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust: The Fellowship Trust aims to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect its founder's high standards. Approximately 8 fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, are awarded for the regular academic year. Fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: The Soros Fellowship provides thirty awards annually to New Americans who are younger than 31 and college seniors, holders of bachelor’s degrees, or not beyond the second year of graduate study. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year.
The deadline for this award is November 1.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: SI Fellowships are awarded annually to scholars wishing to conduct independent study or research at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. Graduate Student Fellowships are typically 10 weeks in length. Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree granting institution.
The deadline for this award is early December.

Awards Funding Work Experiences

American Conservatory Theatre Fellowships: The American Conservatory Theatre, a nonprofit theatre company in San Francisco, offers season-long (ten-month) fellowships for people in arts administration and production making the transition from academia to professional life. Types of fellowships include: Artistic, Development, Conservatory, General Management, Graphic Design, Marketing/PR, Web Development, Publications, Education, Grant Writing, Production, Costume Department, Properties, and Stage Management.
The application for this award will open in January 2018; applications accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Hedgerow Theatre Fellowships: Hedgerow House and Theatre, located twelve miles outside Philadelphia, offers a two-year residency program for college graduates pursuing careers in the theatre arts. Benefits include room and board, stipend, leadership experience, artistic responsibilities, and life experience and social skills.
Applications are on a rotating basis, according to need.

Shakespeare Theatre Company Fellowships: Each season the STC, located in Washington, DC, offers approximately 20 fellowship positions ranging in focus from Stage Management and Acting to Development and Education. Fellows live rent-free in fully-furnished housing in downtown DC and receive a weekly stipend of $150.
The deadline for these awards is April 1.

Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowships: The Manhattan Theatre Club, which has a stage on Broadway and two stages Off-Broadway, offers two fellowships for early and mid-career directors. Accepted applicants are put in a pool from which they pull the assistant directors for the upcoming season. A Fellow generally begins work on the first day of rehearsal and will work full-time on that show until its opening night (roughly two months).
The deadline for these awards is April 1.

Wilma Theatre Production/Stage Management Fellowships: The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia employs one Production Fellow and one Stage Management Fellow every season. The fellows work full-time, receive a weekly stipend, full health coverage, and other benefits. The Production Fellow works with the Technical Director and Production Manager; the Stage Management Fellow serves as Assistant Stage Manager for all productions.
The deadline for these awards is March 14.

Berkeley Rep Professional Fellowships: The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (in Berkeley, CA) offers an 11.5-month program with the goal "to help our fellows transition from life as a college or university student into the world of theatre professionals." Seven Artistic and Administrative, and eight Production fellowships are available. Fellows receive a monthly allowance to cover expenses. Limited housing is available to out-of-state applicants.
The deadline for these awards is March 10.

The Odysseus Fellowship: Odysseus Fellows are placed in paid three-month internships at leading Hollywood production companies. The program includes an educational component featuring talks from industry pros and liberty movement leaders. More than half of all interns placed have been offered jobs or were attached to projects after their fellowship ended.
Applications for this award are accepted on a rolling basis.

´╗┐Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants: Support artists (specifially those working in a representational style of painting, sculpting, drawing, or printmaking) who are in the early stages of their careers to develop and refine their skills by awarding unrestricted grants of $15,000. It is available to students and artists around the world.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Smithsonian Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections Program: Provides opportunities for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or the equivalent or conservation scientists, including those at the postdoctoral level, who wish to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian conservation laboratories for conservation of objects in museum collections.´╗┐
The deadline for this award is December 1.

Kroc Fellowship - NPR: The Kroc Fellowship accepts three fellows each year to get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $40,000 and benefits, including paid vacation. NPR will provide Kroc Fellows with professional guidance and assist in job placement.
The deadline for this award is December 31.

Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation: This award brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation. Candidates' proposals may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation.
The deadline for international journalists is December 1.
The deadline for US citizen journalists is January 31.

*Luce Scholars Program: The award provides for a year-long internship in Asia, arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his/her specific interest, background, qualifications, and experience. The program is designed as a cultural experience for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts and contemporaries.
The deadline for this award is November.

Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan): English Teacher Training & Research Awards: FSE offers up to three grants for English Teacher Training and Research. These grants provide qualified TEFL teachers or professors with the opportunity to spend one year as Academic Advisors of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) program. Advisors work with the American ETAs and their counterpart Taiwanese Local English Teachers (LETs).
The deadline for this award is February 26.

Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship: The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey.
The deadlines for this award are October 17, November 30, and January 31.

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship: The KSTF is awarded based on the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. KSTF Fellows receive stipends, funding for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and leadership and mentoring opportunities.
The deadline for this award is November.

Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF): TAPIF provides the opportunity to teach English in France for 7 months. Contracts are available for elementary or secondary schools. Proficiency in French is required. All teaching contracts last from October 1 through April 30. Applicants must be between 20 and 35 years old on the start date of the program.
The deadline for this award is January 15.

Echoing Green Fellowship: The Echoing Green Fellowship offers seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the network of Echoing Green Fellows and partners. Echoing Green manages three distinct programs: the Global Fellowship, the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship, and the Climate Fellowship.
The deadline for these awards is October.

New York City Urban Fellows Program: The Urban Fellows Program, sponsored by The City of New York and administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), is a 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. It includes a stipend of $30,000 and health insurance coverage.
The deadline for this award is January 15.

White House Fellows Program: These Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.
The deadline for this award is January 10.

Pathways Recent Graduates Program: This Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for those who have graduated from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program within the past two years. Veterans have up to six years to apply due to their military service obligation.
The deadline for this award varies.

Presidential Management Fellows Program: PMF is a flagship program at the entry level for developing a cadre of potential government leaders. Candidates will soon complete a professional or master's degree, or have earned such a degree within the last two years.
The deadline for this award is November 6.

APAICS Congressional Fellowship: This program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C. It provides exceptional graduates and young professionals an opportunity to work on policy issues as legislative staff in a congressional office. The program to builds leadership skills, encourages political civic engagement, and fosters a strong interest in public service careers.
The deadline for this award is February 15.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship: The Scoville Peace Fellowship provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members for six to nine months at the participating organization of their choice.
The Fall deadline for this award is January 5.
The Spring deadline for this award is October 1.

Code for America Fellowship: This fellowship is a full-time paid year of service for professionals in the technology industry, including developers, designers, product managers, and related roles. Teams of three are embedded in local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice. The salary for fellows is a $5K per month stipend, plus benefits.
Applications will re-open on a rolling basis throughout the year new projects are identified.

Green Corps: Green Corps is a yearlong program that trains members in leading environmental-based political campaigns. 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, and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement.
The application for the 2018-2019 program is now open (updated 12/6/17).

ThinkImpact: ThinkImpact offers the chance to innovate and collaborate in developing countries on real enterprises, addressing real problems. The program operates in Rwanda, Panama, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. All institutes have an innovative and collaborative focus while allowing a considerable amount of flexibility for participants to leverage their own interests and ideas.
The deadline for this award varies.

Awards for Recent Graduates

Samuel Huntington Fellowship: The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world, before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
The deadline for this award is January.

*Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program: Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars.
The deadline for this award is January 15.

Fulani Fellowship: The Fulani is a five-month program in which Fellows train and work alongside independent activist grassroots leader Dr. Lenora Fulani and her high-performing and diverse team. Candidates should have completion of at least one year of graduate studies or equivalent experience in the field; as well as a relationship to, and an affinity for poor communities of color.
The deadline for this award is March 21.

Princeton in Africa/Princeton in Asia/Princeton in Latin America: Offers one-year, funded, service oriented placements, including with NGOs, for recent college graduates.
The deadlines for these awards are October-November. Exact dates vary by program.

Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award: The Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award will provide undergraduate students, and recent undergraduates with the opportunity to compete for a research award in the field of material culture studies. The award winner will receive: $250, free conference registration (including the awards banquet), a one-year ISLPMC student membership, and an engraved plaque recognizing his/her work.
The deadline for this award is August.


Other Opportunities

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships: The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant.
The deadline for this award is December 30.

German Chancellor Fellowship: The Fellowship offers university graduates from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of their field of work. Candidates develop their own project idea and find a host to mentor them; they can apply for the fellowship once the host has confirmed.
The next application round for this award is scheduled open on March 15.

Catholic Volunteer Network: Catholic Volunteer Network fosters and promotes full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skills.
The deadline for this opportunity varies depending on the program.

Volunteers for Peace: VFP organizes, promotes and supports voluntary service opportunities in the USA and abroad as an effective means of intercultural education, service learning, and community development. They advocate for civic engagement and encourage volunteers to apply their new skills as citizen diplomats, community activists and global leaders.
The deadline for this opportunity varies depending on the project.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps: LVC is a faith-based, full-time service and leadership program operating in 13 cities across the United States. Volunteers are placed in full-time positions at social justice organizations for one year. LVC is for people over 21 who want to explore their spirituality while working for social justice, living in intentional community with other volunteers, and practicing sustainability in all aspects of their lives. The Corps is open to persons from all spiritual traditions.
The deadlines for this opportunity are January 15 (Round 1) and April 1 (Round 2).

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship: This eleven-month program is divided into two phases: the first phase places fellows in community organizations across the country that are battling hunger, and the second phase moves fellows to Washington DC, where they work on policy with national organizations to combat hunger and poverty-related issues.
The deadline for this award is January 10. 

City Hall Fellows: Aims to invest in the professional development and mentorship of those just beginning their careers in local government, those desiring to grow their careers in local government, and those who have yet to discover what a career in local government could be.
The deadline for this award varies. 

Obama Foundation Fellowship: This program will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars who alter the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community. 2017 marks the inaugural application cycle.
The deadline for this award is October 6.


*These awards require an institutional nomination; contact our office to learn more.

For more award opportunities, please visit the Office of University Fellowships in Morris Hall 265.