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Underrepresented/Minority Students

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Awards specifically designed for students from an underrepresented or minority population:

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund: The mission of the Legal Opportunity Scholarship program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school. Twenty incoming law students are awarded with $15,000 of financial aid over the course of their three years in law school.
The deadline for this award is March 2.

American Indian College Fund: The Fund provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate American Indian/Alaska Native students. Students attending tribal colleges and universities are eligible for the TCU Scholarship; students attending accredited public or non-profit private colleges are eligible for the Full Circle scholarship.
The deadline for the Full Circle scholarship is May 31.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students: The AICPA Foundation awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time minority accounting scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting educators. Applicants must be awaiting acceptance from a doctoral program, accepted into a doctoral program, or already matriculated in a doctoral program.
The deadline for this award is May 15.

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program: The APA MFP provides financial support, professional development activities, and opportunities for personal and professional guidance to promising promising graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and early career professionals. The APA offers a range of fellowships, all with varying benefits.
The deadlines for these awards vary; see link for details.

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program: The ASA MFP provides financial support for doctoral students in any sub-area or specialty of the discipline. The annual stipend for each award is $18,000, and the MFP works with its Fellows and their faculty mentors to help prepare the Fellow for a research career.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship Programs: CHCI offers unparalleled exposure to professional experiences in a vast array of public policy arenas to exceptional Latino college graduates from across the country. Fellows also participate in CHCI’s nationally acclaimed leadership development training program.
The deadlines for these awards is January 29.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship: This summer program selects up to twelve fellows to take part in a multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. Applicants should be underrepresented undergraduate students with sophomore or junior status.
The deadline for this award is January 5.

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.

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.

Future Global Leaders Fellowship: The Future Global Leaders Fellowship annually selects the world’s top first-generation university students and, over the course of a 3-year program, primes them for induction into the Fortis Society – the world’s first private network of diverse leaders committed to one another’s success and to a better world. Applicants must be first-year, first-generation or low-income university students with a track record of academic excellence and proven leadership abilities.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

Greenlining Institute Academy Fellowship Programs: The Greenlining Institute offers two awards: the Policy Fellowship for young leaders who have completed their undergraduate degrees, and the Legal Fellowship for leaders who have a completed law degree or admittance to California Bar. Both are year-long programs that provide unique experiences each year, for each Fellow.
The deadline for these awards in January 28.

Greenlining Institute Academy Fellowship Program – Summer Associates: The Summer Associate Program is an intensive, 10-week development program for young leaders who have completed their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program. Associates learn about issues impacting California and the nation, work 37.5 hours per week, and earn a $4,300 total stipend.
The deadline for this award is January 14.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: The HSF Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate or graduate study in any field. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage as defined by the Scholarship Fund, U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, with GPA of 3.0 or higher. Awards are based on merit, and range in amount from $500 to $5,000 based on relative need among the Scholars selected.
The deadlines for this award is April 26.

National Association of Black Geoscientists: NABG provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate minority students enrolled full-time in geoscience programs at accredited colleges or universities. Candidates must be Geoscienes majors and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The deadline for this award is April 30.

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.

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
The deadline for this award is March 15.

New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship: The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States. In its current iteration, the 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors. 2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, attend performances, research and travel.
The deadline for this award is October.

Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program: PPIA's mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. TheFellowship Program helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. Applicants must be juniors.
The deadline for this award is November 1.

Steppenwolf Fellowship: The Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago offers this professional development program for early-career people of color interested in working in theatre. Fellows will hold an apprenticeship in their department of interest while being given additional paid professional development opportunities both in and out of Steppenwolf Theatre.
The deadlines for this award is March.

Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP): The SIGP program allows eligible American Indian/Alaska Native masters and doctoral candidates at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Fairbanks, The University of Arizona, The University of Montana-Missoula, Montana Tech of The University of Montana-Butte, Montana State University, and Purdue University to apply for scholarships designed to facilitate graduate study in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering through approved faculty and departments.
Visit link for eligibility details and deadlines.

*Udall Scholarship: The Udall Scholarship awards sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. This award assists in funding a student's undergraduate study. Applicants in tribal public policy or Native American healthcare must be Native American, Alaska Native, or Canadian First Nations.
The campus deadline for this award is January.
The national deadline for this award is March.

United Negro College Fund Scholarships: UNCF manages dozens of award opportunities for high-achieving African American undergraduate and graduate students.
The deadlines for these awards vary.


Awards that strongly encourage students from underrepresented or minority populations to apply:

*Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship: The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Recipients are supported through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.
The deadline for this award is September.

*Thomas R. Pickering 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.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship: The Payne Fellowship 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). It provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.
The deadline for this award is January.

Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program: This award is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded, nine-week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for postgraduate students interested in infectious diseases research and health disparities.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

Federal Diversity Internship Initiative: The Washington Center offers this award to help students from a wide variety of backgrounds access opportunities with selected government agencies. Positions are located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as well as in other regions across the United States.
This award has separate Spring, Summer (January 17), and Fall (April 18) deadlines.

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.

Microsoft Scholarships: Awards college tuition scholarships and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM disciplines. Recipients will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence and leadership while working to push the software industry forward. 
The deadline for this award is February 9.


*These awards require university endorsement; please contact our office for more information.


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