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Fellowships Listing

A list of scholarship opportunities to which our office devotes significant attention and for which Colgate has formalized application processes.

Many of the opportunities on this page require the student to be nominated by Colgate.

There are numerous awards open to underclassmen and those looking for post-baccalaureate experiences. It is possible, and often desirable, to apply for multiple scholarships during your college years and beyond.

Advising on the Application Process

Getting carefully considered and comprehensive advising is very important when deciding which of these opportunities are a good fit for you and your interests, so please be sure to contact us to start the conversation and application process early.

Deadlines

Please note that Colgate's campus deadlines are earlier — often months earlier — than the foundations' deadlines, so interested applicants should prepare well in advance.


Click any individual opportunity see information about its requirements, deadlines, and benefits, including a link to the foundation website and application.
Goldwater Scholarship
For undergraduate study leading to research careers in mathematics or natural science or engineering. Awards up to $7,500 for the remaining undergraduate year(s) of study.

Campus deadline: December 1. Final deadline: late January.

Candidates must:
  • Be a sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen, national, or resident alien
  • Have a highly competitive GPA
  • Have at least one significant research experience to date
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Goldwater Committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.
Goldwater website
Udall Scholarship
Provides up to $5,000 towards tuition and other college expenses. Scholars also attend a Udall Orientation in August in Tucson, AZ, and will gain access to a nationwide network of environmental, Native American health, and tribal policy professionals.

Campus deadline: February 2. Final deadline: early March.

Candidates must:
  • Be a college sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • Have a college GPA of at least "B"
  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, or US national
  • Demonstrate commitment to the environment and plan to pursue careers related to the environment; or
  • be Native American or Alaska Native students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • be Native American or Alaska Native students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to Native health care.
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Udall Committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.
Udall website
Beinecke Scholarship
A $34,000 award for the senior undergraduate year and graduate study in a field in which a student demonstrates unusual ability and promise. An initial grant of $4,000 is followed by a $15,000 stipend during each of the first two years of graduate study.

Campus deadline: January 26. Final deadline: Late February.

Candidates must:
  • Be an undergraduate junior at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen or US national
  • Plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences
  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise in your undergraduate career
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during college
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by a campus committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.

Beinecke website
Marshall Scholarship
For graduate study in a British college or university for one or two years. Awards include full tuition, living allowance, book grant, thesis grant, research grant, and travel allowance.

Preliminary deadline: June 1. Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a current or rising senior or have received the BA after the April two years prior to the year of application
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7
  • Have an outstanding academic record, creative and original leadership experience, extensive community service, and ambassadorial potential
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
Marshall website
Rhodes Scholarship
Provides full funding (tuition & stipend) for graduate study (or a second bachelor's degree) at the University of Oxford in the UK.

Preliminary deadline: June 1. Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be at least 18 and not yet 24 years of age
  • Be a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident (see note below)
  • Complete the bachelor's degree prior to beginning studies at Oxford
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, community service, concern for and protection of the weak, and vigor in extracurricular activities, which may or may not include sports
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
NB: Citizens of other nations may be able to compete in their home country's Rhodes competition, if one exists and they meet that country's eligibility criteria. Contact ONFS as soon as possible if you wish to inquire about Rhodes outside the US.

Rhodes website: US
Rhodes website: Other nations
Fulbright US Student Program Grant
Provides full funding for one academic year abroad for research/study or teaching English.

Preliminary deadline: June 15 (for initial drafts). Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • Present a plan or project which can be completed in one academic year
  • Be available for an interview with Colgate's Fulbright Committee soon after September 15
Fulbright website
Watson Fellowship
Provides $28,000 for 12 months of independent exploration and travel outside of the US following graduation.

Campus deadline: October 2

Candidates must:
  • Be in their senior year at the time of application
  • Receive your degree prior to Aug. 1 of that year
  • Create a project for a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Watson Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews, which will take place soon after the campus deadline above.
NB: Click WatsonColgate for the fall 2014 Colgate Application Form, which contains complete instructions.

Watson website
Churchill Scholarship
Provides full tuition plus living stipend, travel allowance, and potential additional research funding toward one year of graduate study in the physical or natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Preliminary deadline: June 1.  Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • At the final deadline, be a current senior or recent graduate between the ages of 19 and 26
  • Demonstrate character, adaptability and a demonstrated concern for the critical problems of society, in addition to high academic achievement in the relevant scientific field
  • Submit a separate application to the University of Cambridge, which is due by Oct. 15
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
Churchill website
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Provides full tuition plus a generous living stipend for the graduate program of your choice at the University of Cambridge.

Preliminary deadline: June 1.  Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement, leadership activity, and service to their community
  • Gain admission to the University of Cambridge and to a constituent college
  • Hold a bachelor's degree by the start of your Cambridge program
  • May be citizens of any country outside the UK
NB: The US competition is separate from the global one; the deadlines above are pinned to the US, while international students will have more time.

Gates Cambridge website
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
For one year of graduate study or research at one of the universities in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Includes full tuition, accommodations, living expenses, and an international travel stipend.

Campus deadline (current students only): June 1. Final deadline: Early October.

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership activity and extra-curricular activity
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness and unselfish service to others, indicating a potential for future leadership and contribution to society
  • Have a bachelor's degree in hand prior to the beginning of graduate study
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of application
  • Be nominated by Colgate only if you are a current student (alumni may apply without such nomination). Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
Mitchell website
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program
Provides a paid one-year fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, where fellows will serve as research assistants to senior fellows on matters relating to the current work of the foundation.

Campus deadline: November 17. Final deadline: mid-January (prior to the start of spring semester)

Candidates must:
  • Be a current senior or an alumnus within one year of receiving the BA but not in graduate school
  • Demonstrate superior research skills and academic strengths in a field which matches Carnegie's ongoing research programs
  • Have a highly competitive GPA
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by a campus committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.

NB: Each fall, a new application is distributed by Carnegie sometime in October. It will be in October, therefore, that the latest application will be made available for download here. For reference purposes, click here for a pdf of last year's application.

Carnegie website
St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarships
Provides $30,000 for use toward graduate study at a Scottish university.

Campus deadline: November 12. Final deadline: December 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a current senior at the time of application
  • Have a strong rationale to conduct graduate work in Scotland
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, clarity of purpose, and community engagement
  • Be a US citizen of Scottish descent
  • Need financial assistance to fund graduate school
  • Apply separately for admission to the program(s) of your choice in Scotland
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.

NB: The St. Andrew's Society distributes new application materials, on paper, each year in October to ONFS. Contact us for copies of these forms.

St. Andrew's website
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award
Provides up to $50,000 per year for up to 3 years for graduate study in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing.

Phase One deadline: Late November.
Campus deadline for Phase Two: February 2. Final deadline: Late February.


Candidates must:
  • Be a current senior or an alumnus who graduated within the past five years, and who has not begun graduate work
  • Plan to begin first full-time graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing in the following fall semester
  • Show significant promise in his/her artistic field and plan to be a professional practicing artist
  • Demonstrate significant financial need
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Not have been previously nominated for this award
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by a campus committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.

NB: Phase One is open to all applicants; only select applicants will be invited by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to apply for Phase Two, at which point they require university nomination.

JKC website
Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Provides funding for US citizens to travel to up to 3 countries and engage in digital storytelling on a globally significant theme. Themes for the current application cycle are: Nature & Environment, People & Place, and Sustainability & Production.

Preliminary deadline: June 15 (for initial drafts). Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • Present a plan or project which can be completed in one academic year
  • Be available for an interview with Colgate's Fulbright Committee soon after September 15
Fulbright-NatGeo website
Boren Scholarship
Provides up to $20,000 to fund undergraduate study abroad programs in Boren-preferred countries and languages.

Campus preliminary deadline: December 12. Final deadline: February 4.

Candidates must:
  • Be a currently enrolled college student at any level, and plan to complete the study abroad program in question while still in college (i.e. this will not fund a gap year)
  • Apply to a study abroad program with a language study component in a Boren-supported country/language, and plan to continue language study after your return
  • Have academic and career goals which resonate with Boren's emphasis on US national security and/or international affairs
  • Be a US citizen

NB: All Boren Scholarship applicants must be in contact with the Boren Campus Representative well in advance of February so that the Campus Representative can both provide advice to help you write a strong application and have the time to produce a formal evaluation of all applications prior to the final deadline.

Boren website
Critical Language Scholarship
Provides funding for intensive overseas summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu (beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels); Arabic and Persian (advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels); Chinese, Japanese, and Russian (intermediate and advanced levels).

Final deadline: November 15

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in good health

CLS website

DAAD Scholarships and Grants
A German government program, DAAD has dozens of available grants (examples below) to enable North American undergraduate and graduate students to study in Germany -- from 3-week summer internships to a full year of study/research. These are available to students in all fields, including the natural sciences.

Deadlines vary, though many fall in January.

Undergraduate Scholarship: 4-10 months of study
Study Scholarship: for graduating seniors to spend the next year in Germany
Research Internship in Science & Engineering: summer research (no language required)
University Summer Course Grant: summer courses at German universities
Study & Internship Program: coursework plus internship
German Studies Research Grant: short-term research in Germany
EMGIP-Bundestag Internship: 2 months in the German Bundestag

DAAD website
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Provides tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in support of graduate study in the US in any professional field or scholarly discipline.

Final deadline: November 1

Candidates must:
  • Qualify as a "New American": e.g. hold a Green Card, or be a naturalized citizen, or be the child of immigrant parents (see Soros website for the fine print)
  • Be a current senior or not yet beyond the 2nd year of graduate/professional school at time of application
  • Demonstrate sustained accomplishments that show creativity, originality, and initiative
  • Be under 31 years of age at the time of application

NB: Colgate nomination is not required for this award; however, the high level of competition means that you will benefit greatly from consultation with ONFS, so you are strongly encouraged to contact us well in advance of the Nov. 1 deadline.

Soros website
Fulbright mtvU Grant
Provides full funding for one academic year abroad for a project centered on an aspect of international musical culture, with a focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change.

Final deadline: February 27

NB: This specific Fulbright grant is on a different timeline and thus does not go through Colgate's Fulbright Committee interview process. That said, you can and should receive advisement from ONFS, so do contact us well in advance of the deadline.

Candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • Present a plan or project which can be completed in one academic year
Fulbright-mtvU website
Boren Fellowship
Provides up to $30,000 to US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.


Final deadline: January 28

Candidates must:
  • Be current graduate students, or graduating seniors who are simultaneously applying to graduate school and who will be matriculated in graduate school prior to taking up this fellowship
  • Be US citizens
Boren website
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Provides a salaried full-time junior staff position for 6 to 9 months in Washington, DC, at a participating nonprofit, public-interest organization addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy
.

Fall deadline: mid-January (to begin work between July 15-October 1)
Spring deadline: October 1 (to begin work between January 15-April 1)

Candidates must:
  • Be a current senior or recent graduate at the time of application
  • Be able and eligible to work full-time in Washington, DC, in the specified timeframe
  • Have demonstrated a strong interest in the field of peace and security issues, especially those considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media.

Scoville website
Austrian Teaching Assistantship
Provides a salaried 8-month position as an English teaching assistant in a secondary school in Austria. Employment lasts from October 1 to May 31.

Final deadline: January 15

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a graduating senior or a college graduate
  • Have a working knowledge of German
  • Have an interest in a career in education or public service

NB: This is similar to a Fulbright ETA, but it is entirely separate.

USTA Austria website
Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Provides up to $40,000 annual funding for graduate study in foreign affairs, plus mentoring and professional development help to prepare Fellows to enter the US Foreign Service.


Final deadline: January 24

Candidates must:
  • Be a current college junior at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen
  • Expect to enroll post-Colgate in a 2-year, full-time graduate degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (this excludes law school)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be available for two summer internships (after Colgate graduation plus the subsequent summer)

Pickering website
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Provides up to $40,000 annual funding for graduate study in foreign affairs, plus mentoring and professional development help to prepare Fellows to enter the US Foreign Service.

Final deadline: February 7

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Simultaneously be seeking admission to a 2-year, full-time graduate degree program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (this excludes law school)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be available for two summer internships

Pickering website
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Provides up to $35,000 annual funding for graduate study in international affairs, plus mentoring and professional development help to prepare Fellows to enter the US Foreign Service.


Final deadline: mid-January

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Simultaneously be seeking admission to a 2-year, full-time graduate degree program in international affairs or a related field such as economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration, or foreign languages (this excludes law school)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be available for two summer internships
Rangel website
Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)
Provides an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before senior year which includes mentoring and career development in the field. Fellows later have the opportunity to receive funding for graduate study in PPIA's consortium of of over 30 public policy and international affairs programs.

Deadline: November 1

Candidates must:
  • Be a college junior at the time of application
  • Be committed to both the JSI and to completing a master’s degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools
  • Have an abiding commitment to public service

PPIA website
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Provides a 3-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct your own graduate research at any accredited US institution of graduate education you choose.

Final deadline: Early November (varies by discipline)

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to pursue a research-based Master's or PhD program in an NSF-supported field
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited US graduate institution by the fall following your NSF application
  • Have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of the August 1 prior to this deadline
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation
NSF GRFP website
National Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
This is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. It provides full tuition plus living stipend for a collaborative PhD or MD/PhD project in any area of biomedical investigation with two research mentors, one at NIH and one at either Oxford or Cambridge.


Final deadline: Early December

Candidates must:

  • Have a strong research record related to the biomedicine
  • Have a record of outstanding academic performance
  • Have a bachelor's degree in hand before the start of this program
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
NIH Ox-Cam website
James Madison Fellowship
This program offers up to $24,000 over two years to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.


Final deadline: Early March

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen or US national
  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12)
  • Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying
James Madison website
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Provides grants to international students who are citizens of Fulbright-participating countries for graduate study, research, or teaching in the US. Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country.
See website below for details.

US citizens (including dual citizens) are not eligible.

Fulbright to US website
AIF Clinton Fellowship
Provides a 10-month service experience in India, with stipend and travel allowance.


Final deadline: February 1

Candidates must
:
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the US or a citizen of India
  • Have a strong interest in making meaningful contributions to NGOs and social enterprises in India, and the ability to make those contributions
  • Have a general knowledge of the development field, particularly development issues in India
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 34
  • Have your undergraduate degree prior to September 1 of the application year

NB: Indian language skills are not technically required but are highly valuable

AIF-Clinton website
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellows Program (HHMI)
Provides myriad grants to spur innovation in science education, from summer research experiences for undergraduates to larger grants to universities.
See their website below for details.

HHMI website
White House Fellowships
One of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. 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. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally
.

Final deadline: January 15

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Have experience in your career field with a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and the potential for further growth
  • Demonstrate commitment to public service
  • Demonstrate the skills to succeed at the highest levels of the Federal government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
White House Fellows website