Study and Research Fellowships

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Below is a list of well-known fellowships for individuals seeking funding for graduate studies or research opportunities abroad. This list is limited, so you should explore additional resources to see what else is out there. 

Charles B. Rangel Fellowship 

The Rangel Program is a fellowship awarded to individuals looking to enter the Foreign Service. The program awards up to twenty (20) fellowships of up to $32,500 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree. After two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service

Deadline: Late January

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek 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.


To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and, Postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity and a desire to enter the professoriate.

Deadline: Mid-November

Fulbright Fellowship

The Fulbright fellowships, contrary to popular belief, aren’t just for students looking to do research abroad. They have come to encompass a wider range of opportunities that include teaching abroad, studying abroad, and conducting research abroad. Though the primary focus is still to provide recent graduates the chance to do research outside of the U.S., there are additional opportunities worth exploring.


Applicants have the option to apply with the sponsorship of their alma mater or individually. The primary difference between the two processes is that those with university sponsorship go through an additional vetting stage where a committee of university faculty and staff evaluate the application to help the applicant strengthen his/her proposal. If you plan on applying independently, just keep in mind you should have someone who will be able to help you look over your proposal before you submit it.

Deadline: Mid-October

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

This program offers funding for U.S. citizens planning to pursue graduate study at Cambridge University, England. The program expects applicants to demonstrate high academic achievement and be able to get into the graduate program of their choice at Cambridge. You should be able to demonstrate potential for further academic development and use what you’ve learned in the program to benefit the common good after you complete the program.

You must apply both to the Trust and to Cambridge University. You will need to submit both a CIGAS form A (the Cambridge University application form for graduate study) and a completed Gates Cambridge Scholarship form.

Deadline: Mid-October



George Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship provides one academic year of study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland. They include: Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Maynooth, University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Queen’s University Belfast, and The University of Ulster. The scholarship provides full support for tuition and room, a travel stipend, and a stipend of $11,000 to cover other necessary expenses.

Deadline: Early April

Hearst Minority Fellowship

A fully funded ten-month fellowship sponsored by the Hearst Foundation intended to promote the inclusion of under-represented groups in organized philanthropy. Participants matriculate at Indiana University to receive an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies or an MPA in Nonprofit Management. Applicants must be a member of an under-represented group, have a B.A., and be accepted into the M.A. or MPA program.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

This is a scholarship for undergraduate seniors and recent graduates that provides funding for graduate studies either in the U.S. or abroad. Applicants must exhibit an unmet financial need and are planning to attend a full-time graduate studies program. This scholarship requires a campus nomination in order for the applicant to be eligible to apply.

Deadline: Mid-March

Marshall Scholarship

This award is for U.S. citizens who wish to pursue graduate study in the UK. The fellowship is often awarded to individuals who exhibit strong acadmic achievement, often with GPAs of 3.7 or higher. The Marshall Scholarship seeks "change agents," not just strong scholars. In addition to academic excellence, you should also have a substantial leadership background and demonstrated civic engagement. Each scholarship is held for two years.

You can apply this scholarship to any institution of higher learning in the UK. Applications are encouraged for study at institutions other than those in London, Cambridge and Oxford.

Deadline: Early October

Rhodes Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for U.S. citizens who wish to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Successful applicants tend to have at least a 3.8 GPA, although GPA is far from the most important aspect of a candidacy. Candidates are selected according to the criteria that include: academic achievement, significant commitment to service and the welfare of others, and demonstrated leadership skills.

Deadline: Early September

Woodrow Wilson Pickering Fellowship for Graduate Students

The Fellowship program provides funding to participants who are interested in entering the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. It looks to prepare individuals professionally and academically to become Foreign Service Officers.


The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the first and second year of graduate school. Each year’s award also includes reimbursement for books and for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount).

Deadline: Early February

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