The following is a list of some of the most well-known national scholarships. Their applications require a considerable amount of time, thought, and preparation. It is advisable to work ahead of the college and award deadlines--even as much as six months--in order to be competitive. Most of these scholarships require some form of institutional endorsement from Providence College. Contact Dr. Michael O'Neill, the college's post-baccalaureate scholarship and fellowship advisor, for more information.
The awards are listed with a link to their website. Students should use the websites to familiarize themselves with the qualifications and application process for those awards that interest them. For a brief summary of each award, please see the descriptions provided below the table.
|Languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security|
|Jack Kent Cooke
|All fields, for study in Germany|
|Students among the first to graduate from college. For study in England|
|All fields; study abroad|
|All fields; for study at University of Cambridge|
|Mathematics, Engineering, or Natural Sciences|
|Jacob Javits Fellowship
|Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences|
|Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
|Students planning on becoming mathematics and science teacher in U.S. high schools|
|American History, Government, Social Studies (secondary school teaching)|
|All fields; for study in United Kingdom|
|Humanities and planning to teach|
|All fields for study in Ireland|
|NIH Oxford Cambridge
|Biomedical studies, as well as in computer science, engineerings, mathematics and physics|
|National Science Foundation
|History of science, the philosophy of science, and mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral, and social science|
|All fields; for study at Oxford University|
|All field; for study abroad in exchange for service as ambassadors of peace|
|Science, Mathematics and Engineering students for recruitment into the Department of Defense|
|Paul and Daisy Soros
|All fields; for new Americans|
|Fields in the public sector; award process begins in student's junior and senior year|
|Environment or related studies; or, Native American students interested in healthcare or tribal public policy|
|U.S. DHS Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
|Science and Technology|
Boren Scholarship and Fellowship
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The focus is on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Boren Fellowships and Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
NSEP is merit based. The maximum Boren Scholarship award is $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for a full academic year. The maximum Boren Fellowship awards generally vary between $12,000 and $30,000.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers four separate competitions: one for students entering graduate programs; the second for student currently attending community colleges and planning to transfer to four year institutions; the third for eighth grade students; and the fourth for spouses and dependents of victims of September 11 or the 2001 anthrax attacks. The Graduate scholarship requires the institution to nominate no more than two students for the award. The scholarship is given to approximately 65 students each year.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 55,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world. The organization was founded in 1925 by the German student Carl Joachim Friedrich, who obtained 13 fellowships from the Institute of International Education for Germans in the social sciences.
One of 14 international offices around the world, the New York office of DAAD was founded in 1971 to support academic exchange between Canada, the US and Germany. The work of DAAD New York supports three major missions:
To act as a bridge between Canadian, US and German universities, higher education professionals and students by providing information and assistance.
To administer fellowships and other programs for students and scholars in Canada and the US.
To contribute to Germany's public diplomacy by promoting Germany's academic, scientific, and cultural achievements in Canada and the US.
The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Several countries also offer English Teaching Assistant positions. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Recent projects have involved cancer research in the UK, free market development in Mauritius, women's rights in Chile and contemporary artistic expression in India. Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom. The best way to appreciate others viewpoints, their beliefs, the way they think, and the way they do things, is to interact with them directly on an individual basis work with them, live with them, teach with them, learn with them, and learn from them.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
The scholarships are highly competitive and open citizens of any country outside the UK. The Trust awards about 80 new scholarships each year on the following criteria:
The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
The Hertz Foundation
The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship award, which is based on merit (not need) consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools.
The personal stipend, paid over the nine-month academic year, is $25,000 for Fellowships awarded for the 2001-2002 academic year. The Fellowship award is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years. Fellows must attend one of the Foundation's tenable schools.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
The program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Students must also demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree. The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree. James Madison Fellows can attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a masters degree in one of the following (listed in order of preference): Master of Arts degree (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government"); Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions and political theory (in a political science department); Master of Education degree (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the period of study.
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
The 2010 Teaching Fellowships support exceptional individuals who are committed to becoming outstanding mathematics and science teachers in U.S. high schools. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in biology, a physical science, mathematics or a related field, and have received their most recent content degree within the past five years. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a secondary math or science teaching credential program are eligible if they are within five years of their most recent content degree and will not have completed their credential before December 2009.
Fellowships will be awarded in each of three disciplinary strands: biology, physical science, and mathematics. Benefits include:
Financial and professional support for up to five years, including tuition assistance for up to two years and a monthly stipend while fellows are enrolled in a recognized teacher credential program.
Room, board, travel expenses and fees for summer professional development activities as well as a monthly stipend during the summer.
Opportunities to apply for instructional materials, academic year professional development, school-site mentor support, support for National Board Certification and financial support for leadership activities.
Membership in a professional organization.
Room, board and travel expenses for three meetings per year with other KSTF Fellows.
Marshall Scholarships finance approximately 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom each year. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree.
The Scholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). They are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in the UK (for which the Association of Commonwealth Universities provides the Secretariat) and in the US by the British Embassy in Washington DC and seven regional Consulates-General.
The US-Ireland Alliance has established the George J. Mitchell Scholarships to educate future American leaders about the island of Ireland and to provide tomorrow's leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity with, the island from which 44 million Americans claim descent. Twelve Scholarships were awarded in both the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 academic years. Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study.
National Institutes of Health/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program
Scholarships in the National Institutes of Health/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program are offered to exceptionally promising students who wish to pursue accelerated Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. training at the cutting edge of biomedical research in collaborative projects between labs of the National Institutes of Health and Oxford University or Cambridge University. These scholarships fully fund Ph.D. training expenses, including tuition, college fees, stipend, health insurance and travel. Scholars can receive full funding for combined M.D./Ph.D. training in coordination with one of the 42 top U.S. medical schools that have NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Programs.
NIH/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars carry out research in both the US and the UK in any area of biomedical inquiry of their choosing. Training includes opportunities for multidisciplinary research and experiences which place medical research in the context of the broader social fabric. NIH/Oxford/Cambridge Scholars, on average, complete their Ph.D. training in 4 years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have completed a bachelor's degree. Students with strong backgrounds in the traditional areas of biomedical studies, as well as in computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics, are encouraged to apply.
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
Among the NSF programs of interest to graduate students is the Graduate Research Fellowship Awards. Through this program the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, engineering and the social sciences in the United States and to reinforce its diversity.
The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.
Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards.
The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904.
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
Ambassadorial Scholarships, the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations.
The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of US $25,000 for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies. They are the most common type of Ambassadorial Scholarships.
SMART Scholarship for Service Program
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance, and up to $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of award.
Paul and Daisy Soros
The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream. Fellows must have shown potential in the fields for which they seek further education; the capacity for creativity, persistence and work; and the commitment to the values of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protect the American dream. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.
Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow.
The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students, who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service in public service at a leadership level.
The Foundation seeks candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Financial need is not a consideration.
The Foundation will award approximately 75 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students:
1. Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields.
2. Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy.
Two-year and four-year institutions are eligible to nominate a total of six students from either or both categories, although it is recommended that the total be equally divided between them. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution. Each scholar receives up to $5,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support per application year. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be renominated during the next year's competition. Junior nominees may not be renominated. Freshmen are not eligible.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) realizes that the country's strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives. Areas of study that are eligible include: physical, mathematical, computer and information, life, and social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering. Funding is available on both the undergraduate and graduate level.