Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships
All students are encouraged to consider applying for post-graduate scholarships and fellowships for which they may be eligible. Planning for this should begin as early as possible, not later than the fall of the sophomore year, but even freshman year is not too early to consider summer projects such as internships or jobs which may make you a better candidate. There are literally hundreds of post-graduate scholarships, but what follows are some of the more prominent. All of these require considerable thought and effort in order to put together a competitive application. You will need to start developing your strategy for applying no later than second semester freshman year. If you think you might be interested, talk to Professor Greenwalt.
This pays all fees and living expenses for a student to take a degree at Oxford University. Applicants should have a 3.8 - 4.0 GPA, have a track record of leadership, and be able to handle themselves well in an interview. Up to 32 Rhodes Scholars are selected annually. For more information, go to http://www.rhodesscholar.org/
This pays up to $30,000 towards two years' of graduate study at an institution of the student's own choosing. Applicants should intend to pursue a life of public service, changing for the better the way our government serves the people at any level -- local, state, or federal. Candidates apply by Sept. 30 of their junior year and need a 3.7 - 4.0 GPA. Up to 85 scholarships are awarded annually. A record of public service is required for a candidate to be successful. For more information, go to http://www.truman.gov/
This pays all fees and living expenses for a student to take a degree at any participating university in the United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales). Applicants should have a 3.7 - 4.0 GPA and a specific plan for studying in the UK. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually. For more information, go to http://www.marshallscholarship.org/
This pays living expenses for a student to live in a foreign country of his or her choosing for a year. Applicants are required to develop a statement of proposed study to justify their travel to the selected country. Individual countries have specific and varying requirements for their Fulbright participants. Applicants should study these requirements carefully. A 3.3 GPA or so is required; approximately 650 awards are made annually. For more information, go to http://www.iie.org/Fulbright.
This fellowship was established through the generosity of Sally Osberg in memory of Richard H. Osberg, who served as a distinguished SCU Professor of English, the Chair of his Department, and as Director of the Honors Program and Office of Fellowships. Each Osberg Scholar receives a $3,000 award for summer research wages and/or travel expenses. This fellowship is intended to prepare exceptional students to compete for nationally competitive graduate fellowships such as Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Mitchell, Goldwater, Udall, Jack Kent Cooke, and Gates Cambridge. Candidates must be participants in good standing with the University Honors Program who exemplify the ideals and best tradition of Santa Clara University, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3. The research mentor will be responsible for managing award funds. Application deadlines are typically around March 1.
Download the Osberg Fellowship application.
This fellowship was established in memory of Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., SCU's first Rhodes Scholar (1955) and a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Each Hayes Scholar receives an award of up to $7,000.00 for summer research wages, expenses for domestic and foreign study and travel, and/or research supply expenses. Candidates must be participants in good standing with the University Honors Program who exemplify the ideals and best tradition of Santa Clara University, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3. The research mentor will be responsible for managing award funds. Application deadlines are typically around March 1. For information about Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr, click here.
Download the Hayes Fellowship application.
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. 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. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. For more information, go to the Boren Awards site.
This provides for one year of study in any foreign country where a Rotary Club is located. Rotary Scholars are expected to be "ambassadors of good will" to the people of their host country. For a post-graduate grant, you must apply in your junior year. For more information, go to https://www.rotary.org/
This provides $24,000 towards graduate study in history, political science, or social studies for people interested in pursuing a career in teaching in secondary school. For more information, go to http://www.jamesmadison.com/
This pays $15,000 towards undergraduate study for students in their junior or senior year who are intending to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Students planning on attending medical school are ineligible. For more information, go to http://www.act.org/goldwater/
This pays $13,500 in living expenses, plus tuition and fees, for graduate education in the sciences or engineering leading to a master's or doctoral degree. For more information, go to http://www.nsf.gov
Study and research in Germany: undergraduate and graduate awards. Should have a good command of the German language. Open to all fields, except medicine. Grant dollar amounts vary according to time spent ($3,000 to $7,000). For more information, go to https://www.daad.org/
Awards for study in Asia. Open to all undergraduates, except graduating seniors. Applicants must currently receive financial aid or have verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad in Asia. Awards vary from $3,000 to $7,000. For more information, go to the Institute of International Education.
One year post-graduate work or 2nd Bachelor's at the University of Cambridge. Covers: university and college fees at the applicable rates, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, a further discretionary allowance and airfare. For more information, go to http://www.gatescambridge.org
Only available for students receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Awards up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. For more information, go to http://www.iie.org/gilman
One academic year of graduate study in Ireland. No restrictions on academic field of study. Covers: living expenses, tuition and books. For more information, go to http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/
Supports graduate students in fields important to national defense needs (scientists and engineers). Covers: tuition and fees (not to include room and board). Stipends average $23,000 per year. For more information go to http://www.asee.org/ndseg/
Mainly targeting minority groups in a large spectrum of graduate fields. Maintenance grants of $20,000 and tuition grants of one-half the tuition cost of a U.S. Graduate program. Fore more information, go to http://www.pdsoros.org
Undergraduate scholarships for American juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy. Stipend: $5,000.
Four times a year, USA TODAY honors outstanding students and educators with the All-USA Academic and Teacher Teams. The 20 students and educators selected for the All-USA First Teams are featured in the nation's newspaper. Cash award: $2500. For more information, go to http://www.allstars.usatoday.com/