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Major Post-Graduate Opportunities

Major Fellowships

One year of support to live in a foreign country to promote cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding. Hundreds of programs under a large umbrella, separated into two types of awards: 

  • Open Study/Research Awards: supports graduate training or independent research in a specific country. 
  • English Teaching Assistant Awards: places grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms.

Recent winners:

  • 2023: Sebastian Acevedo, Rachel Chung, Teresa Contino, Octavio De Leon, Ariana Tabrizi
  • 2022: Michele Canny, David Diebold, Maggie Menendez, Cate Ralph, Chris Wanis
  • 2021: Armand Aibara, Jocelyn Chi, Ryan Nazari, and Anjali Rangaswami
  • 2020: Griffin Garner, Mariana Perera, Erin Ronald, and Bridget Woody
  • 2019: Hollynd Boyden (2nd year award), Sammi Bennett, Arelí Hernández, Katie O'Neil, and James Wang
  • 2018: Hollynd Boyden, Lauren Cloward, Erika Francks, Athena Nguyen, Shawna Richardson, Marisa Rudolph, Katrina Van Gasse, and Carson Whisler

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The Gaither Program, funded by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Selected students are hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

The Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment’s projects. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

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The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge. Each year Gates Cambridge offers c.80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.

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A graduate-level scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leader to address the increasingly complex challenges facing our world. Up to 100 scholars will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at one of Stanford’s 125+ graduate programs. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program has a distinctly multidisciplinary focus, and will provide opportunities for leadership training, mentorship, and cohort-based experiential learning. The goal of the program is to empower Knight-Hennessy Scholars to navigate across business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sectors.

Institutional endorsements are neither required nor encouraged by the Knight-Hennessy program, but we are happy to provide them.  In order to receive an institutional endorsement letter, we require applicants to submit a draft of their Knight-Hennessy application by 9/1/2023. Submissions for internal review should include three to four letters of recommendation from members of the SCU community -- two of these will ultimately be submitted to the Knight-Hennessy program with the application, the rest will inform the institutional endorsement.

  • SCU Knight-Hennessy winners: Hayley Raquer '16, Jasmyn Burdsall '20

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Marshall Scholarships provide full funding, travel, and living expenses to support graduate-level study in the UK at any institution in any field of study.

  • Must have a GPA of 3.7 or greater

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The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.  It funds full tuition for a one-year Masters degree at one of the nine eligible institutions in the Republic of Ireland, campus housing, monthly stipend, and round-trip travel between the United States and Ireland. 

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The GRFP is a National Science Foundation-wide program that provides Fellowships to individuals selected as graduating seniors or early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education.

  • Recent SCU winners: Betty Hou (2022), Julie Herman (2014)

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The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and one of the most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. It is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. Each year 32 students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

  • Recent SCU winners: Sean Reilly (in 2017) and Aven Satre Meloy (in 2014)
  • Recent SCU Finalists: Erika Francks (in 2018), Lauren Cloward (in 2017), and Haley Howard (in 2021)

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Global Grants provide funds for graduate-level study or research in another country. Students must pursue studies in one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Basic Education and Literacy; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Disease Prevention and Treatment; or Economic and Community Development.

  • Most recent SCU winners: Samantha Bennett (in 2021); Lindsey Allen (in 2019); N’dea Moore-Petinak (in 2017); Jesse Caemmerer (in 2014)

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Schwarzman Scholars is a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program for a one-year Master’s in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. It is designed to build a global community of young leaders in business, political and civil society who can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world.

  • SCU winners: Jesse Caemmerer (2015) and Omar Hamade (2021) 

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Student Perspective

"I learned how to write more succinctly and powerfully and I created a meaningful narrative of my life and my aspirations on one page of paper. I learned that I can learn much about myself through iterations of writing."

- Sammi Bennett '19, Fulbright Awardee