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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Undergraduates who are currently receiving Federal Pell Grants and are U.S. citizens. Students must be applying to a study abroad program eligible for undergraduate academic credit at their home university.
  • Award: Up to $5000 for study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Awardees are eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award. 2,300 scholarships and 50 Critical Need Language Award given out this year.

    Application deadline: varies
    View deadlines here: www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Deadlines-and-Timeline

Boren Scholarship

  • Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and continue to be matriculated in their undergraduate programs until the end of the scholarship. Students must be applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Award: $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum); $10,000 for a semester ; $20,000 for a full academic year.

    Internal deadline: January 
    Boren deadline: February 9, 2017

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship

  • Outstanding graduating seniors and recent graduates who have not started graduate school and who are interested in serving as research assistants to Carnegie Endowment Associates. Criteria: essay, academic record and recommendations. Need not be a citizen but must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Award: 1-year fellowship provides a stipend of $33,000 and the opportunity to assist with Carnegie Endowment Projects, including non-proliferation, democracy training, trade, China-related issues, etc. 8-10 fellowships/ year.

    Application deadline: January 15, 2017

Fulbright Grant

  • Seniors or graduate students with at least a 3.6 GPA and an interest in studying or teaching abroad. Fluency in host country language is sometimes required. Opportunities vary widely. For U.S. citizens.
  • Award: More than 1,200 grants awarded annually to support students in 140 countries. Grant covers the cost of research or study in the host country and related expenses.

    Internal deadline: September
    Fulbright deadline: October 1, 2017

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Applicants should be interested in pursuing one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Applications for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for October 2017 entry will open on  September 5,  2016.

The deadlines will be:

  • Round 1 (US citizens based in the USA) - October 12, 2016

Goldwater Scholarship

  • Sophomores and juniors pursuing careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Minimum GPA: 3.7. Requires SHU endorsement.
  • Award: Funds for undergraduate tuition and other expenses, up to $7,500 annually. 300 awards per year.

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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

  • This prestigious award is for high-achieving juniors. Applicants must have a minimum 3.7 GPA, be in the top 25% of their class, and have the ability to demonstrate their past community and/or public service, as well as excellent leadership and communication skills. Candidates who become Truman Scholars are required to engage in a public service career path for at least three of the seven years following their graduate study.
  • Award: Up to $30,000 towards graduate-level study.

    Deadline for nominations: February 7, 2017

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

  • A faith-based volunteer program for students 21 or older who will have received a college degree by the time they begin the program, or have applicable work experience. Participants serve as full-time volunteers for one year (domestic program) or two years (international program), living in the same communities as those they serve, including people who are low-wage earners, homeless, unemployed, refugees, diagnosed with AIDS, elderly, street youth, former gang members, abused, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled. U.S. and Canadian citizens can serve domestically or internationally; international students are eligible only for the domestic (U.S.) program.
  • Award: Most travel, including round trip airfare for those serving internationally, is covered, along with room, board, health insurance, and a small stipend.
  • International program applications and first round domestic applications must be submitted by January 27, 2017 
  • Domestic program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
  • See more at: www.jesuitvolunteers.org/apply#sthash.PuU1r9fK.dpuf

Marshall Scholarship

  • Seniors and recent graduates interested in studying at Oxford or another UK university. Must be a U.S. citizen, and have at least a 3.7 GPA plus an exceptional record of leadership and service. One of the most prestigious and competitive of the national scholarships. Requires SHU endorsement.
  • Award: Supports two years of study in the UK, including tuition, living and travel expenses, and research. Up to 40 scholarships awarded each year.

    Application deadline: October 3, 2016

Mitchell Scholarship

  • For students interested in graduate study in Ireland who have already received a Bachelor's degree or will have received one before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar.  Applicants are judged on their academic record, leadership, and commitment to community service. Current full-time students must also obtain endorsement from their current institution. For U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • Award: Stipend provides tuition, living, and travel expenses for one year of study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

    Application deadline: September 30, 2016

Peace Corps

  • For U.S. citizens age 18 or older. Most positions require completion of a 4-year degree. French or Spanish language ability is a plus but not required. Demonstrated leadership ability and community service experience are desired in all applicants. Participants serve for 27 months in a foreign country.
  • Award: Travel expenses to the destination country, a living allowance for the duration of the 27 month program, and $7,425 paid at the completion of the program.

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

  • For rising seniors and graduate school applicants. Must have a 3.2 GPA or higher and demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in programs relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship provides significant benefits in supporting graduate studies, internships, professional development, and employment with the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service and agree to a contractual obligation to work as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State for a minimum of (5) five years following the completion of the fellowship program.
  • Award: Financial support up to $40,000 annually for senior year of college and first year of graduate school. (For graduate applicants—first and second years of graduate school.)

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Rhodes Scholarship

  • For graduating seniors and recent graduates interested in graduate work at Oxford University and leadership development. Must have a 3.7 GPA, and demonstrate a superior level of achievement and drive. A highly prestigious award. SHU endorsement required. For U.S. citizens.
  • Award: 32 American Rhodes Scholars receive tuition and living and travel expenses for two to three years of study at Oxford University. The Rhodes is offered in 19 countries.

    Application opens early July.
    Application deadline: October 5, 2016

Schwarzman Scholars

The $350 million endowment will support 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. 

Teach for America

  • Graduating seniors from all backgrounds with at least a 2.5 GPA and an interest in teaching in critical needs schools. Candidates must show evidence of leadership, perseverance, and the ability to motivate others. Must be a U.S. citizen or have national/permanent resident status.
  • Award: Placement as a full-time teacher for two years at full pay. Includes transition grants and $4,725 educational award at the end of each of the two years of service.

     Application deadline: 
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