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Prestigious Fellowships

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2019-2020 SHU-NJSGC Academic Year Undergraduate Student Research Fellowships

Seton Hall has been awarded two academic fellowships for science, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) undergraduate students by the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium, a NASA-sponsored program. Please contact Professor Sahiner at Ext. 9060 or email at for further information.

Beinecke Scholarship

  • The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate courses of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 640 college juniors from more than 110 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following receipt of their undergraduate degree, and must utilize all of their award within five years.
  • To be eligible to receive a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must be a college junior, a citizen of the United States and have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.

    Deadline: Every year by the second Wednesday in February.

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 $5,000 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.

    Deadline: December 6th, 2019, January 31 and Febuary 28, 2020.
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    Students interested in the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship should contact Maria Bouzas, Director of the Office of International Programs at

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 5, 2020
    National deadline: January 30, 2020

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: December 1

Churchill Scholarship and Kanders Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship and Kanders Churchill Scholarship provide funding to American students for a year of Master's study at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The program was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.

Deadline: early October, 2020 (date not yet announced).

Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS)

  • The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 
  • Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America's national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.

Program benefits: 
The CLS Program covers most of the costs of participating in its overseas institutes, including:

  • International and domestic travel between the student's U.S. home city, Washington, D.C., and the CLS Program site 
  • Visa application fees 
  • Costs associated with the mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. 
  • Language instruction, room, board, program-sponsored travel within the host country 
  • All entrance fees for program activities 
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) language assessments 
  • U.S. academic credit

The following expenses will not be covered by the CLS Program:

  • U.S. passport fees; and 
  • The cost of medical exams and any follow-up visits necessary to pass the medical review process, as determined by the CLS Program.

Internal deadline: October 15, 2020 
National deadline: November 17, 2020

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 7 of application year
    National deadline: early October, 2020 (date not yet announced).

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.

Internal deadline: September 7 of application year
Deadline: early October, 2020 (date not yet announced).

Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation's next generation of research leaders in these fields.

The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include:

  • Strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering,
  • Effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, and
  • Potential for a significant future contribution to research in his/her chosen field.
Award: Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.

Internal deadline: December 1
Deadline: Last Friday in January

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.

    Internal deadline: January 5th (each year)
    Deadline: 11:59 pm on the first Tuesday in February (each year)

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

  • Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie's senior scholars.

    Internal deadline: January 1, 2020
    National deadline:January 15, 2020

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.
  • Domestic program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
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  • 2020-21 Deadlines:

    Deadline 1: December 1, 2019
    Deadline 2: January 19, 2020
    Deadline 3: March 8, 2020
    Final Deadline: May 31, 2020

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.
  • In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.
  • The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories: Academic Merit, Leadership Potential and Ambassadorial Potential

    Internal deadline: September 7
    National deadline: September 30

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.

    Internal deadline: September 7
    National deadline: end of September (not yet announced for 2020)

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.)

    Internal deadline: August 15
    Deadline: second week of September (not yet announced for 2020)

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.

    Internal deadline: September 1st
    Deadline: First Wednesday of October (each year)

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.
  • Application period for U.S and Global applicants will be open between April 2020 and September 2020.
  • Selections will be made in November 2020.
  • Applicants with Chinese passports apply by May 2020, with selections made in September 2020.

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.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

This fellowship program is for seniors and graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Campus deadline: October 1
National deadline: first week of November (2020 date not yet announced)

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