Distinguished Fellowships

What is a Fellowship?

A fellowship is a funded award that supports an opportunity, such as conducting research abroad, teaching abroad or engaging in graduate studies. Fellowships can range in length and amount funded.

Distinguished fellowships are nationally competitive fellowships that fund a variety of opportunities – domestic and international independent research and travel, teaching and work. Many of these opportunities involve an internal campus process where student applications are reviewed in advance of the national competition.

Who Should Apply?

Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, fellowships are available for all kinds of talented students and support a wide range of interests and goals. The majority of fellowships support post-baccalaureate opportunities, although a limited number support undergraduate experiences.

Juniors, seniors and alumni can work with advisors on applications for post-baccalaureate experiences, while first-year students and sophomores can research opportunities and take steps to strengthen their future application by getting involved in co-curricular experiences such as undergraduate research, study abroad, tutoring, mentoring or student leadership positions.

Highlighted Opportunities

Boren Fellowship

Focus: Supports graduate study of a critical language abroad, such as Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese or Swahili.

Eligibility: Graduate student; language preparation varies by language.

Campus deadline: December

National deadline: January

Destination: Africa, Asia, central and eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East.

More information: borenawards.org

Boren Scholarship

Focus: Supports study of a critical language abroad, such as Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese or Swahili.

Eligibility: Undergraduate student; language preparation varies by language.

Campus deadline: December

National deadline: February

Destination: Africa, Asia, central and eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East

More information: borenawards.org

Ernest F. Hollings/NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship

Focus: Provides undergraduate scholarships and internships at NOAA sites 

Eligibility: Sophomores with a minimum 3.0 GPA in biology, environmental studies or mathematics, including the 3+2 engineering programs

National deadline: January

Destination: NOAA internship sites

More information: www.noaa.gov

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistantship

Focus: Places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors. 

Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students or alumni

Campus deadline: August

National deadline: October

Destination: 140 countries worldwide

More information: us.fulbrightonline.org

Fulbright U.S. Student Research/Study Award

Focus: Funds research projects or graduate studies abroad

Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students or alumni

Campus deadline: August

National deadline: October

Destination: 140 countries worldwide

More information: us.fulbrightonline.org

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Focus: Supports graduate study in any field at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom

Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students or alumni

Campus deadline: August

National deadline: October

Destination: United Kingdom

More information: gatescambridge.org

Marshall Scholarship

Focus: Supports graduate study in any field at any institution in the United Kingdom

Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students or alumni

Campus deadline: May

National deadline: September

Destination: United Kingdom

More information: marshallscholarship.org

Mitchell Scholarship

Focus: Supports graduate study in any field at any institution in Ireland

Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students or alumni

Campus deadline: May

National deadline: September

Destination: Ireland

More information: us-irelandalliance.org

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students

Campus deadline: August

National deadline: October

Destination: U.S.-based graduate programs

More information: www.nsf.gov