One of the graduation requirements Institute members forget the most is writing the essay section of a nationally competitive scholarship or fellowship. This task can seem daunting, but it really isn’t as bad as it seems. However, with schoolwork and extracurriculars, experts recommend starting the writing process the spring before the application is due. To help all of you out, we’ve compiled a list of nationally competitive scholarships:
A Rhodes Scholarship allows students in varied disciplines to study at Oxford University for about two years to earn a “taught master’s degree.” This is one of the most prestigious scholarships you can receive, so serious applicants usually begin preparing their essays for a Rhodes Scholarship as early as the spring semester of their junior year.
The British Marshall Scholarship enables US college graduates to study for a degree in any subject at a university in the United Kingdom for two to three years. The program looks for tomorrow’s leader: for high intelligence and academic achievement; for social commitment and responsibility; for leadership potential; and for originality and flair.
The U.S. Fulbright Graduate Student Program awards a fairly open-ended grant given to recent graduates, master’s or doctoral candidates, and young professionals the opportunity to develop themselves. Grantees can plan their own program, including any university course work, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of these either domestically or internationally.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship is given to graduating seniors who plan to teach American history, government, or social studies. It pays for a master’s program that has at least twelve semester hours or the equivalent in topics directly related to the framing and history of the Constitution of the United States. To apply, you must agree to teach full time in a secondary school for at least one year for each year you had the fellowship and agree to attend a Summer Institute on the Constitution.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded to juniors to help them prepare for careers in public service and can be renewed for up to two years afterward. The application for this program goes to someone at Michigan Tech to nominate you. You should also have an extensive record of public and community service and perhaps have had an internship or summer job with government agencies.
The National Science Foundation awards fellowships for a maximum of a three year tenure period to graduates who are looking to attain a research-based master’s or doctorate’s degree in the fields of math, physics, biology, engineering, behavioral, and social sciences, and in the history of science and the philosophy of science. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based doctorate in science education. To apply, you must take the GRE general test and should take the GRE subject test in the science or engineering field that relates most to your area of graduate study.
The Hughes Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences are awarded to students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies looking to complete a Ph.D. in the fields of biological sciences. The fellowship award is for three years initially, but can be extended for an additional two years. In order to apply, you must score on the GRE general test, and it is highly recommended that you take the GRE subject test that most closely relates to your field of study.
The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants are awarded to women in different categories. The Dissertation Fellowships are awarded to women in all fields except engineering who plan on finishing their dissertation; applicants are expected to receive a doctorate’s at the end of the fellowship year. Selected Professions Fellowships are given to women in designated fields where female participation has been traditionally low. Science and technology fellowships are awarded to women in STEM fields that are in their last year of a master’s program. International Scholarships are available for non-citizens or non-permanent residents in the US who are pursuing graduate studies or research.
The Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education are awarded to candidates for a doctoral degree in any field of study. To apply, you must plan to undertake research aimed at improving education.
This is not an exhaustive list, as there are many other scholarships or fellowships out there. If you want help in applying for a scholarship or fellowship, contact Dr. Andrew Storer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or former Institute Director Dr. Mary Durfee (email@example.com).