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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

University Honors provides support and guidance to to prepare qualified students to be competitive in applying for scholarships, fellowships, and internships. In addition to maintaining a strong GPA, Honors students are encouraged to build their resumes early with research experience, leadership roles, community service, employment, internships, publications, conferences, and volunteer work. Each of these experiences help to build a record of accomplishment in scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community service while defining the students' goals and focus.

Rhodes Marshall Workshop Series:

Sophomore and juniors who interested in applying to opportunities that require campus endorsement are encouraged to participate in the Rhodes, Marshall Workshop Series.  These workshops will be facilitated by faculty committed to exposing, guiding, and preparing students to apply for various prestigious scholarships and awards. All interested students are invited to attend the Introduction to Prestigious Scholarships and Awards Workshop in Fall quarter.  Students who elect to formally commit to the Rhodes, Marshall Workshop Series should sign-up and be prepared to participate in all workshops offered in 2012-2013. Students who commit to participating in the workshops, submit of a statement of purpose and CV, and follow-through in applying to one of the select opportunities will be awarded the designation of Chancellor Leadership Fellow

All other students interested in applying for other opportunities listed below or who can only attend select workshops are also welcomed, but will not earn the designation.  The workshops are informative and are encouraged for all students. 

Workshops for Spring 2013

  • We will ask you to choose from one of two Current Events Seminars to attend this quarter. You may attend both if you like, but you must sign up for one. Seminars will run approximately one hour with 15-20 minutes for feedback after the seminar. Please sign up by April 30 at 5 p.m.
    1. RSVP to attend "The Path to Better Education In a World of Distraction: Tiger Mom or New Paradigm?"

      Watch/read one of each from Sir Kenny Robinson and Amy Chua:

      Seminar Leader: Robin Russin (Professor, Department of Theater and former Rhodes Scholar)

      • Friday, May 3rd at 4 p.m. Surge Bldg. Room 367, and 
      • Thursday, May 9th at 2 p.m. Surge Bldg. Room 308

      Instructor’s Note: Students should read the articles about Amy Chua (which are not too long) watch the Ken Robinson videos, and take notes on what they agree or disagree with, and why?

    2. RSVP to attend "The Online Revolution in Higher Education: Who Benefits?"

      Readings:

      Seminar Leader: Steven Brint (Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education and Professor, Department of Sociology)

      • Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Surge Bldg. 308
      • Friday, May 17 at 1 p.m. Surge Bldg. 308

      Instructor’s Note: Are Brint and Christensen in agreement about who benefits from online higher education? Why or why not? What are the strong points and flaws in their arguments?

  • Rhodes/Marshall Dining Etiquette Skills:   Dining etiquette can be critical to your career and job search success! Employers want to see you in social situations to observe how you conduct yourself, particularly if the job you want requires a certain standard of conduct with clients and superiors. You could be critically scrutinized on your table manners and conduct. Come to this skill building workshop to learn the dos and don'ts of proper dining etiquette.
    PRESENTER: Stephanie Reyes, Career Center
    • Workshop 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2013  3-4 PM in Surge 367
    • Workshop 2: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11-12 PM in Surge 367

    RSVP to attend

Workshops for Winter 2013

  • Coro Fellows Information Session:  Tuesday, January 8th @ 10AM AND 11AM in the University Honors Conference Room, 2316 Olmsted
  • Capital Fellows Information Session:  Tuesday, January 15 @ 11AM in the University Honors Conference Room, 2316 Olmsted
  • Developing your Interviewing skills(workshop will be held three times, students need only attend one session) PRESENTER:  Dr. Sharon Walker, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    • Workshop 1: Tuesday, January 22, 2013@ 3PM in SURGE 367
    • Workshop 2:  Tuesday, January 29, 2013 @2PM in SURGE 367
    • Workshop 3:  Monday, February 4, 2013 @3PM in SURGE 367 
  • Understanding and Discussing Current Events:  Politics and Economy of Contemporary Mexico (workshop will be held three times, students need only attend one session).  This workshops requires reading prior to the event to ensure engagement and discussion.  Please read the following PDFs.  You are also encouraged to read additional shorter articles on Mexico available in the ECONOMISTwebsite. PRESENTER:  Dr. John Briggs, University Writing Program
    • Workshop 1:  Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 5PM in SURGE 367
    • Workshop 2:  Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 10AM in SURGE 367
    • Workshop 3:  Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 2PM in SURGE 367

Workshops for Fall 2012 include:

  • Introduction to Prestigious Scholarships and Awards, the Rhodes/Marshall Committee, and the Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows (Students must attend one of the two workshops listed below)
    • PRESENTER:  Steve Brint, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, Acting Director, University Honors
    • Workshop will be held twice, students need only attend one introduction workshop
      • Workshop 1: Monday, October 15 @ 2PM
      • Workshop 2:  Thursday, October 18 @ 10AM
      • LOCATION: Surge 367
  • The Statement of Purpose: Telling your Story (students must attend one of the workshops listed below):
    • PRESENTER:  Dr. Robin Russin
      • WORKSHOP 1:  Thursday, November 1 @ 2PM
      • WORKSHOP 2: Friday, November 2 @ 2PM
      • LOCATION:  Surge 367
  • Developing Relationships with Faculty (students must attend one of the workshops listed below):
    • PRESENTER:  Dr. Guillermo Aguilar, Mechanical Engineering
      • WORKSHOP 1:  Monday, October 29 @ 2PM
      • WORKSHOP 2:   Friday, November 2 @ 10AM
      • LOCATION:  ENGR A341
    • PRESENTER:  Dr. John Cioffi
      • WORKSHOP 1:  Tuesday, November 6 @ 10AM
      • LOCATION:  367 Surge

Rhodes Marshall Committee Membership:

Guillermo Aguilar
Dr. Guillermo Aguilar,
Mechanical Engineering

Eric Barr
Dr. Eric Barr,
Theatre

John Briggs
Dr. John Briggs,
English and Director of University Writing Program

Steven Brint
Dr. Steven Brint,
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Sociology

Dr. John Cioffi
Dr. John Cioffi,
Political Science

Timothy Lyons
Dr. Timothy Lyons,
Earth Sciences

Robin Russin
Dr. Robin Russin,
Threatre

Sharon Walker
Dr. Sharon Walker,
Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Georgia Warnke
Dr. Georgia Warnke,
Political Science

Gladis
Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz,
Director University Honors

larsen
Catherine Larsen,
Chemistry

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Djurdica Coss,
School of Medicine

salzman
Michele R. Salzman,
History

Maduro
Morris Maduro,
Biology

   

Prestigious Scholarships/Fellowships:

Please note that scholarships with an asterisk (*) require UCR endorsements, students should plan to meet with the Scholarship Advisor at least six months in advance to establish a schedule for preparation of file and endorsement by the campus review committee. Workshops and individual advising on selecting recommenders, preparing compelling personal statements, interviewing, and developing project proposal or proposed programs of study are provided on a quarterly basis.

*Opportunities that Require UCR Endorsement
  • *Donald A. Strauss Foundation

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UCR Endorsement Deadline: February 8, 2013

The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation annually awards $10,000 scholarships to no fewer than 14 California college juniors who demonstrate a commitment to public service and education. Strauss Scholars tend to have extensive experience in community and public service.  A central part of the application package is a proposal for a project to be carried out between the end of the junior year and the spring of the senior year.

  • *Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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Deadline: Preliminary applications to select the four nominees from the University are typically due on campus in late October; final applications must be submitted to the Goldwater Foundation by the Faculty Representative by around the end of January.

Nomination or Application Procedure: Applicants must be nominated by their college or university. Check UCR Endorsement Deadline September 21, 2012

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is a full-time sophomore or junior in an accredited college or university and in the upper fourth of his/her class. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must express an interest in pursuing a graduate degree and a career in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a career in research rather than one in private practice.

Award: $7,500 per year for up to two years for undergraduate students majoring in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.

  • *George J. Mitchell Scholarships

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Deadline: Apply now for the 2013-2014 George J. Mitchell Scholarship. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

REQUIRES UNIVERSITY ENDORSEMENT: Students should plan on starting the application process in Spring quarter prior to the deadline. Campus Deadline: September 21, 2012

Provides one year of funding (tuition, housing living expense stipend, and an international travel stipend) for graduate study at one of seven universities in the Republic of Ireland. 12 awards annually.

The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The program 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 public service and community.

See profile of past Mitchell Scholars

  • *Harry S. Truman Scholarship

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Deadline: Completed applications are due on campus in early November; on-campus interviews will be conducted in mid-November and UCR nominees will be selected. Final applications are due in Washington, D.C. near the end of January or the first of February. Finalists will be interviewed by the Foundation in late February through March.

Nomination or Application Procedure: Applicants must be nominated by their college or university. UCR Endorsement Deadline September 21, 2012

Eligibility: Candidates must (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be in the upper quarter of their junior class; and (3) have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Candidates normally apply during their junior year.

Award: $30,000 for two to three years of graduate study.

See profile of Truman Scholars

  • *Marshall Scholarships

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Deadline: You must submit your application in a timely manner in order for your institution to be able to authorize it for submission by 1 October 2012. Application materials are due on campus early in September followed by on-campus interviews soon after that. Completed applications must be received by the Regional Center early in October. Applicants selected for interviews will travel to the Regional Center in November.

 

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S., have a GPA of at least 3.7, and be endorsed by the applicant's educational institution.  UCR endorsement is Friday, September 21, 2012.

Award: Two years of support for study at any British university for a second Bachelor's degree or a graduate degree. (With the possibility of extensions for those pursuing the Ph.D.) Includes living expenses, tuition, books, travel to and from the U.S., travel in connection with studies. The average award is about £20,000 per year.

  • *Mitchell Scholarships

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Deadline: Apply now for the 2013-2014 George J. Mitchell Scholarship. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  UCR endorsement deadline is Friday, September 21, 2012.

The Mitchell Scholars 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. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

  • *Rhodes Scholarship

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Deadline:The online application for 2013 will be available no later than mid-July 2012. The 2012 application deadline will be 11:59 PM on Wednesday October 3.  UCR endorsement is Friday, September 21, 2012.

Application materials are due on campus in September followed by on-campus interviews soon after that. Completed applications must be received by the Regional Selection Committee in early in October. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Regional Committee after interviews that will take place in October or early November.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen, preferably unmarried and at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age, and be able to complete a bachelor's degree prior to beginning tenure as a Rhodes Scholar.

Award: Two years of support (with the possibility of a third year) for study at The University of Oxford for a second Bachelor's degree or a graduate degree. Includes all tuition and fees plus a maintenance stipend for living expenses and paid traveling expenses to and from Oxford. Additional funds for research or study-related travel may also be available.

See profile of past Rhodes Scholars

American Scandinavian Foundation

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Deadline: Application postmark deadline: November 1, 2012. Varies by particular Fellowship or Grant. Please proceed to website for more information.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings. The ASF is headquartered in New York City at Scandinavia House, a public forum presenting a wide range of exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures, symposia and family programs.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

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Deadline: The Summer 2013 and Fall 2013/AY 2013-14 online application will open in January 2013 and all online applications are due March 5, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowships

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Deadlines: October through mid-January schools conduct nominating process. Application deadlines vary by school. Applications must be received by Carnegie by January 15.

 

Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 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 from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Carnegie Endowment's nomination deadline is January 15 of each year. Colleges generally set an earlier application deadline. See your school's Nominating Official to learn more about the college application process.
Coro Fellows Program

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Recruitment for the 2013-14 class of Fellows will begin in September, 2012.

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding, an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

DAAD Scholarships

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Each year DAAD, its Regional Branch Offices, its Information Centers, and DAAD Professors around the globe provide information and financial support to over 67,000 highly-qualified students and faculty for international research and study. Located in New York, San Francisco, and Toronto, DAAD North America is here to advise students, faculty and current DAAD fellows in the US and Canada.

Deadlines:The application deadline for the academic year 2012/13 has passed. Our scholarships have all been awarded. All applications for the academic year 2013/14 must be postmarked by January 31, 2013.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

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Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, please access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest, predoctoral, dissertation or postdoctoral.

Fullbright Grants

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Deadline: Applications are due September; on-campus interviews will be held soon after that.

Award: Provide round-trip transportation, tuition, book and research allowances, supplemental health and accident insurance, and living expenses for an academic year based on living costs in the host country. Language or orientation courses are provided, as needed.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and generally hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant (with some exceptions for individuals in the creative and performing arts). Preference is given to applicants whose higher education was received primarily in the U.S. and who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to be able to carry out the proposed study.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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Application Period: The 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S.Student Competition opens May 1 and closes October 17th. Currently enrolled students must check with FPA for campus application deadline.

The Fulbright Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study or conduct research abroad for one academic year. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.

The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study and teach in each others' countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

All Fulbrighters share a strong academic background, leadership potential, a passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures, and the adaptability and flexibility to pursue their proposed Fulbright project successfully.

The Fulbright Program Advisor for UCR is Karen McComb, International Education Center

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) Program

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Application Period: Application materials available May 1, 2011 submission deadline is mid October 17, 2011 for admission in following academic year (2012/2013).

An element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship

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The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.

Gates/Cambridge Scholarships

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Deadline:The next application round opens in early September 2012 for entry in October 2013. Application deadline:  October 16

Award: All tuition and fees, a maintenance allowance for living expenses, plus travel expenses for one year of graduate study at Cambridge (toward the Ph.D., a one-year graduate program, or a second Bachelor's degree). The annual value of the scholarship is currently in excess of $30,000 and may be renewed for up to four years of study for those pursuing the Ph.D. degree.

Eligibility: Must be a graduate of an accredited university with an excellent academic record before beginning study, be under the age of 30, and be admitted to Cambridge for graduate study.

See profile of Grates Cambridge Scholars

Hertz Fellowships

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The Hertz Foundation mission is to provide unique financial and fellowship support to the nation's most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Fellowships are free of most traditional restrictions. Hertz Fellows become innovators and leaders serving in ways that benefit us all.

Deadline:The application will be available for the academic year 2013-2014: August 2012. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION will be Fall 2012.

Huntington Public Service Award

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The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Deadline:Please complete and mail in an application form (pdf) by January 18, 2013. Your application should also include a one-page cover sheet, proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation.

The Institute for International Public Policy

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Deadline: February 15, 2012

IIPP enhances US national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry. We prepare a cadre of well-trained, language proficient minority young people to compete in the global marketplace. IIPP helps ensure that those entrusted with the affairs of the United States reflect the diversity that defines us as Americans and confronts us as citizens of our global village.

With nearly two decades of demonstrated excellence as the leading provider of international affairs and public policy education for minority college students, IIPP has educated and trained hundreds of Fellows. Our focus is on providing quality education and practice opportunities to minority students beginning in their sophomore year of college. We offer these opportunities through our sequenced six-component program, which includes:

  • Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
  • Junior Year Study Abroad
  • Junior Summer Policy Institute
  • Summer Language Institute
  • Internships
  • Internationally Focused Advanced Degree

Our unique combination of short seven-week summer global policy institutes: a unique study abroad experience focusing on global public policy, service and research; and a pro-active and culturally sensitive approach to minority education that fosters international service and non-profit sector leadership provides IIPP with the means to meet the needs of its diverse students and help them succeed.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

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Deadline: Competitions are held annually.
JACOB K. JAVITS FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM application will be available in the fall for the following year

Provides payment to school in lieu of tuition and approx. $30,000 stipend to fellows for up to four years.

Federally-funded fellowship for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. (or highest available degree program in a field) in the arts, humanities and social sciences. This program funds students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. Must file federal FAFSA form in January.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

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Deadline: Applications must be submitted only by 5:00 p.m., central time, March 1, 2013

Eligibility: Applicants must: (1) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level; (3) posses a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later then August 31 of the year in which they are applying; (4) wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying for a James Madison Fellowship; and (5) after earning a master's degree, each James Madison Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship. Fellows are required to attend a four-week summer workshop at Georgetown University.

Awards: Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their under-graduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree. Senior Fellowships are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts.

Javits Fellowships

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Deadline: Fellowship not currently available.

This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Morris K. Udall Foundation

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Deadline: The Udall Scholarship online application will be available in the fall for the following year. All undergraduate scholarship application materials must be turned in around the first of March. All dissertation fellowship materials must be turned in around the first of February.

Eligibility: Undergraduate Scholarships - must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national; must be a currently enrolled sophomore or junior; must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in the top quarter of your class.

Dissertation Fellowships - must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National. The Foundation requires that the dissertation topic have significant relevance to national environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams, and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved prior to submitting their application.

Awards: Undergraduate Scholarships: These awards, for up to $5,000, are given to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to preserving, protecting or restoring environmental resources.

Fellowships: Ph.D. dissertation fellowships of $24,000 are given to students whose work is in the areas of environmental public policy or environmental conflict resolution. Recipients must be in the final, writing year of their Ph.D. work and must submit a copy of their dissertation to the Udall Foundation at the end of the award year.

See profile of Udall Scholars

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program

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Deadline:Applications for Fall 2013 admission will be accepted in early August 2012. Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 PM EST on January 2, 2013

Formal collaborative agreements between NIH and leading national & international Ph.D. programs, including the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK. Students choose their primary research mentor at NIH or their home campus, often developing a collaborative project with two mentors that spans both. Students are encouraged to learn the language of and build expertise across more than one field or discipline. Partnership students complete the qualifying exam, dissertation proposals, and dissertation research as do other students at their home university, but also do laboratory rotations at the NIH.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

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Deadline:Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are now open.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers: Scholarship Support, Paid research training at the NIH during the summer, paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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Deadline:The 2013 NSF GRFP competition will open around August 2012.

Provides three years of funding for graduate study leading to a PhD in math, science, engineering and some social sciences.

Provides payment to the institution in lieu of tuition and a $30,000 stipend to the fellow for three years. The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base in science, social science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to reinforce its diversity by supporting graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

NOAA/Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

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Deadline: September to January – Application period.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
  4. recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
NSEP/David L. Boren Fellowships

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Deadlines: The online application is released Late-August.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

NSEP/David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

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Deadlines: The 2013-14 application will be available in late-August 2012, with an application deadline on February 13, 2013. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1, 2013.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

NSF Graduate Fellowships

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Deadlines: The 2013 NSF GRFP competition will open around August 2012.

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

Robert Bosch Foundation

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Deadline: Your application must be submitted in full by October 15, 2011 at 11:59pm EDT for the 2012-2013 program year. You must request access to the online application.

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers twenty accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Germany. Over the course of a nine-month program, Bosch Fellows complete two work phases at leading German institutions, both customized to each fellow's professional expertise, and attend three seminars with key decision-makers from the public and private sectors, taking place across Europe. Fellows are recruited from business administration, journalism, law, public policy and closely related fields. No German language skills are required at the time of application.

Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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Deadline: Application for the class of 2013 competition will be posted July 12, 2012. Deadline for submission of application. November 9, 2012.

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

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Deadline: All application materials must be received by February 3, 2012. Please check back at a later date for news of the 2012 Fellows.

Award: In the 2012 Fellowships, financial support of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study will be provided by the Department of State through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. This funding is to help cover tuition costs first then room and board, books, mandatory fees, and one round trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow's residence and his/her academic institution, pending availability of funds. Participating schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

United Negro College Fund/International Public Policy Fellowships

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The Institute enhances US national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry. We prepare a cadre of well-trained, language proficient minority young people to compete in the global marketplace. The Institute helps ensure that those entrusted with the affairs of the United States reflect the diversity that defines us as Americans and confronts us as citizens of our global village.

With nearly two decades of demonstrated excellence as the leading provider of international affairs and public policy education for minority college students, the program has educated and trained hundreds of Fellows. Our focus is on providing quality education and practice opportunities to minority students beginning in their sophomore year of college. We offer these opportunities through our sequenced six-component program, which includes:

  • Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
  • Junior Year Study Abroad
  • Junior Summer Policy Institute
  • Summer Language Institute
  • Internships
  • Internationally Focused Advanced Degree

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USA TODAY'S All-USA Academic Award

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Deadline: 2011-2012 TBA

Sixty students are selected as representatives of outstanding students at the nation's colleges and universities. Twenty members of the First Team will be featured in a two-page spread in USA Today with their photograph and a notation of their accomplishments. Each team member will receive a $2,500 cash award. Forty other students will receive honorable mention and be named to the Second and Third Teams. The selection criteria is designed to find students who excel not only in scholarship but also in leadership roles on and off campus. Students must be nominated. UC Riverside honors students have been featured several times in the teams.

See profiles of All-USA College Teams

The William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose

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Deadline: January 16, 2012

The Simon Fellowship is a $40,000 unrestricted grant awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society. In addition, awards of $20,000 and $10,000 are made to two other outstanding students.

Examples of how recipients may use the award include:

  • Engage directly in the civic life of their community.
  • Help to create opportunity for others, including job creation.
  • Advance their expertise.
  • Fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose
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