Graduate Fellowships

Click on the title of a fellowship to read a short description, which includes application deadlines, contact information for the Whittier advisors who mentor students for each fellowship, and a link to the sponsoring foundation’s website for further information.

 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers two fellowships for seniors or recent alumnae who are pursuing graduate study in selected fields. International Fellowships are awarded for one year of full-time study or research (renewable for a second year) to those who have received a bachelor’s degree before the application deadline, who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who will enroll in master’s or doctoral programs at accredited U.S. institutions. Candidates submit an online application form, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, proof of bachelor’s degree, and TOEFL test scores (or waiver). The selection committee prioritizes candidates who demonstrate academic and professional qualifications, a quality and feasible proposed plan of study, prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work, and financial need. Selected Professions Fellowships provide financial support (between $5,000 and $18,000) for women to pursue graduate and first-professional degrees in designated fields where women traditionally have been underrepresented, including architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, and mathematics/statistics; women of color in their 2nd year of study in business administration, and in their 3rd year of law or 3rd/4th year of medical school are also encouraged to apply. In addition to official transcripts, candidates submit a proposed course of study, a résumé, a statement of professional goals, a narrative autobiography, a budget, and three letters of recommendation. The selection committee evaluates applications based on the following criteria: professional promise as a role model, academic excellence, and financial need.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early December (International) and early January (Selected Professions)

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The American Political Science Association (or APSA) Minority Fellows Program designates up to twelve minority fellows each year who are applying to enter a doctoral program in political science. Additional applicants who do not receive funds may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to Political Science graduate programs. Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend that is disbursed in two $2,000 payments, one at the end of their first graduate year and one at the end of their second year, provided that they remain in good academic standing. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a senior or graduate minority student majoring in political science. Application materials include a personal statement, resume, official transcripts, GRE score, and three letters of recommendation.
Advisor: Rosemary Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-October

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Through the Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship—the equivalent of a national “Rhodes Scholarship” for teaching—the Woodrow Wilson Foundation seeks to improve the rigor of new teacher selection; demonstrate what effective teacher preparation and retention looks like, particularly in high-need schools; and, raise the prestige of the profession. The Fellowship includes: a $30,000 stipend; preparation in a high-need urban or rural secondary school; support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment; and, guidance toward teaching certification. Fellows agree to teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district. Applications are available at the partner institutions in the program: Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, and University of Virginia.  Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA, a bachelor’s degree, complete application to desired graduate degree program in teaching at the eligible institution, CBEST or GRE scores, and the required faculty recommendations.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: varies by partner institution 

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The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP). The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. From August – December 2014, 35 Fellows from around the globe will join regional specialists and leadership educators in a dynamic learning community. From January – April 2015, Fellows have the option to participate in extended fieldwork in Southeast Asia, internships, self-designed projects and employment experience. Upon acceptance into the program, each fellow will receive $15,000 to cover part of the cost of the program. Additional funding may be required and applicants are strongly suggested to apply for scholarships from the APLP. To be eligible to apply to the APLP, applicants must have at least a 3-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Applicants must submit the APLP application form, a cover letter, an essay, official transcripts from each educational institution, and three letters of recommendation sealed by the author.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships 
Application: due early March

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The Autry Fellowship provides US resident college graduates or recent alumni (within two years of graduation) with an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC in Durham, North Carolina, which helps organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region.  Prospective candidates should be open-minded, compassionate, and able to work with people from diverse backgrounds; curious and reflective; leaders in their areas of interest; and, committed to advancing social equity and opportunity.  More importantly, candidates should also have prior work experience or study in a variety of relevant areas – public policy, education, economic and workforce development, poverty alleviation, sociology, political science, Southern studies, community development, leadership development, or a similar field – which gives them the capacity to understand complex economic and social issues and communicate those issues clearly and persuasively. Applicants fill out and submit an application via email, which includes six short answer questions.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-January

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The Berkeley Repertory Theatre Fellowship provides graduating seniors with a remarkable year-long program to embark upon a theatre career by learning alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, guest directors, and designers in the award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which serves as the linchpin of a bustling arts district in downtown Berkeley. Berkeley Rep will provide small stipends for living expenses totaling $4,400 disbursed equally over the 11 months of the fellowship. Applicants should be serious-minded, highly motivated individuals who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field of theatre and who are ready for the next step toward an administrative or production career in professional theatre. Ideal candidates should be willing to engage in the creative process, eager to tests the limits of their own ingenuity, and ready to join a professional community. Applicants submit a personal statement, résumé, writing sample or portfolio, and three letters of recommendation. Finalists are interviewed in late April, and notified in June.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Deadline: due in early April

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The Blueprint Fellows Program is designed to accelerate student achievement in schools across the country. Fellows provide daily, small group tutoring sessions to students across grades K-12. Fellows work full-time and lead approximately six carefully planned sessions to two to four students per period throughout the school day. As members of the school community, Fellows are fully integrated into their school cultures and are invited to collaborate with school staff, attend all staff meetings and professional development opportunities, communicate with students’ families, and coordinate school-wide service projects. Fellows work to accelerate each student’s academic achievement as well as build strong relationships to meet individual needs of each of their students. Throughout the year Fellows are building strong relationships with students to help to increase their self-confidence and commitment to their education. In this way, Fellows help ensure each student they serve is aware that she can have a successful future, the ability to attend college, and can apply their skills to new challenges. Fellows will receive a salary of $20,000 for their work. To apply, Fellows must fill out the online application and attach a resume and cover letter. If you pass the cover letter and resume screen, you will receive a separate email with instructions on how to complete the online assessment. Candidates who successfully pass the online assessment/resume screen will be invited to participate in a brief phone interview with Blueprint’s recruitment team. If you pass the phone screen you will be invited to a formal interview with a school staff member. During this interview, candidates will be asked to participate in a mock tutorial session. A hiring decision will be made two weeks after the formal interview.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application:

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Boren Fellowships provide $24,000 for overseas study or $30,000 for a combination of domestic and overseas study to U.S. citizen graduate students seeking to add an international and language component to their graduate education (at the master's or doctoral level). 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. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program, which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, along with their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, which is broadly defined to include not only traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, e.g. sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. In exchange for financial support, Boren Fellows incur a service obligation in the U.S. government in a position with national security responsibilities. Applications include three essays, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials (e.g. budget, letter of affiliation).
Advisor: Katie Roller, Director of International Programs
Application: due in late January

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The Capital Fellows Program welcomes applicants who have a demonstrated interest in state government, public policy, and public service, who have received a bachelor’s degree in any major, and who have reached 20 years of age by September 1 of the application year. The Program includes the following fellowships: California Senate Fellows, Executive Fellowship, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, and Judicial Administration Fellowship. Fellows in each program work for 10-11 months as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office. In addition to receiving medical benefits and a monthly stipend of $1972, fellows will also enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State and receive graduate credits in either Government or Public Policy and Administration. Application materials vary depending on the fellowship; see the advisor for further details. Finalists are interviewed between late April and early May, and candidates are notified subsequently in May.
Advisor: Eric Lindgren, Political Science
Application: due in early February

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Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers about 8-10 one-year fellowships for graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Fellows will work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior research associates who undertake various projects in international affairs. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications for this highly competitive fellowship only through participating universities via designated nominating officials. Applications are available at Whittier through the faculty advisor beginning in October. Candidates are judged on the quality of their written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews. Selected applicants are interviewed by the Carnegie Endowment Selection Committee, with the final announcement of the Fellows in late March. Junior fellows are currently paid $35,000 per year, with full benefits.
Advisor: Charlotte Borst, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Application: due in mid-January; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

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Challenge Detroit is a yearlong urban revitalization project bringing together individuals of various intellects and backgrounds from our own backyard and across the country to come together to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit by uniting with area companies, non-profits and cultural institutions. Fellows will engage in partnerships with one of the top companies in the Detroit region to positively impact the city. Fellows will get to participate in a leadership development program, receive perks such as memberships to various organizations, discounts, and receive a $36,000 salary. Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree by September of the fellowship year and complete a four step application process. Step one includes the written application. If qualified, the applicant must then submit an essay and a video in which you will explain your interest in the program and answer questions. If chosen to proceed, there will be an online community vote. The fellows with the highest votes will then be given in person interviews.
Advisor: Rosemary P, Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early March

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The AmeriCorps Teaching Fellowship with Citizen Schools offers a two year program that gives aspiring educators real teaching and non-profit experience while engaging deeply in communities and schools. Year-round training begins with the Summer Institute, and continues through pre-service training, and frequent in-services led by Citizen Schools experts and guest facilitators, on topics like instruction, lesson planning, classroom management, and education reform. . Fellows will receive a salary of $22,800, a multitude of benefits, and two education awards amounting to $11,000 upon successfully completing each of two years of service All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by July of the fellowship year. The application is a two-part process. In part one, you will be asked to provide your contact information, education & background information, 3-5 references, and answer some basic eligibility questions. Upon completion of part one, you will receive an email with a link to complete part two, which consists of multiple choice and short answer questions. Selected applicants will be invited for  a 30 minute phone interview, and  a regional interview with job-related exercises.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due late March

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City Hall Fellowship program is offering a 12-month-long, post-college, pre-graduate school Fellowship program that integrates hands-on, full-time local government work experience with intensive, comprehensive, real-politic-focused training in how cities work and the people, issues and organizations that influence local policy. Fellows spend their service year working on high-need municipal initiatives in select cities. The year-long Fellowship starts with a 3-week orientation that grounds Fellows in the cultural, social and political history of their host community, builds cohort rapport and prepares Fellows for the Fellowship year. Thereafter, Fellows gather weekly for half-day sessions in our intensive, proprietary Civic Leadership Development Program (CLDP). Facilitated by a City Hall Fellows employee, the CLDP takes Fellows on a structured exploration through the context and operations of their own local government. Fellows receive a stipend commensurate to the cost of living in their host city plus health care. Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to their Fellowship start date. Applicants from all majors and academic disciplines will be considered and are encouraged to apply. City Hall Fellows has a two-stage application process a written application submitted online followed by in-person finalist interviews. Select applicants are invited to participate in half-day in-person interviews in the city they applied to. The written application requests an electronic cover sheet with basic information about you, four short essay questions, a one-page resume, a transcript (unofficial is fine) and one recommendation letter. All materials (except the recommendation letter) must be submitted together in a single application package online.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due early March

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award enables up to 15 undergraduate seniors and recent alumni/ae with exceptional artistic or creative promise to pursue a graduate degree in the fine arts, performing arts, or creative writing. The award provides up to $50,000 per year for up to three years of full-time study at an accredited graduate school in the U.S. or abroad. Applicants must plan to begin a graduate degree program in the coming fall, as well as demonstrate artistic or creative merit, academic achievement (a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA), and significant financial need. Whittier may nominate 2 candidates to apply for this award. Applicants must have senior standing or have graduated within five years. Those students nominated by Whittier should contact the advisor for further information about eligibility, portfolio requirements, and the online application. A panel of distinguished artists, arts faculty, and university administrators will review and select the recipients; applicants are notified by mid-May.
Advisor: Jenny Herrick, Art and Art History
Application: due in late November (Phase One) and mid-February (Phase Two)

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The Council of Independent Colleges Davies-Jackson Scholarship supports U.S. citizen graduating seniors with exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate from a four year college or university, to participate in a course of study for a master’s degree at St. John's College, Cambridge University in England. Degrees are awarded in the following fields: archaeology and anthropology, classics, economics, English, geography, history, history of art, modern and medieval languages, music, philosophy, and social and political sciences. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Along with the application form, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, applications also include three short essays on set specific topics that convey knowledge of the significance and complexity of the topics and that demonstrate independent research and interpretation of evidence to support both assertions and conclusions. Awards are announced in January.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early November

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The DAAD Study Scholarship allows graduating seniors or recent alumni/ae (in the last six years) in all disciplines to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. Applicants from all fields are eligible to apply. The award provides one academic year of funding (renewable for a second year and in rare cases for a third year), a monthly stipend, flat-rate travel subsidies, and health insurance. A very limited number of scholarship holders may be awarded a two month language course grants. Candidates submit an online application, a resume or c.v., supplemental materials (in music and the arts), a two-page study proposal that identifies a particular program and shows how that program will further educational and career goals, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a German language evaluation form (a very good command of German is needed for study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences). Students beginning a master’s degree need not have prior contact with a German university or program. Results of the application process will be announced in late March / early April.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early November for musical, performing, and visual arts; due in mid-November for all other fields

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The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a unique leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains emerging leaders committed to social justice. Fellows gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy, to help develop fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty. Benefits include a substantial annual living allowance, moving and travel expenses, health insurance, housing and/or a housing subsidy, and an end-of-service award. Prospective candidates should be US citizens or residents with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and anti-racism, leadership skills, flexibility and creativity in adapting to new situations and problem solving, and a willingness to learn from both experts in the field as well as peer fellows. Applications include an online form, a resume, a personal statement, two short essay questions, and two letters of recommendation. 
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-January 

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The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs are designed to increase the diversity of U.S. college and university faculties by encouraging minority graduating seniors, recent graduates, and those already enrolled in graduate programs with superior academic records to pursue a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Approximately 60 awards at the pre-doctoral level are given each year to students who are enrolled in or are planning to enroll in a full-time research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution. The award includes a $20,000 grant to the fellow plus a $2,000 institutional allowance for three years. Awardees also have expenses paid to attend one conference of Ford fellows. Candidates submit an online application, transcripts, two-page statement of previous research, two-page proposal for graduate study, research, and professional goals, two-page personal statement about background and experiences with diversity in regard to teaching and personal engagement, and four letters of recommendation. Candidates must show an exemplary academic record and promise of continuing academic achievement, a firm commitment to and capacity for a teaching and research career, and likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship. Awards are announced in April.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-November

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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Each year, more than 1,600 students in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields and the arts, receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant for the year following their graduation to pursue independent study/research or to teach English abroad. Each spring, the advisor offers the Fulbright Application Seminar to assist eligible juniors and seniors through a competitive application process. Contact the advisor for further details.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-October; final draft is due the first day of the fall semester

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to create a network of future leaders from around the world, known as the Gates Cambridge Scholars, who will become leaders in helping to address global problems. This scholarship provides full funding for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge in England. Applicants for this highly competitive scholarship will be expected to have excellent transcripts with high GPA scores showing evidence of sustained achievement in study, together with the type of academic references which speak of the candidate's leadership potential, social commitment, and intellectual ability and why further study at Cambridge is particularly appropriate. Candidates apply simultaneously for admission to Cambridge and for this scholarship; applications include an application form, personal statement, transcripts, three letters of reference, and supplemental materials as required by certain departments. Shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview in early February. Scholarships are awarded shortly after the interviews on the basis of the candidate's intellectual ability, leadership capacity, good fit with Cambridge, and commitment to improving the lives of others.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-October

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Green Corps is offering a one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing that includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups. The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Organizers will learn important skills such as recruiting volunteers, developing strategic campaigns and building strong coalitions. The application process has three steps. First step is to fill out the application online. Selected candidates will be selected for an interview.  Top candidates from first-round interviews are invited to a second-round interview where we make our final hiring decisions on a rolling basis. Second-round candidates will be asked to submit references before arriving at their 2nd round interview. Those hired will receive a salary of $24,000 with optional group health care coverage, paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation, and a student loan repayment program for qualifying staff.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due early February

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The Greenlining Institute is a national policy, organizing and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. The Summer Associates Program is a paid ($4,300 stipend) intensive 10-week development program for young leaders that have completed, at minimum, their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program. Associates manage research and advocacy projects with the direction of a Greenlining staff member. Associates present their findings and projects in both a written and oral report at the end of the program. Associates participate in leadership and skills building workshops, attend power lunches with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Associates receive regular mentorship, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and community leaders. The Fellowship Program is a paid ($34,300 per year, including health benefits) year-long development program for young leaders that have completed their undergraduate degrees and are seeking hands-on public policy experience. Fellows are assigned to specific program areas and develop expertise under the direction of a Program Manager and the Academy Director. Although the curriculum and activities are similar to that of the Associates program (described above), Fellows are given more responsibility and independence to implement projects and campaigns. Greenlining seeks talented, self-motivated individuals committed to equity and justice. Applicants should have the following traits: track record of working towards social justice; ability to work well with diverse groups; strong personal initiative and motivation; leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in school, the workplace or community; and, openness to new ideas. Applications include an online application form, a personal statement, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, and copies of all higher education transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted).
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships, and Linda A. Ross, Director of Career Planning and Internships
Application: due in mid-January (Summer Associates Program) and late January (Fellowship Program)

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The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships consist of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend for up to five years at any participating U.S. universities in the program. The fellowship is targeted at college seniors or graduate students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences, which include astrophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth science, various engineering fields, materials science, mathematics, physics, and quantitative biology/biotechnology. Applicants should be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and demonstrate exceptional creativity as well as outstanding potential for innovative research. Between 15 to 20 fellows are selected after two rounds of rigorous interviews.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early November

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Huaqiao University’s Chinese Language and Culture College Huaqiao University’s Chinese Language and Culture College in Xiamen, China offers two fellowships for recent Whittier College graduates to enroll in the Continuing Study Course to master Chinese. Fellows will be grouped in classes with other undergraduate-age students with similar Chinese language proficiency. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will be awarded with a certification of completion by Huaqiao University.  Fellowships cover tuition as well as room and board, but students are responsible for travel to and from Xiamen, visa fees, and any other expenses related to their studies and time in China. Students must arrive in Xiamen by late August to prepare for classes which begin in early September. Applications include a resume which must state your Chinese language proficiency (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and a 1-2 page personal statement which explains how the study of Chinese language and culture builds on your educational background and connects with your future plans.  Selected candidates are required to attend a pre-orienatation session. ​
Advisor: Catherine Weir, Director of Program Development in the Office of Advancement
Application: tba 

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The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend each year for graduating college seniors to pursue one year of public service in America or abroad. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before pursuing graduate school or a career. Candidates will develop a proposal for public service in the U.S. or abroad, that furthers the public good. The project can be done individually or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Applications also include an application form, a one-page cover sheet, budget, transcript, résumé, and three letters of recommendation. Awards will be based on the quality of the proposal as well as the applicant’s academic record and other personal achievements. Semi-finalists will be interviewed prior to selection of the award recipient
Advisor: Joyce Kaufman, Political Science and Director, Center for Engagement with Communities
Application: due in mid-January

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The Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship targets seniors with a strong background in mathematics or biological and physical sciences who will pursue a teaching career in high school math and science. The fellowship will support beginning teachers professionally and financially for up to five years, from the onset of a teacher credential program through the early years of their career. Throughout the five-year program, fellows are introduced to a variety of teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and experts in the field to help them reflect on their work as teachers. One of the most generous and comprehensive teaching fellowships in the nation, the fellowship includes tuition assistance, monthly stipends, classroom materials, and opportunities for professional development. Candidates submit online applications that require three essays, a resume or curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-October

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The James Madison Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study, who plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis, and who desire to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their master's degree in American history, government, political science and theory, or social studies. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, spread over the period of graduate study. Whatever institution and whichever degree a Fellow selects, at least 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of constitutional study must be part of the Fellow's program. Six of these semester credits will be earned at Georgetown University at the Foundation's Summer Institute on the Constitution. After earning a master’s degree, each Fellow must teach in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship. Applications include an online application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation; further details in the online application about other materials.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early March

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Founded by a 1953 Act of the British Parliament to commemorate the human ideals of the Marshall Plan, Marshall Scholarships generously finance approximately 40 young Americans of high ability to study toward a degree in the United Kingdom in any field of study. As future leaders with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Contact the advisor for further information about the application. Applications from students with a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA must be submitted in the Los Angeles region or in the student's home region, and endorsed by the College's nominating committee as well as by a letter from the President. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in late November-early December, with final decisions announced thereafter.
Advisor: Mike McBride, Political Science
Application: due in early October; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

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The Math for America (MfA) Fellowship aims to improve math education in U.S. public secondary schools by recruiting, training, and retaining outstanding U.S. citizen (or permanent resident) senior mathematics majors who are interested in teaching math but who have not pursued an education major or minor. MfA fellows will be placed in one of six sites nationwide and will receive a full-tuition scholarship to earn a master’s degree or teacher credential in mathematics education, up to $100,000 in stipends, in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary, and other professional opportunities. Candidates with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA submit transcripts, GRE and ETS Praxis II Math Content scores, and an online application that includes a resume, personal statement, classroom scenario, and a list of mathematics courses/credits. Candidates must have received a bachelor's degree and must be new to teaching by the start of the fellowship. Interviews for semi-finalists take place in February; accepted applicants are notified in early April.
Advisor: Rosemary Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early February

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The George J. Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. 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 public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Thus, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Mitchell Scholars receive tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. Applicants are required to provide five letters of recommendation, proof of US citizenship, transcripts, a completed online application, a carefully considered and well-written 1,000-word personal essay, and a letter of institutional endorsement from the College via the President. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. On the basis of the application submissions and semi-final interviews, approximately twenty finalists are invited for interviews with the Selection Committee, with final decisions announced shortly thereafter.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early October; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

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The MTO Fellows Program is designed to introduce recent college graduates to the practice of law at the highest level, with the aim of helping Fellows develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school and later as members of the legal profession. Each year, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, CA offers a limited number of full-time paid positions to recent college graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the law. Fellows are expected to work in the firm for one year prior to attending law school. Fellows will be eligible to receive a stipend to enroll in an LSAT preparation course and work on a flexible or reduced time basis while preparing for the LSAT.  Successful applicants possess a record of academic achievement as well as demonstrate leadership, initiative, and community involvement, all of which indicate the potential for success in law school and in the legal profession. MTO seeks applicants who show the potential to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal profession, including, but not limited to, candidates who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are physically challenged, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.  Applications include a resume, official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts, a 500-word personal statement describing your interest in the program, and contact information for two references. Interviews will be scheduled for finalists.  
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships; Linda A. Ross, Director, Career Planning and Internships
Application: due in early April

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The National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) provides associate, undergraduate, and graduate students with practical research opportunities and experiences in an EPA office or laboratory, increases public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues, encourages qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers, and helps defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas. Each year, the NNEMS program offers fellowships developed and sponsored by the EPA Headquarters office in Washington, D.C. and in the EPA’s 10 regional offices and laboratories throughout the United States. The projects are specifically narrow in scope, allowing students to complete the fellowship while working full-time at the EPA during the summer or part-time during the school year. Fellows receive a stipend based on the student's level of education and the duration and location of the project. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents and enrolled at an accredited academic institution.  Undergraduates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have completed at least four courses related to the field of environmental studies.  Graduate students must be currently enrolled in a graduate or Ph.D. program or provide proof of acceptance and enrollment in a graduate or Ph.D. program at the time of the fellowship award.  Applications include an online form; short answers to three questions regarding your proposed research plan, prior academic/professional/relevant experience, and academic goals; an application for federal assistance; a resume; official transcripts; one reference from a professor or advisor; and, a disclosure and waiver statement required by the program.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early February

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program seeks to ensure the vitality of the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences in the United States and to reinforce the diversity of these fields by awarding about 1,000 three-year fellowships in March of each year. Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.  Fellows receive: three years of support, a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost of education allowance to their graduate institution, and international research as well as professional development opportunities.  Applicants must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (by the application deadline) and must be either college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Applications include an online application form, a 3-page personal statement, a 2-page graduate research statement, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. A PowerPoint tutorial about the application process is available here.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early November with specific due dates depending on the field of study

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The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships support graduating student athletes who will enroll in a graduate program. The award is nonrenewable grant of $7,500 to help with the costs of the first year of graduate school. The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually to student athletes who excel academically (minimum 3.2 GPA) and athletically, and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Students are evaluated based on their athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. Candidates are nominated by the faculty athletics representative / advisor no later than the relevant sport season deadline. Applications should also include transcripts, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation from a head coach, the athletics administrator, and a professor.
Advisors: Erica Fradinger, Biology; Danilo Lozano, Music 
Application: due in January, March, and May depending on the sports season

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The NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholars Program recognizes student varsity athletes for their outstanding academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA) and potential for success in postgraduate study. The scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate superior character and leadership and who demonstrate the positive impact of athletics on their personal and intellectual development. The award is $24,000 for an academic year of graduate study, and may be renewed for a second year. In addition to an application form and transcripts, applications include a personal essay; lists of college and community activities as well as athletic and academic honors; four letters of recommendation; and nomination by the faculty athletics representative / advisor. Being a United States citizen is not necessary. An individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service.
Advisors: Erica Fradinger, Biology; Danilo Lozano, Music ​
Application: due in January

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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, with a goal to attract outstanding U.S. citizen seniors who will enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or other academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, and who will pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The award includes full funding of tuition, room and board, and fees during the first and second year of graduate study, as well as two paid internships. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA; applications require an online application form, two letters of recommendation, proof of US citizenship, GRE/GMAT scores, transcripts, and a copy of the most recent financial aid award letter and SAR (if applicable). Criteria for selection are based on outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in relevant academic programs. Finalists will be invited to an interview in Washington, D.C. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years' service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Advisor: Katie Roller, Director of International Programs; Fred Bergerson, Political Science
Application: due in late January

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The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program invites outstanding students, especially from minority groups underrepresented in the U.S. State Department, who interested in international affairs and careers in the U.S. Foreign Service to apply for the Graduate Fellowship. Program benefits include: an orientation to the program at Howard University, two paid summer internships, up to $35,000 annually toward all tuition, fees, and living expenses, and employment in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service upon successful completion of the fellowship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are in their senior year of undergraduate study, plan to attend graduate school in international affairs or related subjects, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Application materials include an online application, two personal statements, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, proof of U.S. citizenship, a Student Aid Report (SAR), and GRE/GMAT scores. Finalists will be chosen by the end of February, and invited to Washington, D.C. for interviews. Selections will be made by late March.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine; Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in late January

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Created after the death of Cecil J. Rhodes, a British colonial pioneer and statesman, the Rhodes Scholarships provide top graduating seniors with two years of financial support for graduate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year to represent the fifty states. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Applications consist of transcripts, an essay, five to eight letters of reference, and the College's endorsement via a letter from the President. Applications are judged according to the following criteria: (1) literary and scholastic attainments; (2) energy to use one's talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; (3) truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and, (4) moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings. Selection committees conduct mandatory personal interviews with the most outstanding candidates the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday, announce the Rhodes Scholars-Elect, and then forward applications to University of Oxford for admission.
Advisor: Mike McBride, Political Science
Application: due in early October; check with the advisor for earlier on-campus deadlines

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Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution have provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  Each year up to 100 fellows are selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Thailand. Our alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations.  Benefits include funding to cover the required tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from the study city, books and supplies, and an applied field experience. Applications must have earned a bachelor’s degree and accumulated a minimum of 3-5 years relevant work experience; proficiency in a second language is recommended but not required.  Applications include an online form, a resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores (if required), an essay which responds to four specific questions, three letters of recommendation, and the endorsement of your local club or district. 
Advisor: Katie Roller, Director of International Programs
Application: due to your local club or district, usually March-June; due to Rotary International in early July

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The Scoville Peace Fellowship is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington-based perspective on key issues relating to international peace and security.  Fellows spend six to nine months in Washington, DC and serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, travel expenses, health insurance, and professional development funds. Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable.  Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast-paced office environment. Candidates must be US citizens or nationals and must have completed a baccalaureate degree by the start of the fellowship. Applications include a coverletter, a c.v./resume, a personal essay, a policy/opinion essay, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
Advisor: Rosemary Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early October (for a spring start date) and early January (for a fall start date)

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The Shakespeare Theatre Company Fellowship offers aspiring students wishing to participate in and study theatre the opportunity to gain professional experience in Washington, D.C, with one of the nation’s premier theatres. Interns and fellows will receive housing as well as a weekly $150 stipend. Internships run 10 months in length. To apply, interns/fellows should have an undergraduate degree in theatre or be in the early stages of professional careers. While qualifications differ across the internships/fellowships, all applicants must show a desire to further their careers in theatre. Intern/fellow candidates for Acting submit only a headshot and resume. All other intern/fellow candidates submit a completed application form, coverletter (with responses to specific questions), resume, and three references. Candidates for Artistic, Directing, Development, Education, PR/Marketing, and Theatre Management also include a 3-5 page writing sample. Candidates for Costume, Electrics, Graphic Design, Production Management, Sound, Stage Properties, Stage Management and Technical Direction also include portfolio samples.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early April

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The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides up to $90,000 over two years toward graduate degrees in any discipline or profession (including fine and performing arts, law school, and medical school) for New Americans or their children. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or (3) is the child of two immigrant parents, one or both of whom are naturalized citizens. In addition to an application form, applicants submit two essays, a résumé, transcript, an institutional status form, proof of New American status, scores from graduate aptitude tests, and three recommendation letters. A successful candidate will give evidence of the following criteria: evidence of significant accomplishments that reflect creativity, originality, and/or initiative; evidence of a commitment to constitutional values and responsible citizenship; evidence that planned graduate study will enhance future creativity and accomplishments; and, promise of continued significant contributions as an American. Announcement of fellows in March.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in early November

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A division of AmeriCorps, Teach for America is building the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. Corps members are a diverse group of outstanding individuals who share a commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. Corps members teach grades pre-K through 12 and more than 10 different subjects in 43 regions across the United States. The Corps is looking for college graduate applicants who have leadership experience and have demonstrated perseverance and focus in the face of challenges. Benefits of being a Corps member include a $30,000 - $51,000 salary, a comprehensive two year program of training and support, and also perhaps a subsidized master’s degree. The application process consists of an online application, resume, letter of intent, and academic information. Selected applicants participate in a 30-minute phone interview with a Teach for America representative. Thereafter, selected applicants will be invited to do a full-day interview that includes teaching a sample lesson.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships, and Linda A. Ross, Director of Career Planning and Internships
Application: deadlines vary; five different deadlines annually

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 TNTP Teaching Fellowship offers a one year teaching fellowship that prepares exceptional teachers for the students in our country’s most disadvantaged communities. Teaching fellows receive intensive classroom training centered around actual teaching experience and focused practice on core skills, such as creating a positive classroom culture and delivering content clearly. Fellows will also receive coaching from experienced teachers who will visit the classroom weekly as well as personalized training. Fellows who successfully meet certification and program requirements will earn full teaching certification in just 1-2 years. Fellows will be offered a competitive salary and benefits.  To apply, complete the online application which includes a resume, unofficial transcripts, and responses to four application questions. Based on your written application, you may be invited to participate in a rigorous phone interview. Once admitted, you’ll receive email guidance on completing mandatory state exams in your subject area, which you must pass prior to the start of training in order to begin the program. Prior to summer training, you will build your foundational knowledge about the teaching profession through online coursework. During an intensive summer training you’ll learn essential skills like managing a classroom, delivering content, and keeping students engaged on rigorous tasks. You must master those fundamentals by the end of summer training. Only Fellows who can demonstrate those skills will complete pre-service and begin teaching full-time in the fall.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: Due early March

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The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice was created in 2005 by Phillippe Villers, Founder and President of Families USA, to inspire and develop the next generation of health care justice leaders. During their year-long tenure, Villers Fellows will work on a variety of health care justice issues and develop an understanding of the federal legislation process. They will also be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, successful coalition building, and e-advocacy techniques. The fellowship will last one year, from August through the following July, and Fellows will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. In addition to the online application, candidates must submit a personal statement, resume, transcripts, responses to two short answer questions, and three letters of recommendation.
Advisor: Rosemary Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in late January

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The Weeks Fellowship is in memory of Stone and Holt Weeks, following their tragic deaths in 2009, NPR and The Washington Post have partnered to give a promising individual the opportunity to launch a career in journalism. This fellowship consists of two sessions, 12 weeks at The Washington Post and 12 weeks at NPR, with training in reporting for print, radio and the web. The Stone and Holt Weeks Fellow will learn about the role of journalism in "making the world a better place." This Fellowship offers a broad exposure to the relationship between journalism and public education, citizenship, social change and democracy, and will learn that a major aim of journalism. Anyone who will have received a bachelor's degree by July 15 is eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Individuals with additional education and experience are welcome to apply. While a demonstrated appetite for journalism is desired, there is no specific requirement for a journalism degree or experience as a journalist. Upon acceptance into the program, fellows will receive an $800 weekly stipend. Applicants must submit the online application as well as a resume, academic transcripts, a cover letter explaining why you want to be selected for the fellowship, and what you have done to make the world a better place, two recommendations, one from a supervisor and one from a teacher or mentor, and two writing samples not exceeding a total of 1,000 words. Finalists will be flown to Washing D.C. for an interview with the fellowship committee. Travel costs for the interview will be paid by NPR and The Washington Post.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due late April

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The Wellstone Fellowship targets students who have demonstrated a desire and an ability to work in the public policy arena related to health care reform and management. Fellows will learn about health reform implementation, health equity, Medicaid, Medicare, and other important health policy issues while working with state consumer health advocates and organizations. The fellowship lasts for one year and the one fellow selected each year will receive a salary of $38,000 as well as excellent health care benefits. Low-income students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates must show 1)an interest in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve health care justice and social change, and 2)how the fellowship experience will help them further those goals. Candidates must submit a completed application form, a personal statement and responses to two short answer questions, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a resume. Semi-finalists will be notified in February and will be asked to complete a short policy analysis exercise. Candidates for phone interviews will be selected based on the results of this exercise and the merits of their application materials. Finalists will be selected for in-person interviews by late March. The final selection will be made shortly after all interviews are completed.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in late January

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For high achievers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship offers a $30,000 stipend and admission to an innovative school-based teacher preparation program at one of the participating universities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and New Jersey. WW Teaching Fellows commit to teach for three years in a high-need urban or rural secondary school in the state where the master’s work is done. Current undergraduate STEM majors who will complete the bachelor’s degree by June 30 of the grant year are eligible, as are recent STEM graduates, current grad students in these fields, and mid-career or second-career professionals. Students who have demonstrably strong math and science backgrounds, if not a STEM major per se, may also be considered. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have outstanding credentials (including a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA), real enthusiasm for teaching, and a determination to create new opportunities for kids in high-need schools. Application materials include an online application, two 500 word essays, a resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Interviews for finalists, which include a sample teaching lesson, a writing sample, one-on-one interview, and question & answer session, will be conducted in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey; alternate opportunities will be provided for finalists residing outside these states.
Advisor: Rosemary P. Carbine, Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships
Application: due in mid-October, early December, and late January

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