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In addition to well-known fellowships, like the Fulbright Student Program, there are many other fellowships available to students from all class years, including graduate students and alumni. Use our fellowship selector tool to discover which fellowships are the right fit for you. Some fellowships require a Rutgers nomination or endorsement meaning you must first apply through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships at Rutgers–New Brunswick. There are also many fellowships that allow you to apply on your own. However, we still encourage all interested students to meet with our experts for support and advice throughout the application process.

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  • The AEA Summer Training Program and Scholarship Program seeks to increase diversity in the field of economics by preparing talented undergraduates for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines. Students develop and solidify technical skills in preparation for the rigors of graduate studies. All students receive 2 months of intensive training in microeconomics, math, econometrics and research methods with leading faculty. At 3 credits per class, students have the opportunity to earn 12 credits.  

    For official information, visit https://www.aeaweb.org/committees/AEASP/apply/2023/

    Eligibility and Qualifications
    • Be enrolled in or be a recent graduate of a degree-granting program at a college/university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate education.
    • Have a strong interest in pursuing a doctoral degree.
    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    Application Requirements:

    • College/University Fall 2022 transcript(s).
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation with a minimum of one (1) from faculty.
    • Two short-essay responses. (The questions will be found in the application itself.)
    • ResumĂ©.

    For more information about application procedures and selection criteria, visit https://www.aeaweb.org/committees/AEASP/apply/2023/

    Timeframe

    The application deadline is January 31, 2023.

    Award Amount: $3,250
    Deadline: January 31, 2023
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
  • The AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship is an immersive bi-national volunteer service program with immense strategic importance in the US-India corridor. By facilitating exchange and collaboration between young professionals from India and the US, the program aims to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive and sustainable change and creating a lasting US-India relationship by broadening the existing constituency of future leaders, civil society and other stakeholders.

    Through its emphasis on a service-leadership model, the bilateral program places young professionals from the US and India in service with communities and organizations across the two countries for mutual learning, capacity building, and leadership development in support of social justice. Fellows work on projects closely linked to Sustainable Development Goals and create sustainable impact through service and fieldwork across diverse thematic areas such as education, public health, livelihoods, social inclusion, minority rights, Dalit and tribal rights, climate justice, LGBTQ+ rights, gender, arts, sports, CSR, and many others.

    For official information, visit https://aif.org/fellowship/

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    AIF’s Selection Criteria for Fellows Include:

    • Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, or Indian Citizens. 
    • Applicants must be young professionals between the age of 21-35 by the program start of September 1, 2022.
    • Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor's or other undergraduate degree before the program starts on September 1, 2022. 
    • Applicants must be willing and able to serve on the ground in India for the full duration of the program. As of April Dec 16, 2022, AIF is planning for the program to be hosted fully in person on the ground in India. Should the situation around COVID-19 drastically change by then, AIF may shift to a hybrid model.
    • Applicants must be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the program.
    • Applicants must bring both skills and experience, as well as an eagerness to learn with host communities on the ground.
    • Applicants must be willing to learn a local language if required for the project. 
    • Applicants must be committed to enriching learning opportunities for the fellowship community and positively contribute to building U.S.-India bridges of understanding and partnership during their time of service and after.
    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    For information about application procedures and selection criteria, visit https://aif.org/fellowship/

    Timeframe

    The application priority deadline is December 15, 2022

    Deadline: December 15, 2022
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: Senior, Alumni
    Area of Interest: Public Policy and Public Service
    Type of Opportunity: Leadership Development, Summer Opportunities
    Other Criteria: Non-US Citizens Eligible
  • The Beinecke Scholarship Program, established in 1971, seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Each year approximately 135 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year. 

    The initial award of $5,000 is intended to offset the costs associated with the graduate application process and to pay for travel expenses directly related to the start of graduated school. While in graduate school, a Beinecke Scholar will receive an additional $30,000 in support. These funds are awarded as a supplement to support provided by the graduate school and the award may be spread over up to five years to comply with institutional limits on the total amount of a student's annual award. In the absence of institutional support or limits, scholars may receive a maximum award of $15,000 per year. These funds are sent directly to the financial aid officer of the institution where the student is enrolled and disbursed in accordance with the scholarship policy of the academic institution. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

    For official information about this scholarship, visit https://beineckescholarship.org/

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

    • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
    • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2022-23 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2023 and August 2024.
    • Plan to enter a research-focused master’s or doctoral program or MFA in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship; nor should students applying for professional degrees that emphasize skills and practical analysis such as business, law, public health, public policy, and social work.
    • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
    • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years, with a strong preference for Pell Grant recipients. Each nominated student will be required to complete a Financial Aid Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

    To learn more about the eligibility criteria, visit: https://beineckescholarship.org/how-to-apply/

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    Applications are submitted to the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. The application includes:

    • Application form
    • RĂ©sumĂ©
    • Personal statement of 1,000 words or less
    • Nomination letter
    • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
    • Official transcript
    • Certification of Eligibility Form, completed by the Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    • Financial Data Sheet, completed by a financial aid officer

    To learn more about the application components, visit https://beineckescholarship.org/how-to-apply/required-materials/

    In awarding scholarships, the Foundation will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees. To learn more about the selection conditions, visit https://beineckescholarship.org/scholarship-conditions/

    Timeframe

    The Office of Distinguished Fellowships will review all applications and nominate one candidate for consideration by the Sperry Foundation which administers the Beinecke Scholarship. Application materials are due to the Office of Distinguished Fellowships by January 5, 2023. Applications are due to the Sperry Foundation on February 8, 2023.

    Deadline: Campus Deadline: January 5, 2023
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: Junior
    Area of Interest: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Type of Opportunity: Graduate Funding, Research
  • Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. 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 American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

    In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement. This stipulates that an award recipient work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. The duration of the NSEP Service Requirement is one year or the duration of assistance provided under the program.

    A similar award, the Boren Fellowship, is available to graduate students. Graduate students interested in the Boren Fellowship should reach out to Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann delcorso@gradfund.rutgers.edu.

    For official information about this scholarship, visit https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

    Eligibility and Qualifications
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the U.S.
    • Fellowship applicants must be either enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program in the U.S.
    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    Applications are submitted through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and include:

    • Online application
    • Two statements of purpose as detailed here: https://www.borenawards.org/essays
    • Budget
    • Study abroad program description
    • Two letters of recommendation (third letter optional)
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Language self-assessment form
    • Language proficiency form (optional)

    Applicants will be evaluated on their academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed study abroad program; commitment to international education to fulfill academic and career goals; language interest and aptitude, and the quality and appropriateness of the proposed program and its relevance to the National Security Education Program. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

    Timeframe

    Scholarship applications must be submitted online and supplementary materials are due February 1, 2023.

    Boren Awards funding may be applied to programs starting as early as June 4, 2023 or as late as March 1, 2024.

    Applicants will be notified if they have been selected in mid-to-late April of 2023.

    Award Amount: $8,000-$25,000
    Deadline: February 1, 2023
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: First year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
    Area of Interest: Language Study
  • The Cargill Global Scholars Program (CGSP) is a distinctive, two-year scholarship program that provides financial support to undergraduate students in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and the United States. The CGSP offers leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events and a one-on-one mentoring program facilitated by Cargill volunteers globally, and an alumni network that will help you keep connected with past, current, and future scholars.

    The students selected are those who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management. We believe these students will become leaders in industries and fields that may have an impact on Cargill’s businesses in the future.

    For official information, visit https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    Applicants to the Cargill Global Scholars program must:

    • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia or the United States
    • Attend a partner university in the country of citizenship or permanent legal residency
    • Be a full-time undergraduate university student (see country specific details for eligible years of study on the FAQ pages for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia or the United States)
    • Demonstrate high academic performance
    • Demonstrate leadership potential
    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    To learn more about application procedures and selection criteria, visit https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/application-management/

    Timeframe

    The application deadline varies. Visit the website for more information.

    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships

    Other Criteria: Financial Need, Non-US Citizens Eligible, Underrepresented Groups
  • The Churchill Scholarship, established in 1959, was founded by American friends of Churchill who wanted to fulfill his wish of having young American graduate students at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Cambridge. Scholarships are for one academic year and cover all University and College tuition and fees. In addition, Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance and reimbursement for travel and visa costs to the UK. At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually.

    For official information about the Churchill scholarship, visit https://www.churchillscholarship.org/

    Eligibility and Qualifications
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 26 upon receiving the scholarship.
    • Applicants must obtain a bachelor's degree before beginning study at Churchill.

    For more about eligibility, see https://www.churchillscholarship.org/the-scholarship#Apply

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    Applications are submitted online through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. The application includes:

    • Churchill Foundation application form
    • Proposed program of study essay
    • Personal statement
    • Institutional letter of nomination
    • Four academic letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts
    • GRE scores

    Applicants are selected based on several criteria, including:

    • Exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades.
    • A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation.
    • Outstanding personal qualities.

    Applicants must apply separately to the University of Cambridge, selecting Churchill College as their first choice.

    Timeframe

    The Office of Distinguished Fellowships will review all applications and nominate two candidates for consideration by the Churchill Foundation. Applications are due to the Institute of International Education, which processes the applications, on November 2, 2022. Please note that you must also complete a Cambridge Graduate School application, due on November 2, 2022. The Screening Committee chooses up to twenty-five finalists. Finalists are interviewed by telephone; successful applicants are notified in mid-April.

    Deadline: November 2, 2022
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: Junior, Senior
    Area of Interest: STEM
    Type of Opportunity: Graduate Funding
  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S.Department of State that annually provides 75 American young professionals between the ages of 18½–24 the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural diplomacy and professional development program.

    The program consists of three phases: a) Two months of intensive German language training; b) One semester of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school; and c)Three-month internships in one’s career field. CBYXis open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange.

    For official information, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/congress-bundestag-youth-exchange

     

    Eligibility and Qualifications
    • U.S. citizenship
    • Age 18½–24 on August 1st of program start year
    • High school diploma
    • Must exhibit clear career goals and relevant experience in their career field
      • Experience can be in the form of work, internships, or volunteering

    Applicants should also have a strong interest in Germany and world affairs. Prior German language knowledge is not required, but is preferred.

    Participants are expected to act as “young ambassadors” of the United States in Germany, and to represent the diversity of the U.S. in factors including, but not limited to, career field, educational background, geographic location, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and socio-economic status.

    Previous or Current State Department Exchange Participation or Employment

    Previous scholarship recipients of U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)-funded programs with a duration greater than eight weeks, including CBYX high school fellowships, are not eligible for this program.

    Current or recent employees (paid or unpaid), as well as their immediate family members,  at the U.S. Department of State/U.S. Agency for International Development are not eligible.

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    All applicants must complete an online application and submit all supplemental materials by November 1 for the program year beginning the following July.  A complete application consists of:

    • Online application form; requiring copies of the following documents to be uploaded with your submission
      • Resume
      • Copy of official transcript showing at least the last four semesters of study
      • Proof of U.S. citizenship: passport or birth certificate
      • High school diploma or proof of graduation
      • Two letters of recommendation to be submitted
    Timeframe

    The application deadline is November 1. 

    Deadline: November 1, 2022
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: First year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
    Area of Interest: Language Study
  • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an immersive summer opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages and applying those skills in their professional careers.

    Each summer, the CLS Program administers intensive study abroad institutes in fourteen critical languages - Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu - around the world, where students spend 8-10 weeks over the summer studying one of the fourteen critical languages in classes facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad. In addition to formal classroom language instruction, there are activities that supplement the curriculum, including regular one-on-one meetings with native speaker language partners for conversational practice, as well as cultural activities and excursions to expand students’ understanding of the history, politics, culture and daily life of their host country.

    For official information about this scholarship, visit https://clscholarship.org/

    Eligibility and Qualifications
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals in a U.S. degree granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level at the time of their application.

    • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by May 15 of the award year.

    • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, doctoral, professional degree) level at the time of application.

    CLS encourage students pursuing professional or associates degrees and those attending community colleges and technical schools to apply. Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, the arts and humanities, and the sciences are encouraged to apply. All applicants should have a plan to continue studying the language, and explain how they will use the language in their future careers. The applicant will need to demonstrate prior knowledge of the selected language if applying to a program that requires an advanced beginner, intermediate, or advanced language level.

    To learn more about the language levels, visit this page: https://clscholarship.org/applicants/language-levels

    Visit CLS Eligibility Requirements for more details: https://clscholarship.org/applicants/eligibility

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    For the CLS Program, the application requires three short answer essays (200-300 words), a statement of purpose (500 words) and no letter of recommendation is required. Applicants should demonstrate a strong connection between participating in the CLS program and their career and academic goals. Applicants must also show resiliency and preparation for an intensive and immersive language program

    The selection criteria can be found here: https://clscholarship.org/applicants/selection

    Timeframe

    Applications typically open annually in October.

    The application deadline is November 15th, 2022 at 8pm ET.

    Semifinalists will be notified late January 2023. Finalists will be notified March 2023. The program begins June 2023.

    Deadline: November 15, 2022, 8pm ET
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: First year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
    Area of Interest: Language Study
    Type of Opportunity: Summer Opportunities
  • CLS SPARK is a new initiative of the CLS Program which provides virtual instruction in Arabic, Chinese and Russian at the beginning level. CLS Spark leverages best practices in online language learning, and provides American undergraduate students the opportunity to study critical languages virtually when they may not have access to language learning on their campuses or the ability to study abroad.

    For official information about this scholarship, visit https://clscholarship.org/

    Eligibility and Qualifications
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals in a U.S. degree granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level at the time of their application.
    • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by May 15 of the award year.

    • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate, bachelor's) level at the time of their application.

    Visit CLS Eligibility Requirements for more details: https://clscholarship.org/applicants/eligibility

     

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    For the CLS Spark Virtual Program, the application requires three short answer essays (250-350 words) and no letter of recommendation is required. Applicants should articulate readiness and resolve for contributing to a group-based intensive virtual program. Applicants should focus on the impact of CLS Spark on their access to language and intercultural learning opportunities.

    The selection criteria can be found here: https://clscholarship.org/applicants/selection

    Timeframe

    Applications typically open annually in October.

    The application deadline is November 15th, 2022 at 8pm ET.

    Semifinalists will be notified late January 2023. Finalists will be notified March 2023. The program begins June 2023.

    Deadline: November 15, 2022, 8pm ET
    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: First year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
    Area of Interest: Language Study
    Type of Opportunity: Summer Opportunities
  • Founded in Heidelberg in 1925 on the initiative of a single student, DAAD has since become one of the most important funding organizations in the world for the international exchange of students and researchers. On the following pages, we invite you to learn more about our funding programs and the aims of our activities.

    This specialized DAAD program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by the professor supervising their research project. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.

    For official information, visit https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/research-grants/german-studies-research-grants/

    Eligibility and Qualifications

    Undergraduates with at least junior (third-year) standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor may be nominated for the grant by the professor supervising their research project.

    All applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

    Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US and Canada who are enrolled full-time at the university that nominates them, or, in the case of international students, must be enrolled in a degree program at a US or Canadian college or university and living in the US or Canada for a minimum of six months by the time of the application deadline.

    Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

    For information about application procedures and selection criteria, visit https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/research-grants/german-studies-research-grants/

    Timeframe
    • Application deadlines in 2022 are in May and November.
    • Any awards made will be subject to the ratification of the German federal budget for the same fiscal year.
    • Applications postmarked the day of the deadline or earlier will be accepted; those with later postmarks cannot be processed. Incomplete applications are invalid.
    • Please note: Application materials will not be returned, and no reasons for a decision will be given.

    DAAD will announce its decision approximately eight weeks after the May and November deadlines.

    Contact: Office of Distinguished Fellowships
    Level: Junior, Senior, Alumni
    Type of Opportunity: Research