Scholarships And Awards For Those Who Decide To Study Abroad After Undergrad
A lot of people don’t realize that studying abroad isn’t limited to undergraduate work. If you’re looking to continue your study abroad experience after graduation or begin a new one, here are some scholarship and award opportunities for postgraduate travel and study abroad to get you started.
The Fulbright Grants
The Fulbright Grants support one year of post-graduate study overseas in any field. Awards are available to conduct independent research, to act as teaching assistants of English, or to support the projects of creative artists. There are about 1,100 awards each year sending American students to about 140 different countries. Each grant provides tuition (for those enrolled in a course of study), living expenses, travel costs and insurance as determined by the host country.
The Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship allows for 2 or 3 years of study at Oxford University in any field. It requires a strong academic record, leadership initiative in community service, extracurricular activities, and evidence of health and vigor. Those seeking nomination either to the Regional committee of their home state should begin to work with their college’s Graduate Studies Office well in advance of the application deadline.
The Marshall Scholarship
The Marshall Scholarship funds 2 or 3 years of study at any university in the United Kingdom in any field. Competition for the 40 awards annually is highly competitive, with emphasis on academic credentials but leadership and service are also vitally important.
The Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Scholarship offers tuition, room, a living expenses stipend and a travel allowance for one year of study in any field at any institution of higher learning in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Inaugurated in 1999, there are normally 12 awards each year, one for each of Ireland’s universities. 20 finalists will be invited to Washington D. C. for interviews in November.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides full funding for study at Cambridge University in England for one to three years, including tuition, living costs and travel. This award values intellectual excellence coupled with imagination and leadership. Unlike the Rhodes, it encourages nontraditional forms of achievement, leadership, and excellence.
The Gates Foundation places no emphasis on sports or similar extracurricular activities. Students must apply simultaneously for admission to Cambridge and gain acceptance before they can be considered for an award. Finalists are then invited to apply to Gates for support.
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowships
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowships are offered through the student’s local Rotary Club in the applicant’s legal or permanent residence, or the Club where they study, if those particular clubs are participating in the program (not all do). They provide funding for periods ranging from 3 months up to two years for study abroad. There are approximately 1,000 awards per year.
The award amount is variable, but this past year they offered up to $26,000 for the full academic year. Application is made directly through the local Rotary Club, and for most awards, the application process begins in the sophomore or junior year, although the award does not begin until the year following graduation. Therefore, a fellowship could be used for the junior year, the senior year, or even after graduation.
The St. Andrews Society of New York
The St. Andrews Society of New York offers two $10,000 scholarships each year for students wanting to study for a year at any Scottish university. The student must have some Scottish ancestry and cannot have lived or studied before in the United Kingdom.
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides two $10,000 stipends each year for graduating college seniors to pursue a public service project of their own design anywhere in the world. Semi-finalists will be personally interviewed prior to selection for the award.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of scholarships to study in Germany. 60 scholarships per year are available for a semester or a full year in Germany. No prior knowledge of German is required for some of their programs. Summer research awards are also available. All academic fields are eligible, though science and engineering are especially encouraged. Applications are welcome from freshmen through postdocs.
The National Security Education Program
The National Security Education Program funds the study of a foreign language considered vital to the country’s national security for one summer and one academic year for undergraduates and between one semester and two years for graduates.
Graduate awards support language study and course work in the U.S. at $2,000 per semester and up to two semesters of study abroad at $10,000 per semester. In exchange for the award, winners incur a service obligation for as long as the period that you had the scholarship to work with a federal agency that has national security responsibilities. You must do this “pay-back” within 8 years of completing your scholarship work.
The National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Program
The National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Program offers collaborative grants with both Oxford and Cambridge Universities to students with solid backgrounds in biology, chemistry (both inorganic and organic), physics and mathematics, and with previous laboratory research experience.
Spending half their time abroad, and half at the NIH, students in these programs in various areas of biomedical research will receive a Doctor of Philosophy from the UK institution after 3-4 years. The awards include a stipend of $23,100 per year, health benefits and other academic support.
American Graduate Fellowships
The Council of Independent Colleges has announced a new funding opportunity, the American Graduate Fellowships, which support doctoral study in the humanities for graduates of small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges. The fields of study supported are History, Philosophy, Literature and Languages (including classics; excluding linguistics) and Fine Arts (excluding archaeology and performing or studio arts).
Graduating seniors or recent graduates (within 12 months of the application deadline) enrolling in a doctoral program are eligible to apply for one of the two available awards that pay up to $50,000 per year (renewable for a second year) and tenable at 23 select independent research universities in the United States, Great Britain and Ireland.
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