While many major fellowships have citizenship requirements that can be frustrating for non-U.S. citizens, staff and faculty at Connecticut College are eager to connect these groups with fellowship and funding opportunities.
Starting with your first year engage with faculty by attending office hours and campus events and lectures. Ask professors about their own work and areas of expertise and share your academic interests with them. Building these relationships early is an important way to strengthen your advising network and will also ensure you have strong recommendations later on. Staff in the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement value our international students and are always looking for ways to integrate international perspectives into the campus community.
Utilize the resources available across campus and attend the All Campus Symposium to see how other students have woven their interests into an academic path. Maintain a record of your academic journey by using tools like e-portfolios, this will allow you to gather an archive of experiences that have impacted you that will be incredibly helpful as you develop personal statements for future applications.
Get curious about the local New London community—exploring how local concerns connect to global issues is a great place to begin engaging with the world! The Holleran Center for Community Action is a wonderful resource that can connect you with local opportunities and help prepare you to engage ethically with community partners.
Area of Focus: All Fields Description: provide two years of funding for a wide variety of graduate programs at any university in the UK. They are the international equivalent to the Marshall Scholarships for US citizens. Candidate Profile: Eligibility: Campus Deadline:
Area of Focus: Human rights, democracy, international Description: Fully funded, month-long educational program on human rights, pluralism and democracy in a program city, followed by local community project that each participant designs and implements. The objective is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, provide a forum for discussion of potential solutions and to inspire HIA fellows to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. Candidate Profile: Openness, collaborative, inquisitive, critical, self-reflective. Eligibility: Sophomores or higher, U.S. Citizens and all nationalities and DACA students studying at U.S. institutions. Campus Deadline: December
Area of Focus: Graduate study in the UK. All fields, commitment to improving the lives of others Description: Awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside of the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject. Candidates must have an outstanding academic record, demonstrated leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others. Additional funding may be available. Candidate Profile: Academic excellence, good academic fit with Cambridge, leadership potential and commitment to improving the lives of others. Eligibility: Seniors or alums, all citizenships but UK. GPA: no minimum (average 3.9) Campus Deadline: Mid-September
Area of Focus: Graduate study at Stanford, all fields. Description: Graduate level scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing our world. Each year up to 90 scholars receive full funding to pursue graduate degree at one of Stanford Universities 125 graduate programs. Multidisciplinary in focus, recipients receive leadership training, mentorship and cohort-based experiential learning. Goal is to empower scholars to navigate across business, government, academia and nonprofit sectors. Students must apply to Knight-Hennessy and to the graduate degree program they wish to pursue. Candidate Profile: Independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and civic commitment. Eligibility: Graduating seniors and alums within five years of graduating from college. All citizenships and DACA students who are eligible for graduate study. Campus Deadline: End of August *students will also need to apply to Stanford graduate program
Area of Focus: Arts, art history, conservation, photography Description: Support to students in the visual and fine arts—including history, conservation, studio art, and photography—for travel and living expenses outside the U.S. in pursuit of a program of study or other activities approved by the selection committee. Candidate Profile: Merit of the proposed project and outcomes, clarity of goals and methods, academic preparation and language proficiency, the relevance of travel abroad to goals and objectives, relationship of proposed project to prior work and professional/creative goals, awareness of project resources in proposed locations, the feasibility of the project within the year-long project term. Eligibility: Graduating seniors and alums up to three years post-graduation. GPA: no minimum. Campus Deadline: Early December
Area of Focus: Summer study, preparation for graduate school, international affairs, public policy and administration. Description: Fully funded PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is an intensive seven-week summer program for students committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs. The institute prepares students for related graduate programs and takes place at one of five sites around the country and is structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing and public speaking. Successful alumni who complete the JSI are eligible for fee waivers and scholarships from PPIA consortium member graduate programs and often receive additional financial aid from consortium members. Candidate Profile: Successful candidates are committed to bringing diverse perspectives in public policy and international affairs. Demonstrated commitment to public service, strong academic record, cultural awareness, social sensitivity, commitment to public service, and to making the world a better place. Eligibility: Rising Juniors and Juniors, all sites open to U.S. Citizens/permanent residents,, some sites open to international and DACA students. Open to all majors. Campus Deadline: October (national- November 1)
Area of Focus: All fields offered at Oxford University Description: Fully funds 2-3 years of graduate study at Oxford University in nearly any field. Scholars pursue taught or research-based degree programs and are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Candidate Profile: Academic excellence, energy to use talents to the fullest (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, artistic pursuits, as an individual or part of a team). As described by Rhodes Fellowship, candidates exhibit a commitment to truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship, moral force of character and instincts to lead and to take an interest in fellow human beings. Eligibility: Rising and graduating seniors and alums, U.S.Citizens/permanent residents, International students of Rhodes countries, minimum GPA 3.7 (average 3.9) Campus Deadline: Depends on home country
Area of Focus: Graduate Study, U.S. Society, culture or academic interest Description: Merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Candidate Profile: Candidate must demonstrate creativity, originality,and initiative, sustained accomplishment and a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Eligibility: Rising seniors/seniors and alums under the age of 31 who are U.S.Citizens by birth; Naturalized Citizens: Green Card Holders; U.S Citizen by adoption; DACA. both birth parents must have been born outside of the U.S. as non-U.S. citizens. Campus Deadline: September
Area of Focus: Graduate Study, Public Policy, Economics and Business, International Studies, Sino-US relations. Description: Fully funded one-year Master's in Global Affairs for future leaders who will gain an understanding of China’s role in global trends. The program aims to give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are taught in English. Candidate Profile: Academic excellence, aptitude and intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character and a desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. Eligibility: Rising seniors/seniors and alums between 18 and 29 years of age, all nationalities, no minimum GPA (average GPA 3.7) Campus Deadline: August
Area of Focus: International postgraduate independent exploration and research. Description: Competitive one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside of the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 41 partner colleges. Candidate Profile: Independent, self-directed students with a passion for international travel and cultural exchange, and a desire to incorporate the perspectives gained in future leadership roles. Eligibility: Graduating seniors Campus Deadline: Intent to apply due May 1 the semester prior to senior year; campus deadline, end of August
Area of Focus: Research, democracy, conflict, governance, U.S. Foreign Policy and diplomacy Description: Junior Fellows Program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious interest in the area of international affairs.
James C Gaither Junior Fellows Program (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
Fellows work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC full time for one year providing research assistance to scholars for projects focused on Democracy, Conflict and Governance, U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Geoeconomics and Strategy and regional programs. Candidate Profile: Superior research and writing abilities, academic rigor and relevant coursework, strong work, internship and research experience (can be on-campus) and strong letters of recommendation. Eligibility: Seniors or alums first year out, all citizenships with visa. GPA: no minimum (average 3.8) Campus Deadline: Intent to apply required by November, campus deadline December
Area of Focus: STEM (biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences or engineering) Description: RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students and researchers (only from universities of applied sciences, UAS) – whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.
DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Candidate Profile: RISE seeks to promote student exchange to Germany in the fields of natural science, engineering and life sciences, and to motivate undergraduate students to learn more about Germany’s research landscape and study opportunities. Candidates should have an excellent academic record and a passion for studying/researching in Germany. Eligibility: Open to students who have completed two years of study by start of internship. Students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland. Campus Deadline: Mid-October