Competitive Scholarships

Fellowships for Post-Baccalaureate International Study


The following fellowships are based largely on academic criteria and provide funding for advanced study at a designated school in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Northern Ireland.  The deadlines for these fellowships are usually in late September or early October. These are internationally prestigious fellowships and as such are intensely competitive.  Any interested student is encouraged to review the biographies of past winners to understand the backgrounds necessary to compete for the fellowships.  The contact for these fellowships is Dr. Lisa Jepsen, Department of Economics, 273-2592,

In October 2000 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $210 million to the University of Cambridge,  establishing the Gates Cambridge Trust. The Trust awards Gates Cambridge Scholarships, prestigious international scholarships that enable outstanding graduates from outside the UK to study at Cambridge. The aim of the programme is to create a network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The description is directly quoted from the official website:

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a dGraduationegree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution 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. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.  The description is directly quoted from the official website:

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

The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.  The description is directly quoted from the official website:

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  The description is directly quoted from the official website: contact for the Fulbright Program is Dr. Tammy Gregersen, Department of Languages and LIteratures, 273-2729,

The Truman Scholarship remains proudly bound to the vision of its founding Board of Trustees. Each year hundreds of college juniors compete for roughly 60 awards. The rigorous selection process requires that good candidates have a strong record of public service, as well as a policy proposal that addresses a particular issue in society. Firmly rooted in President Truman's belief that education promotes the general welfare of our country, the Truman Scholarship remains committed to encouraging future “change-agents” of America. Many of those chosen as scholars go on to serve in public office, as public defenders, leaders of non-profit organizations, and educators. The description is directly quoted from the official website:  The contact for the Truman Scholarship is Dr. Donna Hoffman, Department of Political Science, 273-5916,