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Nationally Competitive Opportunities

Nationally, and sometimes internationally, competitive fellowships and awards can help you realize your goals. Do you want to spend a year traveling the world? Study overseas? Study a foreign language? Conduct research in another country? These are all possibilities through national fellowships and awards programs.

Some fellowships require the applicant to have the support and endorsement of their undergraduate institution in order to apply. Each program description will indicate whether the program is open for direct application or whether the application process is managed by the Fellowships and Awards committee. The Reed College Faculty Committee on Fellowships and Awards coordinates student applications for those awards that require college nomination, endorsement, or review. In most instances, the committee requires that the student first complete an internal, less formal application. Students who are interested in learning more about these fellowships should explore this website, watch for announcements, talk to the committee liaison for the award that interests them, and see Michelle Johnson, Fellowships Adviser, in Prexy, phone 503/788-6634.

Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation - German Chancellor Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience and supports those young leaders spending a year in Germany working on a project of their choice.
American Association of University Women International Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
AAUW Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Fellowships support graduate or postgraduate studies at accredited institutions. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.
American Institute for Economic Research Summer Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
Working closely with AIER research staff, summer fellows are immersed in the economic research process from “conception to completion”. The AIER Practicum enhances Fellows’ understanding of economic concepts, theories, and real world applications, and provides an opportunity to develop research, writing, and presentation skills.
Australia Endeavor Scholarships
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Australian Government seeks U.S. applicants for Australia’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.
Beinecke Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
Beinecke Scholars receive a total of $34,000 in support of full-time graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.
Boren/NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Boren program awards scholarships to American students for study of world languages and regions critical to U.S. foreign policy interests, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, James C. Gaither Jr. Fellows Program.
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an international policy think-tank, offers students a substantive one-year experience working and conducting research in Washington, D.C.
Charles B Rangel International Affairs Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Rangel Program's goals are to promote greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically under-represented in the Department of State.
Churchill Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Churchill scholarship awards one year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences leading to a certificate, diploma, or MPhil degree at Churchill College at Cambridge University
Clinton Fellowship for Service in India
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India.Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change.
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for young professionals is a fully-funded fellowship opportunity that gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to study and work in Germany.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: Public Policy Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
Recent college graduates can take advantage of this paid fellowship, which opens doors for talented young Latinos who are pursuing a career in public policy. You will spend nine months working in Washington, D.C., with significant exposure to leaders in congressional offices, federal agencies, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, government-related institutes, and more.
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs develops the next generation of aspiring change makers.
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship aims to provide American students from groups historically underrepresented in international programs with the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture and country.
DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
Apply through Independent Application Process
DAAD offers an array of programs for study, research, and experiential opportunities in Germany.
Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Payne Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity sponsors an annual essay contest for full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors.
English Teaching Overseas
Apply through Independent Application Process
Several programs offer opportunities to teach English overseas.
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
Apply through Independent Application Process
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to study in the UK.
Garden Club of America
Apply through Independent Application Process
Since 1928 The Garden Club of America has funded more than 1,300 scholars. The GCA offers 27 merit-based scholarships in 12 areas supporting a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Apply through Independent Application Process
Gates Cambridge Scholarships cover the full cost of studying at the University of Cambridge.
Goldwater (Barry M. Goldwater) Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
Herz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship is designed to foster the graduate-level studies of excellent young men and women who will likely become leaders in scientific and technological advances, exemplars of teaching skills in the applied physical sciences, and key contributors to the technological capability on which the well-being of the United States depends.
Hostelling International Explore the World Travel Scholarships
Apply through Independent Application Process
Explore the World Travel Scholarship provide $2,000 to help finance international trips that have an educational or service component.
Humanity in Action Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
Humanity in Action conducts five-week summer educational programs that run simultaneously in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw.
James Madison Graduate Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence.
Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, Stanford University
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
Enrolling its first class in 2018, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.
Marshall Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
Mitchell Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Mitchell scholarship allows American post-graduates to pursue one year of study at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The NSF fellowship stipend is currently $32,000 for a 12-month tenure, for up to three years.
National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
Apply through Independent Application Process
The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers
NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars program
Apply through Independent Application Process
The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers.
NYC Urban Fellows Program
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Apply through Independent Application Process
This fellowship supports 30 individuals for up to two years of graduate study in any subject at any accredited university in the United States.
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The goal of the PIAA Fellowship is to help students achieve MA degrees in public policy, public administration, international affairs or related fiels, leading to a career in public service.
Rhodes Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Rhodes Scholarship is a highly prestigious award that supports study at Oxford University for two years.
Rotary Global Grant Scholarships
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Rotary Global Grant Scholarships support international study at the graduate level for a period of one to four years at approximately $30,000 in total.
Rotary Peace Fellowships
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Rotary Peace Fellowships support MA degrees at partner universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.
Schwarzman Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program gives the world’s best students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) in Panama, is a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution, dedicated to understanding biological diversity, and offers a range of research opportunities for students.
Sperling Studentship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
John Sperling '48, founder of the University of Phoenix and an alumnus of both Reed College and Cambridge University, committed funds to support Reed graduates in the pursuit of graduate studies at Cambridge University, King's College.
STEM Research
Apply through Independent Application Process
Search tool for science research opportunities
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Women and members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
Truman (Harry S Truman) Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Truman Scholarship provides awards of up to $30,000 to approximately 60 students each year to support graduate degrees leading to work in public service.
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships each year to undergraduate students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment and conservation as well as to Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal policy.
Watson (Thomas J Watson) Fellowship
Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee
The mission of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program is to offer college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel outside of the United States.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program prepares recent graduates and career changers with STEM backgrounds to teach in middle and high school science and math classrooms.
Work First Fellowship
Apply through Independent Application Process
The Work First Fellowship connects young professionals with the opportunity to have a direct impact on urban poverty. Fellows work one-on-one with individuals living below the poverty level to help them find employment and get back on their feet. Fellows focus on building and improving adult education programs, with special focus on high-school equivalency, numeracy and literacy, and building career pathways.

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