Fellowships list

Below is a list of awards to which the fellowships office recommends high-achieving students apply. Fellowship opportunities below are organized by year students should apply. Please note, though you might apply during your junior year for a fellowship, you should begin preparing to apply before that time. It is never too early to begin thinking about which award(s) would best fit your academic and professional goals.

Other fellowships and opportunities that are not supported by the Office of Fellowships, but may be of interest to students can be found on the Additional Opportunities webpage

In addition to basic information, we provide some specific information about dates and deadlines:

  • Campus Start: the date by which you should contact the fellowships office that you are interested in applying for the fellowship during the appropriate year.

  • Campus Decision: the date by which you will need to submit your final application to the fellowships office to be reviewed and determined if you will be one of the candidates for the fellowship from Wayne State University.

  • Scholarship Deadline: the external deadline for the fellowship. If you are chosen as a candidate from WSU, you will need to submit your application by this date to the fellowship website (following the directions laid out on the respective pages).

 

Nationally competitive fellowships

  • Boren Scholarships logo
    Boren Scholarships (undergraduate only)

    Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The program funds up to $25,000 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.

    • Campus start: N/A
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: February 2, 2022   
    • Focus: Public Service and government
    • Open to: Undergrad
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen
  • Critical Language Scholarship logo
    Critical Language Scholarship

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

    • Campus start: N/A
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: mid-November 2021  
    • Focus: Languages
    • Open to: Undergrad and graduate
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship logo
    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants, of up to $5,000, for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

    • Campus start: N/A
    • Campus decision: N/A
    • Fellowship deadline: October 5, 2021, March 1, 2022   
    • Focus: Study abroad
    • Open to: Undergrad
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, Pell Grant eligible
  •  Fulbright UK logo
    Fulbright UK Summer Institute

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three or four week programs for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.

    • Campus start: TBD
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: early-February 2022
    • Focus: All fields
    • Open to: Undergrad with at least 2 years left in degree
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.7+ GPA, little to no travel abroad experience
  • Charles B. Rangel logo
    Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects participants each year from universities throughout the United States. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

    • Campus start: Last Friday in September
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: February 9, 2022
    • Focus: Foreign Service
    • Open to: Undergrad
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.2+ GPA
  •  Barry Goldwater logo
    Barry Goldwater Scholarship

    Created to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers and to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship can be used at any accredited institution for a maximum of two years.

    • Campus start: Last Friday in September
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: January 28, 2022
    • Focus: STEM
    • Open to: Sophomores and Juniors
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 3.7+ GPA
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation logo
    Harry S. Truman Scholarship

    The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service.

    • Campus start: Last Friday in September
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: February 1, 2022
    • Focus: Public Service and Government
    • Open to: Juniors
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.3+ GPA
  • Udall Foundation logo
    Udall Foundation Scholarship

    The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The scholarship awards up to $7,000 per grantee.

    • Campus start: Last Friday in September
    • Campus decision: First Friday in January
    • Fellowship deadline: early March 2022
    • Focus: Environmental Studies or Native American Leaders
    • Open to: Sophomores and Juniors
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 3.0+ GPA
  • boren awards logo
    Boren Fellowship (graduate)

    Boren Fellowships are open to graduating seniors and current graduate students to apply for funding for a study abroad program in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security interests. The primary aim of the Boren Fellowship is for its recipients to develop critical language skills that prepare them to complete at least one year of work in the federal government. Fellows are awarded up to $25,000.

    • Campus start: TBD
    • Campus decision: TBD
    • Fellowship deadline: January 26, 2022
    • Focus: Public Service and government
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace logo
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

    The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie's senior scholars. 

    Final decisions and nominations are made through the Political Science Department.

    • Campus start: TBD
    • Campus decision: TBD
    • Fellowship deadline: January 15, 2022
    • Focus: Foreign policy, diplomacy, conflict, geo-economics, cyber policy, international affairs
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: Work rights within U.S.
  • Fulbright logo
    Fulbright Program

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers six to twelve-month opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

    • Campus start: 
    • Campus decision: September 10, 2021
    • Fellowship deadline: October 12, 2021
    • Focus: Research and teaching in all academic subjects
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.3+ GPA
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace logo
    Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    The Gates Cambridge Scholarship seeks scholars who will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, and technology.  Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems.

    • Campus start: TBD
    • Campus decision: TBD
    • Fellowship deadline: January 15, 2022
    • Focus: Foreign policy, diplomacy, conflict, geo-economics, cyber policy, international affairs
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: Work rights within U.S.
  • Marshall Scholarship logo
    Marshall Scholarships

    Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a one to two-year degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: September 28, 2021
    • Focus: U.S./U.K. relationship
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.7+ GPA
  • the George J. Mitchell Scholarship
    The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

    The Mitchell Scholarship is designed to introduce and connect future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service. Scholars receive funding for one academic year of graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: September 24, 2021
    • Focus: U.S./Ireland alliance
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, age 18-30
  • Payne logo
    Payne International Development Fellowship

    The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: early November 2021
    • Focus: International development
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.2+ GPA
  • Pickering logo
    Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

    The Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world. Upon successful completion of a two-year master's degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State's Foreign Service. The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: September 22, 2021
    • Focus: Foreign Service
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.2+ GPA
  • Rangel logo
    Rangel International Affairs Program

    The Rangel Program offers graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide two summer internships, mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer, and other professional development activities.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: September 29, 2021
    • Focus: Foreign Service
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 3.2+ GPA
  • The Rhodes Scholarship logo
    Rhodes Scholarships

    Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: October 6, 2021
    • Focus: Study at Oxford in respective field
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S., Chinese, or Indian citizen, age 18-23, 3.7+ GPA
  • Samvid Scholars logo
    Samvid Scholars

    Samvid Scholars is a new scholarship for future leaders and changemakers. It was established in 2021 to invest in the graduate education of future leaders who are committed to effecting positive change in society. The Samvid Scholars program supports up to $50,000 per year for two years of graduate study. In addition to funding for graduate program, each Scholar will receive two years of leadership development programming. All Scholars will have access to robust ongoing programming and will be part of an alumni community of mentorship, collaboration, and lifelong relationships. 

    • Campus start: TBD
    • Campus decision: TBD
    • Fellowship deadline: Winter term (TBA)
    • Focus: Pursing graduate school for one of the following degrees: MD, MBA, JD, MPP, MPH, EdD, MS/MA in social sciences or STEM
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizen or DACA recpipient, 3.5+ GPA
  • Schwarzman Scholars logo
    Schwarzman Scholars

    Schwarzman Scholars receive fully-funded, one-year, master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program is designed to build a global community of future leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.

    • Campus start: Second Friday in May
    • Campus decision: First Friday in September
    • Fellowship deadline: September 21, 2021
    • Focus: China relations
    • Open to: Seniors and recent grads
    • Eligibility: Age 18-29