Opportunities For Seniors

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program - Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. Strong research experience and GPAs of 3.7 or higher are expected. Institutional nomination is required. Campus deadline is December 12, 2014.

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award - The Cooke Foundation awards scholarships of up to $50,000 a year to outstanding arts students pursuing their first graduate degree. To be eligible students must: have a 3.2 minimum GPA; plan to pursue a graduate degree in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing; plan a career as a practicing artist; have substantial unmet financial need. Institutional nomination is required. Interested students may apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One of the competition. Those invited to participate in Phase Two require institutional endorsement.  International students are eligible for this award.  The deadline for Phase One applications is typically mid-November.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships - Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding candidates from outside the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject offered at the University of Cambridge. These highly competitive, full-scholarship awards are granted on the basis of intellectual ability, leadership capacity, a person's desire to use his or her knowledge to benefit the world, and the fit between the applicant and the graduate program at Cambridge. Successful candidates typically have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher and are expected to make significant contributions to the field during their time at Cambridge. Candidates apply simultaneously for admission to Cambridge and for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. No institutional nomination is required. The deadlines vary by program, but are typically in September each year.

East-West Center - The East-West Center, located in Honolulu, offers a range of educational opportunities for students interested in the relationship of the United States with the Asia Pacific region as well as the evolving demands and interdependency of global change. A variety of graduate fellowships are available, many of which are open to non-US citizens. No institutional nomination is required.

Fulbright Grants - Two types of Fulbright grants are available; research/study grants and English Teaching Assistantships. Although the requirements for each type vary from country to country, research/study grants typically require fluency in the language of the country and substantive knowledge of the topic to be investigated. Teaching Assistantships usually require a commitment to and experience in teaching, broadly conceived. In all cases applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Open to seniors and recent graduates who are not enrolled in graduate school. Campus application deadline: September 19, 2014.

Humanity in Action Fellowship - The HIA Fellowships bring together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. For five weeks, the five HIA European countries selected serve as case studies that Fellows can later use as they engage with other human rights issues. Fellowships cover costs of partipation and accommodation for the summer program. Transportation to Europe is not covered. No nomination is required. There is typically an early January deadline for the following summer's programs.

Marshall Scholarships - Marshall Scholarships allow students to study for a degree, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, at any British university. Students who wish to apply for a Marshall must complete a declaration of interest, available in the Academic Programs Office, by September 5, 2014. The application is due September 12, 2014.

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships - NSF administers a program of fellowships for graduate study in the natural and social sciences, mathematics and engineering. The GRE exam is not required, but research experience is highly recommended. (Note: These fellowships do not require that you be nominated by Macalester.) Contact Prof. Brooke Lea in the Psychology Department for further information.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships. - These fellowships provide financial support toward tuition and living expenses for the first and second years of graduate school, and paid State Department summer internships in Washington, D.C. and overseas, pending availability of funding. Graduating seniors or recent graduates must have a minimum GPA of 3.20, be U.S. citizens and be interested in becoming Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Students apply directly to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; no institutional nomination is required. The deadline is typically in early February.

Rangel International Fellowships - The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks applicants who are interested in promoting positive change in the world as Foreign Service Officiers for the U.S. Department of State. Fellowships provide up to $90,000 in benefits over two years to fund tuition, mandatory fees, and living expenses for completion of two-year master's programs in international affairs or related fields. Graduating seniors, with a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA, who plan to enroll in a master's program in the following fall are eligible. Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need are encouraged to apply. No institutional nomination is required. Application deadline is typically in mid-January.

Rhodes Scholarships - Rhodes Scholarships enable students to study at Oxford University following their graduation from Macalester. Students who wish to apply for a Rhodes must complete a declaration of interest, available in the Academic Programs Office, by September 5, 2014. The application is due September 12, 2014. While Macalester is only able to nominate U.S. citizens, Rhodes Scholarships are available from other select countries. See the Rhodes Trust website, rhodes-countries, for the relevant countries and their eligibility requirements.

Rotary Peace Fellowships - Scholarships fund tuition, room and board for a two-year, masters-level degree program in international studies, and peace and conflict resolution at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Eligibility requirements include: a bachelor's degree; a minimum of three year's full-time paid or unpaid relevant work experience; proficiency in both English and another language; significant leadership experience. Applications are made through a local Rotary club.

Soros Fellowship - The Soros Fellowship provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Grants are for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Institutional nomination is not required. Applications are typcially due at the end of October.

Watson Fellowships - Watson Fellowships enable students to spend a year abroad engaged in an independent study project immediately following their graduation from Macalester. Macalester may nominate four seniors, who then have an interview with a Watson Foundation representative. This competition is open to non-U.S. citizens. Campus applications including recommendations are due: September 26, 2014.