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 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.
James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program– Each year the Carnegie Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. 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 10, 2021.
FAO Schwarz Fellowship – FAO Schwarz Fellows are recent college graduates working at leading nonprofit organizations. The Fellowships include direct service, strategic projects and professional development. They’re designed to jumpstart your career as a leader of change. Open to college seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. for the duration of the two-year fellowship. Application is made directly to the partner organization. No institutional nomination is required. The application deadline is in early February.
Fulbright Grants – Several types of Fulbright grants are available; the most common are 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 not enrolled in graduate school. Campus application deadline: September 10, 2021.
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 participation 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.
The Knight Hennessy Scholars program, provides full funding to pursue a graduate degree at any of Stanford’s seven internationally top-ranked graduate schools. These highly competitive awards are aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. No institutional nomination is required. Deadlines vary by degree program. Application opens in May each year.
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 an Intent to Apply form by September 3, 2021. The application is due September 10, 2021.
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. No institutional nomination is required. Contact Prof. Brooke Lea in the Psychology Department for further information.
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs 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. No institutional nomination is required. The deadline is in mid-September.
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, seeks applicants who are interested in promoting positive change in the world as Foreign Service Officers 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. The application deadline is in mid-September.
Rhodes Scholarships – Rhodes Scholarships enable students to study at Oxford University following their graduation from Macalester. Academic excellence and evidence of substantial leadership experience are expected. Students who wish to apply for a Rhodes must complete an Intent to Apply form by September 3, 2021. The application is due September 10, 2021.
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.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award – Provides $15,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The application requires a detailed project proposal, a budget, three letters of recommendations, a transcript, and a resume. No institutional nomination is required. Applications are typically due in mid-January.
Schwarzman Scholars program Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholars program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious educational institutions. Fall 2016 was the inaugural year of the program. As with the Rhodes Scholarship academic excellence and evidence of substantial leadership experience is expected. No institutional nomination is required. The application is due for most applicants in mid-September. Applicants with passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao have an earlier deadline and should consult the Schwarzman website for instructions on how to proceed.
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 typically due at the end of October.
USAID Donald Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship – Seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. Only US Citizens may apply. Benefits include funds for tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service; mentoring; internships. The deadline is typically in early November. No institutional nomination is required.
Watson Fellowships – Watson Fellowships enable students of unusual promise to spend a year abroad engaged in an independent study project immediately following graduation. Macalester may nominate four seniors, who then have an interview with a Watson Foundation representative. This competition is open to non-U.S. citizens. Interested students must contact Ann Minnick in order to gain access to the Watson on-line application. The entire application, including recommendations, is due on September 24, 2021. Nominees will be able to rework their applications based on feedback from our selection committee.