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Atlantic Studies at Cambridge

The Donner Scholarship in Atlantic Studies at the University of Cambridge is open to British and American graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in Anglo-American affairs.

The objective of the Atlantic Studies Programme is to familiarize students with the evolution of Anglo-American relationships and its principle themes personalities. The programme addresses both historical and contemporary themes and is appropriate for individuals seeking either academic or governmental careers. The Atlantic Studies Programme is part of the Centre of International Studies.

The Donner Foundation encourages applications from those pursuing an MPhil degree in matters relevant to Anglo-American relations. The Foundation will provide funding on an annual basis; PhD students may, under certain circumstances, receive renewed funding each year for a total of up to 3 years.

Successful candidates will have satisfied the requirements of the Board of Graduate Studies of the University of Cambridge and have been accepted for registration in one of its post-graduate programmes at the Centre of International Studies. Donner Scholarship recipients will be attached to either Magdalene College or New Hall.

The Donner Foundation will provide scholarships of up to £15,000 per annum to the most qualified applicants.

Information on the application process can be found at

AP&S Diversity Scholarship for Law School

Each year, the law firm of Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, P.C. awards one $10,000 Scholarship to a student entering her first year of law school. The purpose of the AP&S Diversity Scholarship is to encourage and assist students in need from historically under-represented groups. More information and an application can be obtained from the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity at College Hall 103.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities. Those who successfully complete the program enter the State Department Foreign Service. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2013, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials are at www.rangelprogram.org.

China Education Initative
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management


The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the country's preeminent organization for promoting diversity and inclusion in American business. Through an annual competition, The Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to America's best and brightest diverse candidates. In conjunction with member schools, sponsoring companies, and an elite group of MBA students and alumni, The Consortium has built a forty year legacy of fostering inclusion and changing the ethnic and cultural face of American business.

The mission of the Consortium is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools' enrollments and the ranks of management.

This mission is achieved by recruiting for graduate business education qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents from these underrepresented groups, as well as other persons who can demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium's mission and can best assist the Consortium in pursuing this mission.

Alternate Description:

From the National Association of Fellowships Advisors

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an alliance of fourteen schools of business in partnership with corporate America, working to facilitate the entry of minorities into managerial positions in business. The Consortium recruits college-trained African American, Hispanic American, and Native American United States citizens and invites them to compete for merit-based fellowships for graduate study leading to a Master's Degree in Business.

For more information, visit their website at www.cgsm.org

Education Pioneers


Fellows are high-caliber graduate students with professional backgrounds ready to make an immediate impact in education by spending the summer working on a mission-critical project. The fellowship trains and connects education leaders dedicated to transforming our educational system so that all students receive a quality education.

It is a competitive fellowship with approximately 2500 applicants and 225 fellowship slots.

While it is a fellowship for graduate students, it may be very appealing to the M.Ed and MAT candidates from the Education Department.

Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) invites registrations for summer terms.
FUBiS is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions.

FUBiS sessions run for 4 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter:
Term II: early June - mid July (6 weeks)
registration deadline: mid May
Term III: late July - late August (4 weeks)
registration deadline: early July 9
Students applying before
early May (term II) / late June (term III) will save 50 Euro off the Program Fee.

FUBiS participants can choose from language and/or subject classes.
The students are offered intensive and semi-intensive German language classes at five different proficiency levels as well as Business German.
Additionally FUBiS offers a broad spectrum of fascinating subject classes on various topics.
These classes are held mostly in English by distinguished German and international faculty.
Upon successful completion, every student will be awarded an official transcript containing contact hours, ECTS credits and grades.
Courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Accommodation is provided optionally in student dorms, single apartments or German host families.

More information at
or contact

Golden Key


From the National Association of Fellowships Advisors:

Graduate Scholar Award gives twelve $10,000 scholarships used for post-baccalaureate or professional study at accredited institutions of higher learning (does not have to be in the U.S. or have a Golden Key chapter). Judging criteria include academic merit, campus/community/work commitments and significant involvement in local Golden Key chapter. Recipients must plan to enroll in graduate school in the fall of year received. Member does not have to be a U.S. citizen; member can apply up to five years after graduation; applicants may continue to re-apply as long as they are eligible, but previous recipients may not re-apply.

Hellenic American Education Foundation Teaching

Every year ten fellowships are awarded to recent graduates from top universities in the United States to teach at The Hellenic American Educational Foundation in Greece.
The Fellows are chosen to act as young ambassadors to the schools, strengthening the ties between the Foundation and the United States, and providing a cross-cultural educational experience.
The role of the Fellows includes infusing their culture, enthusiasm, ideas, language and knowledge into our school community.
In a very real sense they serve as role models for our students.

For more information, visit:

or contact Fellowship Coordinator Kathy Caroki at kcaroki@haef.gr

Inter-American Foundation Fellowship
Jack Kent Cooke
James Madison


The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools.

The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution--its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government. The benefits of the fellowship program are manifold and lasting. Fellowship recipients have a unique opportunity to strengthen their research, writing, and analytical skills. In the process they form professional ties that can significantly influence their career aspirations. Fellows gain a deeper understanding of the principles of constitutional government which they in turn transmit to their students. In this way the James Madison Fellowships ensure that the spirit and practical wisdom of the Constitution will guide the actions of future generations of American citizens.

Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree.

The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference):
Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government");
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department);
Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

For more information



The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship is a need based fellowship for students pursuing graduate degrees in selected fields of study of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System. In fiscal year 2005, the institutional payment was $11,822 and the maximum stipend was $30,000.

Alternate Description

From the National Association of Fellowships Advisors

The program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Students must also demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Brief Q & A

Q. I have a student who could qualify to apply for the Javits next year while in graduate school. However, I THOUGHT I saw something on their website that indicated that a student who is interested in applying for next year's fellowship must submit a financial aid form (downloaded from their website) to be considered in the pool. I am totally unfamiliar with the Javits so this is new for me. I would appreciate any insight.

A. The Javits is a need-based fellowship. Therefore, the student must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is actually a federal government form/process. The federal web site is: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Should your student receive the Javits award, your school will need to check the students federally accessed need reported back to your Financial Aid office and document it on the award paperwork. So again, all you have to do as far as the financial aid requirements, is make sure the student files his/her FAFSA at this time. However, students entering graduate programs are automatically considered financially independent for the purposes of the FAFSA.

Q. Does anyone out there know if a code must be entered on the FAFSA for the Javits? If so, please let me know what the code is. Also, does anyone know if parental information must be supplied for FAFSA recipients? These are queries from a Student. He believes that since FAFSA considers all grad students independent, the parent information is unnecessary; however, he couldn't find any explicit statement indicating that the parent information is not required.

Q. Does anyone know if Ethnomusicology would be considered an eligible field of study for the Javits?

A. Anthropology, Folk Life, Ethnic & Cultural Studies and other fields in Music are listed on www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-3/080103a.html so it would seem to fit-- but you might want to contact them directly to confirm.

London School of Economics

I'm at the LSE right now, about half way through my course on Anthropology and Development (I ended up getting government loans*) and I love it. It's the most amazing academic environment, with such a sense of history that it's overwhelming. It is rather rigorous, but definitely worth it!

If any Smithie is interested in learning more about the graduate programs at LSE, I'd be happy to act as a reference point for her. I know the Smith club here is active, but doesn't include too many graduate students (if any), and there's a lot of details to straighten out when getting ready for graduate school in London!

Stephanie Lindquist '00

MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology

The MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi is pleased to announced full scholarships to highly qualified graduate students from around the world. (6-10 scholarships are available to U.S. students).

The MASDAR Institute is the centerpiece of the MASDAR Initiative, a landmark program by the government of Abu Dhabi to establish an entirely new economic sector dedicated to alternative and sustainable energy.
The MASDAR Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent, research-driven institute developed with the support and cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
MIT provides assistance in recruitment of faculty members and senior administrative staff and the provision of course curriculum, amongst other matters.
The Institute is located inside the world's first carbon neutral, zero waste Masdar City which will be powered solely by alternative energy, mainly solar energy.

The Institute offers Masters and (in 2011) PhD programs in science and engineering disciplines, with a focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies.
It welcomes and encourages applications from qualified students and provides scholarships to talented students who meet its high admission standards.

Beginning September 2009, the MASDAR Institute will offer five 24-month Master of Science programs (coursework and thesis).

MSc in Engineering Systems and Management
MSc in Information Technology
MSc in Materials Science and Engineering
MSc in Mechanical Engineering
MSc in Water and Environment

Details of faculty profiles, current research, programs offered, course description, scholarships, and other information is available on the website at www.masdar.ac.ae.
Any questions about the Institute may be directed to Stephen Lee (slee@masdar.ac.ae), the Assistant Provost.

MASDAR Institute Graduate Scholarship (for all nationalities to study at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi)

Full scholarship is available to qualified talented students who meet its high admission standards which include appropriate TOEFL score, GRE and an excellent CGPA from a recognized university.
A minimum CGPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) or 2:1 in the British system, minimum TOEFL score of 577, and a minimum GRE quantitative score of 700 are the basic requirements without which an applicant will most likely not be considered.

Students accepted into the Masdar Institute will be offered a full scholarship which includes the following:
  • 100% tuition fee scholarship
  • Textbooks
  • Laptop
  • Medical Insurance
  • Housing in a single unit apartment (at the Masdar campus)
  • International students will receive reimbursement of travel expenses (economy class air-ticket) into Abu Dhabi and back home after completion of studies. Travel expenses (return economy class air-ticket) back to the student's home country at the end of the 1st year of studies will also be reimbursed.
  • Reimbursement of TOEFL and GRE exam fees (upon registration at Masdar Institute and submission of original receipts)
  • A competitive stipend per month (cost of living allowance)
  • No bond or conditions to the scholarship upon graduation
The scholarship and benefits are subject to the student maintaining a minimum CGPA as determined by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and satisfactory progress on their research.

MEXT Research Scholarship in Japan

The Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Award allows those who have completed a Bachelor's degree to study as graduate students or undertake research at Japanese universities for a period of one and a half to two years.

Applicants should have knowledge of the Japanese language and must be U.S. citizens to apply in the U.S. The Boston Consulate accepts applications only from students who are residents of or studying in New England states.

Applications are due in June of the year preceeding the term of study. Applications and more information are available at

or by contacting:

Information and Culture Section
Consulate General of Japan
600 Atlantic Avenue, 14th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

(617) 973-9772

Nanubhai Teaching Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi


From the National Association of Fellowships Advisors:

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi offers 60 Fellowships of $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each. Every chapter has the opportunity to submit one nominee and each person nominated receives an Active-For-Life membership in the Society. Since the Fellowship Program's inception, more than 2,000 students have benefited.

The multidisciplinary nature of Phi Kappa Phi is reflected in its Fellowship and Award of Excellence recipients. Awardees represent a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, political science, mathematics and psychology. Likewise, the professions they select are equally diverse: law, medicine, business, education, science, or the arts.

For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit their web site at www.phikappaphi.org

Politecnico di Milano Scholarships for Master's

Politecnico di Milano offers over 30+ master's programs and 18 doctoral programs taught completely in English in disciplines related to engineering, design, urban planning, computer science, and architecture (as well as our additional programs taught in Italian). Qualified international candidates can also complete their doctoral degree with no knowledge of Italian.

***Merit-based scholarships for US students***

You can read more about their full scholarships for master's applicants and scholarships for doctoral and undergraduate students. They offer merit-based scholarships for excellent candidates who come from outside of Italy.

All three scholarship types include a full tuition waiver. “Platinum” scholarships include an additional 10,000 euro award (current value of $13,500 USD) and “Gold” scholarships include a 5,000 euro award ($6,800 USD), to go toward accommodations in the student residence and other expenses. The application and scholarship deadline is March 13. Learn more here.

STAR Environmental

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study.

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Although students need not be enrolled in or formally accepted in a full-time graduate program at the time of application, proof of enrollment or accceptance must be produced prior to the award of the fellowship. Students must be persuing a masters or doctoral degree in an environmentally related field of specialization.

For more information visit

• Schonfeld Fellowship

The Schonfeld Fellowship was established in 2008 by the AJC Berlin Office Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in order to offer young American leaders an opportunity to gain political advocacy skills in the areas of German-Jewish relations and foreign policy, from a Jewish perspective. The nature of the fellowship depends on the interests of the fellow and the current needs of the Berlin office. Past fellows at AJC Berlin have organized events dealing with intergroup relations, such as transatlantic relations including ongoing sessions of AJC Berlin Transatlantic Roundtable, and Mideast affairs. Fellows are involved in initiating, organizing and implementing such events and working closely with the programming staff.

The ten-month position is research and writing intensive and involves considerable program work. Candidates must possess a Bachelors, a demonstrated interest in German politics and foreign policy, superior writing skills in English, and advanced competency in spoken German.

Applicants interested in the position should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, together with a resume and a 3-5 page double-spaced writing sample in English (preferably on a political theme).

All application documents should be e-mailed to brooksj@ajc.org.

Theological Fund


The Fund for Theological Education offers support to help gifted young people explore and respond to God's calling in their lives. Our mission is to advance excellence as we encourage caring, capable and courageous young adults from diverse backgrounds on their journey to become pastors and scholars—the next generation of leaders for the church.

For more information contact
The Fund for Theological Education
825 Houston Mill Rd., Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone 404-727-1450

University of Manchester
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship prepares outstanding young people for careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org.

Zohrab Liebmann Fund