Alumni Opportunities

We encourage alumni to use the OFA as a resource when pursuing academic or professional opportunities through competitive scholarships. Please note that there are age limits and/or limits upon how long you can apply after graduating for many awards. Be sure to review eligibility criteria to familiarize yourself with age limit requirements.


On average, Black women in STEM earn salaries that are 45% lower than their highest-paid peers. BestColleges is committed to breaking down barriers for students in underrepresented communities, who desire careers in the most competitive fields. Five $6,000 scholarships are awarded to Black women who are currently pursuing careers in STEM.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. The Endowment's nomination deadline is January 15 of each year. Institutional endorsement is required. Application must be received in the Office of Fellowship Advising in advance, usually by late November.

Churchill Scholarship

Funds one year of graduate study in engineering, math, or the sciences at the University of Cambridge. Interested students should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising in March of their junior year. The deadline for receipt at the foundation is early November, and applicants must apply independently for admission to Cambridge University no later than mid-October (the date is usually October 15 but differs from year to year).

William D. Clarke Diplomatic Security Fellowship

The William D. Clarke, Sr Diplomatic Security Fellowship program is designed for highly talented individuals of all majors and all backgrounds who want to pursue a graduate degree and a career in the Foreign Service. This two-year graduate fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, includes academic funding for a full-time master’s degree program, two summer practicums with stipends, professional development, and mentorship. After successful completion of the program and the Foreign Service entry requirements, you will receive an appointment as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent, and launch your career traveling the world, leading and managing U.S. diplomatic mission security programs, conducting transnational criminal investigations, and more.

Eisenhower Global Scholars

EF sends four outstanding university graduates abroad for an academic year of postgraduate study leading to a Master’s Degree at either the University of Oxford or IE University in Madrid. Global Scholars are US citizens between the ages of 20 and 30 years old and are expected to apply with a concrete project proposal that this international post-graduate study will advance. They also commit to lifelong engagement with the organization to advance our mission. To be considered for this scholarship program, students should be admitted to Oxford and IE and should have an exceptional undergraduate academic record.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and cooperating Fulbright commissions around the world, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the premier government sponsored program for study, research, and English teaching overseas. The on-campus deadline for applications is in early September. Final online submission of applications to the Institute for International Education in New York is in early October. Interested students should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Covers the costs of studying at Cambridge for scholars of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential from every country of the world other than the United Kingdom. These scholarships are designed for students who are committed to serving their communities, and who gain admission to the University of Cambridge to pursue Ph.D. research, a second Bachelors degree as an affiliated student, or one-year of postgraduate courses. Does not require institutional endorsement. Students must complete application to Cambridge University by mid-October. Gates Cambridge Scholarship application materials are due in mid-October for US citizens. Deadlines for international students vary by discipline, but fall between early December and January.

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps is a leadership development organization dedicated to recruiting and training the next generation of leaders in global health equity. Global Health Corps selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US and Zambia. Over the course of their yearlong fellowship, fellows make significant contributions to the placement organization and the population that the organization seeks to serve and will learn skills for effective and ethical leadership, such as human-centered design thinking, storytelling, systems thinking and strategic planning for social change. The application opens in early November, and final application submission occurs in mid-January. This program does not require institutional endorsement.

Humanity In Action

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. They foster a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is an international graduate-level scholarship program for study at Stanford University. Established in 2016, the program prepares students to take leadership roles in finding creative solutions to complex global issues. Ideal candidates for this award are independent, creative thinkers, purposeful leaders, and committed to a civic mindset. The award funds graduate study in almost any discipline. Institutional endorsement is not required. Application deadline is early October.

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program enhances the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Luce Scholars gain new perspectives and cultural insights on their host countries through immersive living and working experiences. A professional placement is individually arranged for each scholar based on his or her professional interest, background, and qualifications. Asian Studies majors or minors are not eligible. Institutional endorsement is required. Interested candidates should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising no later than mid-September. The deadline to apply is typically early November.

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship funds two to three years of graduate study at most institutions of higher education in Great Britain. Most fields of study are supported. This scholarship seeks individuals of superior academic achievement and leadership potential. Pays tuition and fees, maintenance, and travel allowance. Minimum GPA is 3.7. This scholarship requires an institutional endorsement, done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. Contact the Office of Fellowship Advising no later than March of the year in which you wish to apply. Applications are due to the Marshall program in early October.

George Mitchell Scholarship

Provides all expenses for one year of graduate study in any field at most universities in Ireland. Requires an institutional endorsement, done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. Students interested in nomination should contact the OFA in March of the year in which they hope to apply. The application deadline for the scholarship is in early October.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The NSF provides many opportunities for graduate work in STEM fields, including some social sciences. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000. Deadlines vary by discipline, but generally fall throughout the month of October.

The Pickering Fellowship

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 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.

Charles Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support to prepare for a career in the US Foreign Service. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service.

Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarships will fund two to three years of study at Oxford University. The Rhodes Scholarship seeks individuals with superior academic achievement and proven intellect who will be world leaders. Supports practically any Oxford BA, but is more limited, yet also more popular, for higher degrees. Pays tuition and fees, maintenance, and travel allowance. This scholarship requires a rigorous interview process. This scholarship requires an institutional endorsement, which is done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. If interested, contact the Office of Fellowship Advising no later than March of the year in which you wish to apply. Applications are due to the Rhodes program in early October.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

Thirty scholarships will be awarded each year to new Americans who are resident aliens, naturalized citizens, or the children of two naturalized citizens. Seeks applicants who are creative, committed to accomplishments and to the values of the U.S. constitution and bill of rights. Recipients may receive up to $90,000 for two years of graduate study in any field. Institutional endorsement is not required. Students apply directly to the Foundation.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

The Schwarzman Scholars Program prepares young leaders to better understand the culture, economy, governance, and motivations of China, a growing world influence. Schwarzman Scholars will earn a master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and they will participate in internships with Beijing-based global and national institutions and corporations. All instruction will be delivered in English, although scholars will have opportunities throughout the year to study Mandarin.

USAID Payne Fellowship

The USAID Payne 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 $93,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Yenching Academy at Peking University

The Yenching Academy offers a highly customizable Master's program in China studies for English speakers with varied levels of Chinese language competency. At the core of the program lies its emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the value it assigns to thinking about China; past, present and future - from both Chinese and international perspectives. Scholars are allowed flexibility in the design of their study programs and can choose courses from any of six research areas, one of which they will choose for their theses. A wide range of electives offered by the Academy and other Peking University schools and departments supplements core courses.