Postgraduate Opportunities

These awards can fund domestic and international opportunities for graduate study and professional experiences.

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)

The AIIS was formed to further the knowledge of India in the United States by supporting American scholarship on India. The programs of AIIS foster the production of and engagement with scholarship on India, and promote and advance mutual understanding between the citizens of the United States and of India. For 60 years, AIIS has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India. Among the many language programs offered via the AIIS, their Hindi program is particularly strong.

Beinecke Scholarship

Provides $34,000 for graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Must have demonstrated financial need and be near the top of your class. Institutional endorsement by the Office of Fellowship Advising is required. Application must be received in the OFA by early January. Applications to the Beinecke program are due mid-February.


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, 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. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. Institutional endorsement is required, and intent to apply should be shared with the OFA by early December. The Endowment's nomination deadline is January 15 of each year.

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.

DAAD German Academic Exchange

Highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master’s degree program at a German university or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or master’s degree program completed in the home country.

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 premiere government sponsored program for study, research, and English teaching overseas. The on-campus deadline for applications is in early September. Final on-line submission of applications to the Institute for International Education in New York is in early October. Interested students should contact Jennifer Beers in 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 bachelor’s degree as an affiliated student, or a variety of master-level postgraduate courses. Does not require institutional endorsement. Students must complete application to Cambridge University by mid-October. Gates Cambridge Scholarship application materials are also due in mid-October.

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 recruits and 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 Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program annually identifies a cohort of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.

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 students should contact the Office of Fellowship Advising. The deadline to apply is typically early November.

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 achievement and leadership potential. Pays tuition and fees, maintenance, and travel allowance. Minimum GPA is 3.8. This scholarship requires an institutional endorsement, done through the Office of Fellowship Advising. Contact the OFA no later than March 1 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 their junior year. The application deadline to the scholarship is in early October.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance.

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 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.

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, ar¬ranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional develop¬ment 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 Ser¬vice, including inter¬national 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. Depart¬ment of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service.

Rhodes Scholarship

Funds 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 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 OFA no later than March 1 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.

Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship supports students interested in careers that promote the public good public by offering $30,000 to fund graduate study, including law school. Applicants must have a 3.5 or above GPA and an excellent track record in public service. Institutional endorsement by the OFA is necessary. Interested students should contact the OFA by Sept. 1 in the fall of their junior year. Applications to Truman are due early February.

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.