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The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award provides unique financial and fellowship support to the nation’s most remarkable PhD students in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The award is based on merit (not need) and covers full tuition equivalent for up to five years with a personal-support stipend per academic year.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program intended for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing full time graduate degrees at United States institutions. The program seeks to create “a level playing field” for the consideration of applicants from different backgrounds, in different fields, at different stages in their educational development, and of different ages. Because New Americans and their families have had very different immigration experiences, we take those differences into account in assessing applicants’ success in meeting the selection criteria.
The program seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program offer each year to applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, also, provides additional, discretionary funding.
The Rhodes Scholarship program offers fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK. The program covers all educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. The scholarship covers tuition, personal allowances, and fares to and from the U.S.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program offers a living expense stipend per month.
Study Scholarships provide an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full master’s degree program at a German university. Graduating seniors, graduate students and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor’s degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. The program provides monthly stipends, health, accident and personal liability insurance cover and travel subsidy.
The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.
Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization that offers year-long, service-oriented fellowships in 21 Asian countries in the fields of education, international development, public health, environmental advocacy, journalism and business. PiA fellowships are open to graduates or graduating seniors from all accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young or established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs.
The American Indian Foundation (IAF) William J. Clinton Fellowship for Services in India is a 10-month volunteer program that pairs a select number of young professionals from the U.S. and India with NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects. AIF provides a living stipend, insurance coverage, and program-related travel to each fellow.
The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a new, unique opportunity for graduates to play an active role in building and implementing innovative solutions to some of India’s toughest social problems. Fellows will work at Indian public sector enterprises for paid, one-year assignments that tackle important social challenges. Each IIC fellow receives a stipend, health insurance, and RT airfare to India.
Boren Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. The two-year program combines professional development through field and policy work, leadership development training, and facilitated cohort learning. Each fellow receives a financial package.