Santa Clara University

Office of Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

All students are encouraged to consider applying for post-graduate scholarships and fellowships for which they may be eligible. Planning for this should begin as early as possible, not later than the fall of the sophomore year, but even freshman year is not too early to consider summer projects such as internships or jobs which may make you a better candidate. There are literally hundreds of post-graduate scholarships, but what follows are some of the more prominent. All of these require considerable thought and effort in order to put together a competitive application. You will need to start developing your strategy for applying no later than second semester freshman year. If you think you might be interested, talk to Professor Greenwalt.

Rhodes Scholarship
This pays all fees and living expenses for a student to take a degree at Oxford University. Applicants should have a 3.8 - 4.0 GPA, have a track record of leadership, and be able to handle themselves well in an interview. Up to 32 Rhodes Scholars are selected annually. For more information go to

Truman Scholarship
This pays up to $30,000 towards two years' of graduate study at an institution of the student's own choosing. Applicants should intend to pursue a life of public service, changing for the better the way our government serves the people at any level -- local, state, or federal. Candidates apply by Sept. 30 of their junior year and need a 3.7 - 4.0 GPA. Up to 85 scholarships are awarded annually. A record of public service is required for a candidate to be successful. For more information, go to

Marshall Scholarship
This pays all fees and living expenses for a student to take a degree at any participating university in the United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales). Applicants should have a 3.7 - 4.0 GPA and a specific plan for studying in the UK. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually. For more information go to

Fulbright Fellowship
This pays living expenses for a student to live in a foreign country of his or her choosing for a year. Applicants are required to develop a statement of proposed study to justify their travel to the selected country. Individual countries have specific and varying requirements for their Fulbright participants. Applicants should study these requirements carefully. A 3.3 GPA or so is required; approximately 650 awards are made annually. For more information go to

Boren Fellowship
Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Euraisa, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information go to

Rotary Scholarship
This provides for one year of study in any foreign country where a Rotary Club is located. Rotary Scholars are expected to be "ambassadors of good will" to the people of their host country. For a post-graduate grant, you must apply in your junior year. For more information go to

Madison Fellowship
This provides $24,000 towards graduate study in history, political science, or social studies for people interested in pursuing a career in teaching in secondary school. For more information go to

Goldwater Fellowship
This pays $15,000 towards undergraduate study for students in their junior or senior year who are intending to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Students planning on attending medical school are ineligible. For more information go to

National Science Foundation Fellowship
This pays $13,500 in living expenses, plus tuition and fees, for graduate education in the sciences or engineering leading to a master's or doctoral degree. For more information go to

DAAD Awards German Academic Exchange Service Study and research in Germany: undergraduate and graduate awards. Should have a good command of the German language. Open to all fields, except medicine. Grant dollar amounts vary according to time spent ($3,000 to $7,000). For more information go to

Freeman-Asia Awards
Awards for study in Asia. Open to all undergraduates, except graduating seniors. Applicants must currently receive financial aid or have verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad in Asia. Awards vary from $3,000 to $7,000. For more information go to

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
One year post-graduate work or 2nd Bachelor's at the University of Cambridge. Covers: university and college fees at the applicable rates, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, a further discretionary allowance and airfare. For more information go to

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
Only available for students receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Awards up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. For more information go to

George J. Mitchell Scholarships
One academic year of graduate study in Ireland. No restrictions on academic field of study. Covers: living expenses, tuition and books. For more information go to

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Supports graduate students in fields important to national defense needs (scientists and engineers). Covers: tuition and fees (not to include room and board). Stipends average $23,000 per year. For more information go to

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans                                                                                                          Mainly targeting minority groups in a large spectrum of graduate fields. Maintenance grants of $20,000 and tuition grants of one-half the tuition cost of a U.S. Graduate program. For more information go to

Morris K. Udall Scholarships Awards
Undergraduate scholarships for American juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy. Stipend: $5,000. For more information go to

USA Today
Four times a year, USA TODAY honors outstanding students and educators with the All-USA Academic and Teacher Teams. The 20 students and educators selected for the All-USA First Teams are featured in the nation's newspaper. Cash award: $2500. For more information go to


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