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Targeted Scholarships & Fellowships


General

Boren

Funding for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad.

  • Qualifications: knowledge of the proposed country/U.S. political relations and current events; interest in working for the federal government; at least intermediate host-country language ability and interest in language study.
  • Award: Up to $24,000 USD
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; applying to a graduate program
  • Deadline: January 30

Gates Cambridge

For those with distinguished academic achievement and interest in the welfare of others.

  • Qualifications: Overall academic excellence in field; thesis; awareness of global trends in/state of the field; commitment to causes that improve the lives of others; leadership skills and experience.
  • Award: Educational costs, such as tuition, laboratory and certain other fees
  • Eligibility: non-UK citizen; applying to eligible graduate study programs at Cambridge.
  • Deadline: October 9

Luce

Places leaders with no background in Asian studies in professional positions in Asia (in any discipline). Provides language training.

  • Qualifications: High academic achievement, leadership ability, clearly defined interests, personal traits including resilience, creativity, flexibility and humility.
  • Award: Stipend, professional placement, language training.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Graduating senior to under 30. Limited exposure to Asia.
  • Deadline: November 1

Marshall

Finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.

  • Qualifications: Academic excellence; thesis; leadership skills and experience; public speaking skills; knowledge of US/UK political relations and general current events; knowledge of political dialogue and peacemaking; writing experience.
  • Award: University fees; cost of living; books; thesis; research and daily travel grants
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; Bachelor’s degree
  • Deadline: October 2

Mitchell

For one year of graduate or postgraduate study (in any discipline) in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

  • Qualifications: scholarship, leadership, commitment to community and public service.
  • Award: One year of graduate study.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen. Graduating Senior – under 30.
  • Deadline: September 27

Rhodes

Study toward a degree in any field at Oxford University. For those with potential to be leaders on the world stage.

  • Qualifications: Academic excellence; thesis; leadership skills and experience; public speaking skills; strength of body as well as mind; activities that demonstrate a desire to stand up for the world.
  • Award: Educational costs, such as tuition, laboratory and certain other fees
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; 18 but not yet 24 years of age
  • Deadline: October 4

Schwarzman

Fully funded one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

  • Qualifications: Leadership skills, academic excellence and agility, keen interest in China.
  • Award: Fully funded one-year master’s program.
  • Eligibility: Graduating Senior – under 29. English language proficiency.
  • Deadline: September 26

Truman

Financial support for those preparing for a career in public service.

  • Qualifications: Commitment to causes; politically engaged; field-related internships and research experience, public speaking skills, strong awareness of current problems/issues in the field.
  • Award: $30,000 USD
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; junior or senior; must be nominated by university/college
  • Deadline: February 6

STEM-Specific

Astronaut

Provides scholarships for top American STEM students that exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance.

  • Qualifications: Academic excellence, strong research experience.
  • Award: $10,000
  • Eligibility: sophomores and juniors; U.S. Citizen.
  • Deadline: Early Spring, set by Cooper

Churchill

Provides funding for a year of Master’s study in a STEM field at the University of Cambridge.

  • Qualifications: High GPA; strong experience and talent in research; display “a bewildering array of talent” outside of their field.
  • Award: Educational costs, such as tuition, laboratory and certain other fees
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, senior or recent graduate.
  • Deadline: April? Set by Cooper

GEM

Assists High-quality underrepresented students pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields:

  • Qualifications: 2.8 (MS)/3.0 (PHD)
  • Award: Educational costs, such as tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, stipend, as well as summer opportunities.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, senior or recent graduate; school endorsement; belongs to an underrepresented group in STEM (Native American, African America, Hispanic).
  • Deadline: November 15

Goldwater

For STEM students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

  • Qualifications: Experience with semester and summer research internships on and off campus (via REU). Skilled at science writing.
  • Award: Up to $7,500 USD a year
    Eligibility: sophomores and juniors; pursuing research careers in natural sciences, math, and engineering; 3.0 GPA; U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: Internal. Contact Program Advisor Dean Christopher Chamberlin, chamber@cooper.edu (must be nominated)

Hertz

Assists top students in STEM fields interested in pursuing a PHD.

  • Qualifications: academic excellence, research experience, creativity, high moral and ethical values.
  • Award: Educational costs, such as tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, stipend.
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, senior or recent graduate.
  • Deadline: October 23

NSF GRFP

Full support for graduate students that have demonstrated the potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

  • Qualifications: Academic excellence in field; significant research experience in field.
  • Award: Apx. $138,000
  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, national or permanent resident, applying to graduate program; no prior PHD.
  • Deadline: Nov 1
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.