Fellowships and Scholarships National

National Fellowships and Scholarships

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Support for graduate school programs in the United States:

Carnegie Junior Fellows.  Each year the endowment offers approximately ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Most fellowship are in the areas of political science, international relations, and public policy. Fellows must have completed a BA in the last calendar year; those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. The Predoctoral Fellowship is available to graduating seniors intending to enroll in a terminal degree program in most fields of study and who intend a career in research and teaching in higher education. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships (applied science and engineering). This merit-based fellowship consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal support stipend. It can be renewed for up to 5 years of graduate study. Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.

James Madison Fellowship. For aspiring and experienced teachers of American history, American government, and social studies in the nation's secondary schools, to pursue graduate study of American history. Suggested criteria: interest in teaching social studies, particularly American history or government (could be evidenced by enrollment in certification program—more specifically 7-12 social studies or belated decision to enroll in an M.A.T. program); related activities (e.g., tutoring, teaching assistantships, substitute teaching, projects, presentations or papers dealing with American history/government or U.S. Constitution; awards (e.g., departmental award, honor society membership, inclusion in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities); high GPA; recommendations from relevant faculty. Prospective Fellow must have applied to an appropriate graduate school or have definite plans to do so.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The NSF seeks to encourage research in science, mathematics and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. A competition is conducted for Graduate Research Fellowships, with additional awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science. The fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 1000 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Scholarship Program for New Americans. The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. The recipients are chosen on a nationally competitive basis. Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity. The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive Fellowship support to continue that study. Individuals who are in the third, or subsequent, year of study in the same graduate program are not, however, eligible for this competition.

SMART Scholarship The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Truman Scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, junior in college, in upper third of class and committed to a career in public service (i.e., in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, research or educational organizations, organizations whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect environment). The Truman scholarship involves summer institutes after the junior and senior year and supports graduate education. Recipients must spend a year in public service after graduation.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships are state-based programs that seek to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology into teaching in high-need urban and rural secondary schools. There are currently four state programs. Other states are expected to launch Woodrow Wilson state teaching fellowship programs in the future.


Support for scholarship during your undergraduate career at Geneseo:

Goldwater Scholarship Program. For students who are committed to a career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering, and who intend to pursue an advanced degree in one of those areas. Nominees may come from both sophomore and junior classes, but no more than 4 from one level; nominees must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens who intend to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 60 deserving students selected annually. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive. To be eligible for the program, students must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Faculty Representative at their two-year institution.

NOAA Hollings Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

SMART Scholarship The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 25,000-41,000 per year; The DoD will place scholarship awardees in civilian positions in DoD labs for a term commensurate with the length of the scholarship. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Udall Scholarship. For a matriculated sophomore or junior in an accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. All applicants must be citizens, permanent resident aliens, or—if from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands—a U.S. national. Each school may nominate up to 6 students. The Udall Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers related to environmental public policy. Udall also supports Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or tribal health care. Inclusion of ethics and public policy and/or public or community service is anticipated. This scholarship will cover expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $5,000 for one year.

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