Fellowships & Scholarships

A Brief Introduction to Fellowships and Scholarships

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Fellowships and scholarships offer funding to support a range of purposeful activities, including undergraduate research, language study/other study abroad, self-designed projects, teaching and service, graduate or professional study, or even internships and professional placements. They can open doors for you to things you might not be able to pursue otherwise.

There are opportunities for students and graduates of every nationality and at every stage of their careers. What might be the right fit for you?

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports one or two years of undergraduate study in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and natural sciences. Eligible are college sophomores or juniors who are US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals intending to pursue research careers in STEM fields. Campus application deadline typically in late November/early December.

Beinecke Scholarship Program (juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports two years of graduate study at a university in the US or abroad for those aiming to pursue degrees in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Eligible are US citizens and nationals who are current juniors. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Boren Awards (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports study abroad of less-commonly-taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. Study abroad programs of a year are preferred, but summer programs will be considered for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Eligible are Wellesley first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are US citizens. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Wellesley students should seek advice about appropriate study abroad programs from the Office of International Study, although the Fellowships office is happy to offer advice on Boren Scholarship applications.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program supports a year's work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are eligible to work in the US for a year. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Chinese Government Scholarship (rising seniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Chinese government has set up a variety of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers, and scholars to study and do research at Chinese universities. The China Scholarship Council offers two full­-year scholarships for graduating Wellesley College seniors who would like to study for a year at any one of more than one hundred top ­rated Chinese universities. Campus application deadline typically in February.

Churchill Scholarships (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports one year of graduate study (including one-year research degrees) in science, mathematics, or engineering at Cambridge. Eligible: graduating seniors and recent alumnae of Wellesley College who are US citizens with majors in appropriate STEM fields. Campus application deadline typically in early October.

Davis Projects for Peace (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College ‘28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2019—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Elisabeth Luce Moore ’24 Wellesley-Yenching Fellowship at Ginling College in Nanjing (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Each year the Wellesley-Yenching Program sponsors two English teaching fellowships in cooperation with Ginling College, part of Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China. Wellesley College seniors or alumnae are eligible to apply for this one-year fellowship which can be extended to a second year. The Wellesley-Yenching Committee interviews applicants, then sends the credentials of one or two nominees for final approval by Ginling College.

Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Study

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

There are more fellowships and scholarships than you might think there are to help fund graduate or professional study. It’s helpful to be creative and persistent in your search, and in your applications. This research will give you an overview of some of the fellowships out there, and tips for searching for opportunities.

    Fulbright Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Supports a year (or occasionally more) of study or research abroad in any discipline, or year-long English teaching assistantships (ETAs) abroad in programs designed by the host countries. Eligible are graduating seniors and graduates who are US citizens. Campus application deadline for students and graduates typically in August.

    Introduction to Fellowships for Alumnae

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Fellowships and scholarships can fund graduate or professional study, purposeful travel, professional placements, self-designed projects, and so much more. They can help you build your experience and qualifications, help you explore a passion, and clarify a path forward. What would you do with a fellowship?

    Killam Fellowships Program (students)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The Killam Fellowships Program, administered by Fulbright Canada, allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. Killam Fellows spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the host country. Students can apply either to the direct exchange program, which is limited to certain participating university partners, or to the open competition, allowing for participation from (and to) any accredited degree-granting college or university in either country.

    Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Offers full scholarships for any graduate or professional degree offered at Stanford University, plus leadership development, aimed at preparing leaders to find creative solutions for the world's greatest problems. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumnae, from any country. Apply to the Knight-Hennessy by their deadline in early October, and to the Stanford degree problem of your choice by the deadline for that program.

    Luce Scholars Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Supports one-year professional placements (along with language training) in Asia for those who have not had extensive experience in Asia. Eligible are US citizens or permanent residents who are graduating seniors or alumnae under 30. Campus application deadline typically in early October.

    Marshall Scholarship (rising seniors & alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Supports one or two years of study in any discipline at a university in the United Kingdom. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent gradiates who are US citizens. Campus application deadline for Wellesley's endorsement typically in August.

    Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship (alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Established by the will of Alice Alvira Stevens, Class of 1891, the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship is available to a Wellesley graduate who is at least 25 years of age in the year of application and supports up to a full year of purposeful travel outside the United States. We invite proposals that will inspire reflection and growth and lead to more fulfilling and productive personal and professional lives. Campus application deadline typically in December.

    Mayling Soong Summer Scholarships (students)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The Mayling Soong Foundation funds a limited number of students to undertake summer language study in East or South Asia. Application deadline typically early in the spring semester.

    Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (sophomores and juniors)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) was founded to increase diversity among minority faculty scholars in higher education. MMUF supports underrepresented minority students and others who have demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in academia by encouraging talented students to develop their academic interests, pursue and complete their doctoral training, and thrive in their faculty careers in higher education. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MMUF undergraduates are able to conduct original undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences. Campus deadline annually in early December.

    Michel David-Weill Scholarship (rising seniors)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Supports a two-year master’s degree in any field at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), but Economics is especially encouraged. Eligible are graduating seniors at Wellesley who are US citizens. Campus application deadline typically in November.

    Mitchell Scholarship (rising seniors & alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Supports one year of study in any discipline at a university in Ireland. Eligible are graduating seniors and alumnae who are US citizens between the ages of 18 and 30. Campus application deadline for seniors (who must seek institutional nomination) typically in August; alumnae apply directly for the Mitchell but are very welcome to seek application advice from Wellesley's Fellowships office.

    National Institutes of Standards & Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) (students)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.  Eligible are currently enrolled undergraduates at Wellesley who are US citizens or permanent residents, majoring in chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or another STEM discipline.

    Rhodes Scholarship (rising seniors & alumnae)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Did you know that citizens of any country are now eligible to apply for the Rhodes Scholarships, for graduate study at the University of Oxford? Campus deadline for Wellesley applicants for Global Rhodes is typically in early June and for the Canadian and US Rhodes typically in late August. Application deadlines for other Rhodes competitions may fall even earlier (see their website, and Career Education deadline listings). All prospective Wellesley Rhodes applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Kate Dailinger, of Wellesley's Career Education, and learn more through this resource page.

    Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Wellesley College

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 187 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate education for students from underrepresented groups.  At Wellesley, the McNair Scholars Program is STEM focused.

    Saint Andrew’s Society of New York Graduate Scholarship (rising seniors)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Supports one year of study in any discipline at a university in Scotland. Eligible are US citizens with Scottish heritage and financial need. Campus application deadline typically in November.

    Schimke and Shackford Graduate Fellowships (alumnae of any US institution)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Wellesley College offers a number of fellowships and scholarships for graduate study or research open to graduating seniors and Wellesley alumnae. Two awards are open to women graduates of any American institution. The Mary McEwen Schimke Scholarship is a supplemental award to provide relief from household and child care expenses while pursuing graduate study, and the M.A. Cartland Shackford Medical Fellowship is for the study of medicine with a view to general practice, not psychiatry.

      Schwarzman Scholars Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      Supports leadership development & a special one-year Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, taught in English. Eligible are graduating seniors, current graduate and professional students, and recent alumnae from any country and any major (knowledge of Mandarin is an asset but is not required). Official deadlines typically in May and September.

      The Susan Rappaport Knafel ’52 Scholarship for Foreign Study or Traveling Fellowship (rising seniors)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      Scholarship for Foreign Study – up to $36,000
      The scholarship will be awarded to a member of the graduating class who displays a desire for learning and an ability to impart knowledge and judgment to others.  It will fund a year of study at a foreign institution to pursue a specific subject that requires contact with foreign scholars, libraries or other resources.  

      Traveling Fellowship – up to $36,000
      The fellowship will be awarded to a member of the graduating class who displays an interest in and an acceptance of others, and who displays the ethos of a Wellesley education.  It will fund a year of purposeful travel abroad to explore a particular interest with the requirement that the recipient not remain in the same area for more than two months.

      Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (rising seniors)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers graduating seniors a one-year grant for independent study and purposeful travel and exploration outside of the United States, to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. Campus deadline typically in early October.

      Truman Scholarship (juniors)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. This scholarship provides funding toward senior year and graduate school for juniors interested in a career in public service. Campus application deadline typically in November.

      Udall Scholarship (sophomores & juniors)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      Supports a year of undergraduate study for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country or interested in pursuing health-related careers, or for students with demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to issues related to conservation and environmental issues. Eligible are college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Campus application deadline typically in early February.

      Wellesley College Graduate Fellowships (WCGF)—rising seniors & alumnae)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      Wellesley College offers a number of fellowships and scholarships for graduate study or research open to graduating seniors and Wellesley alumnae. Two awards are open to women graduates of any American institution (the Schimke and the Shackford). Awards are usually made to applicants currently enrolled in or applying to graduate/professional school for the following academic year; there is a single common application process for most of these awards, and the campus deadline is typically in January.

      Wellesley-Yenching Fellowship at Chung Chi College in Hong Kong (rising seniors & alumnae)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      The Wellesley-Yenching Program in cooperation with Chung Chi College in Hong Kong sponsors a fellowship to teach or assist in teaching English at Chung Chi. This one-year fellowship is generally offered on an annual basis to a Wellesley College senior or alumna with the option to extend for a second year.  Candidates are first interviewed by the committee at Wellesley College, which then sends on the credentials of its nominee for final approval by Chung Chi College.

      Apply in spring semester 2020 for the 2020-21 Fellowship.

      Wellesley-Yenching Fellowship at the National Palace Museum in Taipei (rising seniors & alumnae)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      This one-year, full-time position is available to Wellesley College graduates, thanks to a long-standing arrangement between the college and the National Palace Museum (NPM). Each fellow’s responsibilities and job description will be determined, to some extent, according to the Museum’s current staffing requirements as well as the fellow’s personal background, interests and skills.  The Wellesley liaison at the National Palace Museum will work with the Wellesley-Yenching Committee to place the fellow in an appropriate position(s) at the Museum.  The liaison will also serve as the fellow’s advisor during her term at the Museum.

      Yenching Academy Scholarship at Peking University (rising seniors & alumnae)

      Kate Dailinger
      Kate Dailinger

      The Yenching Academy of Peking University builds bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies for outstanding graduates from all over the globe. This initiative brings together young people who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world — past, present, and future. The Academy aims to thereby shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world.

      Wellesley is an official Partner Institution for the Yenching Academy: campus deadline typically in November.