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.

    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?

    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.

      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?

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.