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Resources for Underrepresented Students and Alumnae Applying to Health Profession Schools

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

A crucial topic in healthcare today is how to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of medical care for ethnic, racial, social, and economic minorities. There is an urgent need to increase both the diversity and cultural competence of our health care workforce.

“I was motivated to fight for environmental justice in my community after hearing about the respiratory illnesses that many children were diagnosed with as a result of the environmental contamination we live with.”

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 March

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.

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 2022—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.

Dec 3, 2021

Ford Foundation Fellowships: Postdoctoral - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: Individuals awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree no earlier than December 10, 2014 and no later than December 10, 2021, who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees and refugees. See website for additional requirements.

Postgraduate

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.  Please note that applicatiosn are due by 5:00 pm EST on the date of the deadline. **Please note this is an expected deadline; check the program's...

Jan 31, 2022

Columbia Summer Public Health Scholars Program - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or U.S. Nationals who will have completed at least two years of college at an accredited institution by the beginning of the program (i.e. rising juniors and seniors) or who are recent college graduates (after April 2020) who have not been accepted into a graduate program. Minimum GPA 2.7. African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, people with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students and its goal is to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine...

Jan 31, 2022

Udall Native American Congressional Internships - direct application deadline

Eligible: American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students; First Nations of Canada students who are permanent residents can also apply

Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Service, Internship

Even as Native nations achieve greater levels of self-determination, Indian Country continues to be influenced by U.S. federal law and policy. The Udall Native American Congressional Internship places students in Senate, House, and federal agency offices to learn firsthand how the U.S. government works with Native nations. Interns will gain a better understanding of the government to government relationship and how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their tribes. The internship is funded by the...

Feb 15, 2022

NAACP LDF Marshall-Motley Scholars Program - expected direct application deadline

Eligible are graduating seniors and graduates, those who will have finished their bachelor's degrees and be admitted, or expect to be admitted, to an ABA-accredited law school as a first-year, full-time law student to begin in the fall of the calendar year of application. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and intend to pursue a career in Civil Rights law, and, if awarded, will work full-time in pursuit of racial justice in a southern state for a period of 8 years immediately following the fellowship portion of the MMSP.

Research/Gradschool, Service

In 2020-21, the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP invited students to join the next generation of civil rights lawyers and announced the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program. Named in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence. Over the...

Nov 15, 2021

The GEM Fellowships Program - direct application deadline

Eligible: rising seniors and alumnae who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, especially members of underrepresented minorities, applying for eligible graduate degree programs

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate

The National GEM Consortium provides three different fellowships to support graduate work in STEM fields, especially for underrepresented minority students: the MS Engineering Fellowship Program, the PhD Engineering Fellowship, and the PhD Science Fellowship.  Please note that for early consideration, you must complete Part I of the application by October 1 (see website for details).

Questions?  Prospective Wellesley applicants are most welcome to seek advice from the Fellowships team at Virtual Pop...

Nov 19, 2021

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program - campus application deadline

Eligible: First Generation and Low-Income, or Underrepresented ALANA* (African American, Latinx, Alaska Native, Native American, Pacific Islander), who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, majoring in a STEM discipline, with a strong desire to pursue doctorate education (PhD, EdD, etc), and 2.8 GPA or higher.

Research/Gradschool, Undergraduate

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.

Please note that applications are...

Dec 1, 2021

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program - direct application deadline

Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas are not eligible for CHCI programs. Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must be eligible to work and possess valid employment authorization at the time of acceptance, and must maintain continuous lawful employment authorization for the duration of the program for which the person is applying. Preference is given to those with financial need.

Undergraduate, Service, Internship

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program (CIP) provides promising Latinx undergraduates of any major a paid placement in a congressional office for a period of 10 weeks in the summer. The program includes payment of $3,125 (Summer), as well as domestic round-trip transportation to DC, all expenses covered housing, academic credit, leadership training, networking and professional development opportunities, and more!

See program...

Dec 1, 2021

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program - direct application deadline

Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas are not eligible for CHCI programs. Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must be eligible to work and possess valid employment authorization at the time of acceptance, and must maintain continuous lawful employment authorization for the duration of the program for which the person is applying. Preference is given to those with financial need.

Undergraduate, Service, Internship

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program (CIP) provides promising Latinx undergraduates of any major a paid placement in a congressional office for a period of 10 weeks in the summer. The program includes payment of $3,125 (Summer), as well as domestic round-trip transportation to DC, all expenses covered housing, academic credit, leadership training, networking and professional development opportunities, and more!

See program...

Dec 3, 2021

Ford Foundation Fellowships: Dissertation - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates in a dissertation-required program, who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees. Must have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree except for writing and defense of dissertation by December 10, 2021. See website for additional requirements.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate

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.  Please note that applications are due by 5:00 pm EST on the deadline date. **Please note this is an expected deadline; check the program's website for...

Dec 10, 2021

Ford Foundation Fellowships: Predoctoral - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: graduating seniors and alumnae who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees. Individuals must also be enrolled in or plan to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required) program leading to a Ph.D. or Sci.D.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate

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.  Please note that applicatiosn are due by 5:00 pm EST on the date of the deadline.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will...

Feb 10, 2022

Udall Scholarship - campus deadline

Eligible: sophomores and juniors in any field who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents

Service, Undergraduate

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Awards are offered in three categories: 

  • Environment: For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues
  • Tribal Policy: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of
  • ...
Oct 22, 2021

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) - direct application deadline

Eligible: graduating seniors and recent grads who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, applying for or in one of the first two years of study in an eligible graduate program.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate, Fellowship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP) support up to three years of graduate study in the sciences and social sciences at a U.S. institution. Application Deadline(s) vary according to proposed field of study (& are 5 p.m. local time at applicant’s mailing address):

  •      October 18, 2021 - Life Sciences
  •      October 19, 2021 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences
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Oct 28, 2021

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans - direct application deadline

Eligible: graduating seniors and graduates whose birth parents were born outside of the US as non-US citizens. You might have been born in the US or be a naturalized citizen, adopted from abroad, a Green Card holder, granted asylum or refugee status in the US, or have graduated from high school & college in the US (including current and past DACA recipients). You must be 30 year old or younger as of October 28, 2021 and planning to be enrolled in graduate school full-time in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support up to two years of graduate/professional study in any discipline at universities in the United States. Find details at www.pdsoros.org/, including about eligibility. (Please note the deadline for this fellowship is 2:00 pm EST.)

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Nov 1, 2021

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship - direct application deadline

Eligible: graduating seniors and graduates who are U.S. citizens, seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2022 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship supports a 2-year master’s degree program for those preparing and planning for careers in the United States Agency for International Development.  The program also offers paid summer internships, mentorship, and more!

Did you know?  Mai Yer Xiong '14 was a 2018 Payne Fellow; check out her bio here!

Questions?  Any prospective...

Feb 1, 2022

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: U.S. citizens who are enrolled in undergraduate programs relevant to IT and entering your junior year in the fall of the cohort year OR be seeking admission to an IT-related Master's degree program beginning in the fall of the cohort year; applicants must also have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, fulfill the summer internship obligation (two summers), and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in the fall of 2024. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year commitment as an Information Management Specialist.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate, Undergraduate

Administered by Washington Center, this U.S. Department of State fellowship program aims to diversify the ranks of Information Management Specialists serving in the U.S. Foreign Service with traditionally underrepresented minority groups. This includes but is not limited to racial, geographic, religious and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need. If accepted you’ll receive the financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare you for a career in the Foreign Service. Upon successfully completing the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry...

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