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.

    Graduate School Preparation Mini-Grants

    The Graduate School Preparation Mini-Grants (up to $250) are intended to help students with the costs associated with the graduate school application process. Examples of eligible expenses include:

    • Application fees
    • Transcript fees
    • Test preparation (including test prep courses and test prep books)
    • Test fees (including costs associated with sending test scores to schools)
    • Costs associated with traveling for interviews and program visits

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

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    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.

      Financing Your Graduate School Education

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      Everyone will specific questions regarding their financial situation and how it impacts the entire application and funding process. This resource provides information to help you project costs and possible methods of funding including loans, school-based aid, PhD specifics, outside funding, fellowships, and scholarships.

      “I am so thrilled that I will be able to learn directly from women leaders in crucial environmental projects in a diverse array of Latin American countries that I otherwise could not have ever imagined visiting.”

      “I will be the first doctor in my family and the first to attend graduate school with the gift of the Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship.”

      Beinecke Scholarship Program (juniors)

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      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.

      Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Wellesley College

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      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.

      “I hope to use my Watson year to show that when we make choices to preserve the physical environment, we also strengthen and preserve the familial environment as well.”

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

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      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.

      Michel David-Weill Scholarship (rising seniors)

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      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.

      Chinese Government Scholarship (seniors and graduates)

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      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. Wellesley may nominate graduating seniors and graduates for these awards. Campus application deadline typically in early in the new year.

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

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      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.

      Truman Scholarship (juniors)

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      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.

      Introduction to Fellowships for Graduates

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      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?

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

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      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 who are US citizens or permanent residents, majoring in chemistry, computer science, physics, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or another STEM discipline.

      A Brief Introduction to Fellowships and Scholarships

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      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?