National Scholarships and Fellowships

 

What follows are brief descriptions of national awards supported with advisement by the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College. Campus-level competition is open to all current students and recent alumni who possess exemplary academic, service, and leadership records and meet set eligibility criteria. Interested students should contact Ms. Sara Schmidt (smschmidt@eiu.edu).

 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship            https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program assists with the academic development of future natural scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by offering one- and two-year scholarships to upperclassmen seeking careers in these fields.  Students are nominated by their attending institution, but actively participate in the application process.  Students apply as sophomores or juniors, and receive awards of up to $7500 per year to apply toward junior and/or senior year tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Awards are granted based largely upon prior scholastic performance and potential to persist and flourish within the career track of choice.  To be competitive candidates, EIU students must have a scholastic record including: (a) better than a 3.80 cumulative GPA; (b) practical research experience at EIU, of more than one semester in length; (c) past participation in an REU; (d) a record of having externally presented or published, or having been approved to externally present or publish, a portion of their research work.  Student research at EIU may be conducted in support of a larger faculty research project.

 

Boren Fellowship                                                https://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/basics.html

Boren Fellowships provide graduating seniors who are applying to graduate schools, and current graduate students, with financial support for studies abroad of 12 weeks to two years in duration that are focused on the acquisition of critical language and culture skills.  Coverage amounts vary by length of experience and documented expenses, with the maximum award for a two-year experience not including supplemental stateside instruction set at $24,000.00.  To be competitive applicants, graduating seniors from must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.50; current graduate students must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.80.  All candidates must be U.S. citizens and intend federal government careers related to: international affairs or diplomacy; international trade or economics; sustainable development; global disease or hunger; population growth or migration.  All candidates must also be passionate about studying a language, and experiencing a culture, considered critical to U.S. security.  Prior to beginning their applications, candidates are expected to have identified and applied for an appropriate study abroad program to any country except: any western European country, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

 

Boren Scholarship                                              https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students with financial support for studies abroad of one or two semesters in duration that are focused on the acquisition of critical language and culture skills.  Coverage amounts vary by length of experience and documented expenses, with the maximum award for a two-semester experience set at $20,000.00.  To be competitive candidates, students must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.50.  All candidates must be U.S. citizens and intend federal government careers related to: international affairs or diplomacy; international trade or economics; sustainable development; global disease or hunger; population growth or migration.  All candidates must also be passionate about studying a language, and experiencing a culture, considered critical to U.S. security.  Prior to beginning their applications, candidates are expected to have identified and applied for an appropriate study abroad program to any country except: any western European country, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

 

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program                                              http://carnegieendowment.org/about/?fa=jrFellows

The Carnegie Junior Fellows Program is designed for graduating seniors intending careers in international affairs.  It provides an opportunity to spend a year in Washington, D.C., assisting an associate researcher for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  During their year of service, Fellows are paid a monthly salary of $3083 and receive medical, dental, and life insurance coverage as well as limited vacation leave.  Housing is not provided.  To be competitive candidates, EIU seniors must have: (a) pursued degrees focused on international studies or environmental studies; (b) undertaken independent research related to their principal interest area, through completion of 4000-level courses in their major, assistance with ongoing faculty research projects, and/or the pursuit of off-campus REUs or research internships; (c) earned a cumulative GPA of 3.80.  All candidates must be U.S. students or international students possessing an F-1 visa.  If applicable to both their intended career path and the Carnegie research project applied to, candidates must also possess near-native fluency in a language other than English.

 

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship                                     http://www.rangelprogram.org/index.cfm?  areaid=2&contentid=673&mcontent=y&typeid=CBRIAP92223

The Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship funds two-year master’s programs for students intending careers as Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) within the U.S. Department of State (USDOS). It provides $47500 of funding per year, toward completion of an approved degree in international affairs or a related field, pursuit of a Congressional internship working on international issues, and pursuit of an overseas internship with a U.S. Embassy.  Close professional mentorship is provided by a seasoned FSO, both across the period of the fellowship and immediately following its conclusion.  It is understood that Fellows are working, throughout their coverage period, toward a career as an FSO.   Any Fellow who earns his/her master’s degree, successfully completes his/her internships, and is cleared for employment by the USDOS is obligated to serve as an FSO for a period of five years.  Any Fellow who fails to earn his/her degree, complete his/her internships, or pass necessary clearances may be required to reimburse the federal government for the full amount of funding received.

Candidates for the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship must be U.S. students who possess senior standing or are approaching completion of their first master’s degree.  Simultaneous to completing their Rangel applications, all candidates must also apply for acceptance to FSO appropriate master’s programs.  Graduate students may not apply for funding for their current graduate degree.  Candidates must also be U.S. citizens who have amassed extensive international experience in one or more of the following ways: by living/working, studying, interning, and/or volunteering abroad; by interning, working, and/or volunteering for U.S.-based international organizations; by interning or working for government agencies focused on international issues and affairs.  In addition, competitive candidates possess an academic record that includes both “A” grades for EIU courses related to international affairs and a cumulative GPA of 3.80. 

 

Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment Program                     http://www.rangelprogram.org/?contentid=0

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week exploration of international affairs issues, trends, graduate programs, and career paths.  It includes a coursework component as well as the opportunity to interact with current field professionals, and funding covers tuition, housing, two meals a day, and travel expenses.  A $3200 stipend is also provided.  Candidates may be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time of application; they must be full-time students.  Candidates must also be U.S. citizens, and be able to demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in international affairs.  Interest can be demonstrated through prior pursuit of one or more of the following: (a) a semester-long, or summer-long, or year-long study abroad; (b) work for a company located outside the U.S.; (c) work for a U.S. office of an international organization; (d) work for a state or federal government office or agency; (e) work for a U.S.-based NGO or service organization concerned with international issues.  Competitive candidates possess an academic record that includes “A” grades for all EIU courses related to international affairs, and a cumulative GPA of 3.80.  If no courses related to international affairs have yet been completed, a candidate my instead demonstrate having taken a leadership role within at least one on-campus or off-campus organization focused on either international affairs or community service.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship               http://www.chci.org/scholarships/

The CHCI Scholarship is designed to assist Latino students in persisting in education through college graduation.  Applications may be submitted, according to published deadlines, by any full-time undergraduate or graduate Latino student at EIU who possesses: (a) unmet financial need; (b) a consistent record of public service; (c) a continued interest in public service: (d) U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent residency, asylee status, or lawful authoriztion to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer.  Undergraduate Latino students meeting those criteria may apply for a one-time $2500 scholarship; graduate-level Latino students meeting those criteria may apply for a one-time $5000 scholarship.  Awarded scholarships are divided equally among all remaining terms of school leading to the completion of a student’s current degree program.  

 

Critical Language Scholarship                   
          http://clscholarship.org/

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) covers all expenses associated with 8-10 week intensive, immersive summer language programs in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens with sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student status who will not have completed their current degree in advance of the CLS program to which they applied.  They must intend careers requiring fluency in their target language.  In addition, candidates must be as passionate about learning the culture of the people who speak their target language as they are passionate about learning the language itself.  Candidates who ultimately receive funding will have as one of their goals the building or strengthening of bridges between their host culture and U.S. society.  All study abroad arrangements will be made by the American Councils for International Education ACIE and the U.S. Department of State.

 

Donald M. Payne International Affairs Program            http://www.paynefellows.org/?areaid=2&contentid=941

The Donald M. Payne International Affairs Program funds two-year master’s programs for students intending careers as Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It provides $45000 of funding per year, toward completion of an approved degree in international affairs or a related field, pursuit of a Congressional internship working on international issues, and pursuit of an overseas internship with a USAID Mission.  Close professional mentorship is provided by a seasoned FSO, both across the period of the fellowship and immediately following its conclusion.  It is understood that Fellows are working, throughout their coverage period, toward a career as an FSO.   Any Fellow who earns his/her master’s degree, successfully completes his/her internships, and is cleared for employment by the USAID is obligated to serve as an FSO for a period of three years.  Any Fellow who fails to earn his/her degree, complete his/her internships, or pass necessary clearances may be required to reimburse the federal government for the full amount of funding received.

Candidates for the Donald M. Payne International Affairs Program must be U.S. students who possess senior standing or are approaching completion of their first master’s degree.  Simultaneous to completing their Payne applications, all candidates must also apply for acceptance to FSO appropriate master’s programs.  Graduate students may not apply for funding for their current graduate degree.  Candidates must also be U.S. citizens who have amassed extensive international experience in one or more of the following ways: by living/working, studying, interning, and/or volunteering abroad; by interning, working, and/or volunteering for U.S.-based international organizations; by interning or working for government agencies focused on international issues and affairs.  In addition, competitive candidates possess an academic record that includes both “A” grades for EIU courses related to international affairs and a cumulative GPA of 3.80. 

 


Fulbright U.S. Student Program                 

Including the mtvU Award and National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship                                                    http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development combined with international experience.  Fulbright Scholars may complete university coursework in a scholarly discipline, undertake independent traditional academic research projects, pursue practical training in the creative/performing arts or writing/journalism, complete coursework and internships in business, investigate the role international music plays in cultural expression or development, use digital storytelling to investigate and document natural and manmade circumstances affecting people and the planet, or serve as English Teaching Assistants.  By offering its Scholars opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth in foreign countries, the Fulbright Commission hopes to “increase mutual understanding by the people of the United States and the people of other countries” by promoting greater awareness of diverse political, economic, and cultural ideas, systems and institutions. Grants are awarded based largely upon the perceived merit and feasibility of the proposed project and the potential of the applicant to complete the proposed project. EIU students are not competitive candidates with less than a 3.80 cumulative GPA.

 

Fulbright U.S.-UK Summer Institutes

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/undergraduates

Each Fulbright U.S.-U.K. Summer Institute is a three-week to six-week program, designed to investigate a theme connected to the contemporary and/or historical culture of a country within the U.K.  Housed at one college or university, or rotating between several, each Institute affords a small cohort of students the opportunity to connect with their surroundings while further developing critical thinking and communication skills needed across all stages of their future academic, professional, and personal lives.  Most costs associated with each Institute are covered, including transit to and from the U.K., Institute tuition and fees, and room and board.  In some instances, small allowances are granted for incidental expenses.  All candidates for Fulbright U.S.-U.K Summer Institutes must be U.S. citizens of 18+ years of age who are second-semester freshmen or first-semester sophomores demonstrating a deep fascination with multiple aspects of life in the U.K.  Competitive candidates from EIU will have cumulative GPAs of at least 3.80, little to no prior study or travel experience outside the U.S., and a career objective aligned with the focus of the Institute to which they applied. 

 

Gates Cambridge Scholarship                                                                    https://www.gatescambridge.org/

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship affords the highest caliber of international students the opportunity to pursue a one-year postgraduate credential, a two-year research-based master’s degree, or a three-year Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.  The award covers most expenses directly related to study, and provides a maintenance allowance for the award recipient.  EIU students are not competitive candidates with less than: (a) a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA; (b) a record of extensive and focused research/creative activity pertinent to the academic program selected for application; (c) a record of responsible, long-term, and focused campus-based and broader community-based leadership and service experience; (e) an obvious deep-seated desire to use the practice of their profession to make the world a better place for all people; (f) an obvious deep-seated passion for the U.K., the University of Cambridge, and the academic program selected for application.  Applicants may be citizens of any country outside the U.K. 

 


George J. Mitchell Scholarship                                                                                   

http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20%7C%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

 

George J. Mitchell Scholarships are national awards that cover tuition and fees, housing, and transit necessary to the pursuit of one year of graduate study, in any discipline, at any of the following Irish institutions of higher learning:

George J. Mitchell Scholarships are open to application by U.S. citizens between 18 and 29 years of age, who will have completed undergraduate degrees prior to award conferral. EIU students are not competitive candidates with less than the following: (a) a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA; (b) a record of extensive and focused research, creative, or employment activity pertinent to the academic program selected for application; (c) responsible leadership and service experience, that is long-term, focused, and at least in part based in the broader community outside EIU; (e) an obvious deep-seated desire to use the practice of their profession to make the world a better place for all people; (f) an obvious deep-seated passion for Ireland, the host institution selected for application, and the academic program selected for application.

 

Marshall Scholarship                                                            

http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Marshall Scholarships cover one or two years of post-baccalaureate study at a British university.***  Marshall Scholarships provide for travel expenses to/from the United States, requisite tuition and fees, most living expenses, and a limited allowance for study-related travel.  EIU students are not competitive candidates with less than: (a) a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA; (b) a record of extensive and focused research/creative activity pertinent to the academic program selected for application; (c) responsible leadership and service experience, that is both long-term and focused; (e) an obvious deep-seated passion for the U.K., the host institution selected for application, and the academic program selected for application.  All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

***Following secondary application and acceptance, single-year time extensions may be granted by the Marshall Commission.  Individual universities may grant time extensions of one or two years.   Time extensions are usually reserved for students enrolled in doctoral programs, however, and are not available to students who pursue two one-year programs as opposed to one two-year program.

 

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans      

http://www.pdsoros.org/

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans supports the pursuit of graduate education by first-generation or second-generation immigrants to the United States who may be described as possessing earned citizenship, holding a valid green card, having been adopted from countries outside the U.S., or having been granted deferred action under the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  All candidates must be under 30 years of age, must have completed their undergraduate degrees, and may or may not have already begun the first or second year of a multi-year graduate degree for which Soros funding is sought.  All candidates must also demonstrate promise for applying creative, original thought in approaching difficult issues and challenging circumstances, as well as be driven to achieve ends, within their chosen field, that support the rights and/or well-being of others and the improvement of some aspect of American society.  Finally, all candidates must be comfortable communicating their own immigrant story and discussing how that story has influenced their personal, academic, and professional development and goals. Competitive candidates from EIU also need to have earned a 3.90 cumulative GPA for all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework completed.

Each candidate named a Soros Fellow is provided up to $45,000 per year for up to two years of coursework leading to the conferral of an advanced degree.


Rhodes Scholarships                                                                                   http://www.rhodesscholar.org

The Rhodes Scholarships afford the highest caliber of international students the opportunity to study for two or three years at various colleges in the University of Oxford system, as they pursue second bachelor’s degrees, or one or two master’s degrees.  Rhodes Scholarships cover most educational expenses and provide for moderate living expenses.  A single-year renewal of benefits may be applied for; this said, however, renewals are not routinely awarded.  Applicants for Rhodes Scholarships should, therefore, plan to either pursue programs which may be completed in one or two years or be prepared to fund a portion of their studies through other means.  EIU students are not competitive candidates with less than: (a) a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA; (b) a record of extensive and focused research/creative activity pertinent to the academic program selected for application; (c) a record of responsible, long-term, and focused campus-based and broader community-based leadership and service experience; (e) an obvious deep-seated desire to use the practice of their profession to make the world a better place for all people; (f) an obvious deep-seated passion for the U.K., the University of Oxford, and the academic program selected for application.  Applicants may be citizens of any of the following countries: Australia; Bermuda; Botswana; Canada; China; Germany; Hong Kong; India; Jamaica and the Commonwealth of the Caribbean; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Namibia; New Zealand; Pakistan; South Africa; Swaziland; United Arab Emirates; United States; Zambia; Zimbabwe. 

 

Schwarzman Scholars Program                                      http://schwarzmanscholars.org/ 


The Schwarzman Scholars Program affords the highest caliber of international students the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in global leadership that focuses on the expanding role China is playing in world affairs with an eye toward further developing positive relationships between China and other countries.  At Tsinghua University, Scholar cohorts learn as much through mentor relationships and internships as through coursework.  Coursework is, however, cutting-edge and focused on developing sound organizational thinking through the careful review and critique of varied pertinent case studies in public policy, economics and business, and international studies.  The cases, as well as the collaborative teams engaged in their analysis, represent a wide range of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.  Faculty of Tsinghua University are joined, as curriculum and course designers, by faculty from many respected universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, and Duke. Though courses are taught in English, and a high degree of facility with advanced academic English is expected, the study of Mandarin is required of all Scholars.

To apply for the Schwarzman Scholars Program, students must be in the final stages of completing their undergraduate degrees, must be between 18 and 29 years of age, and must demonstrate academic excellence through their prior successful completion of advanced undergraduate coursework, preliminary graduate coursework, independent research or scholarly creative activity, and a strong presentational and/or publication record that permitted original work to be granted an audience beyond EIU.  Candidates whose undergraduate major aligns neatly with the Schwarzman Program’s key areas of investigation are at a distinct advantage.  Other criteria which, if met, would render an EIU candidate more competitive include: (a) a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA; (b) a record of responsible, long-term, and focused campus-based and broader community-based leadership and service experience; (c) a record of having previously Chinese language, culture, politics, or business; (d) a record of having previously pursued extended study or work abroad. Applicants may be citizens of any country in the world. 

 

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship                    

http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx

The Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship provides up to $5000 toward the junior or senior year of undergraduate study, for students who plan on pursuing careers related to the environment, tribal public policy***, or Native American health care***.  EIU students are not competitive candidates without: (a) a 3.50 cumulative GPA; (b) a strong record of public advocacy or activism, related to their Udall area of interest; (c) a prior awareness of the legislative legacy of Morris and Stewart Udall, or a willingness to explore that legacy as part of the application process.  In addition, all candidates must be enrolled as full-time students at the time of application and be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.   Students who apply as sophomores (for junior-year coverage) may reapply as juniors (for senior-year coverage), whether or not they received an award as a result of initial application.

***Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply for coverage to pursue coursework in this field.