National Scholarships and Fellowships
Eastern Illinois University offers students the opportunity to compete for their choice of ten major national scholarships and fellowships. 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.
In order to plan for competition, interested students should schedule informational appointments with designated campus representatives as early in their academic careers as possible.
Unless otherwise indicated, please contact Ms. Sara M. Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org), the campus representative, or advisor, for the various scholarships and fellowships.
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- Gates Cambridge Scholarships
- Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award
- George J. Mitchell Scholarship
- James Madison Graduate Fellowship
- The Marshall Scholarships
- The Rhodes Scholarships
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship
- Udall Scholarship
- Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowships
- Carnegie Junior Fellows Program
- Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
- Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Graduate Fellowship
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 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 apply as sophomores or juniors, for funding 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.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.A./B.S. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. The goal of the program is 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.
Fulbright Scholars may complete university coursework in a scholarly discipline, undertake independent academic research projects, pursue practical training in the creative/performing arts or writing/journalism, complete coursework and internships in business, or serve as English teaching assistants. Grants are awarded based largely upon the perceived merit and feasibility of the proposed study or research and the potential of the applicant to complete the proposed study or research.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships fund advanced study and research leading to the completion of a Ph.D., M.Sc., M.Litt., M.B. B.Chir., or one-year post-graduate course at the University of Cambridge. Students apply as seniors, both to the Gates Cambridge Trust and to the University of Cambridge itself.
The Gates Cambridge Trust selects as its Scholars those applicants whose excellence in service, leadership, and academics is matched only by the strength of their commitment to the improvement of society through innovations in health care, education, and other human services areas. Across fields and specialties, Gates Cambridge Scholars plan professional lives dedicated to reducing the kinds of inequities that perpetuate cycles of need.
The Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award provides up to $50,000 per year for up to three years of full-time study leading to a first graduate degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks to support the development of practicing artists who wish to use their art to deeply, positively impact society. The Foundation stresses that candidates not only be talented artists, but also be top academic performers with strong community service backgrounds and significant unmet financial need.
Candidates apply as seniors, or within five years of having completed their undergraduate degrees.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship funds one year of postgraduate study, in any discipline, at a university in Ireland. Students apply as seniors.
All candidates for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship are top academic performers dedicated to providing lifelong service and leadership to their local and global communities. Candidates selected as Mitchell Scholars are expected to not only excel in their studies abroad, but also connect deeply and meaningfully with the Irish people and their culture.
James Madison Fellows pursue full-time graduate study, ultimately earning one of the following degrees: an M.A. in American history or political science; an M.A.T. with an American Constitutional history, American government, political institutions, or political theory concentration; an M.Ed., M.A.Ed., or M.S.Ed. with an American history or American government, political institutions, or political theory concentration.
Fellows are selected from among individuals who currently teach, or anticipate teaching, American history, American government, or social studies to secondary school students. Fellowships last no longer than two years, and cover a maximum of $12,000 per academic year in tuition, required fees, books, and room and board.
Dr. Lynne Curry, EIU James Madison Faculty Representative
The Marshall Scholarships cover 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.
All candidates for Marshall Scholarships are top academic performers, dedicated to providing lifelong service and leadership to their local and global communities, who perceive of advanced study in Great Britain as unparalleled preparation for the meeting of their greatest personal and professional goals. Candidates selected as Marshall Scholars not only excel in their studies abroad and immerse themselves in contemporary British culture, but also graciously and gratefully accept the role of unofficial good will ambassador serving both the United States and Great Britain.
The Rhodes Scholarships cover most educational expenses and moderate living expenses associated with one or two years of study at colleges within the University of Oxford system. Rhodes Scholars may elect to pursue second bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, or doctoral degrees.
All candidates for Rhodes Scholarships are top academic performers, dedicated to providing lifelong service and leadership to their local and global communities, who perceive of advanced study in Great Britain as unparalleled preparation for the meeting of their greatest personal and professional goals. Candidates selected as Rhodes Scholars demonstrate that they possess an unusually strong moral foundation, an uncommonly deep appreciation for ideological, experiential, and cultural diversity, and an unquenchable drive to improve the lives of others by improving society over all.
Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 toward the cost of a first graduate degree leading to a career in public service. Truman Scholars are selected as juniors, with selection based upon their: understanding of societal conditions; commitment to improving the quality of institutional service to the public; passion for study related to public policy, service, and administration; past participation in student/local government, community service, and/or organized political activities; leadership experience; academic achievement; financial need.
Truman Scholars are obligated to work in public service positions for a minimum of three of the first seven years that follow completion of their degree.
Dr. Nora Pat Small, EIU Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative
The Udall Scholarship provides up to $5000 toward the junior and/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.
All candidates for Udall Scholarships must have a cumulative GPA in the “B” range, for all college-level coursework completed by the time of application. All candidates for Udall Scholarships must also be enrolled as full-time students, and either possess U.S. citizenship or be recognized as U.S. nationals or permanent residents.
Any candidate for a Udall Scholarship who plans to pursue a career in tribal public policy or Native American health care must be either a Native American or an Alaska Native. Please see the Udall Scholarship website for definitions of Native American or Alaska Native, as they pertain to scholarship competition.
KSTF Teaching Fellowships assist future teachers of high school biological sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics in their pursuit of an advanced teaching credential leading to state licensure (e.g., M.A.T., M.Ed., M.S.Ed.). Depending on the credential pursued, KSTF Fellows receive the following for a period of one to five years: tuition support; a monthly stipend for living expenses; funding for select professional development activities. In addition, KSTF Fellows participate in close mentorship and are aided in pursuing National Board Certification. Students may apply as seniors, or as recent graduates.
All candidates for KSTF Teaching Fellowships must demonstrate "the potential to develop content knowledge needed for teaching, exemplary teaching practices, and the qualities of a teacher leader."
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace administers the Junior Fellows Program. This program affords graduating seniors the opportunity to spend one year in Washington, D.C., assisting with international affairs research. Fellows receive a monthly salary of $3000 and benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance.
Seniors intending careers in international affairs are encouraged to apply, so long as they possess: backgrounds in relevant fields and specialties; significant prior research experience; requisite foreign language skills.
At present, Endowment projects are focused in the following areas: democracy; nuclear policy; energy and climate; international economics; the Middle East; South Asia; Southeast Asia; Asia; Russia and Eurasia. Fields and specialties currently sought include Biology (Environmental Biology), Business Management (International Business), Chemistry (Biochemistry), Economics (International Studies), Geography (Environmental Studies, or International Studies), History (International Studies), Journalism (with a minor in Asian Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Geographic Information Sciences, or Latin American Studies), Physics (Radiation Physics), Political Science (International Studies). Foreign languages currently sought, at near-native or native levels, include: Arabic (for Middle East research); Mandarin Chinese (for Asia research); Russian (for Russian and Eurasian research). In addition to the above qualifications, prior international experience is strongly preferred.
Payne Fellowships provide funding for the master's-level educations of individuals seeking careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers.
Payne Fellowships provide up to $90,000 toward two-year master's degrees in the following relevant fields: International Affairs; International Development; Public Administration; Public Policy; Business Administration; Foreign Languages; Economics; Political Science; Communications; Agriculture; Environmental Sciences; Urban Planning. Payne Fellowships also include guaranteed internships on Capitol Hill or with USAID overseas missions, and lead to three-year appointments with USAID following successful completion of requisite medical and security clearances.
Seniors are welcome to apply, so long as they are U.S. citizens who possess both unmet financial need and a strong academic background including: a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher; an extensive research background; completion of the GRE or GMAT; near-completion of a relevant undergraduate academic program. Relevant undergraduate majors include: Business; Communication Studies; Economics; English; Foreign Languages; Health Studies; Mathematics; Political Science; Sociology; any of the environmental sciences. Prior international experience is also required.
Rangel Fellowships provide funding for the master's-level educations of individuals seeking careers as U.S. Department of State (USDOS) Foreign Service Officers.
Rangel Fellowships provide up to $70,000 toward two-year master's degrees in the following relevant fields: International Affairs; Public Administration; Public Policy; Business Administration; Foreign Languages; Economics; Political Science; Communications. Rangel Fellowships also include guaranteed internships with both the U.S. Congress and foreign embassies, and lead to three-year USDOS Foreign Service appointments upon successful completion of requisite medical and security clearances.
Seniors are welcome to apply, so long as they: are U.S. citizens; possess strong academic backgrounds in relevant disciplines; possess unmet financial need, or are members of minority groups currently underrepresented in Foreign Service. A strong academic background includes: a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher; an extensive research background; completion of the GRE or GMAT; near-completion of a relevant undergraduate academic program. Relevant undergraduate majors include: Business; Communication Studies; Economics; English; Foreign Languages; Health Studies; Mathematics; Political Science; Sociology; any of the environmental sciences. Prior international experience is also required.
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