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Fellowships Offer Unique Chance to Develop Academic, Leadership, Service Skills

Fellowships and scholarships provide outstanding opportunities to expand your horizons, broaden your knowledge and serve as a stepping stone to a successful career or an advanced degree.

More than 120 different scholarships and fellowships are available to qualified students, from first-year students through college graduates. For example, the Boren scholarship, which provides up to one academic year of funding to U.S. undergraduates to study foreign languages in regions critical to the U.S., is available to students beginning their first year. Alternately, the James Madison Graduate Fellowship is available only to graduates and graduating seniors.  

Navigating the process for identifying and applying to these opportunities can sometimes be daunting. That's why Susquehanna University faculty are dedicated to helping you craft the most compelling proposal for your desired experience.  

Opportunities exist across the academic spectrum and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright program embraces a philosophy much like that of Susquehanna's Global Opportunities (GO) program. Since it was founded in 1946, more than 310,000 Fulbright Scholars, chosen on academic merit and leadership potential, have enjoyed studying, teaching and conducting research abroad.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

This program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

The Hitchner Fellowship

The Carl H. Hitchner Fellowship for Sexual and Gender Minorities and Social Justice was created in 2007 by the Carl H. Hitchner Foundation. The program engages university juniors and seniors in the critical evaluation of diversity and social justice systems at Susquehanna University. Fellows work with a faculty or staff advisor to research, design and implement a program to address the issue that they have identified. Intersections with coursework are strongly encouraged.Hitchner was a 1962 accounting graduate of Susquehanna University. He served on the university's Board of Directors from 1995 to 2001, and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 1993 for his many accomplishments as a nationally recognized attorney in the health care field.

Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarships, generally held for two years, provide recipients the opportunity to obtain a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree at the University of Oxford.  

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Ambassadorial Scholarships program aims to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host countries.

Blakemore Foundation: Funds an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages.

Boren Fellowship: Provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship: Provides first-generation college seniors with exceptional academic records to participate in a course of study at St. John's College, University of Cambridge.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award: Recognizes promising artists from lower-income backgrounds in the visual arts, performing arts and creative writing. 

Jacob J. Javits Fellowship: Funds graduate education in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship: Seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship: Offers $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

Teaching Assistant Program in France: Offers the opportunity to work in France for seven months, teaching English to French students of all ages.

Teach for America: Recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in urban and rural communities throughout the United States.

Americorps: Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care and environmental protection.

City Year: An education-focused organization dedicated to helping students and schools in 27 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program: A social justice program that trains, inspires and sustains leaders.

Gates Cambridge ScholarshipA global scholarship at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship: For college juniors who show leadership potential and have an interest in government or public service.

Humanity in Action Fellowship: Brings together international groups of undergraduates and recent graduates to explore issues affecting human rights and social justice.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps: Places volunteers in full-time service positions at social-justice organizations throughout the United States for one or two years.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship: For sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care.

National Urban Fellows: Introduces college students and recent graduates to public service.

Peace Corps: Open to anyone over 18 interested in helping people from other countries while learning more about them and promoting a better understanding of Americans.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award: Provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India: Sends skilled young Americans to work with non-governmental organizations in India for a 10-month period.

Amgen Scholars Program: Provides undergraduate students in science the opportunity to work at some of the world's leading research universities.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarsip and Excellence in Education Program: Provides scholarships to college students intending to become scientists, mathematicians or engineers.

Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study: Awards five-year fellowships for full-time study toward a Ph.D. in the life sciences for individuals committed to increasing diversity among scientists.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship: Provides grants for postgraduate fellowships leading to the award of the Ph.D. in the applied physical and engineering sciences, as well as quantitative aspects of modern biology.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship: Provides professional and financial support for students who are committed to teaching high school science and/or mathematics in U.S. schools.

National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship: Funds doctoral students in fields important to national defense, including mathematical, physical, biological, cognitive, neural, and ocean and engineering sciences.

National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program: Provides funding for doctoral students committed to biomedical research careers.

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship: Supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship: Supports master's and doctoral candidates in environmental studies.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program: Provides an opportunity for students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C., at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The Fund for Theological Education: Provides both financial help and a nurturing support network for students pursuing a career in religion or theology.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship: Funds a year of postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Marshall Scholarship: Funds postgraduate study in the United Kingdom.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: Provides tuition and living expenses for up to two years for qualifying college seniors and graduate students (permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents).

Schwarzmann Scholars: Funds a one-year master's degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program: Provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.

What is a fellowship?
The term "fellowship" is often used interchangeably with "scholarship" or "grant." In simpler terms, it's an award that allows you to study, teach, conduct research or earn leadership or public service experience. These awards are typically meant for the period immediately following college, but there are awards that offer funding during your undergraduate years as well. 

How high does my GPA have to be?
This varies. For some fellowships, like the Marshall and the Rhodes, a high GPA is crucial. For others, like the Fulbright, GPA is not necessarily a factor. Typically, if you have a 3.0 or higher, you may be a good candidate. If you have a GPA below 3.0 but show excellence in other areas (athletics, public service, etc.), you may still qualify.  

How can I tell if I'm qualified for a fellowship?
First, look at the fellowship's website to see what sort of qualifications the foundation is looking for. But don't just look online. Karen Mura , our faculty coordinator for fellowship advising, can guide you to programs that fit both your qualifications and your goals.  

What if I don't win any fellowships?
Don't lose heart. These are very competitive programs. In most cases, you can reapply the next year. In fact, it may even be to your advantage. More and more applicants are winning top awards on subsequent applications.  

How do I secure letters of recommendation?
In many cases, the organization will indicate what they'd like your recommenders to address: academic performance, leadership, commitment to public service, etc. Next, think about the professors and supervisors who know you (and your work) well.   It is crucial that whomever you choose knows you, knows what you are applying for, and has any and all guidelines provided by the foundation. Copies of your application essays, your résumé, and even papers you wrote for the professor's class are also helpful.   Give your references at least one month to write their letters.

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English major teaches language in Brazil in advance of Olympics.

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Fulbright experience in Germany deepens grad’s commitment to environmentalism and writing.


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