Scholarship Opportunities


Nationally competitive postgraduate scholarships coordinated by the faculty Postgraduate Scholarship Committee are listed below. Applicants must be prepared to submit completed application dossiers to the Rhodes faculty Postgraduate Scholarship Committee on or before the deadlines.

Institutional Nomination:  Some postgraduate scholarships and fellowships require that student applicants receive an institutional nomination, that is, a written endorsement from the designated faculty representative at Rhodes College. Because of this, there is an internal deadline for students to submit their applications for faculty review. This internal deadline is determined by Rhodes College and is much earlier than the external deadline that is set by the scholarship and fellowship organizations.

  • Some programs, such as the Luce and the Truman, only accept a given number of endorsements each year. 
  • Other programs, such as the Rhodes Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship, require institutional nomination from the college, but the college may send as many applications as we consider competitive. 
  • Students applying for the Fulbright must go through the interview process at Rhodes College.

For programs requiring an institutional nomination, Rhodes sets an early deadline, 3-4 weeks in advance of the national deadline for that scholarship. This allows time for the Postgraduate Scholarship Committee to collect all the materials, ask for revisions, and write the endorsements.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program
One-year fellowship as a research assistant to a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

  • Eligibility: Graduating seniors or seniors who have graduated in the past year and are interested in international affairs
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Selection criteria: The successful candidates will have a strong record of academic achievement, excellent written and oral communication skills as well as evidence of engagement in the researhc field to which they are applying. In addition, candidates should note the requirements, such as additional language skills of individual projects.
  • Notes: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is one of the nation’s leading think tanks and promotes cooperation between nations and active international engagement by the U.S. The Junior Fellows Program offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year who have a dedicated career interest in international affairs. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as full-time research assistants to the Endowment′s senior associates for one year.
  • Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident; BA or equivalent by beginning of grant period, language proficiency  
  • Notes: the Emerson Hunger Fellow Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community-based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.
  • Selection criteria: Commitment to social justice; Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills; Commitment to anti-racism; Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations; Creativity and initiative in problem solving; Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work.
  • Award includes: $16,000 annual living allowance; Health insurance; Travel expenses; Housing during field placement; $3,500 end of service award; $4,000 housing subsidy in DC; Relocation subsidies.
Fulbright Grants
International study or teaching grants, normally for one year
  • Eligibility: US citizen; BA or equivalent by beginning of grant period, language proficiency
  • Institutional nomination: YES, application must be coordinated with the faculty member serving as the Fulbright Program Advisor.
  • Notes: Founded by an act of Congress in 1945, Fulbright Grants support research and teaching at participating universities abroad with the aim, in the words of Senator J. William Fulbright, of fostering “international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science." Graduating seniors may apply for one of two types of Fulbright Grants: Research and English Teaching Assistantships (ETA). Applicants are chosen on the basis of the quality and feasibility of the research proposal/statement of grant purpose as well as the personal statement.
  • Selection criteria: Successful grantees demonstrate qualities of flexibility, resourcefulness, and openness to new experiences. Fluency in the host language is preferred. Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the current events and recent history of the host country. A record of leadership and community involvement is a plus.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Full support for graduate study and research in any field available at Cambridge University
  • Eligibility: citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • Institutional nomination: NO, but consultation with faculty advisors recommended
  • Applicants must apply and be admitted to Cambridge University (Cambridge application is concurrent with the Scholarship application)
  • Notes: Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships provide full support for graduate study and research in any field available at Cambridge University. The ideal candidate “will be driven by the values of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which include a commitment to reducing inequities and improving lives around the world.”
Scholarships for outstanding students attending graduate school in the fine arts and performing arts
  • Minimum eligibility: Be a current student at an accredited US college or university with senior status or be a recent graduate (within 5 years); have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 out of 4.0; Plan to begin first graduate degree program full-time in Fall; have significant unment financial need (determined by filing FAFSA form).
  • Institutional Nomination: YES
  • Selection criteria: Candidates will be selected on the basis of artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, the will to succeed, breadth of interests and activities, and unmet financial need.
  • Notes: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundatoin offers approximately ten scholarships to students in the fine arts and performing arts. Awards cover a portion of educaiton expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other fees, for up to three years. Scholarships vary according to program and amount of need. Maximum award per student is $50,000 per year. Students may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the US or abroad.
Provides $3,000 stipend, mentorship, and intellectual network for students pursuing a terminal graduate degree in the Humanities or the Arts, who wish to “explore the connections between Christianity and the vocation of teacher-scholar.”
  • Nominees must have earned or be in the process of earning a baccalaureate degree from a LFP network institution.
  • Eligibility is open to seniors graduating during the current academic year, or to anyone having received a baccalaureate from a network institution within the last five years.
  • Nominees must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Eligible disciplines are: art; art history; creative writing; history; interdisciplinary studies; languages and literature; music; music history; philosophy; religion; rhetoric; theater history; theater arts, and theology.  
  • Notes: To be eligible for the Lilly Graduate Fellowship, nominees must intend to enter a Ph.D., M.F.A., D.M.A., Th.D., or equivalent program the school of their choice in fall, 2013, that will lead to a teaching career in humanities or the arts within the academy. Nominees should also want to explore the connections between Christianity and higher education and have an interest in teaching at a church-related school.
Luce Scholars Program
Year long professional internships in Asia with stipend.
  • Eligibility: US citizen; BA or equivalent; under 29 years of age; no significant exposure to Asian culture or Asian studies
  • GPA requirement: Competitive
  • Institutional nomination: Yes, application must be coordinated with faculty contact =
  • Notes: The Luce Scholars Program, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, is aimed at college graduates from a broad range of disciplines who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience and come to know Asia. Successful candidates will have a record of high achievement and excellent leadership abilities.The Foundation seeks to develop a better cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S.
Support for future teachers of US History applying to MA programs
  • Eligibility: US citizen or US national enrolled or applying to an MA program in a related field; must teach for at least one year following completion of degree
  • Institutional nomination: NO  
  • Notes: Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level; demonstrated intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject; demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility; demonstrated capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and their proposed courses of graduate study.
Marshall Scholarships
For 2 years of study in any field at a United Kingdom university
  • Eligibility: US citizens who (by the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Candidates must have at least senior standing and be no older than 25 years of age in October of the year of application
  • Internal Deadline: mid-September
  • Notes: Candidates must possess a keen intellect and broad outlook as evidenced both by scholastic attainments and a strong record of service and leadership plus the capacity to make a significant contribution to their own society. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program.
The Marshall Commission will also be awarding up to 8 one-year Marshall Scholarships.
  • Applicants may apply for either the one-year or the two-year term, but NOT both (note separate applications)
  • Applicants must provide compelling reasons for needing to do a one-year rather than a two-year term
  • Applicants must have a clear post-scholarship plan
  • Eligibility and deadlines are the same as the two-year scholarship
One year of study in any discipline at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Eligibility: 18-30 years old
  • Institutional nomination: YES  
  • Notes: “We look for persuasive, documented evidence of achievement in three areas: academic, leadership, and community service.”

The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
Awards scholarships of up to $5000 to college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

  • Eligibility: Sophomore or Junior student who is a US citizen, national, or permanent resident enrolled in a two-year of four-year accredited institution of higher education in the United States. 
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Notes: To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.


Three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering
  • Eligibility: US citizens, nationals, or resident aliens enrolled in or applying to research-based graduate programs
  • Institutional nomination: NO  
  • Notes: “In considering applications, reviewers are asked to address two questions that are the basis of NSF′s merit review criteria: (1) What is the intellectual merit of the applicant? and (2) What are the broader impacts of supporting the individual′s graduate study?”
Boren/National Security Education Program
Supports study of languages and regions vital to US security but less frequently studied by US graduate students
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled in or applying for enrollment to a graduate program
  • Institutional nomination: NO, but consultation with institutional coordinator strongly encouraged
  • Awards up to $28,000
  • Notes: “The primary factors in the selection of Fellows are demonstrated academic excellence; a comprehensive, clear, and feasible proposal; a plan to develop, maintain, or advance language competence; evidence of ability to adapt to a different cultural environment; and the integration of the proposed program into the applicant′s academic field and career goals.”
Awards grants to athletes who excel academically and athletically
  • Eligibility: An NCAA athlete who is in their final season of NCAA season eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility and is interested in pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Internal Deadline: Late November for fall sport, late January for winter sport, late March for spring sport
  • Notes: The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association′s most accomplished student-athletes through tier participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. The program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.
Rhodes Scholarships
For two years of study at the University of Oxford
  • Eligibility: 18-24 years old (no older than 24 years of age in October of the year of application); at least senior standing
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Notes: Awards provide for all educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar′s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees; each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations and the Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel
  • Selection criteria: The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international fellowship. It recognizes superior scholastic attainment, a history of service and leadership, knowledge of current global issues, fondness and success in sports, and altruism. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead.
Recipients receive fully funded academic fellowships at a Rotary peace center. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses.
  • Eligibility: citizen of country with Rotary clubs; 3 years relevant work experience
  • Institutional nomination: NO, application made through Memphis or home Rotary club, consultation with campus coordinator recommended
  • Notes: “Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank."
Awards around $25,000 for students to continue to pursue a career writing poetry. Award winners′ poetry will also be published in Poetry magazine and on
  • Eligibility: ​must be a U.S. citizen and poet between the ages of 21 and 31
  • Institutional nomination: NO  
  • Notes: Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; since 2008 the competition was openend to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling over $75,000.
Truman Scholarships
Provides graduate school financial support to students committed to careers in public service, including (but not limited to) government, nonprofit advocacy, and education
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizenship
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Selection criteria: Highly competitive. The Truman seeks candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
  • Students apply during the fall semester of their junior year.
Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice
One-year fellowship with stipend/salary and health benefits
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Preference for a college degree completed prior to beginning of fellowship. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Institutional nomination: NO
  • Notes: “The Villers Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA’s Health Policy Department. The Fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C. and is designed to provide the Fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work and the opportunity to learn about a range of health care justice issues. The Fellow’s principal responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research on a range of health care issues and health reform topics—such as Medicaid, Medicare, the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the private insurance market—as well as writing and contributing to publications that are relevant to current health reform issues.”
One year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States
  • Eligibility: Must be graduating senior to apply; U.S. citizenship NOT required
  • Institutional nomination: YES
  • Notes: “A Watson project is something that you have wanted to do and dreamed about doing for a considerable period of time. You must want to do this so badly that when it is cold and rainy, and you have lost your passport, and your camera has been stolen, and you’re sick, and your best friend is getting married back home, you will still want to stay abroad and pursue your project.”


The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
Twelve-month fellowship with stipend/salary and health benefits
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Preference for a college degree completed prior to beginning of fellowship. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • Institutional nomination: NO
  • Notes: Founded in honor of the late Senator Paul Wellstone. Wellstone Fellows participate in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color. “The Wellstone Fellowship is designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander social justice leaders. Candidates seeking consideration for the Wellstone Fellowship must demonstrate an interest in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve health care justice and social change. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow.”


More Links to Postgraduate Scholarship Information:
Many other scholarships are available that might better suit your needs, preparations, and career plans. Please contact Career Services and/or the Buckman Center for International Education for more information and additional resources.

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