A fellowship is an opportunity for students to continue their studies and apply their knowledge in specific areas of interest.  Fellowships range from assistant pursuing a graduate degree, to funds to travel, to teaching, to creating economic policy.  These opportunities are generally created through foundations and provide students the necessary resources (funding, housing) to support research, study, travel, special projects or other experiences that benefit the specific topic.  Applying to a fellowship is similar to applying to graduate school.  Many times, letters of recommendations, personal statements, and even GRE’s are required to receive the opportunity.  Make sure you start early in the process and read through all the requirements in order to complete the application correctly and on time.

What Should You Do to Prepare for a Fellowship?       


First-Year Students

  • Create the foundation for a strong academic record (GPA)
  • Take on leadership roles in class and extra-curricular activities
  • Participate in community service


  • Start to identify possible fellowships
  • Maintain and strengthen your academic record
  • Meet with your faculty adviser
  • Think about professors and/or supervisors to write letters of reference for you. 
  • Continue with leadership roles and community service
  • If you are interested in studying abroad, investigate now
  • Keep up on current events, form opinions and discuss


  • Maintain and improve your academic record
  • Create list of potential fellowships that you are interested in and meet with Faculty Advisor to discuss
  • Read applications
  • If required, meet with the on-campus coordinator of the fellowship
  • Create realistic time line which includes deadlines for application, personal statements, recommendations, etc.
  • Identify and ask faculty to write recommendations
  • Research requirements of specific fellowships
  • Begin thinking about proposal/personal statements
  • Continue reading about current events, form opinions and discuss


  • Monitor, update and follow timeline
  • If you are just considering applying for fellowships, make sure you read through the above steps to ensure you haven’t missed anything
  • Submit applications, make sure all I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed—very important


Top Scholarships/Fellowships

There are many different fellowships covering a variety of topics.  Here are some of the top fellowships that Trinity students pursue:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on the Carnegie Endowment’s projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, international economics, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. The Endowment's nomination deadline is in January. 
  • Campus contact: Anne Lundberg, 70 Vernon, x4242
Fulbright Grants
For the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries, one year grants are made to U.S. citizens for educational activities including teaching, advanced research, and graduate study at all levels. For graduating seniors, opportunities exist in nearly 40 countries, including English Teaching Assistantships in Ecuador, France, Germany, and Korea.
  • Eligibility and qualifications: Candidates must have a bachelor degree and be proficient in the language of the country. May not have studied or done research in that country for more than six months or during the previous academic year. May apply to one country only.
  • Application: Extensive, including detailed proposal for study or research, language assessment report, personal intellectual biography, recommendations. Application requires detailed research into institutions and resources in proposed country as well as documentation of acceptance by a university or faculty abroad, where appropriate. Interview with and nomination by Trinity's Committee on Graduate Fellowships is required. 
  • Campus contact: Anne Lundberg, 70 Vernon, x4242 
Fund for Theological Education
The Fund administers three fellowship programs designed to provide financial assistance to outstanding men and women who are committed to or are willing to give serious vocational consideration to the ordained ministries of The Christian Church. Students must be nominated for these awards by a faculty member, a minister, or a former Fellow in the program.
  • Campus contact: Professor Frank Kirkpatrick, Religion Department. x2476.
Javits Fellowship
The Department of Education awards fellowships for doctoral study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Application deadline is in November.
Marshall (UK) Scholarships
Thirty scholarships awarded annually to U.S. citizens under the age of 25 for two years of study, resulting in a degree from any university in the United Kingdom. The scholarship includes tuition, a personal allowance, books and travel.
  • Eligibility and qualifications: Candidates must have genuinely outstanding academic records (at minimum, a GPA of 3.7 or better; 10.1 on Trinity scale) and also give evidence of exceptional potential to make significant contributions to society.
  • Application: Requires extensive research of British Universities and a detailed study proposal. 
  • Campus Contact: Anne Lundberg, 70 Vernon, x4242


Rhodes Scholarships
Thirty-two scholarships awarded each year to U.S. citizens for two to three years of study at a college of Oxford University. The scholarship consists of tuition, matriculation, and laboratory fees plus a maintenance allowance.

  • Eligibility and qualifications: The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, unmarried, between the ages of 18 and 24, and have received a bachelor degree by the time the scholarship begins. Selection is based on both intellect and character evidenced by high scholastic achievement and by leadership and interest in community.
  • Application: Extensive, including numerous letters of recommendation. Interview with and nomination by Trinity's Committee on Graduate Fellowships is required. 
  • Campus contact: Anne Lundberg, 70 Vernon, x4242

St. Andrews Society Graduate Scholarship
Offered by the St. Andrew's Society of New York and designed to promote cultural interchange and good will between Scotland and the U.S., the award provides two grants of up to $10,000 for tuition, living, and transportation costs for one year of graduate study at a Scottish university.

  • Eligibility and qualifications: In addition to an outstanding record of academic and extracurricular achievement, candidates must be of Scottish descent, reside in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York or the New England States and show financial need to support one year of study abroad. Candidates who have not had an opportunity to study previously in Great Britain are preferred, although prior study there is not a disqualification.
The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2,176 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.  Application deadline is mid-January. Candidates must be nominated by the college during their junior year. About 80 awards are made annually (one or more in each of the 50 states).
Udall Scholarship Foundation
Scholarships up to $5,000 for sophomores or juniors who intend to pursue careers in environmental public policy, or Native American/Alaskan Native students who intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal policy.  Candidates must be nominated by the College.

Other Fellowships

For a more comprehensive list, log on to Trinity Recruiting (http://trincoll.erecruiting.com ), click on Jobs and Internships, then on see more options, select your criteria and under the fellowships field select yes.
AAUW Educational Foundation
Resources for women pursuing graduate work or a new career.  Deadline vary according to the program.
Administered by The Council on International Educational Exchange (C.I.E.E.), this program provides awards for students planning study or service projects in the Third World. Awards cover round trip transportation to and from the project site.
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
An experience-based, nine month graduate level program for 48 individuals possessing outstanding potential for public affairs leadership,assigned to one of the four Coro centers located in New York, San Francisco, St. Louis, or Los Angeles. Assignments rotate through areas such as community organizations, political campaigns, businesses, labor unions, etc. Stipends, based on need, are available.
Davies-Jackson Scholarship
Full support for two years of graduate study at St. John's College in Cambridge, England, in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, classics, economics, English, history, modern and medieval languages, or music.
Echoing Green Fellowship
The fellowship includes a two-year $60,000 stipend, health care benefits, on-line connectivity, access to our network of social entrepreneurs, training and technical assistance. The stipend serves as seed money to start a new public service organization or an independent project.
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities
Three-year $14,000 annual awards (plus $7,500 to the university in lieu of tuition and fees) for ethnic minority students at or near the beginning of their graduate work in all fields. These fellowships are designed to increase the presence of under-represented minorities on the nation's college and university faculties. About 50 are awarded annually.
Hertz Graduate Fellowships in Applied Physical Sciences
Awards of $20,000 (plus cost of education allowance) for graduate study in applied physical sciences at approved universities; renewable up to five years.
Hughes Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences
Three-year awards of $15,000 annually for students pursuing full-time Ph.D. work in the biological sciences. About 80 awards are made each year.
Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (J.E.T.)
To promote understanding between Japan and other countries, the J.E.T. program offers one-year opportunities either to work in international education in local areas of Japan or to teach English at state schools or local boards of education. Round trip travel and salary are provided.
Japanese Government Monbusho Programs
Scholarships for up to two years covering school fees, including tuition, transportation to and from Japan, and a stipend of approximately $1,000 per month.
  • Eligibility and requirements: American college or university graduates under 35 years of age interested in graduate study at Japanese universities. Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply. The proposed course of study in Japan must be closely related to the candidate's field of study in the United States. Knowledge of the Japanese language is preferable, but not required. However, willingness to study the language is strongly encouraged, and training is offered as part of the scholarship program.
Madison Fellowship
Two-year awards of up to $24,000 for U.S. citizens who aspire to be secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies. Awards are intended to support master's level graduate study of the roots, principles, framing, and development of the U.S. Constitution. Recipients must agree to teach full time in a secondary school for at least one year per year of fellowship support. At least one award is available annually in each state.
National Science Foundation Fellowship
NSF offers three-year graduate fellowships for advanced studies leading to master's or doctoral degrees in mathematics, engineering, the biological or social sciences, and the history and philosophy of science. These awards are not provided for professional study of health, social work, or education. Stipend plus cost-of-education grants provided to the graduate institution for tuition and fees.
  • Eligibility and requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen at or near the beginning of graduate study. Graduate Record Examination General and Subject Test scores are highly recommended but not required. A brief proposal of study needed.
  • Application: Accomplished in two sections, Parts I & II.
  • Deadline: Part I (screening), November and Part II (full application), December.
$4,000 (for domestic study) to $20,000 fellowships (for foreign study) to support U.S. graduate students who will pursue the study of "third-world" languages and cultures deemed critical to national security. Recipients of these fellowships must fulfill a service obligation and must be willing to consider careers in government service.
New York Urban Fellows Program
The program is dedicated to the memory of Robert F. Wagner Jr. and was initiated to offer aspiring public policymakers the opportunity to grapple first hand with contemporary urban issues.  Deadline is in early January.
Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship
A nonprofit educational foundation, Princeton-In-Asia provides one- to two-year teaching opportunities in Asia. Assignments vary considerably by country but most are English-teaching positions at universities or high schools.
Rotary Foundation Ambassador Scholarships
Awards of up to $22,000 to study or train for one academic year in another country where Rotary Clubs are located. Scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the host country. Initial application must be made through a local Rotary Club in the community where the applicant has legal or permanent residence. Deadlines vary from March to June; contact your local Rotary Club for details.
Radcliffe Institute
Each year, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study welcomes approximately sixty women and men from around the world to pursue advanced work in a wide range of disciplines.