Selected Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates

Opportunities for Seniors and/or Post-Graduates

Are you Interested in Graduate School in the UK?

  • The Rhodes Scholarship provides financial support to pursue a degree or degrees in any field at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.
  • Gates Cambridge Fellowships enable outstanding graduate students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
  • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field.
  • The Mitchell Scholars Program connects generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
  • The Ransome Scholarship is available to graduate students entering a one-year postgraduate course (MLitt, MRes, MSc) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
  • The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master's study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College.

Are you Interested in Doing a Research Project Abroad?

  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects programs. Activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

Are you Interested in Teaching Abroad?

Are you interested in Working or Studying in Asia?

  • The Luce Scholars Program provides future American leaders with a deeper, first-hand appreciation of Asian cultures and societies. Every year American college graduates are chosen to live for ten months in Asia and to work with fellow professionals there. The Luce Scholars program is not for Asian specialists or for those who have already lived for some time in Asia.
  • The Schwarzman Scholars program gives students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master's Degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies, at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
  • The Yenching Academy within Peking University offers a 1-year Master of China Studies program (in English) designed to prepare an elite class of future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century global landscape. Scholars will also gaining expertise in one of six concentrations (Literature and Culture, History and Archaeology, Philosophy and Religion, Public Policy and International Relations, Economics and Management, or Law and Society).
  • Princeton in Asia (PiA) arranges post-graduate year-long fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools.
  • The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers participants the opportunity to serve in local government offices as well as public and private elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools in Japan.

Are you looking for other opportunities abroad?

  • Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with partners working across Africa for yearlong service projects.
  • Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) offers service experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean to match recent college graduates who are interested in year-long service fellowship opportunities with partner NGOs and community, government and multilateral organizations that are engaged in socially responsible development projects throughout the region.

Are you interested in a Career in the Foreign Services?

  • The Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship provides up to $40,0000 annually to support a two-year master's degree program. Students in academic programs relevant to public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages are invited to apply. Requires 5-year commitment to work as a foreign service officer in the US Department of State.
  • The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to $35,000 annually toward a two-year master's degree. Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration or foreign languages. Requires 5-year commitment to work as foreign service officer in the US Department of State. 
  • The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to $45,000 funding over two years toward a two-year master's degree program and includes two summer internships. Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as development, economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration foreign languages, agriculture, environmental sciences, or urban planning. Requires 3-year commitment to work as foreign service officer in the US Agency for International Development.

Are you interested in going to graduate school?

  • James Madison Fellowship is awarded to outstanding college seniors and recent graduates who intend to pursue full-time study for a master's degree in any accredited graduate program which emphasizes "the origins, principles, and development of the Constitution of the United States." In return, Madison Fellows must agree to teach full time in a secondary school for at least two years following tenure of the fellowship.
  • Erasmus Mundus fosters cooperation between higher education institutions and academic staff in Europe and non-EU Countries by offering joint, dual, and multiple degree masters and doctoral programs. It also offers scholarships/fellowships for non-EU and Eu students/doctoral candidates to follow these Erasmus Mundus programs.
  • The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund awards graduate fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). 
  • The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship funds are intended to be used toward expenses associated with graduate courses that apply toward completion of a graduate degree program. 

Are you a Green Card holder, naturalized US citizen, or US Citizen who is the child of parents who are were born outside the US (including children born abroad and adopted by US citizens)?

  • The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States for New Americans. See the Soros website for eligibility criteria.

Are you a science, engineering, or math major?

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The fellowship provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.
  • The NIH Post Baccalaureate IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.
  • The RISE Professional Program provides funding to seniors and recent graduates for a 6 week to 3 month internship in Germany in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship.

Are you interested in studying or working in Germany?

  • The CBYX program annually provides fellowships covering two months of intensive German language training, a semester of study at German University or University of Applied Sciences, a five-month internship with a German company in the participant's career field. This program is open to applicants in all career fields, although preference is given to students in vocational, technical, engineering, business, agricultural, and scientific fields. Prior German language knowledge is not required, although it is preferred.
  • Graduating seniors and recent graduates of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master's degree program at a German university. Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply. Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.

Are you interested in International Affairs or Public Service?

  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace selects approximately 8‐10 graduating seniors annually to serve as research assistants. They are matched with academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world to work on a variety of international affairs issues.
  • The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. 
  • The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund annually awards a small grant, based on need, to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service. The award enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term.

Are you interested in studying a language abroad over the summer?

  • Critical Language Scholarship programs offer intensive overseas summer language institutes in Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

Are you looking for summer opportunities?

  • The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates over the summer to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
  • Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduate students to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.
  • Critical Language Scholarship programs offer intensive overseas summer language institutes in Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

What else do you want to do?

There are lots of other opportunities, summer internships, scholarships, etc. for sophomores of all majors! Check out the W&L Fellowships website to identify additional opportunities:

Opportunities open to seniors:

Opportunities open to post-graduates:

For more information on these or other opportunities or to get on the fellowship email distribution list, contact Matthew Loar, Director of Fellowships, 540-458-8748,