What are Fellowships?

Fellowships are short term competitive, high-profile, and life-changing opportunities for students and alumni to pursue advanced opportunities in professional development. Opportunities are sponsored by organizations to support a rang of activities in study, international research, foreign service internships, English teaching assistantships, selective internships in government and nonprofit organizations, research residencies at libraries and museums, and much more. Fellowships are available are available both at the undergraduate or graduate level, domestically and internationally. 

Have questions about Fellowships? The staff in the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships is available to help as you navigate through different paths and look into the opportunities that fit your specific needs and goals. 

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Below are some examples of the major fellowships available to GVSU students. Remember this is only a sampling! 

To explore further search the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships database for the possibilities that match your academic interests and graduate school or career aspirations. And remember – a fellowship's webpage will always have the best and most up-to-date information about the application process, deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

Explore the list below and connect with the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at fellowships@gvsu.edu with any questions or if you're interested in pursuing an opportunity. 

Highlighted Fellowship Opportunties

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates, with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three or four week academic and cultural summer program.

To qualify students must: 

  • Be a US citizen and possess a US passport
  • Have had little or no study/travel outside of the US or North America
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • Be able to participate in the program in its entirety
  • Have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes

Award: 

  • Round-trip airfare from US to the host university in the UK
  • Accommodation and social programs
  • Tuition and fees at host university 
  • In some Institutes, small subsistence stipends e.g. food and drink 
  • Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, health, and accident insurance

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, they invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field.

Eligibility: 

  • A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of parents who were not U.S citizens at the time of their births; someone born outside of the U.S and adopted by U.S citizens; a DACA recipient) 
  • Not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline 
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor's degree. Not beyond second year -if already enrolled- in the graduate degree program

Award: Provides up to $90,000 in support towards living expenses and tuition over two years.

The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our thirty-third president and the presidential monument to public service. Created by Congress in 1975, the Foundation was President Truman’s idea.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service. Recipients have the opportunity to interact with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service

Eligibility: 

  • Be a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a Bachelor’s degree 

  • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution.

  • In the upper quarter of his or her class.

  • U.S. citizen or a U.S. National or you expect to receive your citizenship by the date the scholarship is awarded.

  • Has an extensive record of public and community service, in addition to outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

  • Committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.

Award: 

  • Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree, attendance at the Truman Scholars Leadership Week, and entrance into the Summer Institute and Truman Fellows program following graduation.

GVSU Campus Deadline: October 1

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Eligibility: 

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship;
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Multi-country, multi-area, and multi-city programs are eligible and have no minimum requirement on length of time spent in one country, city, or area.  The entirety of the program abroad must be at least two weeks (14 days) for community college students and three weeks (21 days) for students from four-year institutions.
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.

Award: up to $5,000 for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad, with a critical-need language supplement of up to an additional $3,000 for intensive language programs in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bahasa/Indonesian, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. The US Student Fulbright program is the flagship international exchange program of the US State Department. There are two basic types of Fulbright awards: English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award and the Study/Research (S/R) Award (for independent research or a degree-granting graduate program abroad), with several focused subcategories of S/R award.

Eligibility: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.

  • Have a conferred Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.

  • Be in the creative / performing arts, with four years of professional training and/or experience to meet the basic eligibility requirement.

  • Be in good health. (Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician).

  • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

  • May hold a J.D. at the time of application.

  • Doctors of Medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies.

Award: Up to one academic year of support for study and/or research in academic fields and the creative and performing arts, or one academic year as an English teaching assistant overseas, round trip to host country, room, board, and incidental costs. Also includes accident & sickness health benefits. Additional benefits vary by country.

GVSU Campus Deadline: August 16

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact  The program funds paid positions at high-impact nonprofit organizations for recent college graduates with leadership potential who are interested in careers in social change.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year institutions at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

Deadline: February 10 

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The Payne Fellowship Program awards up to fifteen fellowships valued at up to $48,000 annually for a two-year program.  The award includes up to $22,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $16,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships (see below).  At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • be U.S. citizens;
  • be seeking admission to enter graduate school in Fall 2022 for a two-year program at a U.S. university
  • have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.

The Udall Scholarship provides:

  • Access to the Udall Alumni Network: an association of change-makers, working in Indian country and environmental fields, sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.
  • Five days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.
  • Up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses.

GVSU Campus Deadline: January 1 

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. In exchange for funding, Boren Awardees commit to working in the federal government in the national security arena (broadly defined) for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students who remained enrolled for the duration of their study abroad program
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Applying to a study abroad in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Study abroad plan must include serious language study component
  • No age limit, field of study restrictions, or GPA requirement  
  • Please refer to the Boren website for detailed descriptions of the scholarship eligibility criteria and the fellowship eligibility criteria.

Boren Scholarships Awards:

Fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

  • Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:
  • Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
  • Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
  • Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

Boren Fellowships Awards:

Fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

GVSU Campus Deadline: November 15

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue PhDs in their chosen field.

The natural sciences, engineering and mathematics fields and sub-fields used by the Goldwater Foundation to determine eligibility are those used by the National Science Foundation for its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These include: Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology.

Eligibility: 

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering,
  • Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated by institutions in Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident

Award: 

Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.

Students who are nominated who do not receive a scholarship but who show particular promise will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Students who receive an Honorable Mention do not receive financial support.

GVSU Campus Deadline: November 24 


Upcoming GVSU Fellowship Events

Fellowship Information Sessions (Virtual): Interested students are strongly encouraged students to attend.

 

  • FELLOWSHIPS VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES July 8, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Are you majoring in one of the arts or one of the humanities disciplines? Have you considered summer research in one of the major library collections in the US? A residency in an arts guild or artists' retreat? Have you thought about teaching overseas after graduation? Join us to learn more about fellowship opportunities directly connected with scholarship and creative work in the arts and humanities. Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

 

  • FELLOWSHIPS VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION: TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD The Office of Fellowships is conducting an informational about fellowships that support the experience of teaching abroad: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), English Program in Korea (EPIK), Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), US Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools (USTA), and many more. July 29, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM