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Rice Nominated Fellowships

Fall Deadline Awards
for Graduating Seniors and Rice Alumni/ae


Application Materials 


 Purpose of Fellowship: Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. 

Funding Available: Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,083.33 per month ($37,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

Where you can study/travel: Washington, D.C. 

Who is eligible: Students who are graduating, or graduated within one year of the application


For information click here.

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation 



 Purpose of Fellowship: The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 students.  

Where you can study/travel: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Who is eligible: Seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. 


For more information click here



 Purpose of Fellowship: The Winston Churchill Foundation awards at least fourteen scholarships for one year of graduate study at Churchill College, Cambridge. 

Funding Available: The Churchill Scholarship is worth between $45,000 and $50,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees (currently about $25,000). In addition, Churchill Scholars receive a living allowance of £11,000 if enrolled in a nine-month program, £12,000 if enrolled in a ten- or eleven-month program, and £13,000 if enrolled in a full-year program. They receive an allowance of up to $1,000 for travel to and from the United Kingdom, as well as reimbursement of applications fees for a UK visa (currently up to $433). In addition, the Foundation now offers a Travel Award of $500 to enable Churchill Scholars to take better advantage of opportunities to travel in the United Kingdom, on the Continent, and wherever else good airfares lead them. The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000; this grant may cover travel for presentations at international conferences, short stays at another university or institute for special research, and other activities. 

Where you can study/travel: Churchill College, Cambridge

Who is eligible: Graduating seniors or recent graduates


For more information click here.




 Purpose of Fellowship: The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates of "unusual promise" a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel -- in international settings new to them -- to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.

Funding Available: The stipend for the fellowship year is $28,000 ($38,000 for fellows accompanied by a spouse or dependent child). 

Where you can study/travel: Global options

Who is eligible: Graduating seniors

 For more information click here.
  • Personal Statement
  • Project Proposal
  • Proposed Budget, 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • For checklist, click here.


Purpose of Fellowship: The Fulbright scholarship allows for individually designed study/research projects or an English Teaching Assistantship, and provides financial support for study/research/teaching in a single country.

Funding Available: Depends on location and purpose of fellowship 

Where you can study/travel: Global options

Who is eligible: Graduating seniors and graduate students


For more information click here.

  • A .pdf of Application Form  
  • Personal Statement
  • Project Proposal 
  • Letters of Affiliation
  • Language Evaluation (if applicable) 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation 
  • For checklist, click here.


 Purpose of Fellowship: Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Where you can study/travel: UK Institutions, see website for full list

Who is eligible: Citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);(by the time they take up their scholarship i.e., September 2015) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States; have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.) have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2012 and not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.

 For more information click here


Purpose of Fellowship: The Mitchell is designed to introduce and connect 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.

Funding Available: The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. 

Where you can study/travel: Ireland and Northern Ireland

Who is eligible: U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on September 30 of the year of application (those who turn 30 on 1 October are not eligible). Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met. While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or dependents. It is important to note that the relevant government agency may require spouses or partners who are non-EU citizens to enroll full-time and prove financial resources for the year or to obtain a work permit before seeking paid employment in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Please check with the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland) or the British Council (UK) for details.


For more information click here.



Purpose of Fellowship: Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by Oxford, whether a taught Master’s program, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status).

Where you can study/travel: Oxford

Who is eligible: Applicants must be a citizen of the United States; a lawful permanent resident of the United States for prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline;

at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application); and sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.


For more information click here.



Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future.

For more information click here.

  • A pdf of Application Form (http://schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/application/)
  • Personal Statement
  • Leadership Essay
  • Current Affairs Essay
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • For checklist, click here.


The Yenching Academy of Peking University builds bridges between China and the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies for outstanding graduates from all over the globe. This initiative brings together young people who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world - past, present and future. The Academy aims to thereby shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world.

For more information, click here

  • A pdf of Application Form (
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • For checklist, click here.




Fall Deadlines for All Rice Undergraduates 


Application Materials  


 Purpose of Fellowship: The Beinecke Scholarship offers funding for graduate school in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Funding Available: Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. 

Where you can study/travel: There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship.

Who is eligible: Juniors with significant financial need.


For more information click here.

  • A .pdf of Application Form
    financial data sheet completed by a
     financial aid officer certifying the 
    need-based requirement, and personal statement 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • For a detailed checklist, visit the CCL Owlspace page, and under "Resources," find the "Scholarship Checklist" folder


 Purpose of Fellowship: Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: 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.

Funding Available: Up to $7,000 dollars.  

Where you can study/travel: Udall Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses. Payments may supplement, but not duplicate, benefits from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. Combined benefits from all sources may not exceed the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board as prescribed by the institution.

Who is eligible: Applicants must be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care.

Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care. Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment. Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.

Applicants must be a sophomore or junior-level student, enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education in the United States, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the year of application. Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants, however, will not be eligible.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.

Be pursuing full-time study during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

Native American and Alaska Native students in tribal public policy or health care must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation (for more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions). Members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. U.S. permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent resident ("green") card and a letter of intent to declare U.S. citizenship (First Nations are excepted).


For more information click here.



 Purpose of Fellowship: The Truman award is for graduate study available to current juniors who intend to pursue a career in public service. The Foundation seeks to identify candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to public service.

Funding Available: Up to 30,000 dollars.  

Who is eligible: Applicants must be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; have senior-level standing in the third year of college enrollment; or a senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island. Note: Students who are already attending graduate school are not eligible for the Truman Scholarship.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from a Pacific Island) or expect to receive my citizenship by the date the Scholarship will be awarded.


For more information click here.

  • A .pdf of Application Form (http://www.truman.gov
    and policy proposal
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • For a detailed checklist, visit the CCL Owlspace page, and under "Resources," find the "Scholarship Checklist" folder


 Purpose of Fellowship: The Goldwater scholarship provides a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. It is expected that all recipients will pursue graduate work in their respective field of study.

Funding Available:  $7500/yr for two years for sophomores, $7500/yr for one year for juniors

Where you can study/travel:  undergraduate tuition and fees

Who is eligible:  sophomores and juniors with a GPA above 3.7 in STEM who intend to pursue a Ph.D.


For more information click here.

  • A .pdf of short answer questions (https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/application-questions/) and research proposal
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • For a detailed checklist, visit the CCL Owlspace page, and under "Resources," find the "Scholarship Checklist" folder




Spring Deadlines for All Rice Undergraduates 


Application Materials 


 Purpose of Fellowship: In 1945, some American soldiers were permitted to attend classes at Cambridge University in England after WWII. In 1954, one of those soldiers, Mr. Frank T. Abraham, had the pleasure of returning the favor by entertaining Professor C.D. Broad in Houston, TX. During his time in Houston,  Professor Broad became acquainted with Rice University and through this connection the C.D. Broad Scholarship was born.

Where you can study/travel: Trinity College Cambridge

Who is eligible: Applicants must be a sophomore or Junior  with a demonstrated strong commitment to returning to Rice the year after the scholarship.


  • A 2-3 single-spaced page statement explaining your academic and personal reasons for wishing to study at Cambridge
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • For a detailed checklist, visit the CCL Owlspace page, and under "Resources," find the "Scholarship Checklist" folder

Wagoner/ Leebron Smyth  

 Purpose of Fellowship: The Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship provides students the opportunity to conduct independent research abroad for a minimum of eight weeks to one year. An independent research project may be combined simultaneously with the advanced study of a language (400 level or above); or an introductory level of languages not offered at Rice. The Wagoner only supports university enrollment when it is required to get a visa in the host country. The Leebron Smyth Award provides for one returning undergraduate to conduct research or study abroad for a minimum of six weeks during the summer. 

Funding Available: The Wagoner offers up to $15,000 and the Leebron Smyth offers up to $3,500.  

Where you can study/travel: Global options

Who is eligible: undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni/ae are eligible to apply for the Wagoner. ***Note: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will administer selection of graduate students for the Wagoner Scholarship and that information is here. Returning undergraduates are eligible to apply for the Leebron Smyth award. 

  • The submission deadline is January 19, 2018
  • A .pdf of 1) 1 page, single-spaced personal statement 2) 2 page, single-spaced statement of purpose that describes your project and addresses how it will enhance your academic development; 3) budget and summary of additional financial resources and pending scholarship applications; and 4) letter of invitation from abroad
  • Resume/CV
  • 2 Letters of recommendation

  • The project will be carried out between May of the current year and June of the following year. 
  • All other scholarships or fellowships obtained will be subtracted from the Wagoner funds received. 

Goliard/ Brotzen  

Purpose of Fellowship: The Goliard and Brotzen Fellowships each offer short-term and independent international opportunities for students to explore their curiosities. These are not research-driven enterprises, but focused exclusively on the personal growth, development, and exposure of the student to a new experience.

Funding Available: Both the Goliard and Brotzen offer up to 2500 dollars per student.

Where you can study/travel: Global options

Who is eligible: All returning students.

  • 2-3 page personal statement and project proposal
  • Proposed budget

***Note: The application strictly excludes a transcript or letter of recommendation.