Academic Affairs: Fellowships & Scholarships
In order to qualify for consideration by the national selection committees for many fellowships and scholarships, you must first be nominated by your college, even if you apply as an alumnus; such scholarships are identified below with an asterisk *. Please note that if you want to apply for a scholarship that requires that you be nominated by Haverford, you will need to submit your application materials to the Committee on College Honors by the campus deadlines specified below. Unless otherwise noted, Dean Phil Bean is the contact person for all scholarships requiring a Haverford nomination. Please contact Roxanne Clark to make an appointment if you would like to discuss fellowships with Dean Bean; you are also welcome to contact Dean Bean by e-mail.
For all other scholarships, you must meet the deadlines specified on the website of the scholarship in question. However, Dean Phil Bean is happy to help you decide whether such a scholarship is a good match for you and how you might prepare a viable application for it. Alumni are most welcome to contact Dean Bean if they are interested in pursuing any of these scholarships, most particularly those that require a Haverford nomination; although it is not required, alumni can apply for Fulbright through Haverford (as opposed to apply as at-large candidates) and are encouraged to do so.
For Sophomores and Juniors:David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships *
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. It recognizes that the scope of national security has expanded to encompass challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should read the Boren website thoroughly and then consult with Dean Donna Mancini, Haverford's Boren representative, early in the fall semester prior to their application. National deadline for Boren Applications: mid-February.
DAAD German Studies Research Grant
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) makes a number of German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant is tenable for short-term research in either North America or Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective. Undergraduates with at least junior standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor may be nominated for the grant by department and/or program chairs at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education. Candidates are expected to have completed two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination. Deadlines: early May and early November
DAAD "Hochschulsommerkurse" at German Universities
A broad range of three to four week summer language courses with an integrated thematic focus on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany are hosted by German universities each year. There are no restrictions as to field, but applicants must have attained at least junior standing (ten full-course equivalents) at the time of application. Applicants must have completed a minimum of four semesters of college German or an equivalent level of language proficiency and must be able to participate in group projects and follow lectures in German. Applicants should not have previously studied in a German-speaking country for more than two months and/or been granted a German language course scholarship by the DAAD or any other organization within the last three years. Recipients of the scholarships are selected on the basis of an outstanding academic record and potential, and are expected to have an active interest in contemporary German and European affairs. Committee decisions will also take into consideration an applicant's demonstrated need for acquiring a better proficiency in the German language for future studies or research. Deadline: early November
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program*
The Gilman International Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department, offers grants up to $5000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are also eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Deadlines for Gilman programs: early April (for study abroad in the fall) and early October (for study abroad in the spring). Candidates apply directly to the program, but must submit certifications from the Financial Aid Office and the Director of Study Abroad, Dean Donna Mancini.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship*
Provides up to $7,000 for each of the final two years of undergraduate study for current sophomores. Haverford can nominate two students from each class who demonstrate breadth of accomplishment in school and in organizations related to mathematics and the natural sciences. Nominees must be in their sophomore year and intend to pursue a career (defined broadly) concerned with mathematics or the natural sciences. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Committee on Haverford College Honors: October 26, 2012.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholarships are available on a competitive basis for community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Awards generally range from $1000 to $3,000. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage (one parent fully Hispanic or each parent half Hispanic), U.S. Citizens or a legal Permanent Residents (with permanent resident card), and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline: September
Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships*
Awards approximately 80 scholarships of up to $5000 (and 30 scholarships to $350 to honorable mention recipients). Candidates must be college sophomores or juniors who study environment and related fields, or Native American and Alaska natives in their sophomore or junior year who study in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Candidates must have a grade point average of at least a "B" or equivalent. Please contact Dean Phil Bean as soon as possible if you might be interested in applying for this fellowship. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: January 2013.
Saint Andrew's Society of Philadelphia Scholarship*
Annually, eighteen colleges and universities within the Philadelphia region are invited to submit a candidate for study in their junior year at one of the four Universities. A candidate must be a full time registered student, a U.S. citizen and in the upper quartile of their class. The Scholarship Committee selects the scholars by screening and interview in March of each year. Currently, each scholar receives an award of $15,000, which covers a majority of their expenses. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: January 2013.
American Psychological Association Summer Science Institute
The APA Summer Science Institute (SSI) is a 9-day, intensive program designed to immerse students in the science of psychology. The Institute's goals for its students are to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through seminars and hands-on laboratory activities. Participants will pay a $200 registration fee and provide for their own travel. Room, board, lectures, and labs at the university are paid for by APA. A limited amount of scholarship support is available. Over the years, SSI has proven to be quite competitive. From approximately 400-500 applications, only 32 students are selected to participate. Eligibility is limited to college students who will be seniors next academic year.
The Beinecke Scholarship Program*
The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Open to Juniors who plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship. Each scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Candidates must have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would increase the likelihood of the student's being able to attend graduate school.Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: October 26, 2012.
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
The Scholars Program brings talented Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native college students who will be seniors in the next academic year and recent graduates to Washington, DC, where they work in congressional offices and learn about health policy. Through the nine-week program (May-July), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to an internship in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo. The program is based at Howard University. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who are members of a racial/ethnic minority group and will be seniors or recent graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall. Currently enrolled law, medical, and graduate students are not eligible to apply. Candidates are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential and interest in health policy. Deadline: early December
Harry S. Truman Scholarship*
Provides $3,000 for the final year of undergraduate study and up to $27,000 for the first three years of graduate study for current juniors who are interested in a career in public service (defined very broadly). Haverford can nominate up to three students who have demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership potential, and commitment to public service. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: October 26, 2012.
Seniors and Alumni:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellowship*
The Endowment annually offers up to ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 200 colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies. 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. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. Open to current seniors and to those who have graduated within the previous year. Internal deadline for submission of application materials: early December.
The Winston Churchill Scholarship*
Churchill Scholarships offer American students of exceptional ability, enrolled at one of the institutions participating in the program, the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics and the sciences at Cambridge, one of the world's great universities. Applicants for a Churchill Scholarship must be citizens of the United States and must be enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the scholarship competition. Upon taking up a Churchill Scholarship, one must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a United States college or university, and may not have attained a doctorate. The criteria for the selection of Churchill Scholars include the following: achievement in academic work as indicated by course grades; scores on the Graduate Record Examination; capacity for original, creative work as shown by special recognition and letters of reference; character, adaptability, demonstrated leadership, and concern for the critical problems of society; good health. The Scholarship provides room and board at Churchill College, Cambridge, as well as a stipend; depending on the field of study and recent rates of exchange, the value of a Churchill Scholarship is approximately $48,000 to $53,000. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 4, 2012.
Clementine Cope Fellowships*
Open only to students of Haverford College. Established in 1899 by Clementine Cope, granddaughter of Thomas P. Cope, member of the Board of Managers from 1830 to 1849. The fellowship is to "assist worthy and promising graduates of Haverford College in continuing their studies at Haverford College or at some other institute, in this country or abroad, approved by the Board of Managers." Students submit a letter of application to Dean Phil Bean for the Committee on College Honors and Fellowships. The Committee reviews the letters and selects First and Second Cope Fellows to be recommended to the faculty and ratified by the Board of Managers. Individual stipends are determined by the Board. A letter of application of not more than two double spaced typed pages should include: plans for graduate study; field of study; professional goals, relevant statements of extracurricular activities; an unofficial transcript; and, two faculty letters of reference. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: March 6, 2013.
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award*
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually; Haverford may nominate two candidates per year, and as many as ten candidates will be selected from the national pool of applicants per year. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books. Scholarships amounts vary based on several factors, including costs at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives. A review panel of distinguished artists, arts faculty, and university administrators select Scholars using criteria including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, will to succeed, and a breadth of interest and activities. Internal deadline: December 7, 2012.
DAAD German Studies Research Grant
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announces the availability of a number of German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant is tenable for short-term research in either North America or Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. Undergraduates with at least junior standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor, and Masters degree and Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and German social science disciplines working on a "Certificate in German Studies" may be nominated for the grant by department and/or program chairs at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education. Candidates are expected to have completed two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination. Deadlines: early May and early November
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowships
The Ford Foundation offers predoctoral fellowships to members of six minority groups who have demonstrated ability and provides them the opportunity to engage in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to those individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior scholarship and show the greatest promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers, and teachers in institutions of higher education. Awards will not be made for work leading to degrees in education, business, management and administration, health sciences, nursing, home economics, library and information science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, social welfare, fine arts, and performing arts. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master's degrees, doctorates in education (Ph.D. or Ed.D.), Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) degrees, professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, or public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. Deadline: early November
The Fulbright Scholarship U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidate, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Each year the Fulbright Program allows Americans to study or conduct research in over 100 nations. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and a B.A. degree or equivalent. Selection is made on the basis of the applicant's academic or professional record, language preparation, the feasibility of the proposed project, and personal qualifications. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 4, 2012
Gates Cambridge Scholars Program
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program is an international competition. In establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholars program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning - all areas that the foundation is deeply engaged in. The program will offer about 225 graduate scholarships at any one time. The scholarships will support study as an affiliated student or to pursue taught or research courses of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship can only be taken up by a student who has been admitted to Cambridge through the University's normal application procedures. These are separate from the selection procedures for selection as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Deadline: early October.
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
The Scholars Program brings talented Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native college students who will be seniors in the next academic year and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they work in congressional offices and learn about health policy. Through the nine-week program (May- July), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to an internship in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo. The program is based at Howard University. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who are members of a racial/ethnic minority group and will be seniors or recent graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university. Currently enrolled law, medical, and graduate students are not eligible to apply. Candidates are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential and interest in health policy. Deadline: early December
The Luce Foundation each year offers a select group of young Americans an experience in Asia designed both to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perspectives of Asia, of America, and of themselves. The Luce Scholarship is experimental rather than academic in its nature. None of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. At the heart of the enterprise are the internships that are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her specific interest, background, qualifications, and experience. Requirements include U.S. citizenship, the possession of a B.A. degree or higher, that the applicant be no older than 29 years of age and be in good health. Selection is made on the basis of academic achievement, leadership ability, maturity, creativity, initiative, self-confidence, breadth of interest, enthusiasm, and sensitivity. The candidate must have a mature and clearly defined career interest in a specific field. Applications cannot be considered from those who already have had significant exposure to Asian culture or who have a specific career interest in Asian affairs. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 28, 2012.
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Progra
For future and current secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies of grades seven through twelve. College seniors and college graduates without teaching experience (Junior Fellow) and experienced secondary school teachers of grades seven through twelve (Senior Fellows) may apply. Deadline: March 1
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree. Open only to United States 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. To qualify for awards tenable from the next academic year, candidates must be current seniors or have graduated from their undergraduate college or university within the past three years. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 4, 2012.
The Mitchell Scholarship provides for one academic year of post-graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland. Applicants must be aged 18 or over but not yet 30 on October 1 in the year of application. Prospective Scholars must have demonstrated a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness and unselfish service to others which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study. Each Scholar will receive tuition, room, stipend and be assisted with their traveling expenses to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland. Prospective Scholars apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 4, 2012.
Augustus Taber Murray Research Fellowships*
Open only to graduating seniors at Haverford College. Established in 1964 by two anonymous friends "in recognition of the scholarly attainments of Augustus Taber Murray, a distinguished alumnus of Haverford College of the Class of 1885." These fellowships are for further study in English literature or philology, the classics, or German literature or philology in other institutions, toward the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or its future equivalent. Only unmarried students are eligible. Further considerations are the candidate's promise of success in graduate work and the availability of other financial assistance in the proposed field of study. Students submit a letter of application to Dean Phil Bean for the Committee on College Honors and Fellowships. The Committee reviews the letters and usually one Augustus Taber Murray Research Fellow is selected to be recommended to the faculty and ratified by the Board of Managers. The same student may be awarded the fellowship for two or three years. Individual stipends are determined by the Board. A letter of application of not more than two double spaced typed pages should include: plans for graduate study; field of study; professional goals, relevant statements of extracurricular activities; an unofficial transcript; and, two faculty letters of reference. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: March 6, 2013.
National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
The Cambridge-National Institutes of Health graduate partnership permits students to pursue a PhD by doing collaborative research at both Cambridge University and the NIH. Besides working in two of the most respected research institutes in the world, students are given the chance to dive right into a research project. Students with advanced lab experience and a specific field of interest would most benefit. Research projects range from molecular biology to immunology, neuroscience to nanotechnology, making for a very exciting atmosphere. Coursework and tutorials in a broad range of biomedical and other scientific disciplines are available at both the Cambridge and the NIH, but are not formally required unless specified otherwise. The student will be expected to spend a total of two years at Cambridge and two years at the NIH. Deadline: early January
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: prior to or during the senior year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second year of graduate school. Deadline: early November
The Rhodes is tenable at the University of Oxford. It provides for two or three years of study at Oxford University, where students may pursue a graduate or undergraduate degree in any subject offered by the University. Candidates may apply in any year prior to their 24th birthday. Selection is based on a combination of a reasonably strong academic record, prominent participation in extra-curricular activities, leadership potential and character. Application is made through the state where the candidates reside or attend college. Four scholars are then chosen from each of eight regions (for a total of 32 scholars.) Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 4, 2012.
Thomas J. Watson Fellowships*
Provides a year of travel and independent study abroad which the candidate plans around a self-initiated topic. Please note that only graduating seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The project may relate to a specific academic interest or may develop from extra-curricular experiences or interests. The project may take place in a single country or in several locations and must reflect genuine interest in, and long-standing commitment to, the topic. The project may not include formal study in an overseas institution and is not intended to be formal research such as required for graduate work. Personal qualities of the candidates such as initiative, motivation, curiosity, leadership ability, and "potential for creative achievement and excellence" are as important as academic achievement. Although high rank in class is not a criterion, the students academic record is considered. Internal deadline for submission of application materials to the Haverford Committee on College Honors: September 28, 2012. For more information, please contact Dean Steve Watter.