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Office of Competitive Fellowships

The Office of Competitive Fellowships assists students and alumni of the Mount community with the application process for highly competitive and distinguished awards, such as the Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, Goldwater, and Gates Cambridge Scholarship. These awards typically fund a number of opportunities, often in an international setting, including graduate education, research and experiential learning, nonprofit or political service, and foreign language study.
Distinguished fellowships and scholarships provide unequalled experiences for personal and professional growth, and provide students a unique way to live into the university mission of graduating students “who see and seek to resolve the problems facing humanity.”

Fellowships and Research Grant Opportunities

Below is a list of fellowships and research grants we support.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers roughly ten one-year fellowships to qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Awardees are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Current graduate students are not eligible for consideration.

David L. Boren Scholarships

The National Education Security Program awards David L. Boren Scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduates through a competitive national merit-based process. Since 1994, NSEP has awarded approximately 2,828 Boren Scholarships. Each Boren Scholar goes abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Awards are for up to one academic year. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program 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. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

The Truman Scholarship Foundation seeks to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship. Each year the foundation awards up to 65 scholarships from an applicant pool of around 600 individuals.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Typically one fellowship is awarded per state, per year.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship is a program that provides awards to students interested in study at the doctoral and master of fine arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Applicants are selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise.

The Marshall Scholarship

Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Marshall Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. This scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Applicants must have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. Other requirements include leadership abilities, scholarship and community service.

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Fellowship

The U.S. Congress established the Udall Foundation as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Foundation. It is now known as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Several awards and fellowships have been created for students with the intention of increasing the awareness, the importance, the benefits and enjoyment of the nation's natural resources.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Thirty-two young Americans are selected annually as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Scholars are selected for their scholarly achievements, character and commitment to others and the common good, and for their leadership potential in their selected area of study.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellowships, provided by The Rotary Foundation, will fund either master’s degree or professional development certificate study at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers. Rotary Peace Fellows promote national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

Additional Resources

There are a variety of additional scholarship databases. Please check out the following:
Jamie Gianoutsos

Assistant Professor/Director of the Fellowship Office

+1 (301) 447-5798

Application Process

Because these awards are among the most competitive and prestigious in the nation, the Office of Competitive Fellowships recruit our brightest and highest-achieving students. We work closely to help these students recognize their particular talents and develop their long-term professional goals, and advise them about scholarship and fellowship opportunities which will help them reach their full potential. We also support the application process at every step, from initial drafts to formal interviews.