Graduate Scholarships Requiring a Fairfield University Endorsement
The following directory lists only those scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans that require a Fairfield University endorsement. For further information on any of these opportunities, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2778. For rules, eligibility, and more, follow the links to the websites of interest to you.
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
This scholarship competition is sponsored by the Academy for Educational Development (AED)'s National Security Education Program (NSEP). Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellows study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portugese, Russian and Swahili. Funding is available for both domestic and overseas support.
A first generation undergraduate with limited financial resources who is seeking a masters in humanities or the social sciences (including economics) may be awarded tuition fees and room and board for two years at St. John's College in Cambridge, England.
British Marshall Scholarship
This program funds (primarily) two years of graduate study at a British university for at least 40 young Americans of outstanding ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Appointments are made for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years.
An impressive number of Fairfield seniors have won Fulbright Fellowships - year-long scholarships that support post-graduate research in other countries. This government-sponsored program funds more than 1,100 American graduate student studies and research in over 140 foreign countries per year. Read about how Fairfield University held the top spot for Fulbright Scholarships in 2006 and how a record-tying five Fairfield University students were awarded Fulbright scholarships in 2007.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
This scholarship program is open to students worldwide with the exception of those from the United Kingdom. The program funds study for American students granted the status of affiliated students (those students attending Cambridge University through an American school) or for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate's academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
This program awards 12 graduate degree study scholarships for the duration of one year at one of Ireland's higher education institutions. The George J. Mitchell Scholarships are named in honor of former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell for his pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. These scholarships allow American post-graduates to pursue one year of study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are no restrictions concerning academic field of study.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships
The DAAD New York office, founded in 1971, supports academic exchanges between the U.S., Canada, and Germany and offers a broad range of scholarships, grants and fellowships in Germany for U.S. and Canadian citizens, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars as well as faculty and higher education professionals. Over 50,000 individuals per year are awarded scholarships by DAAD.
Hertz Foundation Fellowship
This program funds graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. in applications of the physical sciences at one of the universities affiliated with the foundation. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. Download the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Electronic Application.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship awards up to $50,000 annually for graduate study. Students must demonstrate academic distinction, leadership, volunteerism, and financial need. It is available to students or recent college graduates beginning their first graduate or professional degree. Two students per year are nominated by the University conferring their undergraduate degree for this scholarship.
Lilly Graduate Fellow Program in the Arts & Humanities
This program offers graduate and postdoctoral teaching fellowships for young scholars interested in positions of educational leadership within church-related institutions. Nominees must intend to enter a Ph.D., M.F.A., Th.D., or equivalent program at the school of their choice in fall, 2009, that will lead to a teaching career in humanities or the arts within the academy. Nominees should also demonstrate a desire to explore the connections between Christianity and higher education and entertain the possibility of teaching at a Protestant or Catholic school. In order to receive this Fellowship, nominees must have been accepted into a Ph.D., M.F.A., Th.D., or equivalent program by June 1, 2009. Eligible disciplines are: art; art history; creative writing; history; interdisciplinary studies; languages and literatures; music; music history; philosophy; religion; rhetoric; theater history; and theater arts.
This program, the oldest international fellowship, awards 32 scholarships to students from the U.S. and around the world to study any available field for two years at Oxford University in England, with all tuition fees paid and a living allowance provided. Students are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership, and service, and many pursue a master's degree or a bachelor's degree. Applications change year to year as do district secretaries and their addresses, so be certain to use an application for the current election year.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
This program provides a flat grant of $23,000 or its equivalent for one academic year of study in countries in which Rotary Clubs are present. The availability of Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship is determined by each Rotary district and varies from year to year. Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Because timelines vary, only your local club can provide specific information about application deadlines. If your local district is not offering scholarships at this time, try inquiring next year.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
This program awards prizes that cover tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel costs for students committing to the pursuit of a graduate degree in international studies at agraduate school affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). Only U.S. citizens are eligible for this fellowship.