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
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. Fellowships are funded 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. interests, 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 Fellows study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili. The Fellowship promotes long term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore, study abroad proposals for 2 or more semesters are strongly encouraged, but they can range anywhere between 12 weeks and 24 months. Funding is available for both domestic and overseas support.
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John's College at the University of Cambridge, England. Graduating seniors may apply for the 2-year B.A. degree program in one of the following subjects: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Social and Political Sciences. The Scholarship covers all fees, room, and board during term-time for up to 2 academic years and living expenses during summer vacation. The award is valued at $50,000, depending on prevailing exchange rates.
British Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence. Applicants can apply for graduate study at any UK institution in any field of study for one or two years, with the possibility of extending for up to three years. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year. The total value varies on circumstance, but the approximate average is £23,000 per year.
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 for one year. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. An impressive number of Fairfield seniors have won Fulbright Scholarships in the past including a record-tying 5 who were awarded the Scholarship in 2007. Candidates can apply either through Fairfield or At-Large. If students are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at Fairfield, they are required to apply through Fairfield and even if students are not currently enrolled, they may also apply through Fairfield as their alma mater.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It offers prestigious, highly competitive, full-cost scholarships for up to three years. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants worldwide from countries outside the UK, including 40 from the U.S., to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Candidates must apply directly through the University of Cambridge.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Scholarship Program offers a national competitive scholarship sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. It was named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, and 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 The program awards up to 12 scholars annually between the ages of 18 and 30 for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships
The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/ German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self governing national organization of higher education institutions in Germany. It promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. The DAAD New York office, founded in 1971, specifically supports academic exchanges between the U.S., Canada, and Germany and offers a broad range of scholarships, grants and fellowships in varied fields in Germany for U.S. and Canadian citizens, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars and higher education professionals. Scholarships can last anywhere from a few months up to one year. Financial support, which includes monthly stipend, health insurance, flat rate subsidy for travel costs and possibly more, is provided to over 67,000 highly-qualified students and faculty each year.
Hertz Foundation Fellowship
The Hertz Foundation looks to support the graduate education of America's most promising technical talent. The Graduate Fellowship Award funds graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. in the applied physical, biological or engineering sciences at one of the U.S. universities affiliated with the Foundation. The Fellowship is awarded for up to 5 years. It is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance plus a personal-support stipend of approximately $32,000 per year. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and be willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the U.S. in time of national emergency. Students may apply as college seniors or graduate students already in the process of getting their degree.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. In addition, for the two graduate awards available, students must also demonstrate academic distinction, leadership, and volunteerism.
The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways. This award is offered to approximately 6 recipients to use up to $25,000 over a period of 9 to 18 months in a variety of disciplines at a graduate institution in the U.S.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to 3 years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the U.S. or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually and the Foundation plans to select up to 20 recipients each year.
Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts
This program offers graduate and postdoctoral teaching fellowships for young scholars interested in positions of educational leadership within church-related institutions of higher learning. The Graduate Fellowship Program supports 3 years of graduate education at a church-related college or university within the U.S. Nominees must have been accepted and intend to enter a Ph.D., M.F.A., Th.D., or equivalent program that will lead to a possible teaching career in humanities or the arts at a Protestant of Catholic school. Up to 10 Fellows are chosen each year and receive three annual $3,000 awards.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers residential 2-year teaching fellowships at Valparaiso University in Indiana for teacher-scholars who seek to renew and enrich their intellectual and spiritual lives while preparing for leadership roles in teaching and administration in Catholic or Protestant institutions of higher education. Each academic year, up to 3 Fellows are appointed and receive a starting salary of $46,800 plus standard benefits, a moving allowance, and an annual professional and travel allowance.
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowship awards in the world that were established in 1903. Each year, 32 young Americans between the ages of 18 and 23 are selected to study any available field for 2 years at Oxford University in England. Scholars are provided full financial support and are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership, character, and commitment to service.
Rotary Foundation Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation offers a global grant scholarship and two peace fellowships that either lead to a Master's degree or a Professional Development Certificate. These scholarships range from a few months to 4 years and all of them require a commitment to the advancement of peace. The availability of scholarships is determined by each Rotary district and varies from year to year. Contact the local Rotary Club of Fairfield for more information.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Fellowship provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. The programs seek to recruit talented students with outstanding leadership skills in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Applicants must be seeking admission to a 2-year Master's degree program at a U.S. institution. Some consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. Fellows receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually covering tuition costs, room and board, books, mandatory fees, one round trip ticket.
Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding college seniors and graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over 2 years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Fellows study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning. At the end of the fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. 5 Fellowship recipients are chosen each year and can use the award to attend any U.S. graduate program. The initiative is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. The program encourages those with financial need to apply.
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools. The Foundation offers up to $24,000 for a 2-year Master's program at any accredited institution in the U.S. to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellows must study in a field related to the U.S. Constitution including history, government and social studies. Usually, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year.
Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship
Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation was founded by American friends of Churchill, who wanted to fulfill his wish of always having young American graduate students at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The Foundation's Scholarship Program offers American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Cambridge. The Scholarship is tenable from 9 to 12 months, in accordance with the academic program. Churchill Scholars must apply as college seniors or recent graduates between the ages of 19 and 26. The Scholarship is worth between $45,000 and $50,000, depending on the exchange rates, which covers all university fees plus a living allowance and travel stipend. The Foundation also offers the possibility of a Special Research Grant of up to $2,000. At least 14 Churchill Scholarships are offered annually.