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Some non-Yale, external fellowships require institutional evaluation or nomination, while others do not. Those which do not have a campus application process will not be found in the Yale Student Grants Database, but a selected list of these may be found below. See also our advice on searching for funding, for more options.

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External awards Yale students/alumni may apply for via Fellowship Programs

At Yale, the institutional evaluation and nomination processes for the following fellowships are coordinated by Fellowship Programs. See the Yale Student Grants Database for details of campus application deadlines and procedures, as well as links to official websites for other important information. Fellowship Programs staff offer advice on these awards to Yale applicants, including Yale College alumni and current Yale graduate and professional students.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Supports one or two years of undergraduate study in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and natural sciences. Eligible are college sophomores or juniors who are US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals intending to pursue research careers in STEM fields. Campus application deadline typically in November. Read about a recent Yale Goldwater Scholar.

Beinecke Scholarship Program
Supports two years of graduate study at a university in the US or abroad for those aiming to pursue degrees in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Eligible are US citizens and nationals who are current juniors at Yale. Campus application deadline typically in January. Read about a recent Yale Beinecke Scholar.

Boren Scholarship
Supports study abroad of less-commonly-taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. Study abroad programs of a year are preferred, but summer programs will be considered for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Eligible are college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are US citizens.  Campus application deadline typically in mid-January. *Yale College students should seek advice about appropriate study abroad programs from Yale's Study Abroad office, although the Fellowships office is happy to offer advice on Boren Scholarship applications.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program
Supports a year's work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are eligible to work in the US for a year. Campus application deadline typically i n November.

Chinese Cultural (Yung Wing) Scholarship
Created in memory of Yung Wing, the first Chinese student to earn a degree at Yale University, this Scholarship supports year-long study of Chinese at an approved Chinese university. Eligible are Yale freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are not Chinese nationals. Campus application deadline typically in February for the following year.

Davis Projects for Peace
Support self-designed summer projects that “promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.” Eligible are Yale freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Fulbright Grants for US Students
Support a year (or occasionally more) of study or research abroad in any discipline, or year-long English teaching assistantships (ETAs) abroad in programs designed by the host countries. Eligible are graduating seniors and alumni who are US citizens. (Alumni apply directly for Fulbright; see "Postgraduate Fellowships" below.)

John Thouron Prize
Supports summer study at Cambridge, in the Pembroke-King's Programme. Eligible are sophomores or juniors at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania who are US citizens and permanent residents. Yale application deadline typically in early January. *Yale College students should seek advice about study abroad programs from Yale's Study Abroad office, although the Fellowships office is glad to offer advice on Thouron Prize applications.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Leadership and global citizenship program that provides three years of funding for any graduate or professional degree offered at Stanford University. Eligible are graduating seniors, current graduate and professional students, and recent alumni from any country. See the Knight-Hennessy website and the Yale Student Grants Database for further information. 

Luce Scholars Program
Supports one-year internships (along with language training) in Asia for those who have not had extensive experience in Asia. Eligible are US citizens who are graduating seniors or recent alumni, graduate or professional school students, and junior faculty. Campus application deadline typically in September. Read about a recent Yale Luce Scholar.

Michel David-Weill Scholarship
Supports a two-year master’s degree in any field at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), but Economics is especially encouraged. Eligible are graduating seniors at Yale who are US citizens. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship
Supports a year abroad in pursuit of an independent project in the visual arts (including art history, conservation, studio art, and photography). Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni of Yale College (US citizenship not required). Campus application deadline typically at the end of January.

National Institute of Standards and Technology - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF)
Fully funds summer research opportunities at NIST laboratories in Boulder, CO, and Gaithersburg, MD. Students with biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research and/or physics majors are always encouraged to apply; there may be research opportunities for students with other majors. Eligible are US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduates majoring in science and engineering subjects and considering graduate work in these fields. Campus application deadline typically in mid-January.

Schwarzman Scholars Program
Supports leadership development & a special, fully-funded one-year Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, with concentrations in International Relations, Public Policy, and Economics & Business. Eligible are graduating seniors, current graduate and professional students, and recent alumni from any country (knowledge of Mandarin is an asset but is not required).

  • Graduating seniors are advised to seek institutional assessment: campus deadline for this typically in May or August, in advance of the appropriate official deadline in June or September (see the Schwarzman website and the Yale Student Grants Database for further information).
  • Alumni and current graduate/professional students apply directly by the appropriate official deadline in June or September, but Fellowship Programs gladly offers advice in the spring and early summer, before the August rush.
  • Read about Yalies named to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars.

South Asian Language Fellowship
Supports intensive language study at approved sites in South Asia. Eligible are currently-enrolled Yale University students. Campus application deadline typically in February.

Truman Scholarship
Provides mentorship and scholarships for graduate or professional training for students interested in pursuing public service careers.  Eligible are current juniors who are US citizens. Campus application deadline typically in November. See a video about the Truman. Read about Yale Truman Scholars named in 2015 and 2016.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Supports a year of undergraduate study for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country or interested in pursuing health-related careers, or for students with demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to issues related to conservation and environmental issues. Eligible are college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Campus application deadline typically in early February. Read about a recent Yale Udall Scholar.

Other selected awards, requiring direct application

Although you must apply directly for these fellowships (rather than through Yale), Fellowship Programs offers advice on these and other awards, time-permitting, to current Yale students and alumni of Yale College. For details of eligibility and applications, etc., please see official websites.

Fellowships for Undergraduates and Graduates

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
Supports a year in Germany: half spent studying and half pursuing an internship in any field. Eligible are US citizens and nationals between the ages of 18 and 24. Application deadline typically in early December.

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange
Supports a wide range of study and research in Germany, for undergraduates, graduates, doctoral candidates and post-docs. Graduate Study Scholarships are open to graduating seniors and alumni; application deadlines typically in early November, but check website. (Yale College students interested in the Yale-DAAD RISE program and/or Yale graduate students interested in the DAAD Graduate Research Scholarships should see the Yale Student Grants Database.)

Humanity in Action Fellowship
Supports summer programs which aim to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Programs take place in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw. Eligible are students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States (so any Yale College student is eligible to apply). Application deadline typically in early January.

International Radio and Television Society Fellowship
Fully-funds summer internships in New York with media corporations and introduces students to industry professionals. Eligible are current  juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Application deadline typically in early November.

Overseas Press Club Foundation Fellowships
Support internships for young journalists aspiring to be foreign correspondents. Eligible are citizens of any country currently studying at US colleges and universities (at either the undergraduate or graduate level), or Americans studying abroad.  Application deadline typically the beginning of December.

Society for Women Engineers Scholarships
Supports graduate study for women admitted to ABET accredited institutions in the US in preparation for careers in engineering or computer science. Eligible are women of any nationality enrolled in or accepted into ABET accredited undergraduate or graduate programs in engineering, computing, or technology. Application deadlines typically in the spring: see website for details.

US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program
Supports a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program. Note the pre-requisites for some languages. Eligible are currently-enrolled sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are US citizens. Application deadline typically in November.

SMART Scholarship
Supports an undergraduate or graduate degree in a wide range of areas (including mathematics, engineering, cognitive science, biology, chemistry, and physics) at a US institution, and provides mentorship and summer internships. Upon degree completion, awardees are employed through the Department of Defense as civilian researchers.  Eligible are undergraduates who are US citizens. Application deadline typically in early December.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Supports master’s degrees for those preparing for careers in the US Department of State Foreign Service. Eligible are US citizens who are juniors in college (for the undergraduate fellowship), or seniors/alumni applying for appropriate graduate programs to begin the following autumn; women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Application deadline typically in January.

Udall Native American Congressional Internship
Provides an opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. Eligible are American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students. Application deadline typically the beginning of February.

Fellowships for Undergraduates

Amgen Scholars Program
Offers funded summer science and biotech research experience at host institutions across the US and in Japan. Applicants for the US programs must be US citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, or December grads. Applicants for the Japanese programs are not required to be US citizens. Application deadline typically in early February.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Supports up to a year of study abroad in any discipline. Eligible are US citizens and nationals who are Pell Grant recipients. Application deadlines are typically in early October for spring-term study abroad, and in early March for study abroad during the summer and following academic year. *Yale College students should seek advice about appropriate study abroad programs from Yale's Study Abroad office, although the Fellowships office is happy to offer advice on Gilman Scholarship applications.

Chase Coggins Memorial Fund
Supports summer wilderness exploration with philosophical, scientific, or artistic intent and travel to rural areas or developing countries for research/independent study.  Eligible are Yale freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Application deadline typically in March.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
Prizes are awarded on the basis of essays submitted. Eligible are full-time juniors and seniors at US institutions (US citizenship not required). Application deadline typically in early December.

Glamour Top Ten College Women
Recognizes leadership, community service, and academic achievements of college women by awarding one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes Eligible are legal residents of the US and Canada who are female college juniors or seniors.  Application deadline typically in September.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship
Supports one year of undergraduate study in any discipline. Eligible are current juniors of any nationality at US colleges. Application deadline typically late January.

Michael Manzella Foundation Summer Fellowship
Support summer projects and research related to cancer, children’s causes, and the arts. Eligible are Yale freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (students at the Yale School of Medicine may also apply for support for cancer research).  Application deadline typically in March.

Postgraduate Fellowships

Austrian Ministry of Education English Teaching Assistantships
Offer year-long English language teaching assistantships at the secondary school level throughout Austria. Eligible are US citizens who are graduating seniors/alumni interested in careers in education; prospective teachers of German or TESOL are particularly encouraged to apply; working knowledge of German is required. Application deadline typically in mid-January.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Offers a scholarship for a master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at US embassies/consulates, provides mentorship and professional development, and leads to a career in the State Department Foreign Service. Eligible are US citizens who are graduating seniors/alumni who are applying to appropriate two-year master's programs. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Application deadline in mid-September.

Coro Fellowship
Uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers, through a full-time, nine-month, graduate-level experiential program offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. Eligible are US citizens who are graduating seniors/recent alumni. Application deadline typically in mid-January.

Echoing Green
Offers seed-funding and support for social entrepreneurs. Organizations must work toward solving social, environmental, economic, and/or political inequities; special opportunities for those interested in climate issues and black male achievement. Eligible applicants must be fluent in English and able to commit to working full-time on their organization (so usually graduating seniors, graduating graduate/professional students, and alumni). Application deadline typically in November.

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Artists
Supports artists working in a representational style in painting, sculpting, drawing, and/or printmaking, who are in the early stages of their careers. Eligible are those aiming to make art a lifetime career.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Ford Foundation
Seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral Fellowships support up to three years of doctoral study. Eligible are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents applying for or in US doctoral programs. Application deadline typically in mid-November.

French Ministry of Education English Teaching Assistantships
Offer the opportunity to teach English to French students of all ages in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. Eligible are US citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 20 and 30 who are proficient in French; those with experience teaching or working with children or young adults are at an advantage. Application deadline typically mid-January.

Fulbright Grants for US Students
Support a year (or occasionally more) of study or research abroad in any discipline, or year-long English teaching assistantships (ETAs) abroad in programs designed by the host countries. Eligible are graduating seniors and alumni who are US citizens.

  • Graduating seniors are strongly advised to apply with the help of the campus committee: campus deadlines begin in August (find the our timeline and forms above).
  • Alumni apply directly for the Fulbright by the national deadline in October, or through their current graduate/professional school, but Fellowship Programs gladly offers alumni advice on Fulbright in the spring and early summer, before the August rush of seniors applying for Fulbright.
  • Seniors and alumni alike may find a break-down of essential questions for the Fulbright in the campus pre-advising questionnaires for Study/Research and for ETAs, as well as the online version of our spring-term Fulbright information sessions here.

German Chancellor’s Fellowship
Supports a year in Germany for professional development, study, or research; prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. Eligible are citizens of Brazil, China, India, Russia, & the US who received bachelor’s degrees no more than 12 years ago. Application deadline typically in September.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Provides college and grad school graduate with 6-9-month paid opportunities to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni (US citizenship not required, with OPT/appropriate work permit). Application deadlines typically late September for following spring, and early January for following fall.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Supports up to five years of graduate study in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences at select universities in the United States. Eligible are US citizens and permanent residents who are graduating seniors or current first-year doctoral students.  Application deadline typically in late October.

Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellowship
Supports two years of training and service, working with immigrants in underserved communities in New York City. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni proficient in a language other than English. Application deadline typically in March..

James Madison Graduate Fellowships
Support two years of graduate study leading to a master’s degree for those who plan to become secondary school teachers of American history and social studies. Eligible are US citizens and nationals applying for master's degrees. Application deadline typically in early March.

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
Seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations through foreign language teaching and exchange. Eligible are graduating seniors and alumni who are US citizens; experience teaching, and/or TEFL or TESL certification an advantage. Application deadline typically in November.

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowships
Five-year fellowships for early career high-school science and mathematics teachers. Eligible are US citizens and nationals who are graduating seniors and recent alumni with majors in STEM fields. Application deadly typically in early November.

Kroc Fellowship – NPR
Supports a year-long internship with National Public Radio offering hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent graduates.  Application deadline typically late December.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Supportsgraduate study in programs leading to doctoral degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States. There is no service or military obligation. Eligible are US citizens and nationals who are graduating seniors, alumni, or graduate students. Application deadline typically in December.

National GEM Consortium Fellowships
Support doctoral study in engineering or natural sciences and master’s-level study in engineering at select universities in the United States. Eligible are US citizens or permanent residents from minority backgrounds, graduating seniors and recent alumni. Application deadline typically mid-November.

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program
Supports three years of a PhD or MD/PhD in the biomedical sciences at the National Institutes of Health and one of the NIH university partners in the US or abroad. Eligible are US citizens and permanent residents, graduating seniors and alumni applying for appropriate programs, or in some cases who have already begun their graduate training. Application deadlines vary by program but are usually in early December: see websites for details.

NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (Postbac IRTA/CRTA)
Provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school a paid opportunity to spend 1-2 years performing full-time research at the National Institutes of Health. Eligible are seniors and recent alumni, US citizens & permanent residents, who plan to apply for graduate/professional school during their tenure in the program. Applications are rolling but should be made 3-6 months before hoped-for start at the NIH.

National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships
Supports up to six years of doctoral study in the physical sciences, mathematics, and related engineering fields. Eligible are US citizens who are graduating seniors and alumni applying for eligible doctoral programs, or those enrolled in eligible doctoral programs. Application deadline typically late November.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRF)
Supports up to three years of graduate study in the sciences and social sciences at a US institution. Eligible are US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are graduating seniors or recent alumni (without any graduate study to date) applying for eligible graduate programs, or those in the first or second year of such a program. Deadlines vary by field of study, but are typically in late October-early November.

New York City Urban Fellows Program
Supports a nine-month internship that combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with a seminar series focused on urban issues and public policy. Eligible are those eligible to work in the US (see website for details). Application deadline typically in early January.

North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain
Positions are available in K-12 schools throughout Spain for the academic year, to help to increase Spanish students' knowledge of English or French and North American culture. Eligible are seniors and recent alumni who are Canadian or US native speakers of French or English, and who have intermediate-level Spanish; previous teaching experience or experience living abroad may be an advantage. Application deadline typically early April.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Supports graduate or professional study in the US, in any field. Eligible are "new Americans" who are either applying for graduate/professional school or within the first two years of graduate study (see website for full eligibility details). Application deadline typically in early November. Read about recent Yale winners of the Soros.

Princeton in Africa, Princeton in Asia, Princeton in Latin America
Offers one-year, funded, service-oriented placements, including with NGOs. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent college graduates. Deadlines vary by program but are typically in early November.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
Supports a one-year public service activity abroad or in the US. Eligible are graduating seniors at US colleges and universities (US citizenship not required). Application deadline typically in mid-January.

Schwarzman Scholars Program
Supports leadership development & a special, fully-funded one-year Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, with concentrations in International Relations, Public Policy, and Economics & Business. Eligible are graduating seniors, current graduate and professional students, and recent alumni from any country (knowledge of Mandarin is an asset but is not required).

  • Graduating seniors should seek institutional assessment: campus deadline for this typically in May or August, in advance of the appropriate official deadline in June or September (find out how to secure institutional assessment via the Yale Student Grants Database).
  • Alumni and current graduate/professional students apply directly by the appropriate official deadline in June or September, but Fellowship Programs gladly offers advice in the spring and early summer, before the August rush.
  • Read about Yalies named to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars.

Science and Technology Policy Institute - Policy Fellowship
Supports a fascinating two-year internship in science and technology policy. Eligible are US citizens who are graduating seniors/recent graduates with STEM majors. Application deadline typically in late January.

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)
Offers opportunities to teach conversational English in Korean schools. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent graduates, citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, or US. Application deadlines vary by program: see website for details.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
Supports a master’s degree for those preparing and planning for careers in the USAID. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are US citizens. Application deadline typically in January.

White House Fellows Program
One of the nation’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service, this program provides first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Eligible are US citizens who have completed their undergraduate education & are working in their chosen professions. Application deadline typically in mid-January.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships (STEM fields)
Offer support for a master’s degree and mentoring throughout three years of teaching math and science in high-need high schools in one of the participating states. Eligible are graduating seniors and alumni who are US citizens with majors in STEM fields; applicants from all states are welcome. Early decision application deadline typically October, and final deadline typically end of January

Yale School of Management Silver Scholars Program
Accepts students directly from their undergraduate senior year into a three-year MBA program. In their second year, Silver Scholars participate in a full-time internship. Eligible are graduating seniors (US citizenship not required).

Yale-China English Teaching Fellowship
Supports two years teaching English at one of five host institutions. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni of Yale College (US citizenship not required, nor is knowledge of Mandarin). Application deadlines typically in December and January.

Yale-China Guizishan Fellowship
Supports a year-long self-designed project conducted in residence at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, alongside a half-time teaching appointment. Eligible are graduating seniors and final-year graduate students at Yale, as well as recent alumni. Application deadline typically in April.

Yenching Academy Scholarship
Offers full support for an interdisciplinary Master's in China Studies at Peking University. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni (US citizenship not required). Application deadline typically in January.

Tip: Fellowship Programs offers to Yale students and alumni of Yale College advice on awards for which applicants must apply through our office and also, time-permitting, on external awards requiring direct application.