Explore Awards and Fellowships

Whether you're a STEM major, social entrepreneur, artist, environmentalist, future diplomat or anything in between, the following academic programs look for scholars from a range of majors. Besides these competitive, funded fellowship opportunities, there are thousands of specialized programs for study and research based on your citizenship, target country and research or service field. Search tools such as Scholars4Dev, OpportunityDesk, or ProFellow allow you to explore by specific criteria. Contact shanghai.global.awards@nyu.edu to discuss your interest in any competitive undergraduate or postgraduate opportunity.

Fellowships in Africa, Latin America and Globally
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (US)

Fields: All disciplines

Details: Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens only.

Application: Apply online

Deadline: February 8, 2018

Critical Language Scholarships (US)

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program which includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. This program is also part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens only.

Application: Apply online. The selection standard is based on: Academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting; Commitment to language learning; Connection between target language and career/academic goals; Ability to adapt to an intensive program and a challenging cultural environment and Unique perspective and contributions to the CLS Program.

Deadline: The 2018 CLS Program Application has closed. The application for the Summer 2019 CLS Program will open in Fall 2018.

Fulbright US Student Program

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens only; Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant; Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research (especially for projects in the social sciences and the humanities).

Application: Apply online

Deadline: not yet open

Global Health Corps

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The mission of Global Health Corps (GHC) is to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC recruits and selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, fellows make a significant and measurable contribution to the placement organization and the target population in East Africa, Southern Africa or Northeast United States.

Eligibility: All nationalities; A bachelor’s/undergraduate degree and English fluency are required

Application: Apply online

Deadline: Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship class will open in November-December 2018

Mandela Rhodes Scholarships

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality leadership development programme, with the intention of building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. The programmes will develop leadership and vocational capacity across African society, to help the continent achieve success and prosperity and full equal participation in the global world.

Eligibility: Citizens of all African countries; Applicants should have a history of well above average academic results; The Scholarship is for postgraduate study at South African universities or tertiary institutions and full funding is for Honours (maximum one year) or Masters (up to a maximum of two years) or their equivalents (MBA’s excluded)

Application: Apply online

Deadline: not yet open

Organization of American States Scholarships

Fields: All disciplines except medical sciences and the learning of new languages

Details: Organization of American States Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies at any university in an OAS Member State. OAS Scholarship Recipients should return and remain in the sponsoring country for a period of no less than twenty four months after completing the program of study.

Eligibility: A citizen or permanent resident of an English speaking Caribbean Member States or Suriname (see OAS Member States here); Have completed the first two years of the Undergraduate degree, or have an Associate’s degree; Have a GPA above the minimum standard required by the university

Application: Apply online. Curriculum vitae and three recommendation letters are required: Preferably two different letters from current or former professors using the OAS Recommendation Statement Form (see here), and one from a current or previous employer using the Employer Recommendation Form (see here)

Deadline: not yet open

Princeton in Africa

Fields: All disciplines

Details: Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. This program matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa in the fields of agricultural development, business & economic development, community-level development, education & youth capacity building, environment & conservation, income generation, international humanitarian aid, public & community health and so on.

Eligibility: All nationalities; Applicants should be young alumni or graduating seniors in order to join in this yearlong program

Application: Apply online. An official transcript and a letter of recommendation are required.

Deadline: The 2019-20 application will be available in late August 2018

Princeton in Latin America

Fields: International relations, public policy, economics, law, engineering, the sciences, pre-medicine, journalism, social sciences, foreign languages and literatures, the arts, and the humanities.

Details: Princeton in Latin America partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations and places highly qualified recent college graduates in year-long service fellowships with nonprofit, public service, humanitarian, and government organizations in Latin American and Caribbean. Placements emphasize the power of firsthand work experience to shape young people's attitudes and mobilize them to effect positive social change.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens only; Language fluency (Spanish, Portuguese and/or French)

Application: Apply online

Deadline: not yet open

Fellowships in China and Asia
Ameson Year in China

Fields: All disciplines

Details: Ameson Year in China (AYC) is a unique opportunity for university graduates to spend a year teaching, learning, and making a difference at public schools across China by becoming Educational Ambassadors. Participants experience the challenges and unique rewards of immersion into one of the world’s fastest developing economic and cultural landscapes. During this yearlong program, AYC will also provide free housing, health insurance, Chinese language lessons, 7,500 RMB (~$1,100) travel allowance as well as 6,000 RMB (~$900) payment per month.

Eligibility: Native English speaker (with US, UK, Australian, or Canadian Passport); Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: open now

Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP) - Bai Xian Asia Institute

The Bai Xian Asia Institute funds of up to $50,000 for graduate study for students from Asian countries ("rom Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea"), studying at a range of universities. Students must apply first on the Bai Xian website here (in 2018, by Jan. 31st), then to your intended university.

For a list of eligible universities in Asia, see here. 

Anchor Universities

Asian students interested in pursuing a full-time degree program at our Anchor Universities are eligible for the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP).  Each Anchor University operates its own independent selection process for the AFLSP.  Interested students may review each university’s program offerings here and contact the university’s relevant office or program administrator directly to express their interest and/or apply for admission.  The AFLSP offers successful candidates up to US$25,000 per year or a maximum of US$50,000.

Participating Universities

Both prospective and existing Asian students of our Participating Universities (PU) from Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea are eligible for the AFLSP.  As BXAI operates a joint selection process with its PUs, interested students should: (1) apply for admission directly with the university (prospective students only), and (2) complete the BXAI application form on our website (both prospective and existing students).  The awarding of an AFLSP scholarship is conditional upon the candidate’s acceptance by and subsequent enrollment at one of the PUs, as well as his/her commitment to attending the BXAI Summer Program.  Successful candidates are awarded up to US$25,000 per year or a maximum of US$50,000.

China Scholarship Council Scholarships

Fields: All disciplines

Details: China Scholarship Council is a non-profit organization providing national scholarship programs to aid Chinese students to study abroad.The scholarship fund mainly comes from national financial allocation and other contributors.

Eligibility: Chinese citizens

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Please visit their website for more information

Chinese Government Scholarship - Chinese University Program

Fields: All disciplines

Details: Chinese University Program is a full scholarship for designated Chinese universities and certain provincial education offices in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding international students for graduate studies in China.

Eligibility: Citizens of a country other than the People’s Republic of China; Be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for the master’s programs or be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for the doctoral programs.

Application: Apply directly to your target university and complete the online application procedure at CGS Information System.

Deadline: Depend on the target university

Dean's Fellows at Yale-NUS College

Fields: Liberal arts and science

Details: Yale-NUS College is Southeast Asia’s premier liberal arts and science institution, and was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between Yale University and National University of Singapore.

The Dean’s Fellows support students’ personal growth through structured and intentional learning opportunities, foster intercultural community building in the Residential Colleges, and cultivate interconnectedness among students, staff & faculty through associate work and programme development. Dean’s Fellows are guides, mentors, and advisors for the Yale-NUS student body and serve as a role model for students while contributing to the development of the College’s programs and initiatives.

Eligibility: Recent college graduates with 0-3 years of professional experience and prior experience with student life & residential life.

Application: Interested applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter, and a typed responses to a few specific questions to careers@yale-nus.edu.sg.

Deadline: January 8, 2018

Endeavour Scholarships for Study in Australia

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that provides up to AUD$272,500 for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world. The programme builds Australia’s reputation for excellence in education, supports the internationalization of the Australian higher education and research sectors, and offers high-achieving individuals opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

Eligibility: All nationalities

Application: Apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship Award after being accepted by target Australian university

Deadline: Please visit their website for more information

English Program in Korea (EPiK)

Fields: All disciplines

Details: English Program in Korea provides participants with opportunities to teach elementary, middle or high school level English at metropolitan and provincial areas in Korea.

Eligibility: Must be a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K or U.S.A; Must have a B.A. degree or higher

Application: Apply online

Deadline: Please visit their website for more information

Writing and Speaking Fellowship - NYU Shanghai

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The NYU Shanghai Writing and Speaking Fellowship enables accomplished individuals with a passion for teaching to provide academic support and enrichment to the students who make up NYU Shanghai's multicultural student body. The primary role of the position is to provide academic tutoring and support. Fellows conduct one-on-one writing consultations and deliver workshops that help students improve academic skills in close reading, public speaking, time management and more.

Eligibility: Accepted candidates with fewer than two years of continuous formal teaching experience may be required to complete TEFL training prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. Expenses related to certification will be reimbursed by NYU Shanghai.

Application: Apply online

Deadline: January 5, 2018

JET - Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Fields: All disciplines

Details: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme is one of the world’s largest international exchange programmes. Aiming primarily to promote grass-roots internationalization at the local level, the JET Programme invites young college graduates from around the world to participate in international exchange work and be involved in foreign language education at Japan’s local government offices, Boards of Education, elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools.

Eligibility: All nationalities; Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) and Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) have different eligibility criteria, see here for more information.

Application: Application for participation in the JET Programme is a long and competitive process. However, the rewards of being chosen are well worth the effort. Successful applicants receive a one-year term of appointment with a contracting organization in Japan. For detailed information, please visit their website.

Deadline: Deadline varies by country, please visit their website for more information

Princeton in Asia

Fields: All disciplines

Details: Founded in 1898, Princeton in Asia (PiA) has been building bridges between the U.S. and Asia for over a century. PiA aims to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities. Princeton in Asia Fellows teach in kindergartens, secondary schools, polytechnics and universities; they work with international and local nonprofits as well as some of Asia’s most innovative businesses and social enterprises.

Eligibility: All nationalities; The basic prerequisite for placement is a bachelor’s degree; English teaching positions require native English speaking ability.

Application: Apply online

Deadline: The application for Princeton in Asia's 2018-2019 fellowships has closed. Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship cycle will open in mid-August 2018.

Rong Chang Scholarship (荣昶学者)

Rong Chang Scholar “荣昶学者” is a program in collaboration with Fudan University which is open to all college students of Chinese nationality. It features an annual award for students of high achievements with a global vision. They also offer opportunities for internships with international organizations.

The RCS nominations are made by the NYUSH Career Development Center. Interested students can consult the Chinese webpage here or scan the QR code here to stay up to date on the next application round.



Schwarzman Scholars

Fields: Public Policy, Economics and Business, International Studies

Details: Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is a one-year scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. Students in this program will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world, with a focus on China's role and international relationships, and create a growing network of scholars, executives, and innovators across fields. Comprehensive scholarship including tuition, fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing, an in-country study tour, books, supplies, laptop and smartphone, health insurance and personal stipend.

Eligibility: All nationalities; Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent; English language proficiency (this requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program), acceptable test options are TOEFL PBT, TOEFL iBT and IELTS.

Application: Apply online; Uploaded transcripts/academic records, three electronic letters of recommendation, current resume/CV, two essays and video introduction are required.

Deadline: For applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, regardless of where they attended university or reside, the deadline is May 31, 2018; for all other nationalities, the deadline is September 28, 2018

Teach for China

Fields: All disciplines

Details: Teach for China program aims to provide education to Chinese kids who are not able to gain education due to family background or healthy issues. In this program, students will experience the life in Chinese rural ares and serve as voluntary teachers. Through this remarkable life experience, students may make their first steps to immerse themselves in voluntary career which is a meaningful lesson for all students to step into society.  

Eligibility: Chinese citizens only

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Please visit their website for more information

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)

Fields: Educational Scholarship

Details: A program that provides an opportunity for individuals with at least 2 years of post-secondary education to teach and study in South Korea. Individuals are able to choose a six-month commitment, with the normal requirement lasting one-year. All participants begin their scholarship term with a month-long training, after which they will be required to teach elementary school pupils in rural areas in South Korea for 15 teaching hours per week. Participants can receive a Korean government scholarship.

Eligibility: Completed Associate’s Degree or enrolled in a

        Bachelor's Degree Program(3rd year or higher)

        Must be a citizen of one of the following countries:

        Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa,

        U.K, U.S.A.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: At the beginning of February and August of each year

The Global Education and Leadership Development Program, India

Fields: Leadership program

Details: The LDP is a two-year paid residential program based in New Delhi, India. The program focuses on six branches of LEADership: Business & Entrepreneurship, Politics & Public Policy, Media, Technology & the Arts, Social Service, Global Security, and Global Wisdom Traditions & Spirituality. LDP Fellows have the chance to learn about and work in each of these fields. It is looking for young leaders of a high caliber who are keen to find unconventional solutions to global issues. Participants will be granted opportunities and responsibilities that would rarely be available in a typical fellowship or job once admitted.

Eligibility: Completed undergraduate education, and under the age of 30

Application: Apply online

Deadline: Please check their website for this year’s deadline

VIA Global Community Fellowship

Fields: Service

Details: The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young/ established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Eligibility: Starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree. Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, we do accept applications from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: November

Yenching Academy

Fields: Academic Scholarship: China Studies

Details: The Yenching Academy is an elite two-year Masters at Peking University (Beida) focused on China Studies. Bringing international student leaders closer to China, it provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University's campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of Beida. Enrolled international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan spend 12 months in residence at the Yenching Academy. For students from Mainland China, the program lasts 24 months. Coursework is completed during the fall and spring semesters, and it is supplemented by additional study during the summer. Upon completion of their year in residence, students have up to one more year to finalize projects and defend their thesis. During this period, students in good academic standing may apply for a limited number of Teaching, Research, or Administrative Assistantships. In addition, Dean’s Research Grants will be awarded on a bi-annual basis to help fund selected research projects related to China Studies.

Eligibility:Applicants should have: 1) Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field, awarded no later than August 31 of the year in which they wish to enroll; 2) An outstanding academic record; 3) Strong interest in interdisciplinary study of China; 4) A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility; 5) Leadership potential; 6) English proficiency.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: NYU Shanghai sets an internal deadline to select two nominees. This year, it will November 1, 2018, after which final applications are due in December. An email will be sent to seniors on the process, or contact shanghai.global.awards@nyu.edu for more information.

Fellowships for Study in the United Kingdom
Churchill Scholarship (US citizen STEM students)

Field: Academic Scholarship: STEM

Details: The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. This program provides an opportunity for independent research (often leading to publications); the environment is well balanced between academic work, social life, and extracurricular; and Churchill is the only college at Cambridge that is focused on STEM subjects

Eligibility: An applicant must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program (inc. NYU) or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months. Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor's degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Clarendon International Scholarship, Oxford

Field: Academic Scholarship: All fields

Details: Clarendon Scholarships aim to give the most academically-able students not only the life-changing opportunity to study at Oxford, but also the chance to form lasting social, academic and professional networks. The University has one goal in mind when selecting Clarendon scholars: to choose the best students worldwide, as decided by experts in each student's field. While scholars are selected solely on academic criteria, Oxford believes that by selecting and nurturing the best and brightest minds in any given field the advancement of their study at Oxford will, by its very nature, produce leaders in that field. As well as providing for fees and living costs Clarendon aims to enhance the Oxford experience, and the Clarendon community is going from strength to strength. The Scholars' Association is extremely active in providing events which range from the academic and educational, via the careers-oriented, to the cultural and social.

Eligibility: All applicants for graduate study at the University of Oxford are eligible. All degree-bearing courses at graduate level are eligible. Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma courses are not eligible for this scholarship. Applicants who hold deferred offers to start in 2018-19 are not eligible to be considered for this scholarship. Current students who will continue to study for the same degree at Oxford in the next year are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Please check their website for this year’s deadline

Commonwealth Scholarships

Field: Academic Scholarship: All fields

Details: The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year. Candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries. There are diverse scholarships focusing on different educational level provided by Commonwealth Scholarships.

Eligibility: Citizens of Commonwealth countries. Specific eligibility depends on the scholarship and degree level chosen.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Please check their website for this year’s deadline

Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships

Field: Academic scholarship: all fields

Details: Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

Eligibility: Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country; Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended; Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK; Have at least two years’ work experience (this may be up to five years for fellowship programmes, so please refer to your country page for further details); Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 12 July 2018 (summer prior to beginning of grant); meet the Chevening English language requirement by this date.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: November of the year prior to your degree start.

Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Oxford

Field: Academic Scholarship: Humanities

Details: Oxford is at the forefront of humanities research internationally, and attracts outstanding academics, researchers and students from across the globe. Graduate students have the opportunity to undertake their studies and research in a stimulating, challenging and highly rewarding intellectual environment. Oxford is immensely proud to be able to offer the Ertegun Scholarships in the Humanities. The University has one goal in mind when selecting Ertegun Scholars: to choose the very best students who will realise Mica Ertegun’s Mission and one day become leaders in their chosen fields.

Eligibility: Applications to scholarship may be made by those in fields covered by the following Faculties: Classics (including classical archaeology); English Language and Literature; Fine Art (DPhil in Contemporary Art History and Theory only), History (including History of Art and the History of Architecture); Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and their literature); Music; Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of a wide range of languages); Philosophy; Theology and Religion; and the Film Aesthetics and Women's Studies interdisciplinary courses. This scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other awards. Awards may only be offered for students starting a new graduate course. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply for funding for a second or third year of their course.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: 18 January 2019

Fulbright Summer Institutes (US citizens)

Field: Summer institutes

Details: The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programmes for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Students will have the opportunity to: study alongside leading academics and professionals; develop knowledge in specific fields; experience cultural and social events; receive credit to transfer to their home institution etc.

Eligibility: Be a US citizen and possess a US passport; be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme; have a minimum GPA of 3.7; have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes; have had little or no study or travel outside of the US; upon completion of the Institute, participants are expected to return to the US to continue their education.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: April

Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge

Field: Scholarships

Details: Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria are: outstanding intellectual ability; leadership potential; a commitment to improving the lives of others; a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying. The aim of the Gates Cambridge program is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Eligibility: You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are: a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom; applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: All NYU Shanghai students (except British - ineligible) apply by the international deadline in December or January. Check your course's "Graduate Funding Deadline" fo know which date applies.

Rhodes Scholarship, University of Oxford

Field: Scholarships

Details: The Rhodes Scholarship is the world's oldest, most famous scholarship, and is now open to all citizenships. Funding degrees in all research subjects, from Biochemistry to Artificial Intelligence, English Literature to Public Policy, it aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world's future. Rhodes Scholars study at the world-class University of Oxford, ranked first internationally in the Times Higher Education rankings in 2017. Scholars may pursue any full-time postgraduate degree (subject to limited restrictions) offered by the University of Oxford, with funding for 2-4 years. Rhodes Scholars mix with other global scholars in the UK and hold comprehensive retreats, workshops, conferences, as well as many discussion and social events at Rhodes House, Oxford.

Eligibility: Generally, you must have reached your 18th birthday and not have passed your 24th birthday on 1 October in the year of application - check your specific country criteria. Rhodes Scholars must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before coming up to Oxford, to a sufficiently high standard to meet both the Rhodes and the Oxford criteria.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Check your country of eligibility. Most deadlines (including China) fall in early October, but a few are as early as July. If you are applying under the "Global" category (i.e. your country does not have its own competition), nominations must be received by 30 June and applications by 31 August.

Fellowships for Europe
DAAD Scholarships: Study in Germany


Details: The DAAD is the largest source of funding for postgraduate and language study in Germany. International students can apply to various institutions for a scholarship. The DAAD's scholarship database contains a large number of offers and information on financial support and funding for academic studies or research projects; Global Awards is also happy to consult on other sources of funding for study in Germany.

Eligibility: Please check their website for more information since there are eligibilities for different types of scholarships.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Deadline varies for different types of scholarships.

Erasmus Mundus - EU Masters

Field: Scholarships

Details: Erasmus Mundus is an EU initiative sponsoring a range of innovative Masters degrees through university partnerships in Europe and globally. Fancy a degree in Security Studies or Documentary Film, with semesters at leading institutions in the UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Czechia etc? Partnerships of higher education institutions from Europe and from a range of countries or regions across the world make this possible. There are scholarships available for students and academics to study/research/teach in one of the partner institutions.

Eligibility: Students (undergraduates to post-docs) and staff (administrative and academic). Please check their website for more information.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline:  Please check their website for this year’s deadline

German Chancellor's Fellowship

Field: Fellowships

Details: The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work. Applicants will get individual mentoring during your stay in Germany; additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course; a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions; extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career.

Eligibility: You are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience; completed your first degree less than 12 years ago; would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany; can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country; work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: 15 September 2018

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Field: Fellowship program

Details: Humanity in Action is a summer fellowship focused on human and minority rights issues. Fellows share the knowledge they gain in their HIA program through published articles and social media campaigns that draw attention to issues and action that are explored during the Fellowship. The Fellowship is a starting point for lifelong opportunities to learn, collaborate and take action through the HIA Senior Fellows network. Intensive and demanding, HIA brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. The programs address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization according to each summer fellowship's national contexts, considering histories of injustice in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust as well as under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.

Eligibility: Students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Students and recent graduates of other nationalities may apply if they are enrolled in or have recently graduated from a university in one of the countries listed above.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: January for the US competition. Citizens of European 'host' countries, deadlines are often a few weeks later - check in late fall.

Michel David-Weill Scholarship at Sciences Po, Paris (US citizens)

Field: Scholarship

Details: The Michel David-Weill Scholarship carries a monetary value of $80,000 and covers the cost of tuition and living expenses during a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po. Michel David-Weill is an alumnus of Sciences Po and former Chairman of Lazard Frères, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm. The Michel David-Weill Foundation created this scholarship to encourage exceptional American students to pursue their graduate education at Sciences Po, an international research university which specializes in the social sciences and offers multidisciplinary programs taught in English and French. The scholarship is awarded each year to one American student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement.

Eligibility: To qualify as a candidate you must be a US citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate senior at an eligible Sciences Po partner institution (inc. NYU); have a 3.7 or higher GPA and be aged 19-25 without a doctoral degree; be accepted to an eligible Sciences Po master’s program.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: NYU sets an internal deadline in early fall; contact if interested.

Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)

Field: Teaching program

Details: The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) is the American cohort of the Programme d'échange d'assistants de langue vivante, a program of the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP). The recruiting and promotion of this program is managed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.The program's goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing American Francophiles with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture. The program's goal is to strengthen foreign-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing young educators around the world with initial international teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.

Eligibility: Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Foreign nationals with a U.S. Green Card may only apply if they are citizens of one of these countries. Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years old on the start date of the program. Candidates must have completed at least 3 years of higher (post-secondary) education by the start date of the program. Years of community college studies can count towards this requirement. Candidates must be native speakers of English and must have completed the majority of their elementary, secondary, and university studies in the United States.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Fellowships for the United States
Beinecke Scholarship (US citizens)

Field: Scholarship

Details: The Board seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. 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.

Eligibility: Each year approximately 125 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and up to 20 new scholarships will be awarded in 2018. To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career;
  • be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2017-2018 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2018 and August 2019;
  • 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;
  • be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Application: Apply online, but first for NYU's nomination. See details on NYU Global Awards here.

Deadline: NYU nomination in late fall; Beinecke deadline in February.

Carnegie Junior Fellows (US citizens)

Fields: Politics

Details: Carnegie Junior Fellows is a global network for policy research centers in Russia, China, US, India, Europe and the Middle East. The mission of this fellowship is to advance peace through analysis and development of policy ideas and direct engagement with decision-makers. Fellows become paid research associates at the Carnegie Center's base in Washington, DC for the year, working with top experts in their field. More details are provided here.

Eligibility: Eligiblility to work in the US (typically this means US citizen or permanent resident). Graduating Seniors. Attend a university in US.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: NYU sets an internal deadline in October or early November, from which two NYU students will be selected. Rising seniors will be contacted with details about the NYU nomination process in the fall.

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships

Fields: Leadership

Details: The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides master's and doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to participate in educational, cultural, residential community building, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). The purpose of the program is to build a sense of Asia-Pacific community and develop future leadership.

Eligibility: Students must be citizen or permanent residents of specific countries. Applicants must have obtained a 4-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited U.S. college or university, or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0=A scale).

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: For 2018-2019 academic year, the deadline was December 1, 2017.

Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship

Fields: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Details: Echoing Green is a social innovation program that provides unrestricted seed-stage funding and strategic foundational support to bring social change and develop leadership. Fellows are from all over the world with different backgrounds and are working to solve varying problems.

Eligibility: All nationalities.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: October 24, 2017

Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Postgraduate Study

Fields: Innovation

Details: Non-US citizen looking to study or conduct research in the United States? Check your country's Fulbright Commission website for information on Fulbright funding for Masters' degree funding and other opportunities in the USA. Enrichment Seminars are organized in 16 different cities across the United States. Grantees also participate in specialized workshops with themes, such as From Lab to Market, focusing on research and entrepreneurship, U.S. Disability Rights and Global Health Innovations.

Eligibility: Varies by Fulbright Commission and grant in your home country.

Application: More information and application process here.

Deadline: Please check your Fulbright Commission website for this year’s deadline.

Future Global Leaders Fellowship

Fields: Leadership

Details: The goal of Future Global Leaders is to connect future leaders to achieve the highest level of success, power and global influence. The fellowship starts in early August with a 20-day leadership training focuses on a leadership curriculum and extreme physical and mental challenge.

Eligibility: Freshmen who identify as First-Generation or Low-Income students: students who do not have a family history of higher education, or who come from a low-income background. Track Record of Academic Excellence – throughout high school and during the first months of the current school year. Proven Leadership Abilities – through self-started initiatives and ventures, or leadership in their schools or communities.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Goldwater Scholarship (US citizen STEM students)

Fields: STEM

Details: The Goldwater Scholarship supports sophomore and junior students major in natural science, engineering and mathematics who have the potential to be future research leaders in their fields. This scholarship provides up to $7500 every academic year to cover costs used in education.

Eligibility: US Citizens in STEM fields. Applicants have to be sophomore or junior and intended to do research in STEM fields. At least 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale), though competitive GPAs will typically be 3.8+.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: January 26, 2018

ILF Civic Fellowship for Asian Pacific American Leaders

Fields: Leadership

Details: ILF program fosters leadership of the next generation. The themes of ILF fellowship is to strengthen your policy interest, cultivate your leadership and be a public interest driven leader in the future. The fellowship would be 8 to 10 weeks long in which participants could learn how politics, the policy-making process, and public service are integrated in governance and how to make government works for the community. A $2000 scholarship will be provided.

Eligibility: US citizen. Sophomore, junior or senior. Minimum 3.0GPA.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

Fields: Leadership

Details: Knight-Hennessy Scholars builds a community of future leaders to solve challenges through collaboration and innovation. Full funding is provided to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford.

Eligibility: All nationalities. Final year of study for your first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree. High degree of academic attainment and leadership. See more here.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: September 12, 2018

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Fields: Science & Engineering

Details: National Science Foundation Grants funds research and education in science and engineering fields. One fourth of federal support goes to basic research. The Graduated Research Fellowship Program is open to graduating seniors and students already enrolled in graduate programs, providing funding for your degree. More information on the program available here.

Eligibility:  All nationalities.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: October 22-26, 2018, depending on field.

NYU DC Global Leadership Scholars Program

Fields: Leadership

Details: Scholars will participate in course and internship during the semester.The Meaning of Leadership is an experiential course that explores the nature of leadership in the 21st century. The NYU DC Global Leadership Scholars provides financial support up to $9500 per semester.

Eligibility: Current NYU students

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Please check their website for this year’s deadline.

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program (US citizens)

Fields: Fellowship

Details: Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship allows you to work as a Foreign Service Officer based on the needs of U.S. State Department. The fellowship program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Like the Rangel Fellowship, the Pickering is looking to expand the diversity of US Foreign Service officers.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen. Minimum 3.2 GPA. More details are provided here

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: January of cohort year

Truman Scholarship (US citizens)

Fields: Leadership

Details: The Truman Scholarship is more than just financial assistance; here, you'll find information about the programs we offer to help Truman Scholars be the best public servants possible. Beginning with the enthusiasm of Truman Scholars' Leadership Week, taking "being a change agent" to the next level during Summer Institute, and focusing on careers and communities during our Fellows programs, we're committed to helping Truman Scholars do more.

Eligibility: US citizens. For more details see here.

Application: Apply online. By nomination.

Deadline: First Tuesday in February

Udall Scholarship (Environment or tribal affairs - US citizens)


Details: The Udall Foundation’s programs promote leadership, education, collaboration, and conflict resolution in the areas of environment, public lands, and natural resources in order to strengthen Native nations, assist federal agencies and others to resolve environmental conflicts, and to encourage the continued use and appreciation of our nation’s rich resources.

Eligibility: US citizen; sophomore or junior.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: NYU sets an internal deadline in late fall each year, for NYU's six nomination places. Emails will be sent to eligible NYU Shanghai sophomores and juniors. Final applications are due January 31. Details here.

Yale Silver Scholars at the Yale School of Management

Fields: Management

Details: Silver Scholars is a unique chance for students to earn an MBA three years after graduation, with a specialized cohort and curriculum. The first year develops skills and managerial mindset through a core curriculum. The second year students complete a full-time internship, while the third year Scholars will return to campus for the conclusion of MBA program.

Eligibility: Senior or postgraduate applying to Yale School of Management

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Please check their website for this year’s deadline

YSEALI Academic Fellows and Grants

Fields: Leadership

Details: YSEALI provides students with a five-week institute on campus of U.S. which includes an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers.

Eligibility: ASEAN countries citizen between age of 18-25. More details are provided here.

Application: Apply online.

Deadline: Depends on country. More details here.