Opportunities for seniors

Capital Fellows Programs
are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer unique experiences in policymaking and development in each branch of government.  Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.  For more information, contact Renee Van Vechten.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program- The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change.  Projects provide Coro Fellows with the opportunity to truly learn by experience. Throughout the nine months, each Fellow participates in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final independent project of the Fellow’s choosing. Sectors may include government, business, electoral politics, organized labor, media, and non-profit/philanthropy. For more information, contact Renee Van Vechten

DAAD Study Scholarships - DAAD Study Scholarships fund highly qualified students of all disciplines to participate in post-graduate study in Germany. Applicants should have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential. Preference will be given to applicants who have either been admitted to a German host institution or can prove that they have established contact with a host institution. Since many graduate programs in Germany are taught in English, German language ability is not necessarily a requirement. To explore graduate programs in Germany, the DAAD recommends visiting this website: Study in Germany.

East-West Center – The East-West Center, located in Honolulu, offers a range of educational opportunities for students interested in the relationship of the United States with the Asia Pacific region as well as the evolving demands and interdependency of global change. A variety of graduate fellowships are available, many of which are open to non-US citizens.

Fulbright Grants – Several types of Fulbright grants are available; the most common are research/study grants and English Teaching Assistantships. Although the requirements for each type vary from country to country, research/study grants typically require fluency in the language of the country and substantive knowledge of the topic to be investigated. Teaching Assistantships usually require a commitment to and experience in teaching, broadly conceived. In all cases, applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Open to seniors and recent graduates not enrolled in graduate school. Institutional nomination is required. Fulbright Program Advisor- Julie Townsend

Gates Cambridge Scholarships – Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding candidates from outside the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject offered at the University of Cambridge. These highly competitive, full-scholarship awards are granted on the basis of intellectual ability, leadership capacity, a person’s desire to use knowledge to benefit the world, and the fit between the applicant and the graduate program at Cambridge. Successful candidates typically have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher and are expected to make significant contributions to the field during their time at Cambridge. Candidates apply simultaneously for admission to Cambridge and for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund- The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree.

Humanity in Action Fellowship – The HIA Fellowships bring 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. For five weeks, the five HIA European countries selected serve as case studies that Fellows can later use as they engage with other human rights issues. Fellowships cover costs of participation and accommodation for the summer program. Transportation to Europe is not covered.  There is typically an early January deadline for the following summer’s programs. 

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program- This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program– Each year, the Carnegie Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year.  Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Strong research experience and GPAs of 3.7 or higher are expected.  Institutional nomination is required. Faculty Representative- Patrick Wing

Marshall Scholarships – Marshall Scholarships allow students to study for a degree, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, at any British university.  As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Faculty Representative- Patrick Wing

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training.  In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships – NSF administers a program of fellowships for graduate study in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Research experience is highly recommended.  

Project Horseshoe Farm is a non-profit organization with sites in Greensboro and Marion, Alabama, and a new site in Pomona, California. Their mission is to work with and build on the strengths of local communities, improve the health and quality of life of our vulnerable neighbors, and prepare citizen service leaders for tomorrow’s communities.  PHF is pleased to offer educational grant-supported gap year (13-month) Fellowships for top graduating college students (or recent college graduates) who are interested in learning about community health leadership, participating in innovative approaches to improving health and education systems, working with and providing direct service to adults and children, working with a team of other talented and motivated Fellows, learning about health systems and policy, and learning about leadership and management in a community based non-profit organization.  For more information regarding PHF, contact Ben Aronson or James Krueger.

Rhodes Scholarship- The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world.  The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford.  Faculty Representative - Patrick Wing

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $15,000 stipends for graduating college seniors to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.  Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the student alone or working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. 

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships,  provide financial support toward tuition and living expenses for the first and second years of graduate school, and paid State Department summer internships in Washington, D.C. and overseas.  Applicants must be interested in becoming Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.