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Fellowships & Scholarships for Graduate Study

If you are considering futhering your education through graduate study, you may also want to consider applying for competitive fellowships available through foundations and other organizations. These prestigious awards may broaden your choices for graduate work – both in terms of location and topic. Plan ahead – research the awards, determine what criteria must be met, and look carefully at deadlines. In some cases, your application must be forwarded by the college – be sure to allow plenty of time for review. Some programs have campus advisers, who are listed below; please direct questions about those programs to the advisers. For other programs, contact Terry McNabb (, associate dean of faculty.


Name and Link Area Description
Cooke Scholarships Any field The selection criteria include academic achievement and financial need as well as a will to succeed, leadership, and community involvement. Contact Professor Ed Burke (
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Broad range of fields Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the 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.
Fulbright Fellowships Broad range of fields The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. Contact Professor Ann Struthers, (
Gates Cambridge Fellowship Any discipline The Gates Cambridge Fellowship is an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.
Hertz Foundation Applied physical sciences The Foundation supports graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree in the applied physical and engineering sciences, as well as those aspects of modern biology which apply the physical sciences intensively.
Homeland Security Fellowships Most disciplines The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives.
Javits Fellowship Arts, humanities, and social sciences 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.
Madison Graduate Fellowships Secondary teaching of history Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. The Fellow’s proposed plan of graduate study should contain substantial constitutional course work.
Marshall Scholarships Any discipline Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. Contact Professor Barb Larew (
Mitchell Scholarships Any discipline Mitchell Scholarships are competitive, national scholarship for graduate study by American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 at institutions of higher learning on the island of Ireland.
National Science Foundation Science, engineering Competitive fellowship program for those pursuing further education in the science or engineering.
Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships Any discipline Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards sixty Fellowships of $5,000 each and forty Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Contact the local chapter for details. Professor Lynda Barrow is the current chapter resident.
Rhodes Scholarships Broad range of fields Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Contact Professor Barb Larew (
Soros Fellowship for New Americans Any discipline The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card, or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
Truman Scholarships Public service The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is: to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service.
Wilson National Fellowships Selected disciplines Variety of fellowships available for masters and doctoral level work in foreign affairs, conservation, women’s studies, humanities, social sciences.

Past Coe graduates have been very successful in pursuing these types of fellowships.

R. Darryl Banks (‘72) works for Mitretek Systems, an energy and environmental firm. He was a Rhodes Scholar, and received a doctorate in biochemistry at Oxford. He served as the Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality at the New York State Department of Environmental Quality and subsequently as Director of Environment and Technology Program and Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute where his group focused on strategic corporate environmental issues, including groundbreaking work on environmental accounting and environmental performance metrics. He was also a Vice president and Senior Consultant at CH2M HILL in the Management Systems Practice.

Nathan Nass (’06) was awarded a Fulbright Program grant. A double major in music and Asian studies, Nass developed an interest in the study of how music and culture relate. The Fulbright award allows Nass to continue his research on native instruments in South Korea.

Vaughn Vance (’94) received a Truman Scholarship. He is an attorney in Wisconsin, where he serves as Chief of Staff for State Senator Roger Breske. He is also very active in issues involving Juvenile Diabetes.

Amy Myers (‘05) received a Jack Kent Cooke fellowship, and is currently pursuing a masters degree at the University of Arizona in bilingual and multicultural education. She served as Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana and Nicaragua before returning to the U.S. to pursue a career in teaching.

Sara Campbell (‘06) is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder with the assistance of a National Sciene Foundation graduate fellowship.

1998 was a great year for Coe biology majors. Christina Bentz (’98) received an NSF Graduate Fellowship while studying evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago. Her classmate and fellow biology student, Sarah Bray (’98) also received an NSF fellowship for her studies in ecology at the University of Florida – as did Tracy (Blickhan) Gartner (’98) for her work in plant ecology at the University of Connecticut – Storrs.

Desirae Leipply ('04) was recognized as the national Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Scholar in 2004. This award was in addition to tuition remission and a generous stipend from The Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Ph.D. in biophysics.

Many Coe students have received McElroy Fellowships for post-baccalaureate study, as evidenced by the list below.

YearApplicantGraduate plans
1984 Kim Peterson University of Iowa -- M.D./Ph.D.
1985 Min Min Tun Rice University -- Chemistry
1987 Jeffery Nekola University of North Carolina -- Biology
1988 Douglas Ramsey Ohio State University -- Economics
1989 Mario Affatigato Vanderbilt -- Physics
1992 Susan Brasser State University of NY, Binghamton -- Psychology
1995 Anne Reilly Ohio State University -- Psychology
1997 Paul Venhuizen Washington University -- French Literature
2000 Carissa Weiderholt The Johns Hopkins University -- Chemistry
2001 Amy Severtsgaard University of Northern Iowa -- Counseling Psychology
2002 Sarah Blair University of Wisconsin-Madison -- Material Science
2003 Shara Stough University of California at Irvine -- Neuroscience
2004 Alice Obrecht
*2005 Megan Gilligan
*2006 Jacob Krch
*2007 Nathan Barford
2008 Ben Franta School of Engineering and Applied Sciences -- Harvard University
2009 Tyler Mullenbach University of Minnesota
2010 Sarah Anciaux University of Minnesota -- Chemistry