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Fellowships & Scholarships: Postgraduate Awards & Honors

As a Whitworth student, you have opportunity to apply for prestigious postgraduate fellowships and scholarships that will offer rich educational opportunity and generous financial support.

We hope you will explore these opportunities!

Please note:

  • The earlier you consider and prepare for application, the more successful you are likely to be. Ideally, you should begin to prepare in your first two years of college—though don't give up if you are starting late.
  • One of the keys to a successful application will be effective writing. For writing support, please contact the Whitworth Composition Commons.
  • Another of the keys to success will be effective interviewing. For practice and assistance, please contact the Whitworth Office of Career Services.

See below for information about select fellowship and scholarship opportunities:

British Marshall Scholarships

Description British Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence. Up to 40 scholars are elected each year to study at the graduate level.
Qualifications* Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold a degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.; they must also have achieved a grade point average of 3.7 or higher after their freshman year.
Award The scholarship covers university fees, cost-of-living expenses, a grant for books, travel fares to and from the U.S., a thesis grant, research/travel grants, and contribution to the support of a dependent spouse, if applicable.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Description Paid one-year research-assistant positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.
Qualifications* Graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated in the past academic year with plans to pursue graduate education. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible. More...
Award Approximately 10 paid, full-time, one-year fellowships are awarded each year. Currently, they pay $3,000 a month ($36,000 annually). This scholarship also provides a full benefits package.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

Critical Language Scholarship

Description The CLS Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes began in 2006; the program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It offers U.S. university students a fully funded summer studying critical-need foreign languages overseas.
Qualifications* Applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate program, in acceptable mental and physical condition, and must be 18 years old by the beginning of the program. There may be language prerequisites. More...
Award All program costs are covered, including travel fees, orientation, visa fees, room and board, and entrance fees for program activities. In 2012, 627 scholarships were awarded for 13 languages. Arabic is the most common language for which scholarships are awarded.
Faculty Sponsor Todd Friends (

Fulbright, U.S. Information Agency

Description The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. It enables U.S. students and artists to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world and to gain international competence. The program operates in more than 155 countries.
Qualifications* The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, must hold a B.A. degree or equivalent before the beginning date of the grant, and must be in good health. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree, unless otherwise noted.
Award Most grants are fully funded and include round-trip transportation, orientation courses, full or partial tuition, and accident/sickness coverage.
Faculty Sponsor Megan Hershey (

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Description The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle created an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the U.K. to study at the University of Cambridge.
Qualifications* Must be a good fit with Cambridge, academically outstanding, show clear evidence of leadership potential, and have a commitment to improve the lives of others. More...
Award Full-cost scholarships and the opportunity for additional funding. Approximately 90 scholarships are given each year.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

George Mitchell Scholarships

Description The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to connect future American leaders to Ireland while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community.
Qualifications* Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community.
Award Twelve Mitchell scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living-expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

James Madison Fellowship

Description The goal is to help secondary-level history, government, and social studies teachers become outstanding teachers of the U.S. Constitution. Applicants compete against those from their state of legal residence, and only one award is given per state annually.
Qualifications* The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a teacher, or must be planning to be a teacher of American history, government, or social studies at the secondary-school level. Each must possess a bachelor's degree, awarded no later than Aug. 31 of the year he/she is applying, and there is a waiting period if the applicant already has a graduate degree.
Award The fellowship offers a maximum of $24,000 over the course of the program. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board, but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

Lilly Graduate Fellows Program

Description The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program supports the graduate education of well-qualified Protestant and Catholic students who have bachelor's degrees from LFP Network Schools and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the U.S.
Qualifications* Nominees must intend to enter a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate program that will lead to a teaching career in the humanities or the arts. Nominees should demonstrate a desire to explore the connections between Christianity and higher education and must entertain the possibility of teaching at a Protestant or Catholic school. More...
Award Each year a select group of students entering Ph.D. or equivalent graduate programs is selected for the three-year program. Fellows receive three annual $3,000 stipends for use at their discretion.
Faculty Sponsor Meredith Shimizu ( 

NSEP Boren Fellowships

Description Boren Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. Boren awards focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
Qualifications* Applicants must be U.S. citizens, matriculated in or applying to graduate programs in the U.S., and planning overseas programs outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. More...
Award Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. Studies and research are supported in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.
Faculty Sponsor Megan Hershey (

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Description The National Science Foundation aims to reinforce diversity by offering graduate fellowships for those who are in the early stages of graduate study. NSF funds most areas of science and engineering.
Qualifications* Three different types of awards are available. Applicants must be enrolled full time in U.S. institutions' programs leading to graduate degrees. More...
Award The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support. The NSF offers approximately 1,100 graduate fellowships in the competition.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (



Description The oldest international scholarship of its type, the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship provides 2-3 years of study at Oxford University. Deadline is in early October.
Qualifications* Three different types of awards are available. Applicants must be enrolled full time in U.S. institutions' programs leading to graduate degrees. More...
Award Scholarships cover tuition, fees, travel and living expenses.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

Schwarzman Scholars Program


Description Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship Program, this program is designed to train future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to understand China and its role in global trends, as well as their own role as future leaders.
Qualifications* To be eligible, applicants must have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Academic excellence is required, but leadership potential will be the distinguishing factor for successful candidates. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills and must be 18-28 years of age.
Award Selected students will receive a comprehensive scholarship including tuition, fees, room and board, travel expenses to and from Beijing, an in-coutry study tour, required books and supplies, Lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a modest person stipend.
Faculty Sponsor Bert Emerson (

* These are general qualifications. Potential applicants should carefully review application materials for additional requirements.