Postgraduate Scholarships and Fellowships

For more information about these programs, contact the Coordinator of Postgraduate Fellowships: Grant Eustice, Assistant Director of Fellowships (, 507-786-3268).

About the U.S. Student Fulbright Program through St. Olaf College

St. Olaf seniors (top row, from left) Lauren Carlson, Brynn Rathjen, Kristell Caballero-Saucedo, (bottom row, from left) Martha Nielsen, and Kelsey Klein have been named Fulbright fellows for 2013-14. April Curtis ’12 (not pictured) was also accepted into the prestigious program. The Fulbright program, sponsored by the United States Department of State, aims to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Program participants are chosen based on academic merit and leadership potential, and are given opportunities to study, research, and teach all over the world. Use the links below to learn more about the program:

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program

Past Fulbright Winners, 2007-2013

Opportunities for graduates who are applying to or enrolled in a degree-seeking program

United States Programs

East-West Center

  • National public diplomacy institution established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study and research.
  • Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) fellowship

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships

  • Medical Research Fellows Program - supports a year of full-time biomedical research training for medical, dental, and veterinary students.
  • International Student Research Fellowships Program - offers three-year fellowships to international students to support years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program. Eligible biomedical-related fields include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research.

Jacob K. Javitz Fellowships

  • Funding up to two years funding for doctoral or Master’s of Fine Arts study in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

James Madison Fellowships

  • Funding to support for graduate study focusing on the U.S. Constitution.

Killam Fellowships Program (Fulbright Canada)

  • Funding for U.S. students to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Funding for a one-time, nonrenewable grants for student-athletes in the final year of intercollegiate athletic competition who intend to continue academic work as a part-time or full-time graduate student.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Funding for three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Rotary World Peace Scholarships

  • Funding for a two-year scholarship for students in master’s degree programs in international studies, peace studies and conflict resolution at one of the Rotary Center’s University partners in Japan, Argentina, England, and Australia, as well as North Carolina and California.
  • Rotary International District 5960 – Rotary is excited to offer multiple scholarships for upcoming graduate studies!  Please review the following scholarship opportunities for details on eligibility and requirements of each.
    • Global Grant Scholarship
    • World Peace Fellowship
    • Ambassadorial Scholarship
    • Past and Current Scholars

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • Funding supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States, for students younger than 31 who meet the definition of a New American.

Harry S. Truman

  • Funding to students pursuing graduate degrees for careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service fields. Students must apply during their junior year.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships

  • Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowships – a national “Rhodes Scholarship” for teaching, this award seeks outstanding recent college graduates and career-changers who agree to work in urban and rural secondary schools serving high proportions of disadvantaged students.
  • Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color – seeks to recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States.
  • Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships – state-based programs (in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan) that seek to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology into teaching in high-need urban and rural secondary schools. There are currently three state programs.
  • The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship – supports outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Undergraduate students in their junior year may apply to the Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.     
  • The Doris Duke Conservation Fellows Program – supports students who are enrolled in multidisciplinary master’s programs at partner universities (currently, Yale, Duke, and Cornell universities, Florida A&M University, Northern Arizona University and the universities of Michigan, Wisconsin, and California at Santa Barbara) and who are committed to careers in the environmental and conservation fields.
  • General Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Link

United Kingdom Programs

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

  • Fund awarded to outstanding students from any country outside the UK for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. All applicants for the scholarship apply for – and must gain – admission to the University of Cambridge.

Marshall Scholarship

  • Funds two years of graduate study at any British university, available only to U.S. citizens who hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7.

Rhodes Scholarship

  • Funding for a highly competitive award that funds two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. International students may apply through their home country.

Other International Programs

Boren Fellowship

  • Funding for U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency; available for selected areas of the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East.

Opportunities for graduates who are not applying to or enrolling in a degree-seeking program

United States Programs

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

  • Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work in Washington, DC, as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates.

International Programs

Fulbright Grants – Institute of International Education (IIE)

  • St. Olaf’s Fulbright Application Process – View application time line, former recipients and contact information.
  • English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) – Funding to teach English for one year in a country other than the United States, usually while carrying out a small research project or community engagement activity.
  • Study/Research Grant – Funding to carry out a research project for one year in a country other than the United States, with the possibility of taking courses at a university.

Fulbright-mtvU Awards

  • Fulbright-mtvU Awards – Four awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression.

George J. Mitchell – Ireland

  • Scholarship – Funding to study in any discipline for one year in institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Luce Scholars Program - Asia

  • Funding to provide an immersion experience in Asia for young Americans who would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to know Asia intimately; requires nomination by one of 75 designated colleges and universities (direct applications by individuals are not accepted).

Rimbach Teaching Award - Germany

  • Funding to teach English for one year at the Martin Luther Schule in Rimbach, Germany.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program - Germany

  • The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers twenty accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Germany.

Humanity In Action

  • Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. HIA educates, inspires and connects a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.