Direct-Apply National Fellowships for Post-Graduates

In addition to the well known nationally competitive fellowships that require applicants to be endorsed by their institutions, there are many other national fellowships to which students can apply directly. Below is a sample - not a comprehensive list - of some of the most common direct-apply fellowships for graduate study.

Austrian Government English Teaching Assistantship - Places successful applicants in secondary schools throughout Austria as English teaching assistants for one full academic year.

Boren FellowshipsBoren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) programCLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

DAAD Scholarship - Offers a wide range of highly selective scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany for US and Canadian citizens.

(Kathryn) Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages - Merit-based fellowships intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas:  international, global, or area studies, international politics and economics, peace and security studies, and/or conflict resolution.  Covers the full cost of language study from beginner to gradate in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship - Provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that utilize high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering.  Award includes, yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and fees, yearly conferences, and more.

Ford Foundation Fellowships - Provides various levels of funding for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship - Annually supports three graduates and two undergraduates in an IT-related field with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service.

French Government English Teaching Assistantship - Offers the chance to spend seven to nine months teaching English to either elementary or secondary school children. 

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship - Covers the full cost for graduate study up to a four year postgraduate degree study in any field offered at Cambridge University.  Open to any student who is not a citizen of the UK. 

German Chancellor Fellowship - Provides support for a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships - Merit based funding provides full tuition and personal living expenses stipend for graduate study towards a Ph.D. for up to five years. 

(Samuel) Huntington Public Service Award - Provides $15,000 to a graduating senior to support a year of meaningful public service anywhere in the world before going onto a career or graduate school. 

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme - Programs for college graduates with an interest in Japan and a desire to learn more about the nation's culture to serve as an English teaching assistant in a Japanese public school.

Knowles Math & Science Teaching Fellowship - Supports recent college graduates with degrees in physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics through a teacher preparation program for up to five years. 

(James) Madison Junior Fellowship Program - Two years of funding toward graduate study for individuals who are currently teachers or plan to become teachers of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12). 

Math for America Fellowships - Program includes one year of earning a master's degree in education and four years of teaching mathematics in public secondary schools.  Awarded to mathematically sophisticated individuals who are new to teaching.  Benefits include full tuition scholarship, up to $100,000 stipends over five years in addition to a full-time teacher's salary. 

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship - Awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, one of the following specialties: Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering, Biosciences (includes toxicology), Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air), Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (includes undersea systems such as autonomous vehicles and other networked platforms), Oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology), Physics (includes optics).  

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program - Funding for graduate students who have applied to and are now enrolled in NIH-University partnership programs. Renewable for up to five years.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Awarded to graduating seniors and graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (including the social sciences; psychology; STEM education and learning) who are pursuing research-based master and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  The GRFP provides three years of support for graduate education.

(Thomas R.) Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship - The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract 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, management or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. 

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) - Provides two-year fellowships for graduate students who want to work for the federal government.

Princeton in Africa - Places graduating seniors and young alumni in a year long service fellowship in Africa.

Princeton in Asia - Provides a service and teaching assistant fellowships to countries such as: Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Princeton in Latin America - Places recent graduates with various NGO's in Latin America for a full year fellowship.

(Charles B.) Rangel Fellowship Program - Provides funding for two years of graduate study or professional schooling in international affairs or a related subject, enrichment study at Howard University, internships in Congress and overseas, and eventual appointment to the U.S. Foreign Service.

(Herbert) Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship - Places graduating seniors and graduates in one of more than two dozen leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC for six to nine months to work on issues of arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, defense budget, diplomacy, environmental and energy security, terrorism prevention, and other international security issues.

(Paul and Daisy) Soros Fellowships for New Americans - Open to resident aliens, naturalized U.S. citizens, and the children of naturalized U.S. citizens. Provides support for up to two years of graduate study.

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program - TaLK Scholars teach conversational English for one semester in rural Korean elementary schools.  Program provides one-month orientation.  No Korean language skills required.  

Washington Center for Internships - Provides internships in Washington D.C. to students interested in government.