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Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships

Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships fund graduate studies at Churchill College at Cambridge University for one year.  Graduating seniors and recent Bachelor’s Degree holders in the sciences are eligible and Columbia is a participating university.

The criteria for the selection of Churchill Scholars include the following:

  • Exceptional academic achievement in all disciplines, but especially in the major, as indicated by course grades (previous Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above)
  • A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards and prizes and by letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
  • Outstanding personal qualities

The deadline for the receipt of the application is early November (changes every year).

Website: http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org/

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships are open to US citizens who have graduated from their undergraduate degree in a US university no more than two years previously, to undertake study in any subject leading to a degree at a UK university.  Awards are made on a competitive basis and are for two years in the first instance, renewable for a third year in certain circumstances.

The application deadline is early October.

Website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org

Fulbright Scholarships

These awards are open to US graduate students and are made on a competitive basis for the academic year. They cover approved tuition fees and a maintenance allowance. Preference is usually given to applicants who:

  • Have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months.

Deadline for online applications is circa October 15. See your Fulbright Program Advisor on campus for advice in applying for this scholarship.

DAAD Study Scholarship

Graduating seniors graduate students, and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students completing a full degree program in Germany. Scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October  to July). A very limited number of scholarship holders who receive seven- to 24-month grants may be awarded a two-month language course grant. This language grant is decided upon by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application.

Applications must be postmarked by early November. Check the website: https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/graduate-opportunities/study-scholarship/.

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships for students with financial need who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
  • Students are eligible to apply for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Certain areas within these countries may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these areas.
  • The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions. Summer only programs are not eligible.

Website: http://www.iie.org/gilman

Applications for Spring and Summer 2019 open in August 2018

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

This award is limited to US Citizens, national or resident aliens and students must be Sophomores or Juniors in the upper quarter of their class.  Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution's budget. All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates but will advise applicants as to the appropriate procedures.

Individual internal campus deadlines are determined by each institution’s Goldwater Campus Representative. Check with the Goldwater Campus Representative on your campus for specific dates.

Website: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

DAAD provides scholarships to undergraduate students of American and Canadian universities to pursue study, research, internship or other academic activity in Germany. Students participating in established study abroad programs as well as those wishing to study independently are eligible. Open to all majors.

Applications are due by the end of January.

Website: https://www.daad.org/en/find-funding/undergraduate-opportunities/undergraduate-scholarship/

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX)

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) – Eight awards are made each year to students spending a semester or a full academic year at a UK university member of BUTEX. University College London and Imperial College are both members.

Application information, forms and requirements are posted in January each year.

Website: http://www.butex.ac.uk/

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships

John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships – Sponsored by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Three Awards are made per year for all fields of study. The scholarship is available for study on the one year study abroad General Course Program and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

The application deadline is mid-April and you must download and complete an application form from the Financial Aid Support Office of LSE. By completing this form, you will ensure that you receive consideration for this and any other award(s) which you meet the eligibility criteria for.

Website: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/The-General-Course/scholarships-and-fees

DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

North American undergraduate students are given the opportunity for a summer research internship in their field at a German university. Students are matched with a German doctoral degree student for a research assistant position in their lab.

Applications are due in late January.

Website: Application https://www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/ | Organization http://www.daad.org

The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman- ASIA)

The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides information and financial assistance for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. Eligible countries are: Asia and Oceania, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. All fields of study are accepted.

Application Deadline: First Wednesday of March (for Summer Awards), First Wednesday of April (for Fall/Academic year Awards), Third Wednesday of October (for Spring/Early Academic Year Awards)

Students must submit an application online at www.iie.org/freeman-asia.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

To apply for a ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university/college
  • Be a graduate student or an undergraduate student who will have completed your sophomore year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins
  • Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that he/she will accept you for a research stay in his/her group

While German, French or Italian language skills are not required for the research stay in Switzerland, knowledge of any of these languages would be helpful in daily life. The working language will generally be English. 

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