Fellowship Opportunities


Distinguished Fellowship Programs Information

Set yourself apart as one of the country’s most promising young minds through the Maryville University Distinguished Fellowships Program. This program is designed to help our most talented students compete for distinguished fellowships, such as the Truman, Goldwater, Udall, and Rhodes Scholarships. Distinguished Fellowship nominees from Maryville are talented, independent, and diverse. Winning one of these awards takes you to graduate study at world-renowned academic institutions where you will have the opportunity to enhance not only your intellectual ability but also to achieve personal growth.

Colleges and universities are invited to nominate students for many of these highly competitive, merit-based awards for graduate study at campuses around the world. The caliber of Maryville students in the past and the quality of the undergraduate education you receive here is recognized throughout the Midwest and the nation. This program has been developed to identify Maryville students that are strong candidates and assist them in competing for these national awards. Students receive help from faculty members during the application process, so you will be well prepared to compete. Below is basic information about several of the most popular programs. Contact Dr. Dohrman for a list of programs tailored to your specific interests.

Awards for Post-Graduate Study/Research

Rhodes Scholarships

This award covers tuition and fees at the University of Oxford for 2-3 years of graduate study, plus a stipend for living expenses. Awardees pursue graduate study (masters and doctoral degrees) at the University of Oxford in any discipline. Scholars may not apply for the MBA in the first year, but after completing a different (one-year) master’s degree, they are allowed to pursue a one-year MBA degree. This award also covers the costs of travel to and from Oxford. Students apply through one of the 50 states (either home state or where they attend college).

What Type of Student Qualifies?

The best 1% of students overall. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18-24 years old, and seniors or recent graduates at the time of Maryville University nomination. All majors are eligible. Applicants must show demonstrated success in athletics (broadly defined).

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

December 1 of the junior or senior year

Campus Application Deadline

Last week of the spring term of the junior or senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Early October of the senior year or the first year following graduation

Application Elements Include

  • University endorsement form
  • 5-8 letters of recommendation (at least 4 academic)
  • 1000-word personal essay
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Passport photograph
  • Proof of citizenship

Website

http://www.rhodesscholar.org

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, but Maryville Endorsement is Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Tom Spudich (tspudich@maryville.edu)

Marshall Scholarships

The Marshall Scholarship is an award funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for one or two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom to distinguished young Americans who will become leaders, opinion formers and decision makers in their own country. This award covers travel, tuition, books, and other expenses for graduate study at a university in the UK.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A senior with at least a 3.7 GPA who is interested in graduate study in the UK and who plans a career as a leader and contributor to improving UK-US understanding. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All majors are eligible.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

November 1 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

October 1 of the senior year

Application Elements Include

  • Application form
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Narrative resume
  • First and second choice of preferred graduate programs in the UK
  • Three essays (a personal statement, description of graduate program of interest, and question related to your interest in the UK)
  • Maryville endorsement form

Website

http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, but Maryville Endorsement is Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. John Lewington (jlewington@maryville.edu)

Truman Scholarships

These awards provide a scholarship of $30,000 cumulative for two years of graduate school in a public service-related degree in preparation for careers in government, non-profit organizations, or public service. This award is for students that have already established a strong record of service and who possess leadership skills. Many fields of study are possible. Recipients must work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of the graduate degree. Additional experiences are available such as a summer institute in Washington, DC.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

A junior who is interested in a career in government, non-profit organizations, or public service who has a strong track record of service and leadership. Ideally, a student with a passion for at least one policy issue related to a domestic or international issue in US politics. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. All majors are eligible to apply.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

October 15 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

December 15 of the junior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Early February of the junior year

Application Elements Include

  • Policy proposal
  • Personal statement
  • Extensive application form including resume information and short essays
  • Three recommendation letters/forms
  • Maryville endorsement form

Website

http://www.truman.gov

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

4, Maryville Endorsement Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Carrie Ellis-Kalton (ckalton@maryville.edu)

Fulbright US Student Program

Fulbright grants fund year-long research or travel projects in international locations. The award covers travel costs, language or orientation expenses, medical insurance, and living expenses.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A senior who has studied or traveled extensively aboard and who has an interest in doing a research project abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold a B.S./B.A. degree by the time of the award. All majors are eligible.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

April 1 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-October of the senior year

Application Elements Include

Statement of grant purpose, personal statement, three reference letters, transcripts, and foreign language evaluations (for some countries)

Website

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representatives

Dr. Tammy Gocial (tgocial@maryville.edu), Dr. Germaine Murray (gmurray@maryville.edu), and Dr. Larry Grieshaber (lgrieshaber@maryville.edu)

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Fulbright grants fund year-long English teaching assistantships for recent college graduates to countries around the world. The award covers travel, language or orientation expenses, medical insurance, and living expenses.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A senior who has studied or traveled extensively aboard and who has an interest in teaching English abroad. No education coursework required. Applicants must be U.S. citizen and must hold a B.S./B.A. degree by the time of the award. All majors are eligible.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

April 1 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-October of the senior year

Application Elements Include

Statement of grant purpose, personal statement, three references to fill out forms, foreign language evaluations (to countries where required), and transcripts

Website

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Tammy Gocial (tgocial@maryville.edu), Dr. Germaine Murray (gmurray@maryville.edu), and Dr. Larry Grieshaber (lgrieshaber@maryville.edu) 

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

This award funds students to complete a two-year liberal arts B.A. degree at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England. This award covers all fees, room, and board during two academic years of study at St. John’s College, Cambridge University and summer living expenses. Travel to and from England is also covered.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

A senior student who is a first generation college student and who is interested in the liberal arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizen, seniors (at the time of application), and first generation college student. All majors are eligible, but students must be interested in one of the following subjects:Archaeology and AnthropologyClassics, EconomicsEnglishGeographyHistoryHistory of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, MusicPhilosophy, or Social and Political Sciences.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

September 1 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

October 1 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

November 1 of the senior year

Application Elements Include
  • Application form
  • Three 1,500 word essays
  • Transcripts
  • Two recommendation letters with form

Website

http://www.cic.edu/Programs-and-Services/Programs/Pages/Davies-Jackson-Scholarship.aspx

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

This award offers students three years of support usable over a five-year period for graduation students in STEM graduate programs that are focused on research. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $30,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degree-granting institution.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national, or permanent resident. Applicants must be graduating seniors; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; and be pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree at an accredited US institution in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

September 1 of senior year

Campus Application Deadline

October 1 of senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-November of senior year


Application Elements Include

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Previous research experience essay
  • Proposed plan of research
  • Three reference letters
  • Academic transcripts

Website

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs

This award is a full-time, nine-month, graduate level experiential learning experience that places student in several field placements over the course of nine months so that fellows can learn about how various institutions in a city work together. Many students leave CORO and go into MA programs in public policy, politics, and nonprofit work. If chosen for this prestigious award, you are required to pay the fee for the city’s program (between $3,500-$5,000 for the year) and you are not given any stipends for living expenses, so the awardees must be able to sustain their own living costs for nine months.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A senior who is interested in public policy, urban planning, or nonprofit administration. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and seniors (at the time of application).

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

October 1 of the senior year

Campus Application Deadline

November 15 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-January of the senior year

Application Elements Include

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Three required essays
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts
  • $75 application fee
  • Declaration on Applying Form

Website
http://www.coro.org/site/c.geJNIUOzErH/b.4667963/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)


Post-Graduate Experiences

Peace Corps

This award is a 27-month program that includes 10 weeks of in-country training and 24 months of volunteer service in an international country. All expenses are paid and some student loan debt forgiveness programs are available after volunteer service.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

A senior who is interested in international travel, volunteering, and an immersion experience that can lead into careers in international aid work, government, or nonprofit administration. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens and seniors at the time of application.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

N/A

Campus Application Deadline

N/A

Official Deadline for Submission

Rolling

Application Elements Include

  • Application form
  • Transcripts
  • Loan forms
  • Health history
  • Individuals to fill out recommendation form
  • Other supporting materials

Website

http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)


Awards for Undergraduate Study

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

Awardees get $7,500 per year to cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, room & board.  Applicants receive funding for up to 2 years (current sophomores) or 1 year (current juniors). Students with promise to pursue careers in science, math, and engineering research are awarded funds to complete their junior and/or senior years of undergraduate studies.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

A junior or senior student who has plans to pursue a career in math, natural sciences, or engineering. Students who are pre-med are not eligible unless they plan a research career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or Permanent Residents, science/math majors, and sophomores & juniors.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

October 1 of the sophomore or junior year

Campus Application Deadline

November 15 of the sophomore or junior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Late January of the sophomore or junior year

Application Elements Include

  • 2-page typed essay
  • College transcripts
  • Copy of identification card
  • Maryville nomination signature page
  • Application form
  • Maryville nomination form
  • Three recommendation letters/forms

Website

http://www.act.org/goldwater/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

4; Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Min Deng (mdeng@maryville.edu)

Morris K. Udall Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses awarded to students who have shown interest in the environment, tribal public policy, or Native health care. Additionally, this award funds a four-day summer orientation program.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

A sophomore or junior who is planning a career related to the environment or a Native American who is interested in tribal public policy or Native health care. Applicants must be U.S. citizen, U.S. nationals, or U.S. Permanent Residents, full-time sophomores or juniors (repeat applications OK), and GPA of B or better. All majors are eligible.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

December 1 of the sophomore or junior year

Campus Application Deadline

January 15 of sophomore or junior year

Official Deadline for Submission

March 1 of the sophomore or junior year

Application Elements Include

  • Maryville nomination form
  • Application form
  • 800-word essay
  • College transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation

Website

http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

6; Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Linda Pitelka (Pitelka@maryville.edu)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $4,000 to defray the cost of study abroad. The program encourages students to study in destinations outside of Western Europe and Australia.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

The program tries to support students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, such as students with high financial need, science and engineering students, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Applicants must be US citizens, receiving a Federal Pell Grant, and must be studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

N/A

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 (Spring program) and February 1 (Fall program)

Official Deadline for Submission

October 1 (Spring program) and March 1 (Fall program)

Application Elements Include

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Follow-on project proposal
  • Certifications from study abroad and financial aid advisors
  • Three copies of application
  • Transcript

Website

http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

Boren Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $20,000 to defray the cost of study abroad. The program encourages students to study in destinations critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Study abroad programs to the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

Applicants must be US citizens enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the US. Applicants must agree to work for at least one year in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

Rolling

Campus Application Deadline

Early January

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-February

Application Elements Include

Online application, two statements of purpose, budget, study abroad program description, two or three letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, optional language proficiency form

Website

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Scholarships of up to $50,000 for tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for the senior year of undergraduate program and the first year of a graduate program or the first two years of graduate work.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

Applicants must be US citizens enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the US. Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA and they must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Fellows must also participate in one domestic and one overseas summer internship and they are obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

November 1 of junior/senior year

Campus Application Deadline

December 1 of junior /senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Early-February of junior or senior year

Application Elements Include

  • Certification of US citizenship
  • SAT/ACT or GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • 2-page resume

Website

http://www.woodrow.org/higher-education-fellowships/foreign_affairs/index.php

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

Freeman-Asia Award

Scholarships of up to $7,000 for undergraduate students to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia (Eligible countries include Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam). The program seeks to help more US students become knowledgeable about Asia. The award can be applied to the cost of airfare, tuition, room and board, local transportation, and books.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who have received need-based financial aid and must be studying abroad for at least eight weeks in the same country to qualify. The award is often given to students who are also doing language study while abroad and who plan to incorporate Asian Studies into future academic or professional plans.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

August 1

Campus Application Deadline

September 1

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-October

Application Elements Include

  • Online application
  • Financial data
  • Personal statement
  • Summary of any previous travel to East or Southeast Asia
  • Description of your background in Asian languages or Asian studies
  • Service proposal for how you will share your study abroad experience with others

Website

http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, but Maryville Nomination is Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

Critical Language Scholarship

This award cover a 7-10 week language study abroad program to a country where one of 13 languages critical to US interests is spoken, including languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese. The award covers travel from home city to program location, mandatory Washington DC pre-departure orientation, visa fees, room, board, group-based intensive language instruction, program-sponsored travel within country, all entrance fees for select cultural enhancement activities. US Passport fees are not covered by this program.

What Type of Student Qualifies?

Applicants must be US citizens, undergraduate students, and at least 18 years old. Each language program has different requirements, but most require at least one year of foreign language study before applying for this program.

Deadlines

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

September 1

Campus Application Deadline

October 1

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-November

Application Elements Include

  • College transcripts (one from language evaluator)
  • Four essays
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts

Website

http://www.clscholarship.org/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)


Every effort is made to keep this information current, but given the dynamic nature of these programs, all information should be confirmed with the specific website for the respective fellowship program. In addition to these fellowship programs, there are many additional fellowship programs available. Please contact Dr. Rebecca Dohrman at rldohrman@maryville.edu to identify programs that may fit a specific area of interest.

 Definitions of “terms”

“Campus Notice of Intent to Apply”

  • Date by which students must have contacted the campus representative notifying him or her of their intent to submit an application.
  • In order to fully assist students in the preparation of a strong application, and to conduct internal competitions, when necessary, students must notify the Maryville University faculty representative by this date of their intent to apply.

“Campus application deadline”

  • Campus application deadlines are required for all awards that have a maximum allowed number of institutional nominations and/or require a letter of support from an administrator at the college.
  • This deadline means that all materials must be completed for those scholarships with on-line applications (including letters of recommendation) and for those with paper submissions, all materials must be turned into the campus representative by this deadline.

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