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Opportunities for Graduates

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Purpose: The David L. Boren Foundation provides resources for undergraduate and graduate study. "It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security." For the Graduate Fellowship applications, applications must be submitted to the Student Fellowship Program office.

Eligibility: A U.S. citizen and enrolled in or applying to an accredited graduate program in the U.S.

Awards areas: The maximum stipend for graduate fellowships is $30,000. Awards are provided to add an international and language component to graduate education through specialized area study, language study or language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Study Abroad Scholarships: visit SUNY Potsdam’s International Education program.


Campus deadline: Varies by year. A campus nomination and interview is required.

Fulbright Scholarship

Purpose: Created by the U.S. Congress in 1946.  Senator William Fulbright sponsored scholarship awards to foster “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures” as the main purpose of the international scholarship program.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens. Annual competition scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors in all fields for study or research in over 140 countries. For non-U.S. citizens, awards are intended for study in the United States.

Award: Full support for an academic year of graduate-level study, research, or teaching English abroad. About 1000 awards are made annually, and these are highly selective awards based on academic excellence and a proposed project or course of study.  Awardees must hold a Bachelor’s Degree by the grant start date.

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Campus deadline: A completed application and all letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Student Fellowship Program Director. Deadlines vary by year.

Application: Apply at

Marshall Scholarship

Purpose: "Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth.” The objectives of the program are as follows: To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK; to help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centres of academic excellence; to motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding; to promote the personal and academic fulfilment of each Scholar.

Eligibility: Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7.

Award areas: Science, technology, humanities, social sciences and the creative arts. The award covers university fees, living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.


Campus deadline: A completed application and all letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Student Fellowship Program Director by early September (for the following year’s award). If selected in the regional shortlist, interviews will take place in November. A campus nomination and interview are required.

Application: Visit the Marshall Scholarship Website at

Rhodes Scholarship

Purpose: Mr. Cecil Rhodes sought to improve the world by educating scholars who would bring about international understanding and peace, motivated to change world through leadership and service in the decades ahead.

Eligibility: Candidates must demonstrate literary and scholastic achievements, energy to use one's talents to the fullest through sports, as well as truth, courage, sympathy and protection of the weak, unselfishness, and the moral character to lead.

Award areas: All areas of academics are open, although the course of study must be offered at Oxford University. The scholarship covers all fees and travel necessary for study at Oxford.


Campus deadline: Varies by year. A campus nomination and interview are required.

Application: download at

Rotary World Peace Scholarship

Purpose: The Rotary centers for international study in peace and conflict resolution offer individuals the opportunity to pursue a two-year master's degree in international studies, peace studies and conflict resolution at one of seven Rotary Centers for International Studies located around the world.

Eligibility: B.A. degree and three years of field-related experience; proficiency in another language than the applicant's primary language; excellent leadership skills.

Webpage: "Rotary Scholarships" at

Applications: Available through a local Rotary club. Applications are accepted in late spring and early summer a year in advance of the award.

Deadlines: Varies by year, but local Rotary deadlines may be March or April.