Each year approximately 125 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 20 new scholarships will be awarded in 2017. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year. Students enrolled at a participating institution who are interested in applying for a Beinecke Scholarship should contact their campus liaison for information regarding the procedure to be followed in selecting the school’s nominee.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

    • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
    • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2016-2017 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018.
    • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral degree. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
    • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. In the selection process, the amount of financial need will not be a major determining factor, nevertheless, preference is given to candidate for whom the awarding of a scholarship would increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

Citizenship: Be a United States citizen or a Unites States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Duration: A scholar must utilize all funding within five years of graduation.


      • January – First draft of application materials due to Colby for initial review (consultation recommended before final deadline)
      • February – Final and complete draft of application materials due to Colby.
      • Late February – Nomination due to Beinecke Foundation (must be sent by Colby)
      • May – Announcement of awards.


Amount: A Beinecke Scholar receives a total of $34,000 in support of his or her graduate education. The initial payment of $4,000 is awarded directly to the student prior to entering graduate school. This award is intended to offset the costs associated with the graduate application process and to pay for travel expenses directly related to the start of graduate school. While in graduate school, a Beinecke Scholar will receive an additional $30,000 in support. These funds are awarded as a supplement to support provided by the graduate school and the award may be spread over up to five years to comply with institutional limits on the total amount of a student’s annual award.

Website: http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/beinecke/

Campus Contact:

James M. Sloat, Academic Vice President

Dean of Faculty’s Office

Eustis 308


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The Fulbright Program enables a student to live and study/conduct research in a foreign country for one academic year.  Teaching (English) opportunities are available in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a definite study project in mind and, in most cases, have an excellent command of the language of the country. Applicants should hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant but applicants who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required.

Duration: One academic year (exact months vary by country).

Campus Deadline: September 23, 2016

Amount: Varies by country

Website: http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright

Campus Contact:

Kim Besio

East Asian Studies


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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program honors former Senator Barry Goldwater through the operation of an educational scholarship program, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomore and junior level students may be nominated by the institution’s Goldwater Faculty Representative. Applicants must also have a GPA greater than 3.0 and be in the upper fourth of his/her class.

Citizenship: Students must be US citizens or resident aliens.

Duration: One year (renewable for a second year for sophomore students).

Deadline: January 20, 2017

Amount: Up to $7,500

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

Campus Contact:

Professor Bruce Maxwell

Department of Computer Science

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The Monbusho Scholarship enables foreign students from 110 different countries to study for 1-2 years in Japan at the graduate level.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a superior command of the Japanese language and will be required to take a language proficiency exam.

Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is required.

Duration: One to two years

Deadline: April 2017

Amount: Round-trip airfare, exemption from all school fees, arrival allowance of 25,000 Yen, stipend of approximately 180,300 Yen per month. Housing and some medical insurance benefits are included.

Website: http://www.boston.us.emb-japan.go.jp/ENGLISH/CULTURE EDUCATION/monbusho.htm

Other information on studying in Japan can be found at Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)’s website: http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/

Campus Contact:

James M. Sloat, Academic Vice President

Dean of Faculty’s Office

Eustis 308



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Award established for two years of graduate study on any subject at any university in the United Kingdom.

Eligibility: If at all possible, applicants should clearly understand how they will use their two years and have a specific course of study in mind that is best fulfilled in England. Minimum GPA 3.70.

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required.

Duration: Two years

Campus Deadline: September 12, 2016

Amount: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States.

Website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Campus Contact:

James M. Sloat, Associate Provost

Dean of Faculty’s Office

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The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of hire learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Eligibility: The George J. Mitchell scholarship program welcomes applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Citizenship: Must be U.S. citizen.

Duration: One year

Campus Deadline: TBA

Amount: The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Website: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20%7C%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

Campus Contact:

James M. Sloat, Associate Provost

Dean of Faculty’s Office

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The National Science Foundation Fellowships enable students to study the natural and social sciences at the graduate level. Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study. Applications will be reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded for graduate study in fields supported by the NSF, including the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Citizenship: Students must be U.S. Citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Duration: Three years of support that may be used over a five-year period

Deadline: Varies, depending upon fellowship program.

Amount: $27,500 stipend for a 12-month tenure plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure year. All award amounts are pending availability of funds.

Website: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/

Campus Contact:

Nicholas Boekelheide, Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Keyes 314


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Award established for two years of study at Oxford University. Applying students must be of outstanding intellectual ability and character as well as involved in some form of athletic activity.

Eligibility: Minimum GPA 3.70

Citizenship: Students who are not U.S. Citizens can apply through their country’s Rhodes Trust Secretaries. See the Rhodes website for more information.

Duration: Two years of study with the possibility of a third.

Deadline: September 12, 2016. Interested candidates should contact Associate Provost Sloat as soon as possible.

Amount: All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees.

Website: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Campus Contact:

James M. Sloat, Associate Provost

Dean of Faculty’s Office

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The Truman Scholarship is a merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or public service.

Eligibility: Must be a junior student nominated by your college’s Truman Faculty Representative.

Citizenship: Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.

Duration: One year of graduate study following the student’s senior year (a small portion of the award is used to finance the senior year of undergraduate study).

Campus Deadline: December 2016

Amount: $30,000

Website: http://www.truman.gov

Campus Contact:

Samara Gunter

Economics Department


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The Morris K. Udall Scholarship awards scholarships and honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: (1) to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or (2) to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or (3) to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

Students are nominated by their college’s faculty representative, who is the liaison between the institution and the Foundation. Each nominee must submit a formal application, 800-word essay, official college transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Past Udall Scholars from Colby include Stephen Erario (’10), Blair Braverman (’11) and J. Sarah Sorenson (’11).

Eligibility: Sophomores or Juniors with a GPA greater than 3.0 who have (1) demonstrated a commitment to the environment OR (2) are Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or careers related to Native health care.

Citizenship: Students are required to be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Duration: One academic year

Deadline: The campus deadline for students to submit applications to the Colby faculty representative for consideration is usually around January 16. The campus deadline for students invited to submit revised applications is usually around February 13.

** Students interested in being nominated for an Udall Scholarship should contact the Udall Campus Representative, Professor Philip Nyhus, no later than November 15, 2016.

Amount: Up to $5,000

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

Campus Contact:

Professor Phillip Nyhus

Diamond 202



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A one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States awarded to graduating seniors at one of 50 participating institutions.

Eligibility: Must be a graduating senior nominated by your college.

Citizenship: Both U.S. and foreign nationals may apply. Foreign nationals may not return to their home country.

Duration: One year

Campus Deadline: All application materials must be submitted to Professor Fallaw by September 30th, 2:00 p.m.

Amount: $25,000 ($35,000 if married or with dependent child)

For additional information including application procedure and sample projects please visit www.colby.edu/careercenter/students/fellowships/watson/

Website: http://www.watsonfellowship.org/

Campus Contact:

Professor Ben Fallaw

Diamond 315



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