SMART Scholarship

The application for the SMART Scholarship for Service Program is now open at https://smart.asee.org/apply 

The application will close on December 16, 2013.

 

The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense facility.  Scholarships awarded include a stipend of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, full tuition, health insurance contribution, and book allowance. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Please visit http://smart.asee.org for more information.

 

If you or any students have any questions please email smart@asee.org.

 

Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. Please read the announcement below:

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and 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.

 

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.  

 

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

 

National Application Deadlines

Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014

Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*

            *Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.

 

For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.

 

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

From the Cultural Vistas Site:

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture.

Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas.

Killam Undergraduate Fellowship for Americans

The Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

“The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (registering at the host university and paying host tuition fees). Applicants interested in the direct exchange program must be registered at one of the participating  American universities and be planning to visit one of the participating  Canadian universities .

The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $5,000 US per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), and includes a three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day spring seminar in Washington. In addition, the Foundation provides all American Killam Fellows with a health insurance allowance of $500 Cdn. All Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for a mobility (in-country travel) grant in an amount not to exceed $800 Cdn. The idea of the mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the culture in Canada. Killam alumni are also eligible to apply for various enrichment opportunities such as the Fulbright Canada Alumni Internship Program, the Killam Community Action Initiative, and the Local Ambassador Program.

The 2013-2014 competition is now closed, the 2014-15 competition opens September 1st, 2013.

The deadline for the  open competition for the 2014-15 Killam Fellowships competition will be January 31, 2015!  If you are a student at one of our  partner institutions and you are planning to apply to the  direct exchange program , contact a study abroad advisor at your institution to identify the date in which your institution’s internal competition ends.”

(A&T is not a partner institution, so A&T students will apply in the open competition)

Why should I apply for a post-graduate fellowship?

When students think about post graduation plans, they tend to think either about going straight into the workforce or of going onto graduate school. These are both valid choices, and depending on the student, they might great choices. One thing that all students should keep in mind, however, is that there are many more options out there than just those two, and depending on a student’s future plans, one option could be far better than the others.
The term “post-graduate fellowship” can encompass a variety of programs, some of which involve graduate school in the US or abroad, and some of which strictly involve research or service abroad or in the US. Postgraduate fellowships that pay for students to attend graduate school are the most obvious great deal. In many fields, a graduate degree can increase a worker’s salary potential as well as increase a worker’s competitive appeal on the job market. Clearly, it is better to have someone else foot that bill! Some graduate fellowships do require that students work in a specific field for a certain amount of time. The SMART Scholarship requires that students work for the Department of Defense for one year for every year that the award has been received, and the Rangel and Pickering fellowships require that students work as foreign service officers for at least three years after graduation. For students who are seeking careers with these agencies, these fellowships can be a great deal, as they provide a pathway to employment. Always know about fellowship’s post-graduation requirements before you apply, and take these seriously.

 

One type of fellowship that many students don’t often consider are the international fellowships. International fellowships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Mitchell scholarship, allow students to study at an institution in another country. Some scholarships, like the Rhodes, specify the particular university at which the student can study. Others, like the Marshall and the Mitchell, specify the region (in this case, the UK and Ireland, respectively). Still others, like the Fulbright, allow you to pick the country or region. Though many students are often hesitant to do graduate work in another country, there are many highly respected programs outside the United States, depending on what you are studying. International education also gives students a broader perspective on the world by allowing them to experience new cultures and situations. Employers look for students who have these qualities, and so your international experiences can absolutely give you an advantage in the workplace. Employers are also very interested in students who have received highly competitive fellowships. So, while taking two or three years to study on fellowship may seem like you are taking time off from the workforce, you are actually investing in your future career in a major way!

 

Not all fellowship cover graduate programs. Some fund student research. The Fulbright program, for example, provides students with funding to conduct research in another country. Though this research does need to be conducted in affiliation with a foreign university or institution, students are able to conduct these projects independently. This can be a great way to build up research that you might use in graduate school, and it can also be a good way to build up research that you might use in a professional setting. Fulbright scholarships fund students in a wide variety of fields, including the humanities, the arts, and STEM fields.

 

There are still other fellowship opportunities that cover research or public service work in the US. For instance, the Carnegie Junior Fellows program funds students to work as research assistants to the institutes senior fellows, performing research on different aspects of foreign policy and international relations. Again, this work would provide researchers with a great body of research to take to graduate school as well as with connections in the field.

 

So who should apply for these opportunities? In short, anyone who has a strong record of academic success and involvement on campus, in research, or in the community, who seeks to expand their education, who, in some cases, seeks to experience a new and different culture, and who, most importantly, seeks to grow both as a person and as an academic should seriously consider applying for a post-graduate fellowship. These programs are competitive and the applications are often daunting, but as an NC A&T student, you have a dedicated office  to work with you. Spend some time on this blog to find opportunities that you might be interested in, and then make an appointment with me, Ms. Whiteside (aewhites@ncat.edu), and I’ll be happy to work with you.

National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship

“The purpose of the NNEMS program is to:

  • Provide students with practical research opportunities and experiences in an EPA office or laboratory
  • Increase public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues
  • Encourage qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers
  • Help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas

Each year, the NNEMS program offers fellowships developed and sponsored by the EPA Headquarters office in Washington, D.C. and in the EPA’s 10 regional offices and laboratories throughout the United States. The projects are specifically narrow in scope, allowing students to complete the fellowship while working full-time at the EPA during the summer or part-time during the school year.

Recipients of NNEMS fellowships receive a stipend based on the student’s level of education and the duration and location of the project.”