Scholarships, Fellowships, Prizes and Awards
National Scholarships and Fellowships require nomination from Wesleyan faculty and staff. Click here for important information regarding eligibility and to review internal deadlines for filing applications. Additional scholarship and fellowship opportunities can be researched through the CRC, the Office of International Studies, or specific departments and programs.
University Prizes and Awards are granted to students and student organizations based on criteria established for each prize or award. University prizes and awards do not have student deadlines, nor do students apply for these opportunities. Certain University prizes are administered by the Student Affairs/ Deans’ Office, while others are administered by Student Activities and Leadership Development.
Scholarships and Fellowships Requiring Institutional Nomination
- The Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships - Deadline: August 1
These three awards are very similar in terms of the rewards they bring and the criteria by which nominees are judged. All provide one or two years of fully funded graduate study at a British or Irish university, and all are extremely competitive and highly prestigious. There are many very interesting interdisciplinary graduate programs that can be very attractive to Wesleyan graduates. Selection committees seek to identify future leaders with a commitment to helping those less fortunate than themselves and to making a significant contribution in their chosen fields.
Candidates must be nominated by Wesleyan; the nominating committee seeks students who have an outstanding academic record, interesting extracurricular activities, a record of service to the community, and are demonstrably highly motivated in whatever they undertake. Wesleyan students can be better candidates for these awards than they may think, and the rewards of winning are life-long and not confined to a period of funded study. Any senior with a grade point average of 92.00 or above is encouraged to contact Carolyn Sorkin about the possibility of seeking nomination. Deadline: Monday, August 1.
- The Keasbey Scholarship - Next Submission Opportunity is 2012
To promote Anglo-American relations; to provide Americans with an opportunity to experience the British educational system.
Support for two years of study at selected British institutions. Direct payment to the British institution involved to cover tuition and other fixed charges; a cost-of-living stipend paid to the Scholar to cover board, lodging, and general subsistence; an allowance for travel between the United States and Great Britain. The stipend is approximately equal to that of the Rhodes Scholarship.
Contact Carolyn Sorkin (x3007. Next Submission Opportunity in 2012.
- The St. Andrews Scholarship - Deadline: September 23
The St. Andrews Scholarship provides funds for one year of graduate study in Scotland. Eligibility is determined not only by academic merit, but also by heritage and geography: you must live or study within 250 miles of New York (as a Wesleyan student, you do), and you must be able to show some Scottish heritage. Interested students must submit a 200-word statement on why you wish to continue your education beyond college, and another on why you wish to study in Scotland, to Carolyn Sorkin by Monday, September 17.
- The Watson Fellowship - Deadline: September 14 at noon
What have you always dreamed of doing? The Watson Foundation provides $25,000 to 40 graduating seniors across the nation to pursue their passion for one year in a country(ies) outside the U.S. The project needs to show a long-standing commitment to the subject, but also demonstrate how it provides a new challenge in its focus as well as in the intended areas of travel (places where the student has neither studied nor lived for a significant length of time). It may not involve study at a foreign institution. The project needs to be imaginative and feasible, and be able to be carried out with great independence. A Watson Fellow is eligible for the Foundation’s loan reimbursement program during the project year. For more information on the proposal as well as Wesleyan’s internal selection process and application due date, contact Dean Brown (x2758). Application deadline: September 14 at noon.
For forty-two years, Wesleyan has been invited to nominate four seniors every fall for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. This year (2011-12), one nominee was chosen to be a Fellow and anywhere from one to three seniors have been selected over the past several years. We are proud that Wesleyan’s nominees have been of such high quality and promise, and hope that you will join them.
Only students receiving their degree in May 2013 are eligible to apply in the Fall 2012 for one of Wesleyan’s nominations. Those of you who are seriously interested should get a headstart on your proposals over the summer.
DescriptionFor more detailed information about the Watson Foundation Fellowship, please go to www.watsonfellowship.org. A video regarding the program is available from the Deans’ Office.
The Proposal and Selection Process
With this description in mind, think of a project about which you are passionate and that has the depth or breadth to sustain you for a year’s worth of work and exploration. The project should demonstrate serious creativity in whatever subject area you choose, challenge you on many fronts, and be a personal stretch. For example, your project should not repeat something you have already done or involve a return to the place where you studied abroad, lived, or visited for more than a month. However, your past experiences should serve as a springboard for your project.
You will be selected for an interview in late September on the basis of your written proposal, which should be submitted without any supporting documentation. The proposal should be well thought-out, well-organized, and clearly written. The quality of your thinking, the creativeness and strength of your project, and the project’s feasibility and challenge are crucial criteria for the Wesleyan Selection Committee. The Committee will review your academic record, which you would send to the Foundation if you are nominated, but it nominates a student primarily on the basis of the proposal and the interview.
If you are selected as a Wesleyan nominee, you will be interviewed by a Watson Program representative on campus any time between November and late January, and notified by the Program of its decision in mid-March. This past year, 40 Fellows were selected from over 150 nominees from less than 50 of the country’s finest private liberal arts colleges and universities.
Please submit six copies of your proposal to the Deans’ Office in North College by noon on Friday, September 14, 2012. I urge you to complete most of your proposal over the summer. It must be no more than three pages, double-spaced with 12-point font and one-inch margins. Please note that proposals that do not follow this format or are submitted late may not be considered. Your proposal should address what you want to do and why, how you will do it, and why you should be the one to do it. The more detail included in your proposal, the stronger it is, so you also should include the names of several contacts in the country(ies) to which you wish to travel. Your title page must include the title of your project, your name, Wes ID, phone number, email, and major(s).
If you have any questions about the application process or your specific proposal, please stop by my office in North College or give me a call at x2758. Best wishes and have fun thinking about your wanderjahr! Louise S. Brown, Dean for Academic Advancement.
Listed below are some topics of successful proposals. The project sites are in parentheses.
Overcoming Exclusion: Community-Based Educational Alternatives (Peru, Guatemala, Ghana, Uganda, India), Cara Tratner ‘12
Redubbing the World: Cassette Cyulture and the Power of DIY Production (Malyasia, Indonesia, Mexico, Belgium, Sweden), Zully Adler ‘11
Cities in Transition: Identity, Narrative and the Changing Urban Landscape (Canada, Ecuador, Australia), Davy Knittle ‘11
Bringing Healthcare Home: The Community Health Worker (Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Tanzania, Lesotho), Liana Woskie ‘10
Voices Across the Airwaves: Community Broadcasters Across the World (India, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Italy), Aliza Simons '09
Documenting the Chinese Diaspora: A Photographic Ethnography of Chinatowns (Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Italy, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia), Cedric Bien '08
Victim and Perpetrator: Reintegrating the Former Child Soldier (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea), Rebecca Littman '08
From Punta to Palos: Exploring the Hidden Afro-Latino Musics (Dominican Republic, Honduras, Uruguay, Educador, Brazil), Marlon Bishop ‘07
Taboo and Tolerance: Reproductive Health Choices in Cultural Context (Peru, Senegal, South Africa,Turkey), Leigh Senderowicz ‘07
This is Not Altogether Fool, My Lord: Comedy as Political Activism (Greece, England, Honduras, Chile, Brazil), William Gould '06
The Practice of Movement: Nomadic Domestic Architecture (Mongolia, India, Mauritania, Ireland), Stephanie Carlisle '05
Understanding Cross-Cultural Health Care for Refugees (Thailand, Egypt, Norway, India), Lauren Graber '04
Framing Culture: Classical Percussion in the Arab World (Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco), Aaron Paige '04
Outreach or Evangelism? Integrating Technology into Unexposed Communities (China, South Africa, Cape Verde, Argentina, Costa Rica), Josh Blumenstock '03
I See What You Mean: The Study of Deaf Culture (France, England, South Africa, Australia), Hollie Ecker '02
HIV/AIDS in Perspective (Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea), Mina Halpern '02
The Pedagogy of Music: A Comparative Study (Bolivia, Ireland, Ghana, India), Schuyler Wheldon '02
Conservation with a Human Face: Reconciling Agriculture with Nature (Jamaica, Bolivia, Uganda, Philippines), Lindsey Fransen '01
Implementing the Cairo Programme of Action for Women's Reproductive Rights (Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, Mali), Ruth Goldstein '01
Scornful Mother: The Active Volcano as Cultural Nurturer and Destroyer ( Costa Rica, Italy, Montserrat, Cameroon), Adam Goss '01
Teaching the Disenfranchised (Mexico, Romania, Zimbabwe), Michael Feigelson '00
Approaches to AIDS (Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, and Zimbabwe), Damien Szyld '00
Mask Traditions and Production (Ghana, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Bali), Melissa Rocklen '99
American Identities (France, Turkey, Israel, Italy, Armenia), Carl Robichaud '99
Innovation, Tradition and the Individual in Contemporary Religious Community (United Kingdom, France, People's Republic of China, Thailand and Japan), Nathan Eddy '98
Curds, Whey & Culture: The Cheese Traditions of Rural Europe (United Kingdom, Greece and Italy), Anya Fernald '98
Interface of Knowledge: Biotechnology and Local Practice (Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica), Sarah Rae Osterhoudt '97
Beyond the Conquistadors: Urban Growth in Former Spanish Colonies (Spain, El Salvador, Ecuador and The Philippines), Larisalena Ortiz '97
Cross-cultural Pathways through Musical Expressions and Structures (Egypt, India and Morocco), Benjamin Harbert '97
A more complete listing of topics is available in the Dean's Office in North College.
- Fulbright, DAAD, and Baden-Wurttemberg Grants - Fullbright Deadline: October 3, DAAD Deadline: Arts - October 15, All others - November 1
Seniors interested in studying and/or doing research for a year in one country abroad should seriously consider applying for a Fulbright grant. These grants cover travel expenses, university fees, and living costs, and they are available for over 140 countries. For some countries, training in critical languages is available. It is also possible to serve as a teaching assistant for English in 33 countries around the world. For most study-research Fulbrights, language fluency and a strong academic background in the subject to be studied are key qualifications. If you plan to apply, you should get in touch as soon as possible with Krishna Winston (x3378), Wesleyan’s Fulbright Program Advisor, who will work closely with you throughout the application process. She also administers grant programs for study in Germany under the auspices of the DAAD — the German Academic Exchange Service (deadline: Oct. 15) — and the Baden-Württemberg Exchange (deadline: Feb. 28). The campus deadline for the Fulbright is October 3; disregard the later date mentioned on the IIE’s Fulbright Website! Detailed information about the Fulbright application process is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/german/fulbright.html. Click on the link to “U.S. Student Program.”
- The Luce Scholarship - Deadline: August 25
The Henry Luce Foundation funds 18 awards each year for study and travel in East Asia. Nominees do not have to be graduating seniors, and alumni may apply as long as they are less than 28 years old. The Luce Foundation seeks highly focused, academically successful, and interesting individuals with no background in Asian studies. The goal of the program is to develop a cohort of American leaders in a range of fields who have knowledge of and sympathy for Asian values and culture. Wesleyan students have been very successful in this competition in recent years, and any graduating senior with a strong professional focus, excellent grades and a desire to spend a year in an intense placement situation in East Asia is invited to contact Carolyn Sorkin (x3007) about the possibility of seeking nomination. Wesleyan can submit two nominations for the Luce Scholars Program in 2009-10. Deadline for receipt of draft personal statement: Monday, August 27.
- The Harry S. Truman Scholarship - Deadline: mid-October
David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2016 (x2757). Deadline for preliminary application for review by the Wesleyan Truman Scholarship Committee is mid-October.
- The Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: October 26
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, established in 1959, annually grants twelve American students of exceptional ability and achievement awards to pursue graduate work at the University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholarships support one year of graduate study at Churchill College, Cambridge, in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. Churchill Scholars generally enroll in one of the following programs: Master of Philosophy degree in science or engineering, Certificate of Postgraduate Study in natural science or chemical engineering, Certificate of Advanced Study in mathematics, and Diploma in computer science,. The award provides payment of all university and college tuition and fees at Cambridge, a maintenance allowance, and a travel allowance. Churchill scholars will also be eligible for research expenses approved in advance by the Foundation. Additional financial support is available for married students whose spouses accompany them.
In addition, the Churchill Scholarships provide opportunities to travel in the UK and to visit the country’s archeological, historical, and artistic monuments, to forge new friendships with students from Great Britain and from around the world, to see the United States from a new perspective, and to gain the many personal insights that come from living abroad and adjusting to new ways and new challenges.
A complete Churchill Scholarship application must be submitted to The Churchill Scholarship Campus Review Committee (via Lisa Sacks, Office of Academic Affairs, North College, Room 310) in order to be considered for Wesleyan University endorsement (a requirement to move forward in the competition). Based on your submittal (and in special circumstances an interview), a Churchill Scholarship Campus Review Committee will determine your endorsement. The University will endorse those candidates the Committee feels have the highest potential to be Churchill Scholars; up to two applicants may receive this endorsement.
For more information, contact Ishita Mukerji, Dean of Natural Sciences and Math and Chair of the Churchill Scholarship Campus Review Committee (x3489). Deadline for preliminary application for review by the Wesleyan Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship Committee is 12:00 noon on Friday, October 26, 2012.
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans - Deadline: November 9
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support thirty individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year. The Fellowship provides $20,000 maintenance and half tuition wherever the Fellow attends. Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or children of two naturalized parents. Contact Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2014 (x2764) for more information. Application deadline: November 9. Click here for more information.
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - Deadline: End of January
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. For more information, contact Ishita Mukerji, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (x3110). Application deadline: early December.
- Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: mid-December
The Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Eligibility for the award is limited to students planning to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, contact Noel Garrett, Dean for the Class of 2015 (x2774). Application deadline: Mid-December.
- James Madison Fellowship - Deadline: March 1
The James Madison Fellowship is for seniors or recent graduates who plan Masters Degrees in American History, Political Science, Teaching or Education.
Prospective post-secondary American history, American government, and social studies teachers who want to pursue a masters degree with a concentration in the history of the U.S. Constitution.
- be a college senior, recent graduate, or full-time secondary school teacher (students who pursue Ph.D.s or teaching certificates are not eligible);
- applicants must teach secondary school after they graduate.
Application Deadline: March 1
Please contact Vicky Zwelling for more information.
- The Christopher Brodigan Award - Deadline: Late March
The Christopher Brodigan Fund was established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher’s deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awards will be made to graduating Wesleyan seniors and recent Wesleyan graduates who plan to pursue public service or research (in that order of preference) on the African continent. For more information, Contact Lorelle Semley, Chair of the African Studies Cluster (x2524). Application deadline: late March.
- Tölölyan Fund for the Study of Diasporas and Transnationalism - Deadline: Late March
Established in 2008 by Bruce Greenwald, Professor of Economics at Columbia Business School, in honor of Wesleyan Professor Khachig Tölölyan. The prize provides financial support for a junior who wishes to begin research work during the summer between his or her junior and senior years on a thesis in any Department of the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences. The review committee selects the student who submits the best proposal for a thesis that will deal significantly or entirely with diasporic or transnational issues.
Contact Person: Khachig Tölölyan
Click here for additional information and application procedures.