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What is a Fellowship?

Fellowships are typically merit-based scholarships that fund students and alumni to conduct research, complete a project, and/or study at the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Some of the fellowships listed here require a two-step application process beginning with an initial institutional nomination. The Earlham Liaison listed within each description can provide more complete information on application procedures.

How Do I Get Started?

Don't know where to begin when it comes to researching fellowships? Take our fellowship quiz! This short, four-question survey will point you towards possible fellowships that match your needs and interests.

Also check out the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, which is designed to prepare students who have traditionally been underrepresented in graduate studies for graduate work leading to a Ph.D.  

Still have questions? Request an appointment with a Career Coach to talk about possible fellowship opportunities and how to apply.

Application Deadlines

Fellowship application deadlines are often scheduled in the early Fall of the student's senior year. Interested students need to begin the application process during the preceding Spring semester, if not sooner.


*Fellowships marked with an asterisk require U.S. citizenship.

  • Ackerman-Nicholson Fund for EC graduates who desire and merit advanced study in journalism or public affairs.
  • Beinecke Memorial Scholarship* for college juniors who plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
  • James Madison Fellowship* for students who plan to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary level.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship* for graduate study in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.
  • Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship* for students pursuing graduate study in public policy, international affairs, or public administration.
  • Rotary Peace Fellowship for students enrolled in a two-year master's degree program in conflict resolution, peace studies, sustainable development, public administration, or international relations.
  • Soros Fellowship for New Americans for an individual who is 1) a resident alien, 2) a naturalized U.S. citizen, or 3) the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship* for graduate or professional study in public administration, public health, social work, education, public policy, international affairs, or law.
  • Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship* for individuals with STEM backgrounds interested in teaching at the secondary level.
  • Fulbright Grant* for individuals who wish to study, conduct research, or teach as an English language assistant in one of over 140 countries.
  • Watson Fellowship for individuals seeking a transformative experience through a year of travel and immersion.
2017 Rhodes Scholar

Hashem Abu Sham'a '17


2018 Fulbright Fellow

Sonia Norton '18


2017 Watson Fellow

Imani Lewis-Norelle '17


2018 Ackerman-Nicholson Fellows

Elsa Haag '14

Johnnie Fitzpatrick '16

Grace Makhoul '18

Tyrian Robertson '17

Sunghee Tark '16


Looking for more? Try ProFellow.com to find more fellowship opportunities not listed here. By creating a free account, you will be able to search ProFellow's database of fellowships and find opportunities that match your interests.

You can also try our Fellowships & Scholarships Pinterest board, where we post opportunities that look like a good fit for Earlham students.


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