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Fellowships & Awards

Earlham College faculty work closely with students, assisting them with the application processes for nationally competitive programs that support graduate school or special opportunities.

Composed of faculty members from a wide array of disciplines, this committee works each year match the expertise and interests of Earlham students with opportunities for nationally competitive grants, fellowships and scholarships.

Over the years, hundreds of students have received prestigious awards. In 2005-06, Earlham ranked 20th among 549 bachelor’s degree-granting institutions for the number of Fulbright Scholars, tied with such well-known national liberal arts colleges as Carleton and Swarthmore, and ahead of Bryn Mawr, Colby, Williams and others.

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Programs with Earlham Recipients

100 Projects for Peace

Kathryn Wasserman Davis funded the 100 Projects for Peace on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Each year she issues an invitation to all undergraduates at participating colleges to design and propose grassroots projects, 100 of which receive $10,000 in funding.

Ackerman-Nicholson Fund

The Ackerman-Nicholson Fund assists Earlham College graduates who desire and merit advanced study in journalism or public affairs. Funds are to be used within two years for graduate study tuition and then for books.

Beinecke Memorial Scholarship

The Beinecke Memorial Scholarship Program supports graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Earlham is one of a limited number of colleges and universities eligible to nominate a student for the Beinecke Scholarship. For more information about this program, visit the Beinecke Scholarship website.

Carnegie Endowment Fellowship

The Carnegie Endowment Fellowship offers a maximum of $100,000 to pursue one to two years of research. The very competitive Carnegie program accepts only 150 applications from the nation’s colleges and universities. Of these only 30 are interviewed, and from these only 10 awards are made. For more information about this program, visit the Carnegie Web site.

Fulbright Grants

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Each year, about 4,500 students from more than 425 institutions apply for 1,000 fellowships in all fields of study. For more information, visit the Institute for International Education which administers the Fulbright Program.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program fosters and encourages excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The program awards 300 scholarships each academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States on the basis of academic merit, commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to their fields. For more information, visit the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Web site.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academy Fellowship

Through the NIH Academy, recent college graduates may spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Program participants work along side some of the leading scientists in the world. In addition they take part in seminars and workshops related to their research. The NIH Academy selects only 10 trainees a year. The Fellowship provides a one-year stipend of $24,000. For more information about this program, visit the NIH Web site.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical biological engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education each year. For more information about this program, visit the NSF Web site.


Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. The $30,000 merit-based scholarship supports graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students committed to making a difference through public service. For more information, visit the Truman Scholarship Foundation Web site.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Each year the Morris K. Udall Foundation awards 80 undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaskan American health care or tribal policy. For more information about this program, visit the Morris K. Udall Foundation Web site.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship emphasizes education and world affairs. This one-year grant affords college graduates a year of truly independent study and travel outside the United States. Earlham is one of 48 participating colleges that may nominate recipients. For more information about this program, visit the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Web site.

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