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Awards and fellowships for graduate study

The following is an incomplete list of awards and fellowships that may help finance your education in political science beyond the undergraduate level.

Harvey Fellows Program

The Harvey Fellows was developed to encourage followers of Jesus Christ to integrate their faith and vocation and pursue leadership positions in strategic fields where Christians appear to be underrepresented. We understand God to be Creator and Sustainer, not only of human beings, but of society's disciplines and structures which make up our world. Our goal is to empower students who evidence the passion and ability to lead others as they participate in God's work to redeem these structures.

The Harvey Fellows provides financial support to Christian graduate students who possess a unique vision to impact society through their fields and who are pursuing graduate studies at premier institutions in their disciplines (in the United States or abroad).

The Harvey Fellows seeks to:

  • Equip students to develop the tools necessary to lead integrated lives, addressing important societal issues from within the framework of a Christ-centered worldview;
  • Validate exceptional abilities in academics and leadership as gifts from God worthy of cultivation and development;
  • Offer a forum for the exchange of ideas on the integration of faith, learning, and vocation, while establishing a network of talented Christians who are leaders in numerous occupational arenas.
  • Encourage students who are committed to Jesus Christ to pursue vocations that are culturally influential and to pursue vocational credentials in the most prestigious graduate programs;

For more details contact the Political science department at 616-526-8770 and ask for the chair of the department.

Visit the Harvey Fellows Web site.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford . The first American Scholars were elected in 1904.

American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year from among those nominated by selection committees in each of the fifty states. Through 2004, applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities had been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.

Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford , and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford .

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford , with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford , and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.

For more information and an application form contact: Kenneth Bratt, Calvin College Professor of Classical Languages.

The Charles Finney Fellowship in Evangelism and Social Change

These fellowships (actually there are three different types) are designed to encourage students who are interested in integrating their Christian faith with a concern for politics and public policy. These fellowships are available to those who wish to pursue a concentration in Christian Faith and Public Policy with the Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Two- and Three-year tracks are available, with fellowships ranging from $4000 to $6000. Stipends are given for working as interns with the organization Evangelicals for Social Action. For more information contact Professor Smidt or write Office of Admissions, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 12438, Philadelphia, PA 19151-0438, (215) 645-9321.

The Graduate Research Fellowship in Christian Faith and Society

These fellowships are also designed to encourage students who are interested in integrating their Christian faith with a concern for politics and public policy. These fellowships are also designed for those who wish to pursue a concentration in Christian Faith and Public Policy with the Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Two- and three-year tracks are available, with fellowships ranging from $4000 to $6000. Stipends are given for working as research assistants with Eastern Seminary professor Ron Sider. For more information contact Professor Smidt or write Office of Admissions, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 12438, Philadelphia, PA 19151- 0438, (215) 645-9321.

Carl Albert Center Fellowship

The Carl Albert Congressional Fellowship, directed by Professor Cindy Simon Rosenthal , is a specialized Ph.D. program sponsored by the Carl Albert Center in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma 's department of political science. The program offers graduate students a dual perspective on the workings of Congress by affording them opportunities to study the institution both on campus and in Washington , D.C. , as a member of a congressional staff. Each Carl Albert Fellow receives a fully financed, five-year fellowship package that includes a three-year teaching or research assistantship at the university, a congressional fellowship year in Washington, and a final year of dissertation support at the university. During the year in Washington , Fellows take part in the seminar and programs of the American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program.

For more information on the Carl Albert Congressional Fellowship Program, contact Professor Cindy Simon Rosenthal at the Carl Albert Center at the center's Web site. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

The Richard M. Weaver Fellowship Awards Program

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute awards a minimum of ten Weaver Fellowships of $5000, payment of tuition at a graduate school for those attending graduate school for the purpose of teaching at the college level in the liberal arts or social sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and ISI members--college seniors or graduate students who are familiar with ISI's purposes and programs and who receive the Intercollegiate Review.

For more information go to program's Web site or write the Richard M. Weaver Fellowship Awards Program, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. 3901 Centerville Road, P.O. Box 4431, Wilmington, DE 19807-0431. Phone (800) 526-7022.

J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies

The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University has sought to stimulate academic interest and encourage research and publication in the broad area of church-state relations and offers students an opportunity of earning a Masters of Arts degree in Church-State Studies as well as a Doctorial Degree in both Church-State Studies or Religion, Politics & Society. Additionally, the Institute of Church-State Studies offers a limited number of fellowships and assistantships awards to incoming students each year. Fellowships can offer an award that values up to $15,426.00 for full tuition remission each year and along with an assistantship scholarship that values $13,200 per year and is payable in monthly stipends in exchange for fifteen hours of work per week as a research or teaching assistant at the Institute.

For more information contact Director J.M. Dawson, Institute of Church-State Studies, One Bear Place # 97308 , Baylor University , Waco , TX 76798-7308, (254) 755-1510, or visit their Web site

The APSA Minority Fellows

The APSA Minority Fellows Program, which was established in 1969 as an effort to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline, has designated more than 300 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 70 individuals.  In 2007, the Association has refocused and increased its efforts to assist minority students in completing their doctorates by concentrating not only on the recruitment of minorities, but also on the retention of these groups within the profession.

The Minority Fellows Program designates six stipend minority fellows each year. Additional applicants who do not receive funds from the Association may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to graduate political science programs. Fellows with stipends receive a $4,000 fellowship that is disbursed in two $2,000 payments--one at the end of their first graduate year and one at the end of their second--provided that they remain in good academic standing. Awards are based on students' undergraduate course work, GPA, extracurricular activities, GRE scores, and recommendations from faculty.

The Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in POLITICAL SCIENCE for the FIRST TIME.   Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes)
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen at time of award
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • For more information visit the Web site.

The CIC Minorities Fellowships

These fellowships are available to minority students who are U.S. citizens and who wish to study toward the Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago or one of the Big Ten universities. Each grant includes tuition and a substantial stipend for each of two years. Two additional years of support will be provided by the student's institution. Between September 15 and January 15, call toll free (800-457-4420) or write to the CIC Minorities Program, Kirkwood Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, for application materials and information.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom . At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

Eligibility: Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2006, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2003.

Value: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Number of Awards: At least 40 Scholarships awarded annually.

Visit their Web site.

The Beinecke Scholarship

This program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 355 college juniors from 96 different schools for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $2,000 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 graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Historically, the Beinecke selection committee favored students planning to attend graduate school in the traditional liberal arts disciplines, but also made awards to students planning to attend graduate school in mathematics and the natural sciences. In 1998, the board of The Sperry Fund decided to limit eligibility for the award to students planning to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. graduate students (i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. It is hoped that recipients of Boren Fellowships will comprise an ever-growing cadre of experts whose enriched educational and professional experiences will enable them to provide leadership and direction in our national commitment to economic growth, international peace and security, and the promotion of democracy abroad. The Academy for Educational Development (AED) considers it a distinct pleasure to serve as the administrative agent for this important program.

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Fulbright Program

It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Approximately six thousand grants were awarded in 2004, at a cost of more than $250 million, to U.S. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 150 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States . The primary source of funding is through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States , also contribute financially through cost-sharing and indirect support, e.g., as salary supplements, tuition waivers, and university housing.

Visit the Fullbright program's Web site.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

This program provides financial assistance to students who have demonstrated:

  • superior academic ability and achievement;
  • exceptional promise; 
  • financial need to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a master's degree in which the master's degree is the terminal highest degree in the selected field of study.

The Department of Education awards fellowships in selected fields of study of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Students must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The selected fields of study supported by the Javits Fellowship Program are available for your review.

Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System. In fiscal year 2005, the institutional payment was $11,822 and the maximum stipend was $30,000. Visit the program's Web site.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program will award approximately 65 scholarships to seniors and recent graduates planning to attend graduate school for the first time starting this fall. Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books for the graduate degree chosen. The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the graduate program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum available per student per year of study is $50,000 and the maximum length is six years.

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James Madison Memorial Fellowships

The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States . Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference):

  • Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government");
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department);
  • Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

After earning a master's degree, each James Madison Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship.

The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study, thus making the James Madison Fellowship the leading award for secondary level teachers undertaking study of the Constitution. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts.

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National Flagship Language Initiative (NFLI) Fellowships

These were developed under the auspices of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to address the urgent and growing need for Americans across disciplines with professional levels of competency in languages critical to national security. An increasingly important component of the NSEP mission is to increase the pool of language qualified professionals who work in agencies of the U.S. federal government involved in national security affairs where cultural and language expertise is required. To help meet this need, NFLI programs have been developed at several U.S. institutions of higher education for advanced language training in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian. NSEP is offering a limited number of Fellowships, administered through the Academy for Educational Development (AED), to Americans with existing language skills interested in receiving full financial support to continue their study of one of the NFLI target languages.

Visit the NFLI Web site.