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California Pre-Doctoral Program (Sally Casanova Scholarship) - Deadline is February 19, 2018

In 2018-19, the California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 73 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable current students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, as well as committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The successful applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship seeks students who wish to pursue a career in the Foreign Service. Directed by the Ralph J. Bunche Center at Howard University in Washington, D.C., this award may be used at most accredited graduate or professional schools toward a degree in international affairs or a related focus. The Rangel Program promotes the participation of members of minority groups and those with financial need.

Ten Rangel Fellows are selected each year and each receives up to $32,500 annually for the expenses at a two-year master's degree program. Additionally, fellows are funded to participate in a six-week Summer Enrichment Program followed by a six-week Congressional Internship on Capitol Hill. The following summer Fellows participate in a 10-week internship at a U.S. Embassy overseas. Each Fellow is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.


Foundation Deadline: September 2017 

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Applicant must be a resident alien, or has been naturalized as a US citizen, or a child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Applicant must be in their final year of undergraduate study, or have a bachelor's degree, or currently pursuing graduate study. A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field or scholarly discipline.

Each year the Soros Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US Graduate program attended by the Fellow.


Foundation Deadline: November 1, 2017


Schwarzman Scholarship

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. 

SDSU Campus Deadline: September 1, 2017
Foundation Deadline: September 28, 2017Link:


Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

The Hertz Foundation's Graduate Fellowship is a merit based scholarship open to seniors and graduate students of the applied physical sciences who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the applied physical sciences and engineering sciences. The Scholarship does not support other advanced professional degrees except for the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program.

Recipients have the choice of two fellowship options: Five Year Hertz - $31,000/9-month stipend, full tuition equivalent, renewable for up to 5 years or Five Year Coordinated when recipient accepts a 3-year Fellowship from another source -$36,000/9 month stipend and full tuition equivalent for 2 years plus Other Fellowship Period for up to three years - $3,000/ year supplemental stipend from Hertz.


Foundation Deadline: October 27, 2017 

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers. Toward that end, the DoD annually supports approximately 8,000 graduate students in fields important to national defense needs. The DoD offers fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering, including (but not limited to) aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, mechanical engineering, oceanography, and physics. Applicants must be a US citizen or national, be pursuing a doctoral degree, and may be a senior, first year graduate student, or one who already received their bachelor's degree but has not started graduate school. Fellowship award consists of full tuition, required fees, and a stipend of $30,500 the first year, $31,000 the second year, and $31,500 the third year.


Foundation Deadline: December 31, 2017


The National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnerships Program

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate level training of students. Prospective Ph.D. students who are United States citizens or permanent residents, who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, can apply to one or more of the NIH-University partnership programs. Current Ph.D. students who wish to perform part or all of their dissertation research at the NIH may develop an Individual Agreement with an NIH Investigator and their graduate university. The GPP supports a stipend, health benefits, and tuition, and is renewable up to five years based on the student's progress toward degree.


Foundation Deadline: Varies



Fulbright Grants

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program and supports graduate study and research in over 140 countries. The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Several countries also offer English Teaching Assistant positions. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.

Prospective applicants must participate in an on-campus interview. Fulbright grants are awarded based on a variety of factors including feasibility of project, academic or professional record, language preparation and personal qualifications. Funding supports one academic year of study.


SDSU Campus Deadline: August 31, 2017 

SDSU Contact: 
Dr. N
ancy Marlin
Fulbright Program Adviser
Office of International Programs

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The Madison was established by Congress for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The fellowship is designed to support students seeking a master's degree with the intent of becoming a teacher of American history, American government or social studies at the secondary school level. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which they are applying. The fellowship is intended exclusively for graduate study for an MA, MAT, or MEd.

After earning the master's degree, James Madison fellows are required to teach for one year per each full academic year of study supported by their grant. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, to cover the actual costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Each fellow attends a summer institute on the Constitution.

The application is now open.  The 2018 deadline is 5:00 p.m., central time, on March 1.

Transcripts can be uploaded in the application as a PDF file. If you choose to mail them instead, they must be received by March 1, 2018, at the following address:
James Madison Fellowship Program
327 2nd Street., Suite 103
Coralville, IA 52241

Recommendations must be submitted online. The recommender deadline is 5:00 p.m., central time, March 1, 2018.


Foundation Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Foundation Deadline: Visit website (typically early to mid November)


NSEP David L. Boren Fellowships for Graduate Studvents

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships supports study abroad opportunities for study of cultures, languages and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. NSEP Boren Fellowships are intended to provide or add to the international component of U.S. graduate student's education, providing support for overseas study, domestic study, or a combination of both. Applicants design their own programs either conducting research, participating in an internship or formally studying the language and culture of the area in which they are located.

Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two years. The maximum award is $30,000; $12,000 per semester for up to two semesters for overseas study, and $12,000 maximum for domestic only study. Students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution and pursuing a graduate degree; graduating seniors must provide proof of acceptance into a graduate program to receive the award.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that a recipient must work a minimum of one year in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community, or in exceptional cases, may work in any U.S. federal department or agency with national security responsibilities.


SDSU Campus Deadline: January 2018, Eastern standard time. 


Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance approximately 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom each year. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at the undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree. Scholars must hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

The Scholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). They are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in the UK and in the US by the British Embassy in Washington DC and seven regional Consulates-General.

Potential applicants must receive the endorsement of their institution. The Marshall award covers University fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, a 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.


SDSU Deadline: September 1, 2017

Foundation Deadline: October 1, 2017


Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest international fellowships, awards outstanding students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Each year, 32 American Rhodes Scholars are selected. Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of graduate study at Oxford, with a possible renewal for a third year for Ph.D. students.

Scholars are selected based on the qualities designated by Cecil B. Rhodes, proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard (gpa of 3.8 or above), ability to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports. Rhodes Scholars are chosen with the expectation that they will make an effective contribution to the world around them.

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.

The Rhodes requires an internal application process; please contact the Director of the Office of Academic Scholarships if you are interested in applying for this award.


SDSU Deadline: September 1, 2017
Foundation Deadline: October 1, 2017 

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Trust, endowed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awards scholarships to 100 Gates Scholars per year to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. The Trust looks for students of great leadership potential and exceptional academic achievement. The scholarship covers University Composition Fee and College fees, maintenance allowance for a single student, and one economy one-way ticket to the UK and one economy one-way ticket returning from the UK. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is only awarded to students who gain admission to Cambridge University through the regular admissions procedures.


Foundation Deadline: October 11, 2017 


George J. Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship

Sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, the George J. Mitchell Scholarship is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. The Mitchell scholarship supports one year of postgraduate work in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence and intellectual distinction, an outstanding record of leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community.

Prospective applicants must receive a letter of endorsement from their institution. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study. The scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expense stipend, and an international travel stipend.


SDSU Campus Deadline: September 1, 2017
Foudation Deadline: September 29, 2017

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides financial support for students who have demonstrated (1) superior ability and achievement, (2) exceptional promise, and (3) 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 fields of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Applicants must be entering graduate school in academic year 2009-2010 or not have completed the first full year of any doctoral or masters degree study. This year the program notes a particular interest in students studying less commonly taught languages, non-American history, or criminology. A Javits Fellow receives annual support for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment and a stipend based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the Federal Student Assistance Processing System.


Foundation Deadline: Fellowship is currently unavailable

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This scholarship serves to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursing a career with the Foreign Service in the US State Department. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for the first and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and travel. Successful candidates are obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.


Foundation Deadline: January 12, 2018 - (Please check website for posted deadline)

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship at
The Rangel Program is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its 2016 graduate fellowship.   The Fellowship welcomes applications from individuals who want to make a difference in the world through careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master's programs in U.S. institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2016, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at The application deadline is February 1, 2018. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.    


Foundation Deadline: September 2017 - (Please check website for posted deadline)

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Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean
Division of Undergraduate Studies
San Diego State University
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Phone: (619) 594-2871
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Phone: (619) 594-3834

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Pre-Graduate School 

If you are interested in attending graduate school in the future you may want to visit the SDSU pre-graduate school site.

On the site you will find resources, details on upcoming information sessions, and how to best prepare for graduate school.