These highly competitive awards can provide opportunities and support during your studies.

At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a list of some of the scholarships and experiences that fit well with Adelphi’s programs.

Why Apply for a Nationally Competitive Award?

In addition to the hope for free money to do things you would like to do, such as travel abroad and attend graduate school, the process of applying for a national scholarship or fellowship is valuable in and of itself. It allows you to articulate your key intellectual priorities and professional goals, to hone your skills in self-advocacy, and to refine your editing abilities. You end up learning as much about yourself during this process as you do about the opportunity for which you are applying.

When Should Students Apply?

Be careful to note deadlines and give yourself at least 8 weeks to prepare an application, giving faculty time to write informed letters of recommendation and giving yourself time to craft an engaging and enlightening statement of purpose. Such a statement will require multiple — usually 4-8 — drafts. Note that some scholarships require an institutional nomination, and Adelphi may have its own internal deadlines before the scholarship deadline. Check with the Office of Pre-Professional programs about its internal (university) deadline for a national award.

Download a quick guide calendar of popular scholarship opportunities and which year you should apply to them. (Calendar used by kind permission of ONIS at the University of Minnesota).

How to Request a Letter of Recommendation

For nationally competitive scholarships, it is generally best to have recommendations from faculty or recommenders who are familiar with your written or lab work, your classroom contributions, and who have a sense of you as a person.

When requesting a letter of recommendation from faculty members, ask them if they would be willing to write for you and whether they would like to meet in person to discuss the opportunity you are applying for. You must provide them with:

  • a description of the scholarship
  • selection criteria for the scholarship (what is the scholarship committee looking for?)
  • a resume (CV)
  • a sample of work that you did for their course(s)
  • a draft of your application essay/statement of purpose/personal statement for the scholarship
  • details regarding the deadline for submission and the modalities of submitting the letter (i.e. should they send it to the Adelphi Institutional Representative, directly to the scholarship via mail or email; via link for direct upload to the scholarship portal?)

Thank your recommender before and after they have submitted your letter and, most importantly, please inform the recommender about the outcome of the scholarship, whether you win or lose. Often, a faculty member has taken 2-3 hours away from research, teaching, and service work to craft an excellent, thoughtful letter for you. The faculty member has now become invested with you in this application and wants to know how it turned out.

How to Write a Personal Statement

It is crucial to analyze the prompt for a statement of purpose and/or a personal statement. Make sure that your statement addresses all aspects of the prompt and does not include extraneous information. Be engaging, concise, and – for most applications – minimize emphasis on your personal desires and feelings about the opportunity for which you are applying. Instead, emphasize your capacities and intellectual interests and explain how these make you a good fit for the award.

A wonderful online source for drafting personal statements can be found here. This handbook contains advice for personal statements for graduate study, as well as for national scholarships.

Faculty Resources for Nationally Competitive Awards

Guidance for writing a letter of recommendation for a Nationally Competitive Awards, and find downloadable flyers for each program or opportunity.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

Travel & Study Abroad Opportunities

The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India offers a 10-month volunteer service program matching fellows with development organizations. Fellows work on sustainable development projects in public health, education and livelihoods. Fellows receive travel to India, insurance, and a monthly living stipends covering rent, meals and incidentals.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. or Indian citizen
  • Between the ages of 21-34
  • Have a BA/BS in hand by September

Applications are due January of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in October.

 

Boren Scholars receive $8,000-$20,000 to spend 8-52 weeks studying abroad in places critical to US security interests: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in a degree-program (1st, 2nd or 3rd year)
  • Planning to intensively study a language abroad, in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • STEM majors can do a summer program but for other majors, Boren prefers 25+ weeks abroad.
  • Scholars commit to working at least 1 year in federal government after graduation

Applications are due in February. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in December.

Critical Language Scholars spend 8-10 weeks abroad in the summer studying 1 of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in a degree-program (1st, 2nd or 3rd year)
  • All majors welcome

Applications are due in November. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

The Freeman-Asia program offers scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident undergrad
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Must want to study abroad but have no experience in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Applications are due in April. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in January.

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are either 3 or 4-week programs for U.S. undergraduate students. 

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships places qualified candidates into classrooms abroad in order to provide assistance to the local English teachers. 

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship enables undergraduates with financial need to study or intern abroad by awarding $5,000 scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Must be receiving a PELL grant
  • Enrolled in a degree program (1st, 2nd or 3rd year)
  • Planning to study or intern abroad for at least 3 weeks

Applications are due in October or March, depending on when you plan to study abroad.

With the Humanity in Action Fellowship you can study a European society in depth in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo or Warsaw — from transformation processes to transitional justice, from quests for identity to dynamics of social cohesion and coercion. gender, and region.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled undergrad or recent graduate
  • Want to work on a yearlong Action Project
  • Those seeking an educational experience that underscores how historical and cultural dynamics shape society in the local context of the Fellowship program

Applications are due in January. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in August.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENAR) Fellowship coordinates paid 1-year fellowships with non-profit organizations and businesses in the Middle East and North Africa. Past fellows have done everything from tech startups to teaching to community center administration to product management.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to college seniors and recent grads who have graduated from a U.S. university
  • All majors welcome

Applications are due in December. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in October.

Public Service & International Affairs Opportunities

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is a paid two-year experience at a non-profit aimed at social impact. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend each year, plus a bonus at the end of the program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Be a college senior at the time of application
  • Show academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to social justice

Applications are due in February. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in November.

NYC Urban Fellows participate in a 9-month program that provides a $31,500 stipend and health insurance. Fellows are posted to Mayoral offices and City agencies and participate in a seminar series that addresses urban issues in public policy.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible to work in U.S.
  • Will have BA/BS in hand before start of fellowship
  • Can commit to working full-time at the fellowship

Applications are due in January of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in October.

Payne offers fellowships of up to $48,000 a year for a 2-year Master’s program. In addition to your master’s program, you will complete 2 summer internships with the State Department: one in the US and one overseas. Upon successful completion of your Master’s degree, Payne Fellows have the opportunity to work for 5 years as Foreign Service Officers with the US Agency for International Development.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • At least a 3.2 GPA
  • Will pursue a Master’s degree in international affairs, public policy/admin, economics, history, foreign languages, business administration, communications, urban planning, environmental science, or political science

Applications are due in November of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in August.

Pickering offers fellowships of up to $37,500 a year for a 2-year Master’s program. In addition to your master’s program, you will complete 2 summer internships with the State Department: one in the U.S. and one overseas. Upon successful completion of your Master’s degree, Pickering Fellows have the opportunity to work for 5 years as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • At least a 3.2 GPA
  • Can help to represent ethnic, gender, or class diversity
  • Will pursue a Master’s degree in international relations, public policy, economics, history, foreign languages, business, communications or political science

Applications are due in September of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in June.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous fully-funded program for juniors. The program aims to address the lack of diversity in professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The JSI Fellowship prepares students to obtain a Master’s in public policy, public administration, international affairs, etc.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen, legal resident, DACA student
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated involvement in working to improve underrepresented communities, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Latinx, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Will pursue a Master’s degree in public policy and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools

Applications are due in November of your junior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

Rangel offers fellowships of up to $37,500 a year for a 2-year Master’s program. In addition to your master’s program, you will complete 2 summer internships with the State Department: one in the U.S. and one overseas. Upon successful completion of your Master’s degree, Rangel Fellows have the opportunity to work for 5 years as Foreign Service Officers with the US Department of State.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Has challenging coursework in mathematics/ quantitative skills, business, economics, English, languages, or political science
  • Members of minority groups, women and those with financial need are encouraged to apply

Applications are due in September of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in June.

STEM, Healthcare and Environmental Opportunities

GEM Engineering / Science Fellows receive a $16,000 stipend, a paid summer internship, and full tuition and fees for a PhD at a GEM-affiliated University.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • African-American, Latinx, or Native American
  • Applying for a science or engineering PhD program

Applications are due in January. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in October.

The Goldwater Foundation offers prestigious scholarships of up to $7,500 to college sophomores and juniors to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Full-time sophomore or junior
  • Intend to pursue a research career in natural science, math, or engineering
  • Recommended: Has had research experience as a 1st- or 2nd-year student

Applications are due in the last Friday in January. If you wish to apply, you should submit a student profile and pre-application by end of August and contact your campus representative.

The National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship offers paid research training, paid employment, and competitive scholarships of up to $20,000 to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Have “Exceptional Financial Need” as certified by your undergraduate institution’s financial aid office
  • For each scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations

Applications are due in March before the academic year for which you are seeking the scholarship. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application when it opens in January.

The National Institutes of Health Postbac IRTA/CRTA offers recent college graduates planning to apply to nursing/dental/vet/medical/pharmacy school $30,000+ stipends to work for 1-2 years as a full-time researcher at the NIH.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Graduating senior or recent grad
  • Want to focus on biomedical issues and have taken courses in biology and chemistry

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Ernest F. Hollings Foundation offers sophomores scholarships of up to $9,500 for 2 more years of undergraduate study as well as a 10-week paid summer internship at a NOAA facility.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore
  • Majoring in environmental, or biological science, mathematics, physics or teacher education supporting NOAA programs

Applications are due by the end of January sophomore year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

IDA offers a 2-year paid fellowship to work on policymaking in STEM education, information technology, energy and the environment, space science, infotech, national security and life sciences. Fellows work collaboratively but also have the opportunity to work on independent research project (ideally leading to publication).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Have earned a BS/BA between May 2019- July 2021
  • Strong written & oral communication skills
  • Interest in science and technology policy

Applications are due between October 2020 through January 2021. Fellowships begin in mid-July.

Tylenol offers scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded to students admitted to a post-baccalaureate clinical program in medicine, nursing or pharmacy.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Resident
  • Be a senior enrolling in graduate school
  • Provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in medicine, nursing, or pharmacy
  • Be seeking a degree in order to actively treat patients

Applications are due between May and June of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in April.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $7,000 to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Sophomore or junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Be working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting India
  • Has done community service and public service which demonstrates a commitment to one of these areas

Applications are due by March of sophomore or junior year, but you must meet with a campus representative well before then.

Teaching Experiences

The James Madison Foundation offers fellowships of up to $24,000 for an MA, MAT or MEd program. These fellowships are for social studies teachers who will be teaching the US Constitution as part of their American history, civics, and/or American government courses for grades 7-12.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Plan to teach social studies or US history or civic to grades 7-12
  • Have earned a BA by August 31 of the year of your application

Applications are due March 1 of your senior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in January.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship offers $32,000 toward completion of a 1-year MEd in STEM at the University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne or West Chester Universities. Upon completion of the degree, teachers will teach in a middle- or high school in Philadelphia or the great city of Pittsburgh.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Has at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Has majored in STEM field or has at least 30 STEM credits
  • Intends to pursue a teaching career in natural science, math, or engineering

Applications are due on March 16 or January 30. Note the state of assignment changes from year to year.

Opportunities for Underserved Populations

Davies-Jackson provides support for students to do a second BA in 2 years at Saint John’s College at the University of Cambridge.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • First-generation college senior
  • 3.7 GPA or above
  • Second BA will be in: archaeology, classics, economics, education, English, geography, history, art history, history and modern languages, history and politics, human sciences, social sciences, political science, mathematics, modern and medieval languages, music, philosophy, psychological and behavioral sciences

Applications are due in October. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in July.

The Ford Foundation offers 3 years of $27,000 fellowship support to PhD candidates across the disciplines who intend to teach at the university level and who are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, DACA
  • Superior GPA
  • Intend to pursue a career in teaching and research at university level (any area) and seeking a PhD or ScD
  • Preference given to African-American, Latinx, and Native American students

Applications are due in December. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

Summer Experiences

Amgen provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a funded science and biotechnology research experience. The host institutions require a full-time commitment for eight to ten weeks beginning in June and ending in August.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • At least a 3.2 GPA
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or nongraduating senior
  • Interest in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD after graduation

Applications are due in February. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in October.

Critical Language Scholars spend 8-10 weeks abroad in the summer studying 1 of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in a degree program (1st, 2nd or 3rd year)
  • All majors welcome

Applications are due in November. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

DAAD offers a paid summer internship to work in scientific laboratories with doctoral students and researchers in Germany. Knowledge of German is not necessary.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Sophomore or junior standing
  • Major in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics or earth sciences

Applications are due in December. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

Mount Vernon Fellows participate in an all-inclusive 6-week summer leadership program that provides housing, transportation, meals and a $3,000 stipend. Fellows study strategic leadership and implementation with prestigious guest lecturers and work on a research project of their choice.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • College sophomore
  • At least a 3.4 GPA
  • Proven leadership capacity and involvement
  • All majors welcome, but have a keen interest in American history
  • Desire to do a capstone

Applications are due in January of your sophomore year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in October (there are 4 essays).

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous fully-funded program for juniors. The program aims to address the lack of diversity in professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The JSI Fellowship prepares students to obtain a Master’s in public policy, public administration, international affairs, etc.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen, legal resident, DACA student
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated involvement in working to improve underrepresented communities, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Latinx, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Will pursue a Master’s degree in public policy and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools

Applications are due in November of your junior year. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in September.

Rangel offers a paid 6-week summer program in Washington DC, designed to provide undergrads with a deeper appreciation of current events and trends in international affairs. Courses and networking make up this program at Howard University.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Sophomore or junior status
  • Members of minority groups, women and those with financial need are encouraged to apply

Applications are due in February. If you wish to apply, you should begin working on your application in December.

Additional Resources

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