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Award Listings

Awards in the Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

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The Carnegie Endowment's   Junior Fellows Program

Description: The Carnegie Endowment offers up to ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results.  Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates, especially in political science, international studies, the climate, etc. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $2,916.66 per month ($35,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors - must not have yet started graduate study.
Information:
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=jrFellows
Application: (available only through ONCA director)
ONCA Deadline:
December 15
Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

Description: Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 as an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. There is a $5000 first prize, $2500 second prize, $1500 third prize, and 2 $500 honorable mentions for personal essays on ethics. This year's Suggested Topics are:

What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?
Articulate with clarity an ethical issue you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
Carefully examine the ethical aspects or implications of a major literary work, a film or a significant piece of art.
Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today's world.
How does a recent political or cultural event shed light on the ethics of rebellion/revolution?

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US are welcome to enter the Essay Contest.
Application Information:
http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org/ 
ONCA Deadline: December 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

FTE - Fund for   Theological Education

Description: From fellowships for prospective and current seminary students to recruitment initiatives for congregations, this program includes support for undergraduate students who intend to continue on to a ministry and support in the first and/or second year of seminary.  The undergraduate fellowship includes a $2000 stipend and attendance at a conference on ministry. For seminary students, the FTE offers three programs:  Congregational Fellows: FTE matches dollar for dollar the congregation's $2,000-$5,000 contribution to the Fellow's first-year costs. Congregational Fellows also attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. VEV Fellows: Selected volunteers receive a $2,500 stipend for first-year tuition and living expenses and attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. Ministry Fellows: FTE awards a $10,000 stipend for educational and living expenses and to fund a self-designed ministry project. Ministry Fellows participate in a Congregational Leadership Intensive and attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry.

Eligibility: Undergraduate program: current sophomore or junior in an accredited undergraduate program at a North American college or university and have been nominated by a college faculty member, administrator, campus minister or current pastor. You must be considering ministry as a career (although it isn't necessary to have decided). GPA of at least 3.0. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Congregational Fellows must be preparing to enter the first year of a full-time Master of Divinity program in the fall at a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. (You're not eligible if you're already enrolled for an M.Div., M.T.S., Th.M. or M.A. degree.) You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen 35 years of age or younger. Congregational Fellows must be nominated and supported with matching funds by a congregation. VEV  Fellows must complete a one-year service program and be preparing to enter the first year of a Master of Divinity program at a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. (Persons already enrolled in or planning to enroll in an M.T.S., Th.M. or M.A. degree program are not eligible for this award.) You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen 35 years of age or younger. To apply for the Ministry Fellowship program, you must be nominated by the dean or president of your seminary. Each seminary may nominate up to five students. Eligible candidates must be first-year, full-time Master of Divinity students who have completed one semester at a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. (You are not eligible if you are already in the second or third year of a M.Div. program, or enrolled in an M.T.S., Th.M. or M.A. degree program.) You must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a seminary GPA of 3.3 or higher. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, 35 years of age or younger, and you must be available to participate in all fellowship activities. If you are a first-year FTE Congregational Fellow, you are eligible for this fellowship program.
Information: For more information, see http://www.thefund.org/pages/explore-fellowships
ONCA Deadline: For the Undergraduate Fellowship, students must be nominated by Feb. 1. Nominees will be contacted by email and invited to submit an application. Applications are due to the ONCA office March 1. Congregational and VEV applications are due April 1. Ministry Fellow applications are due March 1.
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Fulbright-mtvU Award

Description: Up to four awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan. In addition to presenting unique projects on music as a global force for mutual understanding, applicants must submit a Documentation and Outreach Plan describing how they intend to share their activities with their peers during their Fulbright year abroad through mtvU print, broadcast and/or online mediums. The Documentation and Outreach Plan form must be submitted as part of the Fulbright application. Applicants are encouraged to consider all aspects of the power of music in developing their proposals. Along with the study of music in a specific cultural context, proposals will be considered in other music-related fields including music and social activism; music in learning; music and the community and musical performance.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen; senior, recent graduate, or graduate student. Preference will be given to graduating seniors who meet all host country requirements, including those related to language, affiliation and program start dates. Please refer to the Participating Country Summaries for details. Applications for all countries where there is an active U.S. Student Fulbright Program are encouraged.
Application Information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-mtvu-awards
Deadline: March 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Jacob Javits Fellowship Program

Description: The program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields 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 also demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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.

Eligibility: US citizen, national, or permanent resident, or citizen of one of Freely Associated States who have completed less than 1 year of graduate study.
Application Information: http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html  
ONCA Deadline:
September 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Description: The Madison Fellowship supports future teachers for one or two years of graduate study leading to either a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, or Master of Education with an emphasis on American history, government, political science, or other relevant concentration. It provides a stipend for up to two years of master's level graduate study. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000. 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 the maximum amount.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or U.S. national; senior, recent graduate, or graduate student; Must be a teacher (Senior Fellowships), or plan to become a teacher (Junior Fellowships), of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. After earning the master's degree, a James Madison Fellow is required to teach one of the above classes in grades 7-12 for one year per each full academic year of study under the fellowship.
Application Information: http://www.jamesmadison.com/
Includes two-page proposal, autobiographical statement, three letters of recommendation, language proficiency evaluation, and interview.
Approximate Deadline: March 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees, including engineering and computer and information science. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. So that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society, the Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program. The National Science Foundation awards 1000 three-year graduate fellowships for study and research in the sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, social sciences, engineering, and the history and philosophy of science.

Eligibility: Must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; college seniors, first-year graduate students.
Information: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/
ONCA Deadline: October 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Nelson Mandela Scholarship

Description: The Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) sponsors an annual Nelson Mandela Scholarship, named after the famed South African civil rights activities and political leader. Mr. Mandela has dedicated his life to liberating the people of South Africa from the oppressive hands of apartheid and segregation. The liberation efforts of Mr. Mandela are an inspiration to the members of NBLSA, which is why we choose to award this scholarship in his name. NBLSA takes great pride in the spirit of Mr. Mandela's efforts to improve the state of affairs of Black people in South Africa. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to six (6) African-American college students/graduates (one student from each NBLSA region) who plan to enter law school in the United States in the Spring or Fall and who will be first year law students, and to first year (1L) law students who entered law school during the Fall and are currently first year law students. A $1000 monetary award and a certificate will be given to each student. The scholarship will provide financial support for award and a certificate will be given to each student. The scholarship will provide financial support for those whose financial condition is minimal. The scholarship can be used by the student in whatever capacity need be. Applicants must write a proposal addressing the issue raised by an essay question - see website below for more information.

Eligibility: Must submit verification of acceptance to law school for the Spring or Fall or letter from your law school that you are a current first year student who entered law school in the Fall; Must include community service, future career plans, and extracurricular activities.
Application: http://www.nblsa.org/scholarships/
Approximate Deadline: November 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Newhouse Foundation Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities

Description: The Newhouse Graduate Fellowship and Apprenticeship in Newspaper Journalism for Minorities seeks students with outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions to the field of newspaper journalism. It also seeks to increase the number of minority journalists in the country. A highly competitive program, it provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. Students commit to 18 months of graduate study followed by 12 months of professional reporting as apprentices with The Syracuse Post-Standard or another Newhouse newspaper. The fellowship includes tuition, a $1400 monthly stipend, and up to $1500 in relocation expenses.

Eligibility: MA program applicants to Syracuse University's Newhouse school of public communications.  Applicants must not have majored in journalism at the undergraduate level.
Information: For program information, see http://newhousemasters.syr.edu/
ONCA Deadline:
  January 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowships

Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers several art-related fellowships for students pursuing graduate or professional degrees in the arts, including the Theodore Rosseau Fellowships, Chester Dale Fellowships, and Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowships. The number of fellowships awarded depends upon the funds available; the stipend amount for one year is $40,000 for senior fellows and $30,000 for pre-doctoral fellows, with up to an additional $5,000 for travel. Senior fellowships are intended for those who hold a PhD on the date of application and for well-established scholars.

Eligibility: Applicants should be enrolled in an advanced degree program in art or an art-related field. Specific requirements/preferences vary by award.  
Information: http://www.metmuseum.org/research/internships-and-fellowships
ONCA Deadline: October 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Internships

Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments - curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Requirements vary depending on the specific internship.  In general, a strong knowledge of art history is required. Internships are open to both U.S. citizens and non-citizens.
Information: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_internship.asp
ONCA Deadline: December 1
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Organization of American States Fellowships

Description: The Department of Human Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere's largest multinational fellowships and training programs. In recent years the Department of Human Development has provided several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research, fellowships for undergraduate studies at universities through the region and awards for specialized, short-term training at educational institutions and training centers in OAS Member and Observer States. OAS offers fellowships for graduate study or research in the Americas in any field except medical and related fields and introductory language studies. Awards are tenable for at least 3 months and up to 2 years and provide travel expenses, tuition, special fees, study materials, and a subsistence allowance.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a university degree, know the language of their host country, and secure acceptance at chosen university, study center, or research site.
Application Information: http://www.oas.org/en/scholarships/
Approximate Deadline: March 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

Description: The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. Full tuition to attend PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a minimum $1,000 stipend. Minimum of $5,000 toward graduate school tuition. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum. Eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities.

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; completion of junior year; at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining. Must be committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools. Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations, and other related programs. Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives. Economic need is given consideration.
Application Information:
http://www.ppiaprogram.org/app/
ONCA Deadline:
October 15
Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Description: The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The goal of the fellowship program is 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 pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in either public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).
Information:
http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/
ONCA Deadline: January 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

Description: The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount). Fellows must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered; Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study; Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application; A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding. Finalists will attend an interview session in Washington, D.C.; the program pays the costs of transportation to the interview. Those selected as new Fellows will attend an orientation in Washington, D.C. Medical and security clearances will be required for program participation.
Information:
http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/
ONCA Deadline: January 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

Description: Smithsonian Institution offers a wide range of support for research and study at a variety of levels in fields actively pursued by its museums, research institutes, and research offices, including Latino and Native American Community Fellowships. Internships range from unpaid to $500/wk for 10 weeks, and up. Fellowship opportunities range from: Senior and Postdoctoral - $35,000 per year; Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral - $40,000 per year; Predoctoral - $22,000 per year; Graduate Students - $4,500

Eligibility: Open to all.
Application Information: http://www.smithsonianofi.com/
ONCA Deadlines: For Internships: rotating throughout the year, but roughly January, June, and October. For Fellowships: December 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Society for the Psychological Study of Applied Social Issues  (SPSSI)

Description: Program designed to encourage research, intervention projects, nonpartisan lobbying for legislation, and writing and implementing public policy. This organization page lists numerous, major fellowships and funding opportunities that may be of benefit to SPSSI student members. A brief description, summary of eligibility criteria, and contact information are provided for each fellowship. Deadline dates are noted in caps next to the name of the Fellowship. Dates with asterisks (*) indicate the expected deadline listed is based on last year's competition. Recipient awards cover research costs, community, organizing, summer stipends, and other related expenses. Proposals are invited for applying social science principles to social issues.

Eligibility: Applicants may be from fields of psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines. College seniors and graduate students may apply.
Application: http://www.spssi.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=482
Deadlines Vary Based Upon Fellowships: Check Website!
Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

Truman Scholarship

Description: The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs:  Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars. The Truman Scholarship assists future leaders in public service and government with funding for the senior year of undergraduate study and two or three years of graduate study.

Eligibility: Junior, B average and upper fourth of class; U.S. national; major and career interest leading to some area of public service.
Application:
Includes an analysis of a public policy issue or problem, statement of interest in a career in government or public service, and three letters of recommendation. See http://www.truman.gov for all details and to apply.
Approximate Deadline:
Candidate Online Registration Deadline: January 31
ONCA Deadline: January 15
Contact:
Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University, onca@winthrop.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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