What's a Fellowship?

If you are ready to take on the responsibility of your own pursuit of knowledge, pursuit of truth, and pursuit of adventure then there is a resource you can tap into that will help make your dreams a reality: a nationally competitive fellowship.

Nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and grants will enrich your education and give you an opportunity to push your intellectual limits. Fellowships may provide funding for the last years of undergraduate education, for graduate education both in the US and abroad, or even for travel and independent research not tied to an academic institution.

Even though this program is administered from the Honors College, any UVM student or graduate is invited to make use of it. You do not have to be in the Honors College to apply for the fellowships or to contact our office.

A fellowship represents the educational opportunity of a lifetime. You, the student, are given the chance to take all the skill, wisdom, and intelligence you have acquired during your time on campus to pursue a project or an adventure that has always been of interest to you, but never feasible for you. It's a unique experience, it's a fascinating experience, and it's a life-changing educational experience. It's not for everyone. But it is for people that have a clear idea of how they want to use the knowledge they have gained on campus to change the world around them.

It was UVM's own John Dewey who said, "Through education, society can formulate its own purposes, can organize its own means and resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness in the direction in which it wishes to move." What Dewey forgot to mention is this process is mirrored within every single individual that chooses to use their education as a base for who they are and how they want to change the world. And that is what a fellowship is all about.

Sound like something you're interested in? The pages on the website describe fellowships that you might consider, describe the application process involved, and give advice to applicants. Listed below are the nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and grants offered at UVM that require a university endorsement. Read a full list of nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships & Fellowships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarship/Fellowship Areas of Study Who Should Apply Campus Deadline National Deadline
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: For current undergraduates pursuing careers as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Science Sophomores & Juniors Nov 28, 2016 Jan 27, 2017
Beinecke Scholarship: For current juniors pursuing graduate school in the humanities, social sciences and arts. Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts Juniors Jan 30, 2017 Feb 17, 2017
Boren National Security Education Fellowships: For current undergrads pursuing language and cultural study in areas vital to U.S. security interest Humanities, Social Sciences, Language All undergraduates Jan 27, 2017 Feb 9, 2017
Carnegie Fellowship All Seniors Dec 12, 2016 Jan 15, 2017
Fulbright Grants: Study, research, or teach abroad Any Seniors, Graduate Students Sep 12, 2016 Oct 11, 2016
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Any Seniors, Graduate Students n/a Oct 15, 2016
Gilman: Study abroad aid for outstanding undergraduate students Any Sophomores, Juniors n/a Oct 4, 2016 (for spring and early summer) March 7, 2017 (for fall and regular summer)
Harry S. Truman Scholarships: Post-graduate scholarship for students interested in public service Any Juniors Nov 21, 2016 Feb 2017 (TBD)
Madison Fellowship: For students pursuing a master's degree for a career in teaching high school American History, Education, Political Science Seniors, recent graduates, prospective graduate students n/a March 1, 2017
Marshall Scholarship: Funded post-graduate study at a British University Any Seniors, Graduate Students Aug 29, 2016 Oct 1, 2016
Mitchell Scholarship: Funded post-graduate study in Ireland
Any Seniors, Graduate Students Aug 29, 2016 Oct 1, 2016
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: For current seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students pursuing graduate studies in the sciences, engineering, and social sciences. Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Seniors, graduate students n/a Varies by discipline, Oct - Nov 2016
Rhodes Scholarship: Study at Oxford University Any Seniors & Graduate Students August 29, 2016 Oct 1, 2016
Soros Fellowship: Awarded for two years of graduate study to newly naturalized American citizens or first-generation Americans. Any Seniors & Graduate Students Oct 17, 2016 Nov 1, 2016
Udall Scholarships: Environmental Science, Health Care, or Tribal Public Policy Sophomores & Juniors Feb 6, 2017 March 2017 (TBC)


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"...It's not just the award, it's the process."


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