Pickering Graduate Fellowship

Pickering Graduate Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program provides financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare students academically and professionally for a career in the US Department of State Foreign Service.  Graduate Fellows receive up to $42,000 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

https://pickeringfellowship.org/

Deadline: October 21, 2020

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Pickering Graduate Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

 

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship supports Fellows through two years of graduate study (in subjects relevant to the work of the Foreign Service) along with internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers.

http://www.rangelprogram.org

Deadline: October 14, 2020

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Rangel Graduate Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

 

Truman Scholarship

Deadline: December 1 2020

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Truman process for potential applicants!

Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service (broadly defined), and who wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers.  Scholars may attend graduate or professional school in the United States or internationally.

Applicants should be “change agents,” with a demonstrated passion for improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Applicants should be active participants in two or more of the following types of activities:

  • Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities
  • Community service-related activities that are not organized by a school or a fraternity/sorority
  • Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, military/ROTC
  • Partisan political activities and campaigns

http://www.truman.gov/

Penn Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

 

Penn’s Application Process

The Truman Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Application Deadline of December 1, 2020

  • Interested candidates should contact Lauren Orr by November 1 in order to obtain access to the Truman online application. 
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. 
  • Submit your application materials through the Truman online application system.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  

 

Trudeau Scholarship

Deadline: January 8 2021

Trudeau Scholarship

The Trudeau Scholarship provides three years full funding for a doctoral degree on one of four program themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People and their Natural Environment for either:

  • Canadians to earn a doctorate at a foreign (i.e., non-Canadian) university
  • Non-Canadians to earn a doctorate at a Canadian university

http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/scholarships

The Trudeau Foundation is currently reviewing the Scholarship with a focus on Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership. Information on last year's competition is now posted. More information will be available when this year's competition launches at http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/doctoral-scholarships on November 15, 2020 (TENTATIVE)

Penn Deadline: January 8, 2021 (TENTATIVE)

 

Penn’s Application Process

The Trudeau Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of January 8, 2021 (TENTATIVE)

  • As soon as you have arranged for three letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. Two recommendation letters must be from academics, and the third must be from a referee who can speak to your leadership qualities.
  • Complete the Trudeau application form, which is posted to the Foundation’s website in November.
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your Trudeau application form and your unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and official transcripts from other institutions if you attended full-time or earned a degree at another university).  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  

 

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

Deadline: January 29 2022

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust awards $25,000 for PhD students’ final year in school.  All disciplines are eligible. Special consideration is given to applicants in the humanities. Only PhD candidates who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2022 are eligible for consideration for a 2021-2022 fellowship. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the DeKarman Foundation will ONLY BE ACCEPTING APPLICANTS COMPLETING THEIR DISSERTATIONS AT SCHOOLS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM, STANFORD, CALTECH, OR USC LISTED AT http://www.dekarman.org/qualifications/. Hopefully, the de Karman fellowship will again be available to PhD students enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania starting in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Additional details and application materials at http://www.dekarman.org/qualifications/

Recent recipients are listed at http://www.dekarman.org/fellowship-recipients/

Deadline: January 29, 2022 (TENTATIVE) (THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION ONLY OPEN TO PHD STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA)

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to PhD students enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Applicants will mail the application and supporting materials directly to the Trust by January 29, 2022 (TENTATIVE)  

 

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Deadline: January 30 2022

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, made possible by the generosity of Sir Walter Annenberg, is awarded to outstanding students of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford.  Resuming in the 2021-2022 academic year, Penn will send a PhD student to Oxford as a non-degree visiting student every other year and Oxford will send a DPhil student to Penn. The next Penn student will be sent to Oxford for the 2022-2023 academic year.  The Scholarship covers all fees and provides a stipend of £8000. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in 2022-2023, the stipend will be increased (exact amount TBD).

Applicants must be at the dissertation stage or in the final stages of course work in pursuit of a PhD in any subject taught at Oxford University. Preference will be given to American citizens.

Penn Deadline: January 30, 2022, 11:59pm

 

Penn Application Process

The Penn liaison for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship accepts applications from individual students, and the Queen Elizabeth Scholar is selected by a committee of Penn faculty. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of January 30, 2022.

  • In order to apply, applicants must obtain approval from their Penn graduate department to be a visiting student at Oxford during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Two recommendation letters are required. As soon as you have arranged for two letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender.  One letter should be from your current or proposed Penn dissertation supervisor, who should identify her/himself as such in their letter, and the other should come from another Penn faculty member with whom you have studied.
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines
    • your CV
    • a document listing the department(s) in which you plan to study or conduct research at Oxford
    • a description of work you’re planning at Oxford (including resources you’ll utilize) [500-words maximum]
    • the name(s), department(s), and email address(es) of faculty member(s) at Oxford you have been in contact with who have indicated a willingness to work with you while you are at Oxford
    • copies of email confirmation from each faculty member who has indicated a willingness to work with you at Oxford
    • official undergraduate and graduate transcript (please scan these from official transcripts)
    • a document noting your intended future occupation
    • if you have ever visited the United Kingdom, a document that briefly states the purpose of your visit(s) (e.g., holiday, study abroad, research, etc.). 

If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission.

  • Nominated students will receive further instructions. 

 

Soros Fellowship for New Americans (immigrants and children of immigrants)

Soros Fellowship

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship supports New Americans (immigrants or the children of immigrants), who are pursuing a graduate degree in any field in the United States.  The Fellowship provides up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years, for a total of up to $90,000 in student support.

https://www.pdsoros.org/

Deadline: October 29, 2020, *2:00pm Eastern US Time*

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Soros Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.
  • Applicants will submit the application and supporting materials electronically here.

 

Beinecke Scholarship

Deadline: December 1 2020

Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship provides scholarships for juniors planning to pursue graduate study in the humanities, social sciences, or the arts.  Each scholar receives $4,000 upon completion of their undergraduate studies, and a total additional $30,000 for support of graduate study.  Applicants must have a history of being eligible for need-based financial aid.

http://fdnweb.org/beinecke/

Penn Deadline: December 1, 2020, 11:59pm

Penn’s Application Process

The Beinecke Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to Penn’s nominee, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of December 1, 2020, 11:59pm.

  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation from at least three Penn faculty members, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each referee. Recommendation letters for the Beinecke Scholarship must be written by faculty in the applicant's field (or a closely allied field) who have taught you and/or supervised your research. Letters should focus primarily on the nominee’s academic strength, intellectual curiosity, and potential for advanced graduate study in their field. In particular, Beinecke recommendation letters should address:
    • How does the candidate’s academic ability in their field compare to their peers?
    • Why is the candidate’s specific focus of research unique or important?
    • How is the candidate particularly well-suited to pursue their specific research (academic strength, research experience, other factors)?
    • Why are the graduate schools identified by the candidate a good fit for the candidate and their research interests?
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your Beinecke application form, resume, unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant), and personal statement.  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY. email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  

 

Yenching Academy

Yenching Academy

Functioning as an independent college at Peking University, Beijing, the Academy offers students a Master of Arts in China Studies with a curriculum that covers six broad categories: Literature and Culture; History and Archaeology; Philosophy and Religion; Politics and International Relations; Economics and Management; and Law and Society.  Academy courses will be available in both English and Chinese.

Fellowships for international Yenching Scholars are for twelve months, during the course of which they complete their coursework and may complete the thesis.  A limited number of financial aid packages are available for those who wish to remain on campus for a second year.  Degrees are granted upon the completion of all coursework and satisfactory defense of the thesis, and are awarded in January and July of each year.

http://yenchingacademy.org/

Penn Deadline for currently enrolled Penn students: November 15, 2020

NOTE:  Alumni who are citizens of nations other than the US or Canada must also apply for Penn endorsement by November 15, 2020, in order to meet Yenching's non-US and Canada application deadline.  If you are uncertain whether you fall under the non-US and Canada deadline, please contact Yenching Academy's Admissions Team at yca-admissions@pku.edu.cn

Penn’s Application Process

The Yenching Academy program accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of November 15, 2020.

  • Applicants must complete and submit this Yenching application form and submit it as part of your application to Penn.
  • This year, Yenching Academy has announced that Peking University will only accept recommendation letters written by full professors or associate professors. Please check each potential recommender's webpage to ascertain their academic rank. If you are uncertain about their rank, please email Dr. Genser at genser@upenn.edu.
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation, complete a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. Applicants must also complete and submit this Yenching recommendation form, which you must send to each of your recommenders and which must be submitted by recommenders to CURF along with their Yenching recommendation letter for you.
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your completed Yenching application form, your personal statement, CV/resume, and unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant).  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions. 
  • After being nominated by Penn, applicants must also complete and submit the Yenching application. Applicants should NOT complete the “Recommenders” section of the online application. Since Penn submits each candidate’s two letters of recommendation by email, nominees should simply enter their recommenders’ information (name, title, etc.) in the Yenching application system, but enter yca-submissions@pku.edu.cn and noreply-yca-admissions@pku.edu.cn instead of the recommenders’ email addresses, then click “send request.” This will prevent unnecessary work for recommenders.

 

Thouron Award

Thouron Award

The Thouron Award is tenable at any university in the United Kingdom, and covers tuition and fees for a single one- or two-year graduate degree program, plus a living allowance and generous travel stipend.  Applicants will be selected on the basis of scholarship, as well as clarity of purpose, contribution to community, and other intangible aspects of person.

The Thouron-University of Pennsylvania Fund for British-American Student Exchange exists for the promotion of better understanding and closer friendship between the people of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. This academic exchange and experience in international friendship was conceived by and is supported by gifts from Sir John Thouron and the late Esther du Pont, Lady Thouron, of Unionville, Pennsylvania.

Fall 2020 applicants must have completed their most recent degree from Penn (or be in the process of completing their Penn degree) no earlier than Spring 2018.

https://www.thouronaward.org/apply-from-penn/

Penn Deadline: October 15, 2020

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • Submit your application materials and register your recommenders directly through the Thouron Award website by October 15, 2020.
  • Candidates are also expected to be in touch with at least one faculty member at their first choice UK institution. These individuals need not ultimately supervise candidates' dissertation work, but should serve as a contact for applicants to become familiar with their intended departments.
  • After applications are received, the Thouron faculty committee will screen the applications. A set of finalists will then be invited in December to attend interviews, almost always held in late January or early February in Philadelphia. 

 

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