Graduate Studies

National Science Foundation Research Fellow, 2014: Alec Christian (’14)

The following are scholarships for students enrolled in graduate programs. Read below for eligibility.

AAUW International Fellowship
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2014, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year. Deadline: early December.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low (architecture, computer/informational sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline: early January.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
3 month fellowships to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law students in the creation of science and technology policy. Stipend of $9,000 during the fellowship period. Applications for a session are due the fall before the session begins.

*Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships
Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine Studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian Studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape Studies. Deadline: variable.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation
Recognizes excellence in environmental research and education. Must demonstrate clear interest in solid waste management research. Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships are awarded up to $14,400 per year, and can be extended for up to 3 years from the initial award date. Master’s scholarships are awarded up to $6,000 per year and can be extended for up to 2 years from the initial award date. Deadline: April

Ford Foundation Fellowships
Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The program is open to all citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the U.S., and those granted DACA status. The three levels of the program, predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral, provide one to three years of support in all research-based Ph.D. study within the STEM, Social Sciences and Humanities. Application deadlines early December.

Forum for Theological Exploration – Doctoral Fellowships for Students of Color
FTE offers fellowships to sustain current Ph.D. and Th.D. students of color through graduate school and into a vocation of teaching and scholarship. In doing so, FTE is working toward improving the quality of theological education and scholarship by diversifying the faculties of theological schools. Deadline: variable.

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowships
The Hertz Foundation funds graduate study in the applied physical sciences. Students must have a superior preparation in the natural sciences with a strong pedigree of experience in and aptitude for applied research. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8 in sciences, 3.6 overall. No institutional nomination is required, but potential applicants are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Deadline: Fall, with an extensive application. The foundation annually lists those graduate schools approved for use of the fellowship.

Humane Studies Fellowships
The Institute for Humane Studies offers fellowships for exceptional full-time undergraduate, graduate, law, and professional students. This fellowship is provided to students whose research and studies support the ideas and advancement of a free society. Competitive students will be seeking careers in areas such as academia, public policy, journalism, the media, film, fiction, and art. Around 100 students are awarded up to $12,000 for a year of academic study. The majority of winners are Ph.D. students, but very competitive undergraduate and Master’s level students may apply. This award can be applied to overseas studies.

James Madison Graduate Fellowship
Madison Fellowships are awarded to students with strong interest in public school (secondary) teaching who hope to attend a suitable master’s program for such preparation. The federally funded program lists preferences by subject of master’s degrees, the program funds for up to two years. The aim of the program is to foster greater understanding of the U.S. Constitution, its purpose and its interpretation in contemporary society. At least one Madison Fellow is chosen from each state (based upon residency). No institutional nomination is required, but potential applicants are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Madison deadline: early March.

Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies
A two-year program intended to help Japanese nationals obtaining Ph.D. degrees in macroeconomics and preparing them to work as economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). JISP covers all reasonable expenses for two years of graduate study. Deadline: Late December.

The Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships
Requirement: Polish Ancestry, or academic interest in Polish studies
The Kosciuszko Foundation encourages graduate study that may include a year in a Polish graduate institution. Past recipients have earned one-year Masters degrees at the Center for European Studies at Jagiellonian University-Krakow or at one of several medical and health-related sites. Financial need is not a determining factor but is taken into consideration. A slight preference is given to students of Polish descent. The program may also provide for one year of support at the student’s home domestic graduate school. No institutional nomination is required, but potential applicants are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Deadlines vary.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship – For graduate study in Ireland
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell is designed to introduce and connect upcoming generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Deadline: Late September.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Deadlines vary by subject interest.

The Norway-America Association
Offers scholarships to Norwegian citizens for graduate study and research in the U.S. Award amounts range from$ 2,000 to $20,000. Deadline: December 18th every year, for the following academic year.

Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships
For graduate study or research in any field except medical sciences or introductory language study. Studies may be carried out by on-site or by distance education or a combination of both, and must always be undertaken on a full- time basis. The scholarship is awarded for a minimum period of one academic year and a maximum of two academic years. Deadline: variable.

Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each award is worth up to $90,000 (up to $25,000/year stipend; up to $20,000/year tuition support). Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field at any graduate degree-granting institution in the United States, with the exception of online programs. The Fellowship program looks for applicants who have demonstrated and sustained accomplishments that show creativity, originality and initiative, as well as a commitment to responsible citizenship in this country. For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, please visit
Deadline: Nov. 1

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarships to international women students to pursue graduate study in the U.S.or Canada. Maximum scholarship is $10,000,renewable for up to two years. Does not include travel costs. Deadline: variable.

Rotary Global Grant
Rotary International annually awards approximately 1,200 Ambassadorial Scholarships to more than 60 countries. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide 9-11 months of study and cultural exchange. Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide two years of study in a foreign country. For both the Academic-Year and the Multi-Year Scholarships, foreign language requirements vary with the host countries. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships will provide funding for three to six months of immersion and intensive language study in another country. The Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships rely on language proficiency and provide funding for students studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Each year, Rotary International awards approximately 70 World Peace Scholarships to one of seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and reconciliation around the globe. RI provides these scholarships for students to work towards a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution. Applicants are evaluated on their potential to lead in government, business, and other areas. Applicants must also be proficient in at least two languages, including the language of the preferred host university. Most World Peace Scholars will have several years of post-graduate experience or graduate study prior to application.

For any of these programs, application is made either through the office of Wake Forest Scholars, if one wishes to compete through the Piedmont region of North Carolina, or directly through the Rotary chapter in one’s hometown and state. Finalists interview in early to mid spring (preferably of the junior year) for programs of study and exchange to begin approximately in 15-18 months. For example, a student earning a Rotary Fellowship at the end of the junior year of college would begin that scholarship service in later fall or winter following graduation. While there is no established minimum academic requirement from Rotary, successful candidates will be in the top 1/3 of the class or higher. Interested students would do well to contact their local Rotary chapter early in the fall of the junior (or senior) year, as deadlines vary around the country. Expected date (for juniors or seniors) to notify campus committee of interest in program: December 15 (or earlier for early district interviews nationally).

William E. Simon Fellowships for Noble Purpose
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute established the William Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose for graduating seniors who are pursuing goals and professions marked by generosity and service. Each year, one grant of $40,000 is awarded to a graduating senior with honorable future plans and studies. Awards in the amount of $5,000 are given to two other exemplary students. Competitive students are passionate, altruistic, and dedicated. Students must also demonstrate academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a mature understanding of their aspirations. Application deadline: early February.