Senior Year

Wake Forest Senior Anna Nicodemus

Senior Year Application

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Foundation Fellowships

Women with superior academic records and interest in fields of graduate study historically underrepresented by women may compete for one year fellowships funded by AAUW. Areas of study include fields such as architecture, computer science, and engineering. Women of color may also use this fellowship for professional schooling. Candidates may apply independent of the Wake Forest Scholars Program but are encouraged to contact the Director. Application deadline: November 1.


AT&T Labs Fellowship Program

The AT&T Labs Fellowships fund students pursuing a doctoral degree in fields related to computers and communications. These fellowships are available for three years and must be renewed every year with evidence that the fellow is making satisfactory progress in his/her program. To be eligible, applicants must be female or members of an ethnic minority underrepresented in the sciences. The fellowship provides funding for tuition, books, travel, and living expenses. Students also participate in a summer internship with an AT&T lab during the summer of the first year of the fellowship. The application deadline is in late January.


National Security Education Program/David L. Boren Scholarships

The Boren Scholarship is constituted of two components. One awards grants for summer or semester international study (especially where language study is a major focus) at and during the undergraduate level. Boren Graduate Scholarships provide for 1-2 years of financial support to encourage overseas study focused on intense advancement in a modern foreign language in the home cultural setting. No institutional nomination is required, but potential candidates are encouraged to consult with department mentors in languages as well as with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Boren deadline: January 31.


Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program

Provides annually and nationally 8-10 one year paid internships to students for the year following graduation from college (or before any graduate program commences). Interns work in Washington, DC, on Carnegie Endowment projects related to international affairs. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.6. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: November 15. WFU can nominate up to two candidates each year.


Churchill Scholarships

The Churchill Scholarships provide graduate degree funding for science research at Cambridge University in England. These Scholarships could be awarded to students who intend eventually to pursue joint MD/PhD programs as well as more traditional graduate studies in the sciences. Twelve or more awarded nationally each year. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8; application through WFU nomination only. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: September 1.


Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships provide 15-20 annual awards to fund up to four years of graduate or professional education in the United States. Demonstrated financial need is one component of selection. The Foundation especially encourages students from underprivileged socio-economic and diverse cultural backgrounds, the achievements of such students to imply significant effort to overcome heightened odds of success. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.7; application through WFU, which can nominate two people annually. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: January 1st.


Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program provides an intense one year experience in team management directed at ameliorating social problems in urban America. Coro Fellows receive assistance for an academic year of coursework, combined with field assignments related to public policy or media, at one of several Coro Centers in the United States. Students are charged tuition but can apply for scholarship assistance. Students may apply directly to the Coro Fellows Program but should advise the Wake Forest Scholars program of intent to apply. Suggested campus deadline: November 15.

Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Fellowships

See United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Fellowships


Ford Foundation Fellowships

The Ford Foundation provides support to persons of identifiable ethnic and racial minorities for up to three years of study leading towards research-based terminal degrees (PhD, ScD) with intent to both teach and conduct research in a university setting. The program serves to encourage a more diverse future in American science laboratories and social science classrooms.


Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships provide students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to study or affiliate for one year at a foreign institution (for cultural exchange, course study, or degree candidacy, depending on the home country). Approximately 1400 grants provided each year to over 140 countries worldwide. Requirements and competition vary from country to country, but most non-English-speaking host countries require competency in the host language.

The Fulbright Scholars Program also sponsors Fulbright Teaching Assistantships to select countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. These fellowships vary in requirement and competition, but typically provide a year of residence in a host country in exchange for teaching English. Fluency in the host country language is not a requirement in every case.

Suggested minimum GPA: 3.5. WFU seniors may apply only through WFU nomination. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program is September 1 of the senior year, though students are strongly encouraged to begin development of study proposals in the junior year. Wake Forest has become a major Fulbright nomination and award institution. The most successful candidates will be those who engage the Director and campus mentors early in the application process.

Also sponsored by Fulbright are grants in business, economics, international relations, and law to Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. In addition the Fulbright Islamic Civilization Initiative Program encourages Fulbright grants to countries with considerable Muslim populations. The Critical Language Enhancement awards encourage highly capable candidates by providing language training in country prior to the commencement of one’s project.

Students talented in the creative and performing arts can apply to any country for a Fulbright Scholarship in their area of specialty. Guidelines vary from country to country. Performing arts proposals should focus on training and cultivating skill. Creative arts proposals might focus on collecting background information or conducting research for novels, short stories, or films, etc. Host country affiliations might include settings such as museums and galleries. Supplemental materials are typically required in the application and must be applicable to the proposed study or project. The Fulbright program encourages talented artists and writers to apply and share any works they have created with their respective host countries while funded by the scholarship.


The Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellowships

Please refer to previous junior year reference to this program.


Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships provide up to two years of graduate study at Cambridge University in England. Forty or more awarded annually. Leadership is an important criterion for selection. Students apply directly to Cambridge and to the Cambridge Trust but are asked to notify and work with the Director. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8; Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: September 1st.


Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides support for students from groups underrepresented in the sciences or disadvantaged backgrounds to earn a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in the biological sciences. This fellowship will provide full support for up to 5 years. Eligible students are graduating seniors or graduates who have completed no more than one year of graduate studies. Applicants should have outstanding academic records, previous accomplishments and attainment of goals, research experience, a proposed plan of research and study, and must demonstrate promise as a scientific investigator. Approximately 5 fellows are selected each year. Applications must be received by mid October.


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. Hertz Foundation application deadline: November 1, with an extensive application. The foundation annually lists those graduate schools approved for use of the fellowship.


The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is given to one or two graduating seniors a year. This award provides a $10,000 stipend for the recipient to complete a service project of his or her choosing domestically or abroad. Students may propose to complete their service project on their own or through a religious, community, governmental, or educational organization. Awards are based not only on the merits of the service proposal, but also on academic record and personal achievements. The $10,000 stipend is provided in two payments, $5,000 at the beginning of the project and $5,000 upon receipt of a six-month progress report. Around 85 graduating seniors apply each year. Application deadline is in February.


Javits Scholarships in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Federally based, nationally competitive Javits Scholarships are awarded to as many as 100 students annually to fund up to four years of graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Students must show superior academic ability and talent and a desire to earn the terminal degree in the field of study. Demonstrated financial need is one requirement. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8. No institutional nomination is required, but potential applicants are required to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Javits deadline: December 1, with an extensive application.


Knowles Math & Science Teaching (KSTF) Fellowships

The KSTF teaching fellowship program supports those with a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or mathematics and who are committed to teaching high school math or science in public schools. This fellowship supports teachers both professionally and financially for up to five years. During the first year of the fellowship, recipients will participate in a teacher credentialing program. In following years, fellows will begin a career in teaching and will continue to receive training. Fellows come together as a group three times a year for a professional meeting and local mentors are available for support throughout the year. In the first year, tuition assistance and a monthly stipend are given while working towards credentialing. Full-time teachers in the program are eligible for grants and summer professional development/living funds. Around 13-15 students are chosen annually. The deadline for application is in mid January.


The Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships

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. Kosciuszko deadline: January 15.


Luce Fellowships

Luce Fellowships provide one year of cultural exchange to Asia for 15 young adult American leaders who may have undertaken some level of graduate study or career and who would benefit from such a mentorship in fields such as business & economics, law, environmental studies, science & medicine, and journalism. Students with significant prior experience in Asia or in an Asian Studies curriculum are not eligible. Suggested minimum GPA upon graduation: 3.8; application through WFU nomination only. Most successful candidates will be two or more years into a graduate degree program or job. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: October 1.


James Madison Fellowships

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 the types 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: March 1.


Math for America

The mission of Math for America is to improve math education in the public school systems by training outstanding mathematically-oriented students to become secondary school math teachers. The MfA fellowship program provides a $90,000 stipend over the course of the 5 year fellowship. MfA also provides tuition for a master’s degree in education at Bard College, New York University, or Teachers College at Columbia University. Fellows must then commit the next four years to teaching math in a New York City public secondary school. MfA also supports its fellows with mentoring, coaching, support services, professional development, and cohort activities. Competitive applicants must love math, work well with teenagers, and have good communication skills. Applicants must take the ETS PRAXIS II Math content exams: Mathematics Content Knowledge (test number 0061) and Mathematics: Proofs, Models, and Problems, Part 1 (test number 0063). Around 40 fellows are chosen each year. Additionally, the MfA Master Teacher Fellowship provides $50,000 over 4 years to outstanding teachers in mathematics in the NYC public secondary schools. Application materials for the fellows program must be received by late January/Early February. Applications for the Master Teachers program must be received by late March.


George J. Mitchell Scholarships

Please refer to previous junior year reference to this program.


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

These federally funded fellowships can be applied for up to three years of graduate study in science or engineering. The website lists both accepted undergraduate majors and the range of science specialties supported at the graduate level. Interested students might consult with chairs and mentors within their major departments on campus. No institutional nomination is required. NDSEG deadline: first Monday in January.


National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnerships

Individual and institutional partnerships through the NIH allow Ph.D. students to perform all or part of their dissertation research in the NIH laboratories and in NIH-university partnership programs. Completing research with NIH laboratories provides Ph.D. students with opportunities too expensive or too “risky” to be performed elsewhere. To quote the NIH GPP website, the cost of an experiment is “seldom a limiting factor.” To be considered for admission, students must apply to both the GPP program and university of interest. International partnerships include study in the biomedical sciences at Oxford, health sciences at Cambridge, and neuroscience at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Applications to Johns Hopkins, Karolinska, Oxford, and Cambridge will not be submitted unless admission to the GPP is granted. Financial support includes a stipend, health benefits, and tuition as needed. A one- or two-day interview is required. The GPP deadline for Institutional Partnerships is in early January. Exceptions include NCI-Molecular Pathology (deadline in October) and NINR-Nursing & Behavioral Research (deadline in late April). There is no application deadline for current Ph.D. students seeking individual partnerships. This national program is considered highly selective.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

The NSF provides three-year graduate research fellowships for students pursuing Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in science, mathematics, technology, computer science and engineering. Fellowships are intended for individuals in their undergraduate senior year and the early stages of their graduate study. Competitive students should demonstrate the capacity to plan and conduct research and communicate results. The NSF describes fellows as “knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.” Women, minority students, and disabled students are especially encouraged to apply. Around 1,000 fellowships are awarded each year. The deadline for application receipt is in early November – the exact date depends on the primary discipline of the applicant.


Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Pickering Fellowships provide two years of study for up to 20 superior students who expect to pursue graduate study in public policy and administration, international relations, or related academic fields including economics, political science, and foreign languages, with the goal to enter into the U.S. Foreign Service. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.7 in related coursework, 3.5 overall. No institutional nomination is required, but students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Pickering deadline: late February, with an extensive application.


Charles B. Rangel Fellowships

The Rangel Fellowships provide two years of funding for graduate or professional study for students with strong preparation for and interest in international affairs and Foreign Service. The program provides to the ten annual recipients internships and related opportunities in Washington, DC. Strong leadership skills and demonstrated financial need are two complements to a required exemplary academic record. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.5. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: October 15.


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: mid February.


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Up to 30 awards provide a total of tuition plus $40,000 for two years of graduate study in the United States for students who show excellent academic achievement and leadership and who belong to one of three residency categories: 1) a naturalized U. S. citizen; 2) a resident alien (typically, holder of a Green Card); 3) the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The Foundation program invests in the training of new leaders for America. No institutional nomination is required, but students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Soros deadline: November 1.


Morris K. Udall Scholarships

The Udall program, sponsored by the federal government and administered by the Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation, awards over 100 partial scholarships (up to $5,000 each) for graduate study in environmental studies or policy and many related fields including anthropology and journalism. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.5. Application deadline is the first of march. Interested students should consult with Dr. Robert Browne, Dept. of Biology, or with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars.


United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Fellowships

Students who intend graduate study in fields such as natural sciences, technologically related social sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, engineering, and science policy are eligible to apply. Fellows commit to both internship in and job placement after graduate study within fields related to homeland security. Tuition and stipend provided. No institutional nomination is required, but students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. DHS deadline: end of April (online registration of intent to apply), late May filing deadline. Candidates are strongly encouraged to review this program website thoroughly and, if intending to apply, begin the application process in mid spring.