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Have you been thinking about studying abroad? Learning a new language? Participating in a research project? Developing your professional skills outside of the classroom? If yes, then a fellowship might be for you! To find out more information about fellowships (for example, what IS a fellowship?) please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. We also have tips and advice on how to write a competitive personal statement.

Below are several competitive fellowships and scholarships that may be a good fit for you. Some might involve developing your foreign language skills; there are opportunities to do this at area institutions. Make sure to check the "official deadline" and the "RMU deadline" for each opportunity.

There is also an opportunity to do your honors thesis abroad with Euroscholars, a program specifically designed for honors students to study and do research at top European Universities. Click here to see the list of research projects. The semester includes a Language & Culture Course which will transfer in as study abroad credit, a Methods and Literature Review course that will transfer in as HNRS4900 Honors Research & Methodology, and a research project that will transfer as the honors thesis courses. A big advantage of this program is that most, if not all, of RMU financial aid will transfer. Also there are opportunities to apply for external scholarships as well. Early application is advised, but the final deadlines are April 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring.

RMU is partnered with the CIEE, one of the oldest and largest providers of study abroad experiences. This program offers numerous opportunities to do research abroad, currently maintaining 200 programs in 41 countries and 60 cities. The cost would be the same as your RMU tuition, including all student aid. However, CIEE does offer numerous internal and external grants and scholarships that can make studying abroad more affordable (some are worth $5,000!) For more information on CIEE programs, please contact honors@rmu.edu or Jesse Phillips (Center for Global Engagement) at phillipsj@rmu.edu.

The Honors Program also offers Summer Enrichment Awards to all freshmen Honors students. This award promotes and provides support for research experiences or foreign language studies during the summer of their freshmen year. Students must meet all the requirements on the Enrichment Award Checksheet and submit a completed application in order to be eligible for the award. To begin the process of applying for the Summer Enrichment Award, please fill out the Spring Semester Survey.

If you would like to discuss applying for any of these opportunities with the Honors Program please contact Lindsey Sobolosky at sobolosky@rmu.edu.


Travel/Work Abroad Fellowships & Scholarships


 

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Targeted Group:

Undergraduate rising junior or senior wanting to take part in a multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore.

Eligibility:
  • U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university
  • Rising junior or senior status; minimum GPA of 3.0
  • No formal prior work or study abroad experiences
  • Prior knowledge of language of host country (applicable in Germany and Argentina only)
Fields Supported:

Academic or practical experience (volunteer or work) in sustainability, environmental awareness, engineering, and related sciences.

  • Math, Music and Art
  • Presidential Leadership
  • Physics and Sport
  • Topics in Sustainability
  • Identities & Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, Sex
  • Creating the Magic: Walt Disney World
Level of Support
  • Program-related travel expenses, including round-trip airfare to and within internship country and accommodations, are covered
  • Fellows are expected to cover the costs of passports, food, and additional spending money while abroad. These costs are not expected to exceed $835 (excluding spending money).
External Application Deadline:

Early February

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

Fulbright

Targeted Group:

Recent graduates: Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients. Should have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project. Master's and doctoral candidates: Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Eligibility:

Must have a bachelors degree and sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. Please also check the country specific eligibility requirements.

Fields Supported:

All fields. Can participate in a Research StudyResearch Study or an English Teaching Assistant Program

Level of Support

All Fulbright U.S. Student grants include round-trip transportation to the host country, funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country, accident & sickness health benefits. Book and research allowances,full or partial tuition, language study programs, pre-departure and in-country orientations are available for some programs

External Application Deadline:

Mid October

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Targeted Group:

Undergraduate students wanting to study abroad

Eligibility:

Must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant and been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. Minimum length to study abroad is 4 weeks in one country.

Fields Supported:

Students in all disciplines, including science and engineering, health and medicine, business, law, social sciences and the humanities, arts and culture are encouraged to apply.

Level of Support

$5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Award from the Gilman Scholarship Program of $8,000.

External Application Deadline:

Early March for Summer/Fall study abroad trips, Early October for Spring

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

Vira I. Heinz
Program for Leadership in Global Leadership

Targeted Group:

Undergraduate women of sophomore or junior status at one of the VIH institutions. Applicants should be interested in international experiences, leadership development, and community service.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate woman of sophomore or junior status at one of the VIH institutions

  • U.S. citizen
  • Full time student status for at least two terms with a Baccalaureate degree in progress
  • QPA of not less than 3.0
  • Will return to your university / college as a full time student during the fall semester following

The study abroad experience

  • International experience must take place in one country (no multi-country experiences); it must be accredited and last for at least 28 days
  • Be available to attend all activities during two mandatory weekend retreats: one during the spring term prior to studying abroad and one during the fall following the study abroad experience

Commit to meeting all requirements of the VIH Program, including, but not limited to:

  • submitting an Experience Report;
  • completing a CEE & submitting a CEE Report;
  • completing all assignments for the two retreats;
  • assisting with marketing the VIH Program on your campus
Fields Supported:

Students in all disciplines.

Level of Support

Selected applicants will receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing. All students who choose to study outside of Western Europe will automatically be awarded an additional scholarship of $1,000.

External Application Deadline:

November 1

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


Travel Abroad to Learn a Critical Language Scholarships

 

Critical Language Scholarship

Targeted Group:

Undergraduate or Graduate student wanting to study a critical foreign language. The CLS Program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during a seven- to ten-week program.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be enrolled at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, or professional degree) level. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study at the college level by the program start date (two semesters or three quarters).

Fields Supported:

Students in all disciplines, including science and engineering, health and medicine, business, law, social sciences and the humanities, arts and culture are encouraged to apply.

Level of Support

Program costs – airfare, tuition, room and board, cultural program expenses, overseas health benefits, and applicable visa fees – are fully covered for all participants. Participants receive a small stipend to cover incidental expenses and meals not provided by the program.

External Application Deadline:

TBA

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


STEM Fellowships & Scholarships

 

ASCO Numatics Scholarship

Targeted Group:

Engineering students that demonstrate the potential to significantly contribute to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies

Eligibility:

Applicants must have completed their sophomore year in a bachelor’s degree program or enrolled in a graduate program, at the time of application. For students enrolled in a 4+ year bachelor's program, those who have completed their sophomore/second year when applying for this scholarship will be considered.

Fields Supported:

Engineering majors

Level of Support

$5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines

External Application Deadline:

TBA

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

DAAD- RISE

Targeted Group:

Undergraduate rising juniors and seniors (RISE) and Recent graduates, Master and PhD students (RISE Professional) wanting to intern as a research assistant in Germany

Eligibility:
  • Full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field),
  • German language skills are not required for most positions but would be helpful to manage everyday life outside of the laboratory. The working language will generally be English.
Fields Supported:

Biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering

Level of Support

Monthly scholarship of € 150 for undergraduates, € 250 for MA-students and graduates and € 500 for PhD students. The host companies will contribute an additional stipend of € 500 per month. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive a lump sum of € 800 for travel expenses and € 150 travel reimbursement for the trip to the scholarship meeting in Heidelberg or Dresden.

For those who plan to attend a language course in Germany, DAAD will cover 80 % of course-fees (max. € 500).

External Application Deadline:

Late January

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

Graduate, Research, Education, and Training (GREAT)- Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Targeted Group:

Pre-med undergraduate students

Eligibility:

Eligibility varies by research program. Most of the research projects require applicants to have completed two years of undergraduate work at the time of application. Please check each research opportunity for specific eligibility criteria.

Fields Supported:

Pre-Med majors

Level of Support

The level of support varies by project. Most offer a stipend, free housing, and academic credit. For example, the University of Oklahoma Health Services Center offers free housing, transportation, a 3 credit academic course, and a $3,000 stipend.

External Application Deadline:

Varies.

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Targeted Group:

STEM major undergraduates looking to participate in a summer research program

Eligibility:

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are eligible to apply. Graduating Seniors are ineligible. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Fields Supported:

Supports active research participation by undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines .

Level of Support

Approximately $4000 for 10-12 week program. Housing is provided for most REUs. Check with each REU opportunity for stipend and housing stipulations.

External Application Deadline:

Late August

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

Targeted Group:

Students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

Eligibility:
  • Able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • Student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and,
Fields Supported:
  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation
Level of Support

Click here to see approved undergraduate and graduate degrees

External Application Deadline:

Mid December

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA


 

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Targeted Group:

College seniors, recent graduates, and career changers who have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math)

Eligibility:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
  • Have attained, or expect to attain, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred
Fields Supported:

Looking for students who have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math) and are looking to obtain a Master's degree in STEM education

Level of Support

A stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program, in Georgia, Indiana, or New Jersey. You will have to also commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey.

External Application Deadline:

Mid October

Internal Application Deadline:

TBA