External Scholarships and Fellowships: Information & Overview

In support of its stated mission, Marlboro College encourages and provides assistance to students for pursuing external scholarships and fellowships. These programs can provide additional scholarly training, opportunities to develop a global perspective, professional development, and generous financial support. Marlboro’s Career Development office is a good place to begin exploring these opportunities. Staff at Career Development will help connect students with mentors and advisors on the Prizes & Scholarships Committee or at the Gander Center for World Studies. All of these campus organizations offer support, advice, and feedback to help students prepare the most competitive application possible. For example, the Prizes & Scholarships Committee will help match students with an appropriate faculty advisor, or help establish a review committee for programs that require an advisor or an internal college committee to review an application.

Successful applicants start the process early and give themselves sufficient time to prepare and organize all pieces of their application. Applicants need to coordinate well in advance with the authors of their letters of recommendation.  

Below is a list of fellowship and scholarship programs, with a brief description of each program. This is only a partial list, but it illustrates the wide range of programs available to students. The title of each program links to that program’s official web page.

Fulbright U.S. Students Program

 “The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.”

 Marshall Scholarships      

“Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.”

Rhodes Scholarships           

“The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.”

Truman Scholarships          

“The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:

  • to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and
  • to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.”

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.”

Gates Millennium Scholars

“The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.”

Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship

“This $100,000 fellowship fund established by the family of SIT Study Abroad Nicaragua ’06 alumna Alice Rowan Swanson, is a living tribute to Alice’s life, her passion for bridging cultures and helping others and the role that SIT Study Abroad played in her life.”

Critical Languages Scholarship Program

“A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer 2012. The selection process will be administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program will be administered by CAORC and American Councils for International Education.”

W. J. Clinton Fellowship

“The American India Foundation's William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is committed to developing the next generation of leaders. Through AIF's 10 month fellowship in India, Clinton Fellows are equipped with a practical, field-based knowledge of development. These fellows will become life-long ambassadors for service to the marginalized & underserved in India.”

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

"The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year."

We reiterate our appeal: start early to give yourself time to prepare an excellent application.

Career Development

Prizes & Scholarships Committee

Gander Center for World Studies