Fellowships and scholarships exist for every year of a student's time at CMC. Below, you'll find a selection of opportunities CMCers have applied to--and won!--in the past. If you don't see something that works for you here, book an appointment to talk to us about what interests you!
Fellowships are arranged by their due dates over the academic year. Deadlines are approximate; click through to the organization's website for accurate deadlines.
Critical Language Scholarship: This program partners with universities and nonprofits around the globe to provide cohorts of U.S. students an opportunity to study the language and culture in a country/location where the target language is commonly spoken. Most languages in the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. The scholarship covers language instruction, room and board, and travel to and from the student's home city.
Projects for Peace: The Projects for Peace program encourages and supports today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace. Recipients design a grassroots project and implement it during their summer break. The projects judged to be the most promising and “do-able” are awarded the grant. The initiative is open to all students at US colleges and universities which are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, currently over 90 campuses. In a competitive process with multiple nominees from each of these schools, 100 projects are selected for funding at $10,000 each. No citizenship restrictions. Application instructions and more info will be posted on the Projects for Peace Sakai site.
CMC DEADLINE: January
Humanity in Action: A five-week long early summer program focused on international human rights in the context of European issues/the Holocaust (for the programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw) or US civil rights and democracy (for the hybrid “Mapping Democracy” program). This program is meant to provide academic grounding and professional contacts to aspiring human rights practitioners and/or social activists/changemakers. They seek candidates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. No citizenship restrictions.
US/UK Fulbright Summer Institutes: A series of fully-funded 3-4 week long summer academic programs focused on a variety of themes and based at universities in the UK. Especially meant for those who have little to no experience outside the US. US citizenship and GPA of 3.7+ required.
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility during the summer.
Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF): MMUF is a collaboration among the 5Cs, and seeks to identify and support underrepresented students—especially African American, Latinx, or Native American students—with a commitment to diversity and equity, who are interested in earning a doctorate in the core fields of arts, humanities, and selected social sciences and becoming future faculty. The program accepts current sophomores, and provides support (financial and co-curricular) for the rest of their time at CMC (as well as possible loan repayment benefits after graduation). Through the program, you will have a chance to learn about the ins and outs of academic research, what it means to be a faculty member at the college/university level, and have a chance to engage in your own research projects under faculty supervision. Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, DACAmented, or undocumented.
Goldwater Scholarship: The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation offers these scholarships to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals for academic study and research in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and housing and food, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
Rangel Summer Enrichment Program: A fully-funded six week summer program in Washington, DC, focused on foreign affairs. Students attend classes and participate in a variety of program with foreign affairs professionals across the District. Specifically targets underrepresented minorities with an interest in learning about graduate school and foreign affairs careers. US citizenship and GPA of 3.2+ required. DEADLINE: Mid-February
Truman Scholarship: The Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program gives exceptional college juniors who have demonstrated potential to become change agents in public service careers an opportunity to refine their goals and plan their graduate studies. Foundation Scholarships award up to $30,000 for graduate studies in the U.S. or abroad in a very broad range of careers dedicated to public service, including public administration, policy analysis, public health, historical preservation, law, international relations, government, economics, military, social services, education, conservation, environmental protection, and other fields.
Udall Scholarship: A $7,000 scholarship and leadership development program designed to support students committed to careers related to the environment (broadly defined, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields), and (separately) to support Native American and Alaska Native students who want to pursue careers related to tribal public policy or Native health care. Note that the “environment” and Native American categories are separate — you do not need to be Native American to apply in the “environment” category! Must be a US citizen and a sophomore or junior.
CMC DEADLINE: February
Beinecke Scholarship: Juniors who have financial need can apply to this research- or creative-focused course of graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. 45,000 prize prior to entering graduate school; $30,000 while attending graduate school. CMC can nominate one student per year.
DEADLINE: Late March
Marshall Scholarship: The Marshall Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for graduate study in the U.K. to 40 intellectually distinguished young Americans. It supports two years of graduate study in almost any field leading to one or two degrees at any UK institution or institutions of higher education.
Mitchell Scholarship: Mitchell Scholarships aim to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. It supports study for a one-year master's degree for up to twelve Mitchell Scholars each year in the institutions of higher learning in Ireland (seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and two universities in Northern Ireland) for one academic year. Awards include tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and support for round-trip airfare.
Rhodes Scholarship: The Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars who show promise of contributing significantly to the world around them, particularly in the performance of public service. The award supports two years (with a possibility of extension to a third year) of full-time study toward a graduate degree or degrees at the University of Oxford, England.
Fulbright Student Awards: The Fulbright program seeks to promote international understanding by offering awards for one year of research very broadly defined, university study, or English language teaching abroad. Support is available for most countries and regions around the world. The number of grants in each country varies from year to year. Check the Fulbright site online which is updated in May each year, and work with the Fulbright faculty advisors spring/summer before senior year. You may apply for only one program (Research/Study Grant or English Language Teaching Assistantship) in one country.
Napier Initiative. This fellowship is a partnership between Pilgrim Place and the five Claremont Colleges to encourage leadership for social change. This intergenerational mentoring program links Napier Fellows interested in exploring vocations for social change with elders at Pilgrim Place who have built a lifetime of experience, leadership, and professional skills in work for social justice, environmental sustainability, and peacemaking.
Boren Awards: An initiative of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Awards offer up to $30,000 for students to study a range of languages deemed critical to national security. Students must be fully matriculated at an undergraduate institution for the entirety of their Boren commitment. Applicants should have a strong interest in a career in public service.
Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs: This is a unique nine-month “rotational” fellowship and leadership development program that takes you to different sectors of the urban environment in either Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, or New York City. Fellows go through an intense cohort-driven experience working in government, business, electoral politics, organized labor, media, and the non-profit sector. No citizenship restrictions.
Emerson National Hunger Fellowship and Leland International Hunger Fellowship: These two fellowships, sponsored by the Congressional Hunger Center, combined both field placements and (inter)national policy work in Washington, DC, focusing on hunger and poverty alleviation efforts nationally (Emerson) and internationally (Leland). They aim to train and inspire new leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the US and around the world. US citizenship or permanent residency required.
California Capital Fellows programs: These nationally recognized public policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of California state government. Separate fellowships exist for the California Assembly, California Senate, executive branch, and judicial branch. Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. No citizenship restrictions.
FAO Schwarz Fellowship: Two-year placement at a variety of social impact organizations in the northeast corridor (Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston), generally focused on education and child welfare, arts and culture, and/or the environment. No citizenship restrictions.
There's much more
If you're interested in studying in Asia, check out the Luce, Yenching, and Schwarzman scholarships. If you're looking at post-graduate studies, check out the Knight-Hennessy or Marshall-Motley awards. And if you're wanting to explore more in the public service realm, take a look at the Pickering, Rangel, and Payne scholarships. Finally, if you're into STEM, have a look at the Churchill or QUAD scholarships!
And then, book some time to talk to us about them.