Competitive Fellowships

We encourage our students and recent alumnae to apply for a competitive national or international fellowship—and we'll assist you every step of the way.


Interested in applying for a fellowship? We can help!

We collaborate with faculty and staff to identify potential student scholars, whom we mentor and guide through the rigorous application process. Many of the fellowships require institutional support, usually from a faculty mentor and the national and international fellowships committee.

Begin exploring fellowship opportunities early in your first or second year at St. Kate's.

Want to learn more? Contact Lynda Szymanski, Ph.D. at laszymanski@stkate.edu or 651.690.6912.

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Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Alumnae

Fulbright Scholarship
About 1,900 U.S. seniors or recent alumni are selected for a year of teaching or research in more than 160 countries. Requirements/Characteristics: U.S. citizen, very strong academic achievement, proficiency in language of host country. The Fulbright website states that “Fulbrighters share a strong academic background, leadership potential, a passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures, and the adaptability and flexibility to pursue their proposed Fulbright project successfully.

Rhodes Scholarship
32 scholars selected regionally for 2 or 3 years of graduate study in any field at Oxford University. Requirements: U.S. citizen or national from select countries, a resident of the United States for at least 5 years prior to the application deadline, 18-23 years old, completed undergraduate degree by start of award, very strong academic achievements. The Rhodes website states that “a Rhodes Scholar should also have great personal energy, ambition for impact and an ability to work with others and to achieve one’s goals. In addition, a Rhodes Scholar should be committed to make a strong difference for good in the world, be concerned for the welfare of others and be conscious of inequities. And finally, a Rhodes Scholar should show great promise of leadership.”

Marshall Scholarship
Up to 40 scholars selected for 2 or 3 years for graduate study in any field at any university in the United Kingdom. Requirements: U.S. citizen, very strong academic achievement (minimum GPA 3.7).

Gates Cambridge Scholarship
100 scholars selected for 1 to 3 years in many disciplines available at Cambridge University for diverse programs, including research leading to Ph.D., courses leading to Masters degree, including M.B.A., or a second bachelors degree. Scholarship emphasizes the importance of improving the lives of people around the world. Requirements: Very strong academic achievement, college degree completed or anticipated by award's beginning, independent acceptance to Cambridge University (must apply separately for admission).

George J. Mitchell Scholarship
12 scholars selected for 1 year of post-graduate study in any field at colleges and universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland for the purpose of furthering ties between the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Requirements: U.S. citizen, very strong academic achievement, leadership and public service.

Schwarzman Scholars
One-year master's program in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. All courses will be in English, and students live and study together at Schwarzman College. The award emphasizes that the success of today's leaders depends upon "an understanding of China's role in global trends."


Opportunities for Juniors

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Juniors and sophomores majoring in math and science and interested in pursuing math/science careers selected for undergraduate financial assistance. Requirements: Strong academic achievement (nearly perfect GPA), U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.

Truman Scholarship
Around 75 scholars selected for merit-based awards to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Requirements: U.S. citizen with demonstrated leadership skills, commitment to public service, and a strong academic record.


Opportunities for Sophomores

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Juniors and sophomores majoring in math and science and interested in pursuing math/science careers selected for undergraduate financial assistance. Requirements: Strong academic achievement (nearly perfect GPA), U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.

Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships
Juniors and sophomores either pursuing a career in the environment or be Native American pursuing a career in tribal public policy or Native health care. Requirements: U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.