Competitive Fellowships

Interested in applying for a fellowship? We can help!

Fellowships are short-term opportunities (3 months to 2 years) that focus on professional development. They are sponsored by organizations seeking to expand leadership in their field.

Different fellowships call for different qualities, but all want to see that you are committed to a cause and are driven to improve yourself professionally in order to have an impact. Fellowships connect you to a network of high-impact professionals and many offer generous compensation.

Our fellowship advisors recommend you explore fellowships early in your college career. We are available to help you find a good-fit fellowship. We support students and alumni through the rigorous application process, providing institutional letters of endorsement where required.

Want to learn more? Fill out an interest form so we can learn more about you, or email fellowships@stkate.edu .

Opportunities for Seniors, Graduate Students and Recent Alumnae

Fulbright Scholarship

U.S. seniors and 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.

Learn more about applying for a Fulbright with St. Kate's support

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Scholars are 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

Scholars are 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.

Gilman Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships enable students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness.

LEAD for America

LEAD for America seeks U.S. citizens, nationals or DACA recipients under the age of 30 to make a full-time commitment to activate community revival, spearheaded by the people who know their communities best.

Marshall Scholarship

Scholars are 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).

National Health Service Corps

National Health Service Corps awards U.S. citizens or nationals enrolled as full-time students to become providers of primary health care services in Health Professional Shortage Areas. Eligible roles include Dentist, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician, and Physician Assistant.

Payne Fellowship

This fellowship attracts outstanding students who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The fellowship funds two years of graduate school and provides leadership development opportunities. GPA must be 3.2+. The deadline is early November.

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society awards fifty fellowships to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Pickering Graduate Fellowship 

This fellowship attracts and prepares young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. It pays for graduate study in a related field and provides leadership development opportunities. It requires a GPA of 3.2+. The deadline is mid-October.

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award

This award provides recent college graduates (within 3 years) who plan to apply to graduate school in medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry, or pharmacy an opportunity to spend 1-2 years performing full-time research at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Rolling deadline.

Rangel Graduate Fellowship

This is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. It pays for two years of graduate study in a related field. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.2+. The deadline is mid-October.

Rhodes Scholarship

Scholars are 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.”

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

Sophomores and juniors majoring in the natural sciences and mathematics fields may apply. Strong academic achievement (3.0+ GPA) and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. The Goldwater Foundation determines disciplinary eligibility using the National Science Foundation's graduate fellowships program. Fields currently include chemistry, computer and information sciences and engineering, geosciences, life sciences, materials research, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, and psychology.

Gilman Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships enable students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness.

Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation grants stipends, housing assistance, and travel funds to undergraduates pursuing research domestically or internationally. The submission deadline is the 4th Wednesday in August.

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.

Learn more about applying for a Truman with St. Kate's support


Opportunities for Sophomores

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Sophomores and juniors majoring in the natural sciences and mathematics fields may apply. Strong academic achievement (3.0+ GPA) and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. The Goldwater Foundation determines disciplinary eligibility using the National Science Foundation's graduate fellowships program. Fields currently include chemistry, computer and information sciences and engineering, geosciences, life sciences, materials research, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, and psychology.

Gilman Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships enable students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness.

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.

Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) Hollings Scholarship

U.S. Citizen scholars who have a 3.0+ GPA and are in their 2nd year of a 4-year program (or 3rd year of a 5-year program or a transfer student) in biology, environmental science, mathematics, or teacher education that supports NOAA's programs and mission may apply to receive up to $9,500 per academic year to support their studies, as well as paid summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the U.S.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation grants stipends, housing assistance, and travel funds to undergraduates pursuing research domestically or internationally. The submission deadline is the 4th Wednesday in August.

Summer Health Professionals Education Program

The Summer Health Professionals Education Program invites U.S. citizens, nationals, and those who hold DACA status to join a summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. Applicants must be in their first or second year of college and have a cumulative GPA above 2.5.


Opportunities for Students in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Students in degree programs associated with healthcare — at all degree levels — have a wide variety of fellowship opportunities to choose from. Review the full list, and reach out to our office for support with finding the right opportunity for you.

Opportunities for School of Health students (PDF)


St. Catherine University Fellowship Awardees

Grantee Field of Study Country Year
Addison Cross Development Studies El Salvador 2021
Erin Nelsen International Politics Wales 2021
Mainhia Thao English Teaching Assistant Award Laos 2020
Mysee Chang English Teaching Assistant Award Laos 2014
Jordyn Arndt Gender Studies Morocco 2012
Alison Palacios Women's Studies India 2010
Rebecca L. Pottebaum English Teaching Assistantship Brazil 2008
Yer Chang Women's Studies Thailand 2003
Erika K. Mork Koffel English Teaching Assistantship South Korea 2001
Jena T. Kline Oceanography Iceland 2000
Christine M. Burlaga Arabic Language & Literature Kuwait 1995
Kathleen M. Stone Mathematics West Germany 1984
Sandra Evans English Teaching Assistantship West Germany 1979
Elizabeth Tompkins Spanish Languages and Literature Peru 1973
Ellen B. Schuler Romance Languages and Literature France 1971
Maxine Schmidt Romance Languages and Literature France 1971
Judith Revering Mathematics Germany 1968
Katherine Vizanko Romance Languages and Literature France 1968
Eugenie Marie Trow   Netherlands 1966
Betty Ann Jensen   Germany 1965
Catherine M. Lang French Language and Literature France 1965
Edwina C. Grajeck Germanic Languages and Literature West Germany 1965
Jacqueline S. Christenson Art and Architectural History Ecuador 1965
Susan J. Mclean French Language and Literature France 1965
Mary C. Galush Germanic Languages and Literature West Germany 1964
Rosalyn Carroll University of Strasbourg France 1961
Barbara Reichel University of Poitiers France 1961
Rosella Schaefer University of Florence Italy 1961
Mary M. Harstad French Language and Literature France 1959
Dolores Schaefer University of Poitiers France 1959
Sr. M. Judith Schweiss, OSB Romance Languages and Literature France 1959
Janice Buckley University of Strasbourg France 1957
Phyllis Gleason University of Aix-Marseille France 1954
Marianne Porter University of Bristol England 1954
Marie D. Schimanski Painting and Printmaking Italy 1953
Mary Ann Bieter University of Paris France 1953