Fellowships for Graduating Seniors and Graduate School
If you are considering graduate school, a few thoughts are in order.
First, distinguish between PhD work in the Arts & Sciences from graduate professional education (JD, MBA, MD etc...). Some fellowship programs are only available for those interested in a particular field or program type. Additionally, many programs have restrictions whether the fellowships is tenable for work towards a Masters degree (MA, MS) or PhD (doctoral) work, so read the rules carefully.
Second, be sure you want to apply to graduate school! Before you apply, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to do with the degree. Additionally, particularly for applications to academic PhD programs, you need to articulate a clear sense of what the field is like, where it is heading and what you hope to contribute. Talk with your professors, advisers, parents and friends both before and while you apply to graduate school. The more you can clarify your identity and interests in relation to your chosen field, the more effective your application will be and the more likely you will be admitted to the program(s) of your choice.
As you think about graduate/professional school, be aware that there are many programs available that can help fund your education. Most of these programs have deadlines in the fall, specific field/degree requirements or contain service obligations.
Graduate Fellowships in the Sciences
Hertz Foundation Fellowship, National Physical Consortium Graduate Fellowships, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Program, AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships, Department of Energy Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellows Program.
Graduate Fellowships for International Study
Fullbright Program, Boren/National Security Program, German Academic Exchange Service, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, George Mitchell Scholarship, Davies-Jackson Scholarship Program, American University in Cairo Presidential Internship.
Graduate Fellowships for Public Service
Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, Scoville Peace Fellowships, Villers Fellowship, Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice.
Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships, ISI Fellowships, James Madison Graduate Fellowships, American Graduate Fellowships