Selected Opportunities for Juniors

Are you interested in going to graduate school?

  • The Beinecke Scholarship program is awarded annually to juniors who demonstrate both some form of financial need (no matter how small) and a clear interest in continuing their studies at the graduate level in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students in their junior year, who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service at a leadership level.

    Are you interested in a Career in the Foreign Services?

    • The Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship provides up to $40,0000 annually to support senior year and the first year of a two-year master's degree program. Students in academic programs relevant to public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages are invited to apply. Requires 5-year commitment to work as a foreign service officer in the US Department of State.

    Are you planning on studying abroad somewhere other than Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand?

    • 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. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

    Are you a Pell Grant recipient interested in studying abroad?

    • The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad and internship programs worldwide. This scholarship can potentially be used to cover a W&L spring term abroad course if the full four weeks are abroad.
    • The Foundation for Global Scholars offers Financial Need Scholarships for Pell Grant recipients.

    Are you interested in studying abroad in Germany?

    • The DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship provides scholarship funding for study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. German language competency is not mandatory.

    Are you interested in studying a language abroad over the summer?

    • Critical Language Scholarship programs offer intensive overseas summer language institutes in Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

    Are you a science, engineering, or math major?

    • The Goldwater Scholarship provides awards to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue graduate studies in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering (not medical school).
    • The DAAD RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering offering opportunities to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
    • The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. Each REU Site consists of a group of approximately ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution.

    Are you interested in the environment? Or are you a Native American?

    • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment (including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields), tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

    Are you looking for summer opportunities?

    • The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program at Howard University designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.
    • The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates over the summer to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
    • Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduate students to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.
    • The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) Internship Program offers students with at least an intermediate knowledge of German the opportunity to become familiar with German culture through a three-month internship with a host company in different fields of the economy.
    • The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program's Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.

    Post-Graduate Fellowship Applications You Need to Start Before the End of Your Junior Year

    • The Rhodes Scholarship provides financial support to pursue a degree or degrees in any field at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.
    • Gates Cambridge Fellowships enable outstanding graduate students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
    • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field.
    • The Mitchell Scholars Program connects generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
    • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant programs. Activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
    • The Luce Scholars Program provides future American leaders with a deeper, first-hand appreciation of Asian cultures and societies. Every year American college graduates are chosen to live for ten months in Asia and to work with fellow professionals there. The Luce Scholars program is not for Asian specialists or for those who have already lived for some time in Asia.
    • The Schwarzman Scholars program gives students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master's Degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies, at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

    What else do you want to do?

    There are lots of other opportunities, summer internships, scholarships, etc. for juniors of all majors! Check out the W&L Fellowships database to identify additional opportunities.