NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS
Millsaps College has a strong history of helping students research, apply and interview for and secure external scholarships and fellowships. Opportunities are plentiful in fields of study covering science, economics, humanities, the arts, international affairs, public policy, mathematics, and more.
Millsaps students have received numerous national scholarship and fellowship awards. Millsaps alumni include seven Rhodes Scholars, 26 Fulbright Scholars, six Goldwater Scholars and two Truman scholars, to name a few. Students have earned scholarships and fellowships to study around the world, including England, Russia, Taiwan, Spain, Poland and Mexico.
The information provided on this page covers the most prestigious and competitive scholarships and fellowships. The Scholarship/Fellowship Committee at Millsaps is very familiar with these and stands ready to support students through the application process.
Students are encouraged to actively explore opportunities for further study and investigate which scholarships and fellowships would fit their academic interests. Faculty representatives stand ready to help guide them through the process. Interested students should contact Dr. Sabrina Grondhuis, associate professor of psychology, for assistance with their questions.
Opportunities for students still working on their undergraduate careers.
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Targeted to current undergraduate students, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships up to $10,000 for studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
BA Women’s Alliance
The BA Women’s Alliance offers scholarships for women seeking unpaid internships in public service and the sciences, as well as a mentorship program and networking opportunities. It is open to current undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals. Fields of study include comparative/regional studies, economics, the environment, international affairs, peace and conflict resolution, public or intercultural communication, public policy and administration, science and technology, security studies and sustainable development.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Managed by the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers undergraduate students receiving federal Pell Grant funding the chance to intern and study in programs around the world.
The David L. Boren Scholarships
Through the Boren Awards, the NSEP (National Security Education Program) funds the study of language and culture abroad for students committed to overseas immersive language study and public service. The Boren Awards promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Proposed programs of two or more semesters are strongly encouraged, with funding available in amounts up to $25,000. Undergraduate STEM majors may propose summer programs of 8 weeks or longer, with funding available in amounts up to $8000. NOTE: Boren Awards fund study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are ineligible for funding.
Laura W. Bush Traveling Scholarship
The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship helps fund proposals designed by applicants to conduct research in a foreign country. The research must be aligned with the mandate of UNESCO and related to education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and/or communication.
College to Congress
The College to Congress program provides paid internships for students interested in government and politics. The program is open to college juniors and seniors. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: eligibility for the Pell Grant, have DACA status or receive federal financial aid as a student with disabilities. Interns spend a summer working in the office of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Congressional Internship Program
Targeted to Latino undergraduate students (regardless of major), the CHCI Congressional Internship Program covers paid placement in a congressional office for periods of 10 or 12 weeks. Applicants must be full-time students.
Council of American Ambassadors International Affairs Fellowship
Students interested in this fellowship must first be selected for an internship with the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC. Students must be rising senior undergraduates who meet specific program criteria in order to get an invitation to apply for this fellowship. Six students are invited each year for this fellowship.
Critical Language Scholarship
A program of the US State Department, the Critical Language Scholarship is a summer study abroad opportunity for college students wanting to learn a language essential to America’s engagement with the world. Languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Undergraduate Scholarship
This scholarship provides funding support for students to study and research in Germany.
DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)
This is a summer internship program for undergraduate students to study science and engineering in Germany.
Established for first-generation college students with a commitment to social justice, the First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship is a collaboration between Asian-Americans Advancing Justice, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Immigration Law Center. The fellowship is a ten-week summer program in the Washington, D.C. area.
Freeman Asia Scholarship
The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia offers scholarships to undergraduate students to study abroad in Asia. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, broadening the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security).
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active-duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
Goldwater Scholarship Program
The Goldwater Scholarship Program supports college sophomores and juniors with the potential to be future leaders in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The program was established by Congress in 1986 as a memorial to former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
John Hopkins School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates
Designed for undergraduate students with an interest in public health research, the Diversity Summer Internship Program is open to college students who have completed at least two years of study.
A joint program between the United States and Canada, the Killam Fellowships are aligned with the Canada-U.S. Fulbright program and supports students interested in exchange programs for either a semester or a full year.
NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is an 11 week immersive experience when students contribute to ongoing research at one of six NIST facilities. This opportunity is for U.S. citizens who intend to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service Scholars
Key into Public Service Scholars are sophomores and juniors who are exemplary scholars and have made positive contributions on and off campus through academic research, internships, and community work. Scholars, who will seek public sector careers, received a $5000 undergraduate scholarship and take part in a conference to provide them with training and mentor on active citizenship.
Point BIPOC Scholarship for LGBTQ Students
The Point Foundation is combatting discriminatory policies that have impacted black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) students who also identify as LGBTQ. This scholarship is helping to mitigate these unique issues through financial support, community resources, and professional development.
Point Foundation Scholarship
The Point Foundation supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students to help them achieve their scholastic and leadership potential. Applicants must be “out” members of the LGBTQ community with a strong record of academics, leadership, and community engagement. They must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to bettering the LGBTQ community.
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program Junior Summer Institute
The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week long program at one of five universities across the country. The fully-funded program is designed to prepare participants for master’s or other graduate degrees in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or related fields.
Science, Mathematics, & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
SMART is a scholarship-for-service program with the Department of Defense (DoD), the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the country. The program provides STEM students with funding to pursue higher education and begin a career with the DoD. For every year of funding, the scholar commits to working one year with the DoD as a civilian employee.
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships up to $7000 to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or to tribal policies or Native health care for Native American nations.
The Watermark scholarship program supports women in the U.S. who are pursuing an education and career in science and technology. Scholars are awarded $5000 to support their continued undergraduate education.
OPPORTUNITIES AFTER GRADUATION
Opportunities for which students typically apply during their final year at Millsaps or soon after graduation.
David L. Boren Fellowships
Through the Boren Awards, the NSEP (National Security Education Program) funds the intensive study of language and culture abroad for students committed to overseas immersive language study and to public service. Fellows receive funding up to $25,000 to study the languages and cultures most critical to our nation’s security.
Supported through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), this scholarship provides first-generation college students with high academic records with the opportunity to study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England.
DOE Computation Science Graduate Fellowship
Through this fellowship managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, students working toward degrees in engineering or physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences can receive a stipend and tuition coverage to pursue graduate level studies.
Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Committed to racial equality, social justice, and ending hunger and poverty, this 11-month fellowship provides students the opportunity to work with community-based organizations across America, before returning to Washington, D.C. to work with national organizations.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Through grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, recent graduates can receive support to research, study or teach English abroad.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Established in 2000 through a gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship offers scholarships to students from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.
The Hertz Foundation
A fellowship through the Hertz Foundation provides funding for graduate studies in science and technology. To be eligible, applicants must be a college senior or first-year graduate student who plans to earn a Ph.D. in the applied sciences, mathematics or engineering with the goal of focusing their studies on solutions for major, near-term problems.
Humanity in Action Fellowship
With a commitment to social justice, Humanity in Action offers fellowships around the world to current or recently graduated college students from select countries.
James Madison Memorial Fellowship
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship supports graduate studies (J.D., M.A., M.B.A., M.D., M.F.A., M.S., D.M.A. and Ph.D.) at Stanford University in California.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides graduating college seniors from U.S. colleges $20,000 to engage in one year of public service anywhere in the world. One award is guaranteed to be awarded each year, but there are often two or three winners in a given year.
Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program
The Leland Fellowship is a program of the Congressional Hunger Center. The Leland Fellowship is a two-year program working towards global food and nutrition security while engaging in leadership development. Fellows receive financial packages based on location, as well as travel and accommodations.
Supporting graduate level studies in the United Kingdom, the Marshall Scholarship is open to United States citizens who have graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.7 from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
Named in honor of former United State Senator George Mitchell, the Mitchell Scholarship supports students between the ages of 18 and 30 for one year of postgraduate study in Ireland.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports students pursuing graduate study in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are in research-based master’s and Ph.D. programs at accredited U.S. institutions. The fellowship is for five years, three of which are supported financially through a $34,000 annual stipend and tuition allowance.
National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
The OxCam program provides accelerated doctoral training (Ph.D. or D.Phil) for exemplary science students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. Applicants will receive tuition and stipend support for the duration of the program (approximately 4 years) which will be split between the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and either Oxford University or Cambridge University.
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
The Payne Fellowship is a two-year program for graduating seniors or recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Fellows receive tuition and stipends for their master’s degree in international development or a related area (not law) and upon completion, will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with USAID.
Thomas L. Pickering Graduate Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.
Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship
The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.
The oldest scholarship program in the world, Rhodes Scholars are selected based on academic achievements, character and leadership potential. The Rhodes Scholarship provides support for postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Millsaps has had seven Rhodes Scholars in its history, with the most recent scholars coming in 2018 and 2016.
Schwarzman Scholars study to earn a Master of Global Affairs degree at the National Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. This is a one-year, fully-funded program.
Soros Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field.
Born from an idea of President Harry S. Truman and created by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides support for graduate studies to young people with the desire to pursue a career in public service.
The Udall Foundation
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy.
White House Fellows
Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellowships offer exceptional emerging leaders first-hand experience working as full-time, paid Fellows to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials. Applicants must have graduated by the time they start the application.
Yenching Academy Scholarship
The Yenching Academy at Peking University offers scholars the ability to enroll in their Master’s program in China Studies for English speakers with varied levels of Chinese language knowledge. The fully-funded residential program allows scholars to focus on interdisciplinary work within six broadly defined fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences.