Fellowships and Scholarships

A variety of fellowships are available to Sewanee students, including graduating seniors. Please contact the Office of Career & Leadership Development, ext. 1121, for information about internships or career counseling.

Internal Fellowship Opportunities

Biehl International Research Fellowships

These fellowships allow students to engage in self-directed social science research abroad. Sewanee students have traveled to Bangladesh, China, Guatemala, Tanzania, and Vietnam for Biehl internships.

Carey Fellowships

For students with career goals in management, international business, consulting and finance, the designation as a Carey Fellow brings with it a mark of distinction, a stipend, and a certificate awarded at graduation recognizing the completion of additional requirements designed to prepare Fellows for leadership positions in global commerce.

Dugan Education and Research Grant

This grant is awarded to a politics major or minor who demonstrates financial need. The current advisors are Amy Patterson and Rae Manacsa of the Department of Politics. 

Gessell Fellowship in Social Ethics

These fellowships fund year-long, independent research projects in social theory or social ethics. Interested students are encouraged to design a project with a local focus.

 

External Fellowship Opportunities

These fellowship opportunities are not administered by the University of the South but in some cases may require a nomination by the University.

For Seniors

Appalachian College Association
The Appalachian College Association has numerous grants for undergraduates at member colleges. Check the Association's website for current opportunities.
 
Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program  
The Congressional Hunger Center is a non-profit, bipartisan organization that “fights hunger by developing leaders.” Fellows are place for half the year with urban and rural community organizations all over the U.S. involved in fighting hunger at the local level, including grassroots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, and health services organization. The Fellows then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the program with work at government agencies, advocacy groups, and public policy organizations engaged in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work at the national level.
 
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship
Advisors: Mila Dragojevic, x1139 & Rae Manacsa, x3244
This is for graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year but who have not yet started graduate studies. There is no restriction as to major, but applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework in the area of international affairs or economics. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, applicants must be eligible to accept employment in the U.S.
 
Center for the Study of the Presidency
This unique non-resident program offers 85 select undergraduate and graduate students from leading colleges and universities a year-long opportunity to study all aspects of the American Presidency and the public policy making process. The goal is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.
 
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship
Advisor: Scott Wilson, x1173
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships support U.S. graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Graduating seniors who are applying for graduate study in appropriate fields may apply for Boren support. 
 
Davies-Jackson Scholarship
Director: Stephen Gibson
This is a distinctive opportunity offered to graduating seniors who have earned exceptional academic records and are among the first generation of their families to graduate from college, to enroll in a two-year BA program as an affiliated student at St. John's College. Applications are accepted in: Classics; Economics; English; Geography; History; History of Art; Human, Social, and Political Sciences (includes politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and archaeology); Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; and Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. The scholarship is valued at approximately $50,000.

El Pomar Foundation
The El Pomar Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year post-undergraduate leadership training program that develops today's young professionals into tomorrow's leaders.  Fellows have the opportunity to pursue personal and professional growth through direct program and project management, community development and grant making.  Fellows operate the Foundation's community stewardship programs, conduct outreach initiatives and bolster the Foundation's grant making throughout the state, investing in the people and organizations of Colorado's urban and rural communities.
 
Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program
The Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program prepares laboratory scientists for careers in public health. The two-track program (training and research fellowships) emphasizes the practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases. The program is co-sponsored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship
Advisor: Kirk Zigler, x1715
The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are predoctoral fellowships providing three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree who indicate an interest in teaching at the college or university level.
 
Fulbright U.S. Student Opportunity
Advisor: Scott Wilson, x1173
The Fulbright program provides one-year study, research and teaching opportunities for U.S. college graduates and students involved in graduate study. The Fulbright program operates in more than 140 countries. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts. The application process is lengthy. Complete applications are generally due in early September. Students are encouraged to contact the Fulbright advisor in the spring of their junior year.
  • A full list of recipients can be found here.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Gates Scholarships are for students from outside the UK who show outstanding academic merit and leadership potential. They are intended to cover the costs of studying at Cambridge and are open to students taking a second undergraduate degree (affiliated students) and postgraduate students.
 
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
Director: Carolina Chavez
This is to allow graduate study in Ireland. U.S. citizens between the ages of 18-30 who will have completed a Bachelor's degree before beginning their studies in Ireland may apply. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study. Of course, proposed course of study must be available at the university elected by the applicant, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a good basis for study in the proposed field.
 
German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow's Leaders
This fellowship opportunity is for recent graduates in all disciplines to study in Germany, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

Harriman Foreign Service Award
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are at the time of application either college juniors or seniors. They must show evidence of intent to continue education beyond graduation.
 
Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. with one of twenty five participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings and Congressional hearings.
 
Hertz Foundation
"Students who will have completed their bachelor's degrees by the start of the Fellowship or who have already entered graduate studies may apply. Applicants must intend to complete a program leading to an advanced degree. A minimum 3.75 GPA during the last two years of undergraduate work is expected. U.S. citizenship, or documented evidence of application to acquire it, is required, as is evidence of a moral commitment, in the event of a national emergency, to lend technical expertise in the common defense."
 
Humanity in Action
Humanity in Action is an educational organization working to educate, inspire, and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship - in their own communities and around the world.
 
James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Contacts: Mila Dragojevic, x1139 and Rae Manacsa, x3244
This program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace provides work experience for students interested in careers in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington D.C. on a full-time basis for a period of one year. 
 
James Madison Fellowship
Advisor: Mae Wallace, x1327
The James Madison Junior Fellowships are awarded to U.S. students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate study leading to an M.A. degree in American history, political science, or government or a Masters of Arts in Teaching or Education with a concentration in American Constitutional history, American government, political institutions, or political theory.
 
James Still Fellowship
These fellowships are available for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Kentucky for entering students who are residents of the Appalachian area or who graduated from private colleges in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia or Virginia. The fellowships provide $15,000 plus a tuition scholarship and student health insurance. Candidates must have a gpa of 3.2 or higher. Candidates must be nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies of the UK program in which the student plans to enroll.
 
Knight-Hennessy Scholars
Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees.
 
The Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM)
The JPSM at the University of Maryland is a federally sponsored consortium of two universities and a private research firm that provides graduate level training in survey methodology. Successful applicants have paid research assistantships in a federal statistical agency in the Washington, D.C. area. Throughout the summer, students learn about surveys, statistics, graduate studies, and how government agencies work. This unique experience combines paid research assistantship with ongoing educational seminars.
 
Lilly Graduate Fellows Program
Advisors: John Gatta, x1913 and Jim Peters, x1581
The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program supports, during the course of their graduate education, exceptionally well qualified young men and women who have bachelor degrees from LFP Network Schools (Sewanee is one of them) and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States. To be eligible for the Lilly Graduate Fellowship, nominees must intend to enter a PhD, MFA, DMA, ThD, or equivalent program at the school of their choice in the fall after their Sewanee graduation or the following fall that will lead to a teaching career in humanities or the arts within the academy. Nominees must want to engage modes of Christian practice and inquiry in the context of the academy and their academic disciplines and demonstrate an interest in teaching at a church-related school. Students must be nominated by Sewanee no later than mid-November.
 
Marshall Scholarship
Advisor: Elizabeth Skomp, x1254
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. Applicants should be seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher.
 
Memphis Teaching Fellow
Memphis Teaching Fellows is an opportunity for motivated, high-achieving professionals and recent college graduates from all backgrounds to revitalize the Memphis education system by becoming teachers with Memphis City Schools. This highly selective program is a Memphis City Schools initiative to place talented and passionate individuals in math, middle school, French, Spanish, chemistry, and special education classrooms. No teaching or education experience is required to apply for Memphis Teaching Fellows.

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)
The National Physical Science Consortium is a unique partnership of industry, government and higher education. NPSC's principal objective is to aid in increasing the number of Ph.D.'s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool of women and historically underrepresented minorities (all U.S. citizens are eligible). NPSC offers two related programs: 1) a two phase six-year fellowship program; and 2.) a dissertation support program.
 
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Advisor: Kirk Zigler, x1715
NSF runs a variety of program for both undergraduates and graduates. Students in or headed into graduate programs in the sciences might be particularly interested in the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study.
  • A list of recipients can be found here.
NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Programs' Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics
NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarships provide $6,000 for minority or female college graduates who will be entering their first year of post-graduate studies in a sports-related field.
  • A list of recipients can be found here.
Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship and Apprenticeship for Minorities Program
Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications offers this master's level fellowship and internship program in newspaper journalism for members of under- represented groups. It provides two awards annually, each worth more than $65,000.

NIH Oxford and Cambridge Scholars
Exceptional American students who have not yet begun graduate study or who are currently in medical school may apply. Marshall and Rhodes Scholars are also eligible to apply for this program.
 
Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Contacts: Rae Manacsa, x3244 and Jessica Mecellem, x1297
This fellowship is offered annually to three outstanding undergraduate students from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris. 
 
Rhodes Scholarship
Advisor: Elizabeth Skomp, x1254
Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from countries around the world for two years of study at University of Oxford. Applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field. All educational costs plus various additional expenses are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.
  • A full list of recipients can be found here.
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship
Contact: Todd Quinto
The program provides a full scholarship to our graduate Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, as well as financial support and mentoring during their first four years of teaching in high-needs middle and high schools.  This is an ideal program for students who are committed to teach math or science and would like to receive the education and mentoring to become effective, committed teachers in high-needs schools.  Note that admissions are rolling and we are now beginning to look at applications.
 
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The program is designed to allow recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
 
Tennessee Legislative Internship Program
Advisor: Andrea Hatcher, x1652
This opportunity is a great way to get real-world work experience while becoming fully immersed in the legislative process. While this program typically appeals to political science, pre-law, and history majors, it is open to most programs of study. 
 
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
Advisor: Steve Raulston, x1526
The Watson Fellowship is a one year grant for independent travel and study outside the United States. It is awarded to graduating seniors nominated by their home institution.
  • A full list of recipients can be found here.
The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
The Wellstone Fellowship provides a one-year hands-on internship, $35,000 stipend, and excellent healthcare benefits for members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups who express an interest in social justice work and in working with communities or color and who display the potential to contribute to social justice work after their year of hands-on experience.
 
William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose
Established by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), the William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose recognizes graduating seniors who are dedicated to pursuing lives that will benefit themselves and their fellow men and women.
 
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Contact: Rachel Pulley
The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund offers the Hearst Fellowship to minority undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit organizations. The student must be able to intern for ten to fifteen weeks at the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute. A  fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded.
 

For Juniors

The Alexia Foundation
Chair: Mike Davis
The Alexia Foundation provides partial scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students to study photojournalism at Syracuse University in London, England. The award program also provides cash grants to enable student photographers to produce a picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. All scholarships are contingent upon admission to the Syracuse University DIPA London Program.
 
Appalachian College Association
The Appalachian College Association has numerous grants for undergraduates at member colleges. Check the Association's website for current opportunities.
 
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Advisor: Kirk Zigler, x1715
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships (undergraduate) are awarded to rising juniors and seniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Sewanee nominates up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
  • Taylor Andrew Morris, 2014
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Advisor: Scott Wilson, x1173
The Gilman Program allows undergraduate students receiving a Federal Pell Grant to apply for study abroad support. The study abroad program must be for college credit, spend at least 4 weeks in one country and be during the regular academic year.

Center for the Study of the Presidency
This unique non-resident program offers 85 select undergraduate and graduate students from leading colleges and universities a year-long opportunity to study all aspects of the American Presidency and the public policy making process. The goal is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.
 
Humanity in Action
Humanity in Action is an educational organization working to educate, inspire, and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship - in their own communities and around the world.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Advisor: Karen Kuers, x1421
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is an undergraduate merit-based scholarship of up to $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment. Scholarships are also available for Native Americans and Alaska Natives committed to careers related to tribal public policy or health care.
  • Eric Keen, 2007
  • Natasha Cowie, 2005
  • Katharine Wilkinson, 2004 and 2003
National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program (EPA)
Advisor: Ken Smith, x3219
The purpose of the NNEMS program is to provide undergraduate students with practical research opportunities and experiences in an EPA office or laboratory, increase public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues, encourage qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers, and help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas.
 
Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Contacts: Rae Manacsa, x3244 and Jessica Mecellem, x1297
This fellowship is offered annually to three outstanding undergraduate students from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris. 
 
Tennessee Legislative Internship Program
Advisor: Andrea Hatcher, x1652
This opportunity is a great way to get real-world work experience while becoming fully immersed in the legislative process. While this program typically appeals to political science, pre-law, and history majors, it is open to most programs of study.  
 
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Contact: Rachel Pulley
The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund offers the Hearst Fellowship to minority undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit organizations. The student must be able to intern for ten to fifteen weeks at the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute. A  fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded.
 

For Sophomores

The Alexia Foundation
Chair: Mike Davis
The Alexia Foundation provides partial scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students to study photojournalism at Syracuse University in London, England. The award program also provides cash grants to enable student photographers to produce a picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. All scholarships are contingent upon admission to the Syracuse University DIPA London Program.

Appalachian College Association
The Appalachian College Association has numerous grants for undergraduates at member colleges. Check the Association's website for current opportunities.
 
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Advisor: Kirk Zigler, x1715
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships (undergraduate) are awarded to rising juniors and seniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Sewanee nominates up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
  • Taylor Andrew Morris, 2014
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Advisor: Scott Wilson, x1173
The Gilman Program allows undergraduate students receiving a Federal Pell Grant to apply for study abroad support. The study abroad program must be for college credit, spend at least 4 weeks in one country and be during the regular academic year.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Advisors: Andrea Hatcher, x1652 and JoyAnna Hopper, x1356
Truman Scholarships (undergraduate) recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. The scholarship provides financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
 
Humanity in Action
Humanity in Action is an educational organization working to educate, inspire, and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship - in their own communities and around the world. 

Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Advisor: Karen Kuers, x1421
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is an undergraduate merit-based scholarship of up to $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment. Scholarships are also available for Native Americans and Alaska Natives committed to careers related to tribal public policy or health care.
  • Eric Keen, 2007
  • Natasha Cowie, 2005
  • Katharine Wilkinson, 2004 and 2003
National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program (EPA)
Advisor: Ken Smith, x3219
The purpose of the NNEMS program is to provide undergraduate students with practical research opportunities and experiences in an EPA office or laboratory, increase public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues, encourage qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers, and help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas.
 
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Contact: Rachel Pulley
The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund offers the Hearst Fellowship to minority undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit organizations. The student must be able to intern for ten to fifteen weeks at the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute. A  fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded.
 

For First Year Students

Appalachian College Association
The Appalachian College Association has numerous grants for undergraduates at member colleges. Check the Association's website for current opportunities.
 
Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Advisor: Karen Kuers, x1421
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is an undergraduate merit-based scholarship of up to $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment. Scholarships are also available for Native Americans and Alaska Natives committed to careers related to tribal public policy or health care.
  • Eric Keen, 2007
  • Natasha Cowie, 2005
  • Katharine Wilkinson, 2004 and 2003
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Contact: Rachel Pulley
The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund offers the Hearst Fellowship to minority undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit organizations. The student must be able to intern for ten to fifteen weeks at the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute. A  fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded.