Honors Program

Information on National Fellowships

To learn more, go to each fellowship’s Web site. If you find one that you are especially suited for, please contact Dr. Janet Myers (278-5729 or jmyers@elon.edu). 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

  • Pays for tuition and most expenses for up to six years of graduate study.
  • Is intended for students in any area who have already been accepted into a graduate program but have not yet begun it; students must be nominated by Elon.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence and substantial leadership and public service, appreciation in or participation in the arts and humanities; and can prove financial need.
  • Usual deadline: late April.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities

  • Provides funds toward tuition plus a stipend for up to three years.
  • Intended for U.S. citizens who are enrolling in a research-based Ph.D. program in one of certain specified fields and are members of certain racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated superior scholarship and show great promise for future achievement as scholars, researchers, and teachers in institutions of higher education.
  • Usual deadline: mid-November.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Opportunities for graduate study, advanced research or teaching abroad.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of State to promote cross-cultural understanding.
  • Students’ overall record important; some areas of the world may be targeted; often language skills or a specific project are necessary.
  • Usual deadline: late October (campus deadline mid-September).
  • Visit the Web site for more information. 

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

  • Awards non-U.K. residents funds to pursue a graduate degree from Cambridge, covering tuition and many expenses.
  • Seeks scholars in all areas of study who are interested in pursuing research and have excellent problem-solving abilities; must have good reason to study at Cambridge.
  • Based on intellectual ability, leadership capacity and the desire to use one’s knowledge and talents to contribute to society.
  • Usual deadline: early November.
  • Visit the Web site for more information. 

Hertz Foundation

  • Pays for costs of education plus a generous personal stipend for graduate study in the applied physical sciences at about 36 select universities.
  • Students must be pursuing a Ph.D. in an area of applied physical sciences (e.g. applied chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, engineering).
  • Candidates must show evidence of exceptional intellect and creativity, problem-solving ability, technical training, potential for innovative research and ethical values.
  • Usual deadline: late October.
  • Visit the Web site for more information. 

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

  • Pays up to $10,000 for tuition plus a generous stipend to students pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. in the humanities (60%), arts (20%) or social sciences (20%)
  • Intended for students demonstrating superior academic ability, exceptional promise and financial need.
  • Usual deadline: December.
  • Visit the Web site for more information. 

James Madison Graduate Fellowship

  • Provides up to $12,000 toward tuition and expenses for 1 or 2 years of graduate study in accredited universities.
  • Intended to support future secondary school teachers for one or two years who are working on a master's in American history or political science (government), or a M.A.T. concentrating in history or political science.
  • Applicants must have an interest in the Constitution and teaching after receiving the master's degree.
  • Usual Deadline: early March.
  • Visit the Web site for more information

Marshall Scholarship

  • Pays for tuition and other expenses for selected American students to study at any university in the U.K. for two years.
  • Covers any discipline; must have good reason to study at the university in the U.K.
  • Applicants should have keen intellect, broad outlook and outstanding character, achievements and activities (minimum 3.7 GPA).
  • Usual Deadline: mid-October.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

  • Pays for one year of graduate school fees plus a generous stipend.
  • Applicants must be college seniors, wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in the humanities (English, art history, history, religious studies, philosophy and many more).
  • For exceptionally promising students preparing for advanced study and careers in scholarship or college teaching.
  • Usual deadline: mid-November.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

  • Provides scholars between the ages of 18-30 with tuition, housing, and other expenses for in Ireland for one year (usually in a master’s degree program, any field).
  • Named in honor of Senator Mitchell’s contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland, the scholarship is intended to link future U.S. leaders with the island of Ireland.
  • Candidates must persuasively exhibit superior academic achievement, leadership, community service and strong preparation for the proposed field of study.
  • Usual deadline: late October.
  • Visit the Web site for more information. 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Provides three-year scholarships (more than $25,000 annually) for students seeking a research-based master's or doctoral degree in science, or engineering.
  • Applicants are judged on their academic record, research experiences and plan for research.
  • Many types of science allowed; special opportunities for women in engineering, and computer and information science.
  • Usual deadline: early November.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Phi Kappa Phi

  • Awards fellowships of $2,000 or $5,000 for graduate study in any area.
  • Applicants must be members of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Criteria are scholastic achievement and test scores, promise of success and leadership experience.
  • Usual deadline: early February.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Rhodes Scholarship

  • Pays for 2 or more years of graduate study at Oxford (England).
  • Applicants must have displayed extraordinary intellectual distinction, outstanding character and the promise of service to the world.
  • May be used for any appropriate program of study at Oxford.
  • Usual deadline: early October.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

  • Provides scholarship money for study in a foreign country to further international understanding.
  • Applicants must have completed two years of college, be good students with some appropriate language experience.
  • Students must apply through their local Rotary Chapter.
  • Usual deadline: mid-March (varies).
  • Visit the Web site for more information.

Truman Scholarship

  • Provides recipients with more than $20,000 for graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a field related to future public service (government, non-profit sector, etc.).
  • Intended for students who are leaders with a commitment to public service and have potential to be agents of change.
  • Applicants must have a GPA over 3.5, a very strong record of public service and ability to articulate public policy issues well.
  • Usual deadline: early February.
  • Visit the Web site for more information.