Opportunities for study or research in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Rhodes Scholarship***

  • Pays for 2 years of graduate study at Oxford University
  • 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 (many majors)
  • Usual deadline: early October
  • Available to: U.S. citizens over the age of 18 and not yet 24 who will hold a BA before the beginning of the scholarship
  • More information at www.rhodesscholar.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

Marshall Scholarship***

  • Pays for tuition and other expenses for selected American students to study at any university in the United Kingdom for one or two years
  • Covers any discipline; must have good reason to study at a select UK university
  • Applicants should demonstrate academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential (minimum 3.7 GPA)
  • Usual Deadline: early October
  • Available to: U.S. citizens who are completing a BA (or have completed a BA within the last 3 years)
  • More information at www.marshallscholarship.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

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: early October
  • Available to: U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 who hold a BA (or will hold a BA before the start of the scholarship)
  • More information at www.us-irelandalliance.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

  • Awards non-UK residents monies 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: mid-October
  • Available to: Non-U.K. citizens seeking at degree at Cambridge
  • More information at www.gatescambridge.org

Fulbright Summer Institutes

  • Provides undergraduates a funded summer experience at a highly regarded UK university. The current programs include: AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe, Durham University Summer Institute, King’s College London Summer Institute, Newcastle University Summer Institute, Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute, Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute, and the Wales Summer Institute.
  • Applicants must have 2 years of undergraduate work remaining (must be first years or sophomores) and they must have a 3.7 GPA (or higher) at the start of the program.
  • Awarded to individuals who demonstrate leadership, initiative, academic ability, character, adaptability, and ambassadorial qualities, as well as an interest in the UK.
  • Usual deadline: February
  • Available to: U.S. citizens
  • 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
  • Available to: U.S. citizen who will hold a BA before the start of the grant; Fulbright grants are offered through other countries, so international students may be able to apply via their country of permanent residence
  • More information at us.fulbrightonline.org

***Requires Nomination by Elon University

Rotary Global Grants

  • Provides funding for 1-4 years of coursework or research at the graduate level in a foreign country
  • Eligible fields of study are linked to 1 of 6 areas of focus supported by the Rotary Foundation (peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development)
  • Students must apply through a local Rotary club in the area of permanent residence or full-time study
  • Usual deadline: mid-January (varies)
  • Available to: Citizens of a country where there is a Rotary club