“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”

–Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

$500 – 2,500

 The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range between $500-$2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.

To apply, take a few seconds to create a username and password at letterbanc.com and then copy this link into your browser: http://www.letterbanc.com/submissions.  You will be asked to submit a brief 250 word statement and some additional information.  Finalists will be invited to share further details about their plans.


Any currently enrolled freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in any major

  • A graduate student in a masters, doctoral, or professional degree program
  • A recent college graduate who completed coursework less than 2 years ago
  • All applicants will be considered equally on the merits of their proposed travel regardless of affiliation or memberships

 The Mark Twain Awards are brought to you by Mortar Board, the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service since 1918, and by Letterbanc, the leading application platform for academic awards, admissions, and employment.

Best of luck with the application, and in the spirit of Mark Twain, happy travels! 

*Decisions will be made by the selection committee on a rolling basis throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.  A formal press release naming successful applicants will be released in June 2013.  The number of awardees and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and funds available.

Over the past ten years, The Rotary Foundation has provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience at Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  Each year, up to 100 fellows are selected in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand. Our alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations.

The Rotary Foundation provides fellows with funding to cover the required tuition and fees, room and board, travel to and from the study city, books and supplies, and an applied field experience.

For more information, please visit the Rotary Website or contact:

Niki Fritz

Rotary Peace Centers Program Assistant

Rotary Peace Centers

The Rotary Foundation

Tel: +1 (847) 866-3307

Fax: +1 (847) 556-2141


Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The Chevening programme began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 116 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support approximately 700 individuals. There are over 41,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

US Citizens are not eligible for this Scholarship but  international students may well be eligible.  You would need to be able to return to your home country for interview and intend to return to your home country at the end of the Scholarship.

There are no age restrictions for Chevening Scholarships. To qualify for a Chevening Scholarship, you must:

  • demonstrate that you have achieved a minimum English language requirement (set out below) at the time that you submit your application
  • be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of applying for the award, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study
  • hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a good UK second-class honours degree. Further information on UK degree equivalency can be found from UK NARIC
  • have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience by 30 September 2012

For more information: http://www.chevening.org/apply/guidance

Because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the deadline to apply for the 2013 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program has been extended to 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, November 20. The application is available online at http://www.clscholarship.org.

CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.  The CLS Program aims to attract participants who reflect the full spectrum of U.S. university students – from diverse fields of study, cultural backgrounds, and institutions, as well as from all U.S. states and territories. At this time, CLS is interested in soliciting more applicants from your institution.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: www.clscholarship.org/applicants. Please note that Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can also be found at this link.

For more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University is pleased to advise you of the launch of USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship program, announced by USAID on March 2, 2012.   This initiative is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years to fund a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.   At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at www.paynefellows.org.  The application deadline is January 23, 2013.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program Howard University 202-806-4367; 877-633-0002 paynefellows@howard.edu www.paynefellows.org



Truman Scholarship Program             Open to Juniors                Middlebury Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Truman Scholarship Program provides funding for graduate or professional study for students with interests in careers in public affairs and public service. The Truman Scholarship recognizes 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; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.  Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

600-700 students apply each year for 60-65 scholarships that are awarded.  Middlebury may nominate up to four candidates.  The final deadline is February 5, 2013.

 Eligibility: Students who are juniors at the time of application–February of each year–must be nominated by Middlebury College. Nominees must be United States citizens, and must intend to enroll in a graduate program leading to a career in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. Students must be in the top quartile of their class, generally requiring a GPA of 3.7 or better.

More information on the Truman Scholarship can be found at: go/fellowships or http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/eia/fellowships/db/truman.

For advising and support regarding the preparation of your application, or for more information, contact Amy McGlashan at EIA.

Beinecke Scholarship Program                  Open to Juniors              

Middlebury Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2013

The Beinecke Scholarship provides substantial scholarships for graduate study for students of exceptional promise.  The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Approximately 100 highly selective colleges and universities are each invited to nominate one candidate.  20 Beinecke Scholarships will be granted in 2013.  Middlebury is invited to nominate one junior for this award.  The final deadline is February 22, 2013.

Eligibility: Juniors [expecting to receive the BA between December 2013 and August 2014] who represent “superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate careers.”  Must have documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during undergraduate years and be a U.S. citizen; must plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences (excluding neuroscience).  Level of need will be a consideration at both the nomination and final selection stages of the process.

More information on the Beinecke Scholarship can be found at: go/fellowships or http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/eia/fellowships/db/beinecke.  For advising and support regarding the application process, contact Amy McGlashan in EIA.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is pleased to announce the launching of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award to help cultivate the next generation of great artists and writers.  This award, worth up to $50,000 per year, will recognize and reward the most promising up-and-coming artists and writers from lower-income backgrounds.

The Graduate Arts Award will enable up to 15 students with artistic and creative merit and outstanding academic achievement to pursue a graduate degree in the fine arts, performing arts, or creative writing. The award will provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books, and is renewable for up to three­­­ years.

New this year is a two-phase application process.  Deadline for Phase One of the application is November 28, 2012.  Applicants selected to continue onto Phase Two of the application must be nominated by their undergraduate institution by February 12, 2013.

You can find more information about the scholarship and application materials and instructions on their website:http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/graduate-arts-award/.

For direct advising and support regarding the application, contact Amy McGlashan in EIA, x5103 or agibansm@middlebury.edu.


Fulbright Canada is proud to inform you that the 2013-2014 competition for the Killam Fellowships Program for undergraduate students is now open! The Killam Fellowships Program is an opportunity for Americans to spend either one semester or a full academic year studying at a university in Canada. The award carries a value of US$5,000 per semester, and includes a health coverage allowance.  Added benefits include two three-day enrichment seminars held in Ottawa, ON and Washington, DC. There is also an opportunity to apply for our Cultural Awareness Program which provides funding to travel within Canada for an additional cultural experience.  Please encourage your best and brightest undergraduate students to apply by visiting the website. Please note that the application deadline for the Open Competition is January 31st, 2013.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact:

Michelle Emond

Program Officer / Agente de programme

Fulbright Canada

2015-350 rue Albert Street  Ottawa, ON, Canada K1R1A4

t. 613.688.5513;   f. 613.237.2029;




The Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship.

The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service.  For those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State, The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2013, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials can be found at www.rangelprogram.org.  The application deadline is January 18, 2013.  The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

 2013 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Number of Fellowships Offered:  20

Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2013

Online Application Opens: October 15  www.rangelprogram.org

Application Deadline:  January 18, 2013

Finalist selected by the end of February

Fellows selected by mid-March

Contact Persons:  Patricia Scroggs (pscroggs@howard.edu) or James McDowell (jrmcdowell@howard.edu) 202-806-4367.

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