The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad.  Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.  In 2013, the Foundation will select up to 15 recipients for this award.

The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books.  Scholarship amounts vary based on several factors, including cost at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives.


Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university within the past five years.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor’s degree by the start of the fall 2013 semester.
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2013.
  • Not have been previously nominated for the Graduate Arts Award.

While the Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate significant unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other grants or scholarships the applicant receives.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs

Phase One deadline is November 28, 2012 (closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)

Materials to be submitted:

  • Portfolio with descriptions and a summary
  • Short application including demographics, GPA, and other basic information
  • Financial information comprising of the last three years’ AGI for yourself and for your parent(s) if you are under 30 years of age

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process.

For more information regarding your application and how to apply, go to:

For advice and guidance on preparing your application, contact Amy McGlashan in the EIA Fellowships office, x5103 or

Gates Cambridge will host an outreach event in Washington D.C from 2pm to 3:30pm on Thursday 31 January 2013.

The event will include a brief welcome from the Provost, an overview of the Scholarship programme from Jim Smith, Executive Officer, a section dedicated to the interview process led by three interview panel chairs, and an alumni panel which will share their own Gates Cambridge experiences.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s office in D.C. has kindly agreed to host this event.

While the event is primarily aimed at Fellowship Advisors and similar institutional representatives, there are limited spaces for students interested in applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.  If you would like to attend please complete the form using the link below, no later than 3 December 2012:

Attendees will be sent full information about the event (including a final schedule and exact location) in December.



“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 and then copy this link into your browser:  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:

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

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: 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:

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  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



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

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  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:

For direct advising and support regarding the application, contact Amy McGlashan in EIA, x5103 or


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