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National Fellowships

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What are National Fellowships?

National fellowships are competitive scholarships funded by the federal government or major foundations. They are available in a variety of fields, including international and foreign language opportunities, public service and social justice, STEM research, and graduate studies fellowships. 

The National Fellowships Office assists Loyola undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni in finding and applying for competitive fellowships, scholarships, summer programs, and awards, such as the opportunities listed below. We support students' success through:

  • Timely and targeted information
  • Guidance and tips
  • Feedback throughout your application process and committee interview
  • Institutional endorsement and submission services for most selective scholarships
  • Celebration and recognition of award winners

For additional information about any of these opportunities, or to discuss which fellowships best match your interests and academic plans, contact Dr. Maiju Lehmijoki Wetzel, Director of Pre-Health Programs and National Fellowships at nationalfellowships@loyola.edu .

Undergraduate Fellowships

For students interested in International or Language Study

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (junior year): Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means who are receiving Pell Grants to study or intern abroad
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (All class years): A fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying languages critical to U.S. interests, including Chinese and Arabic
  • DAAD-RISE/German Academy of Sciences (sophomore/junior year): Offers summer research internships in science and engineering for undergraduate students who want to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany.
  • David L. Boren Scholarship (All class years): An initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Options for semester abroad or STEM summer study. Requires a one-year commitment to federal government employment after graduation.
  • UK Fulbright Summer Institute (first-year/sophomore year): Three- to four-week summer academic and cultural programs in the UK for first-year and sophomore students. Topics include technology and innovation; arts, activism and social justice; understanding Ireland; and contemporary issues in farming and agriculture.
  • William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship (junior year): Study abroad at the American University in Dubai (Loyola's program in Dubai is open to nearly all majors. Visit the International Programs website for more information on studying at this university).

For students interested in Science/Research

  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship (sophomore/junior year): For students with strong research records who intend to pursue a STEM field research career. 
  • DAAD-RISE/German Academy of Sciences (sophomore/junior year): Offers summer research internships in science and engineering for undergraduate students who want to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. 
  • Udall Scholarship (sophomore/junior year): The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU): Supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Visit their site to explore opportunities available by subject area.

For students interested in Public Policy

  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship (junior year): For undergraduate students who want to be "change agents" -- students who want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector in order to better society, and who are interested in pursuing a master's degree, doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs.

All Undergraduate Fellowships

  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship (sophomore/junior year): For students with strong research records who intend to pursue a STEM field research career. 
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (junior year): Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means who are receiving Pell Grants to study or intern abroad
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (All class years): A fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying languages critical to U.S. interests, including Chinese and Arabic 
  • DAAD-RISE/German Academy of Sciences (sophomore/junior year): Offers summer research internships in science and engineering for undergraduate students who want to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. 
  • David L. Boren Scholarship (All class years): an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Options for semester abroad or STEM summer study. Requires a one-year commitment to federal government employment after graduation.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship (junior year): For undergraduate students who want to be "change agents" -- students who want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector in order to better society, and who are interested in pursuing a master's degree, doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU): Supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Visit their site to explore opportunities available by subject area.
  • Udall Scholarship (sophomore/junior year): The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
  • UK Fulbright Summer Institute (first-year/sophomore year): Three- to four-week summer academic and cultural programs in the UK for first-year and sophomore students. Topics include technology and innovation; arts, activism and social justice; understanding Ireland; and contemporary issues in farming and agriculture.
  • William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship (junior year): Study abroad at the American University in Dubai (Loyola's program in Dubai is open to nearly all majors. Visit the International Programs website for more information on studying at this university).

Graduate Fellowships

International Graduate Fellowships

Other Fellowships for Graduate Study

  • Coro Fellows Program: An intensive nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program. Coro helps developing leaders who want to make a difference in their community, organization or industry, and have an interest in civic affairs.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship: For students who want to be "change agents" -- students who want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector in order to better society, and who are interested in pursuing a master's degree, doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs.
  • Lilly Graduate Fellows Program: Support for three years of graduate education to exceptionally qualified applicants interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and Universities in the United States.
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA): Master's or joint degree in public policy, public administration, or international affairs.
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