Graduate Fellowships

Boren Fellowship

Faculty Advisor: Anna Weaver, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Support may be for overseas or domestic study and for a term ranging from a minimum of 12 weeks to a maximum of 24 months.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

The NSEP Service Requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Federal Government for one year (or for a period equal to the duration of assistance, whichever is longer) in a position with national security responsibilities.  The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies.  Boren Scholars must begin fulfilling the service requirement within two years of graduation.  

Mercer deadline: December 1
National Site: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/basics.html

 

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

Faculty Advisor: Anna Weaver, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John's College, Cambridge University. After two years of study, candidates are awarded a Cambridge B.A. degree, often referred to as the Cantab degree, which is the equivalent of a masters degree in the United States.

Courses of study offered through St. John's College are: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Social and Political Sciences.

The scholarship covers all fees, room, and board during term for two academic years and living expenses during summer vacation. Travel to and from England is also covered.

Mercer deadline: October 1
National Site: http://www.cic.edu/projects_services/grants/daviesjackson/index.asp

 

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Faculty Advisor: Michelle Currie, Student Affairs, TRIO Programs

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral levels to students who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity, and a desire to enter the professoriate.

Mercer deadline: October 1
National Site: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fordfellowships/

 

Fulbright Scholarship

Faculty Advisor: Edward Weintraut, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S. / B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities to study, teach, or conduct research abroad. The program operates in more than 140 countries; grants are available in all fields of study.

Deadline to submit written declaration of intent to submit a proposal: May 1
Deadline to submit draft of completed application and proposal: August 31
National Site: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

 

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Faculty Advisor: Peter Brown, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Philosophy

This international scholarship program enables outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others.

Mercer deadline: August 31
National Site: http://www.gatesscholar.org/

 

German Academic Exchange Service (DADD)

Faculty Advisor: Edward Weintraut, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, thesis research, and/or internships in Germany that are either independently designed or part of organized programs. Sophomore and juniors in all academic fields are eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Scholarship, InternXchange Summer Journalism Internship Programm, Research Internships in Science and Engineering, Study and Internship Program, and Bundestag Internship.

Graduating seniors or recent graduates are eligible for a Study Scholarship for Artists and Musicians, General Study Scholarship, Research Grant, German Studies Research Grant, Bundestag Internship, and Research Internships in Science and Engineering.

All applicants should be able to receive academic credit at their home institutions for their activity in Germany. Applicants must submit a language evaluation form; although for some opportunities, German language competency is not mandatory. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in Germany and explain how their time there will impact their future academic or professional goals.

Awards may be granted for a period of two to ten months during the German academic year.

Mercer deadline: contact Dr. Weintraut for deadlines for specific programs
National site: http://www.daad.de/portrait/en/index.html

 

Jacob Javits Fellowship Program

Faculty Advisor: David Davis, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of English

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Mercer deadline: August 31
National Site: http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/applicant.html

 

James Madison Fellowship

Faculty Advisor: Carolyn Garvin, Tift College of Education

The James Madison Fellowship is awarded to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. After earning a master's degree, each James Madison Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship.

Mercer deadline: January 15
National Site: http://www.jamesmadison.com/

 

Marshall Scholarships

Faculty Advisor: Chris Macklin, Townsend School of Music

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom.

Mercer deadline: August 31
National Site: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

 

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Faculty Advisor: Richard Fallis, College of Liberal Arts

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community.

Mercer deadline: August 31
National Site: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=34

 

National Science Foundation Fellowship

Faculty Advisor: Kevin Bucholtz, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Chemistry

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

Students receive three years of support with a $30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, $1,000 one time international travel allowance, and TeraGrid Supercomputer access.

Mercer deadline: October 1
National Site: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

 

Office of Science Graduate Fellowship

Faculty Advisor: Kevin Bucholtz, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Chemistry

The Department of Energy has established the Office of Science Graduate Fellowship program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.

The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years.

Mercer deadline: October 1
National Site: http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/SCGF.html

 

Peace Corps

Faculty Advisor: Steve Brown, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of Career Services

Since 1961, over 290,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Peace Corps Volunteers are college graduates with degrees in liberal arts such as history, political science, English, social studies, or psychology. Others have degrees in photography, theater, and other fine arts. And, of course, people with degrees in business, engineering, and the sciences have skills that translate well to many Peace Corps programs, including business development, environmental programs, information technology, and health education.

Volunteers serve for 27 months. Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer takes determination, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. The experience and skills you gain are unique. The difference you make is life changing.
 
Applications are on a rolling basis with 9-10 months between initial application and beginning of service

National site http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn

 

Phi Kappa Phi

Faculty Advisor: Mary Kot, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Biology

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's ongoing commitment to excellence is reflected in its scholarships and awards programs. Two competitions are appropriate for Mercer University graduates: the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Love of Learning Award.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards sixty Fellowships of $5,000 each and forty Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Mercer deadline: December 1
National site: http://www.phikappaphi.org/web/Awards/Fellowship.html

Love of Learning Awards
Love of Learning Awards will help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. Fifty awards, up to $500 each, will be awarded, making the annual funding for this award $25,000. The competition is open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who: have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline and did not receive a Fellowship or Award of Excellence grant.

Mercer deadline: December 1
National site: http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Scholarships/graduatefellowship.html

 

Rhodes Scholarship

Faculty Advisor: Peter Brown, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Philosophy

The Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person, which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead.

Mercer deadline: August 31
National Site: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

 

STAR Fellowship

Faculty Advisor: Peter Brown, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Philosophy

The STAR graduate fellowship program supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Since the program began in 1995, EPA has awarded approximately 1,500 STAR fellowships to students in every state and most territories. Fellowships have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers.

Benefits of an EPA STAR Fellowship include: Up to $37,000 per year of support, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $20,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Master’s level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years.

Mercer deadline: August 31

National site:  http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2009/2009_star_gradfellow.html

 

Teach For America

Faculty Advisor: Steve Brown, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of Career Services

Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.

Teach For America recruits outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Teacher corps members are trained and provided ongoing support necessary to ensure their success as teachers in low-income communities. Despite the challenges of poverty and the limited capacity of the school system, these teachers show that students in low-income communities can achieve at high levels, offering further evidence that educational inequity is a solvable problem.

Beyond these two years, Teach For America alumni bring strong leadership to all levels of the school system and every professional sector, addressing the extra challenges facing children growing up in low-income communities, building the capacity of schools and districts, and changing the prevailing ideology through their examples and advocacy.

Deadlines for application: August 21, September 18, October 26, January 8, or February 19.

National site: http://www.teachforamerica.org/corps/index.htm