Introduction to Fellowships

A fellowship is a merit-based, competitive award, scholarship, or grant that supports a major educational experience or goal. Funded by governments, philanthropists, and private organizations, fellowships enable you to pursue graduate study, independent research, projects, or travel abroad. Certain competitive, external fellowships require candidates to be endorsed* by their college. The Office of Fellowships administers that process at Amherst and advises and supports students and alums who aim to apply for any of these awards.

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Fellowship Name Award Details Eligibility (application year; citizenship; GPA)
AC Fellowship

Funding toward graduate degree or independent training in the performing arts 

may apply up to 6 years from graduation; potential 3 yrs. funding

Beinecke Scholarship*

$35K toward non-STEM graduate study 

juniors, US

Churchill Scholarship*

1 yr masters in STEM at Cambridge (UK)

seniors, recent alums, US

Critical Language Scholarship

8-10 wk intensive summer language study

all years, US
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants*

1 yr English TA; grad study; research abroad

seniors, alums, US

Gaither Junior Fellows*

1 yr research asst. at Carnegie Endowment

seniors, alums, open citizenship

Gates Cambridge

1-3 yrs graduate study at Cambridge (UK)

seniors, alums, open citizenship

Goldwater Scholarship*

$7,500 toward undergrad STEM 

sophomores, juniors, US


2 yrs full funding graduate study in UK

seniors, US; 3-yr cycle


3 yrs full funding graduate study Stanford

seniors, alums, open citizenship

Luce Scholarship

1 yr career-based internship in Asia

seniors, alums, US

Marshall Scholarship*

1-2 yrs graduate study in the UK

seniors, alums, US

Mitchell Scholarship*

1 yr graduate study in Ireland

seniors, alums, US


3 yrs grad funding for STEM/STEM Ed

seniors, alums, US

Pickering Fellowship

2 yrs grad study toward Foreign Service

seniors, alums, US; 3.2 GPA

Rangel Fellowship

2 yrs grad study toward Foreign Service

seniors, alums, US; 3.2 GPA

Rhodes Global and International*

2-3 yrs graduate study at Oxford 

seniors, alums, outside US; 3.7

Rhodes* (U.S. Applicants)

2-3 yrs graduate study at Oxford 

seniors, alums, US; 3.7 GPA

Schwarzman Scholarship

1 yr masters & leadership program in China

seniors, alums, open citizenship

Soros Fellowship

Up to $90k for graduate study

seniors, alums, new US; DACA

St. Andrew's Scholarship*

1 yr graduate degree any Scottish university

seniors, US, Scottish ancestry

Truman Scholarship*

$30K toward graduate study anywhere

juniors, US

Udall Scholarship*

$7,000 toward undergrad; Environ/Native

sophomores, juniors, US

Watson Fellowship*

$40K to explore the world for a year

seniors, open citizenship

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