Office of Student Affairs

Office of Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships advises Amherst College students and alumni/ae for a number of national fellowships and scholarships as well as Amherst College Fellowships. These awards range from full to partial funding and can support public service, independent projects and post-graduate study, in the U.S. and abroad. We administer competitions for sophomores, juniors and seniors that require institutional nomination to external programs as well as Amherst-funded fellowships for graduates and graduating seniors.
AMHERST COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS

Amherst College has a limited number of fellowships to assist graduates of the college in obtaining further education. Full descriptions are available in the Amherst College Catalog. Applications for Amherst College fellowships are available from Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising, in the Office of Fellowships, 213 Converse Hall, after Dec. 1. The deadline for application is Feb. 10.

FELLOWSHIPS FOR FOREIGN STUDY

Students interested in applying for fellowships for foreign study (such as the Churchill, Fulbright, Rhodes and Marshall scholarships) or special foreign opportunities (such as the Watson Fellowships or the Luce Scholars Program) should seek information from Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising, in the Office of FellowshipsThe college’s deadlines for these applications are early in the fall semester. Rising seniors will receive several e-mail announcements with dates for important meetings, preliminary deadlines and procedures. They are urged to prepare their applications carefully before submitting them to the Faculty Committee on Student Fellowships. This committee has been constituted to make selections where Amherst College is permitted to nominate fellowship applicants and to make recommendations in other cases.

TRUMAN AND GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIPS

The Truman Scholarships are open to juniors who demonstrate a dedication to public service. Each recipient is awarded a small stipend for the senior year at Amherst, with a sizeable increase for two years of graduate study. The Amherst deadline for application is early in November. Interested students should contact Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising. 

The Goldwater Scholarships are for sophomores and juniors who plan to major in mathematics or the natural sciences and who intend to pursue careers in those fields. A stipend toward expenses for tuition, room and board is awarded for the junior and senior years at Amherst. The Amherst deadline for application is early in November. Interested students should contact Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising.

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FELLOWSHIPS

Financial aid information is generally best obtained directly from the graduate or professional school in question. Fellowships given by individual graduate schools supply by far the largest proportion of financial assistance for graduate study. It is important to note that graduate and professional school fellowship deadlines often differ from those for admission applications — check carefully in each case. Information about federal and state loan programs is available in the Office of Financial Aid.