We had four fantastic seminars at Tufts, Harvard, MIT and BU this week, and one of the most common questions I was asked is will ProFellow have fellowships for non-U.S. citizens. The resounding answer is YES. In the past year we’ve come across a large number of fellowships that international applicants are eligible for. Considering how difficult it is to find these opportunities, we are working on a way to make it easy for ProFellow users to find them in our database when we launch this summer. In the meantime, here is just a small selection of fellowships and tips for international applicants.
You may have your heart set on a certain university for your graduate studies, but be flexible in your choices. Some universities offer full graduate fellowships to their students in certain disciplines and some are specific to international applicants. Yale University offers 20-25 annual Gruber Science Fellowships for students of any nationality pursuing a PhD in biomedical and biological sciences or in astronomy and astrophysics. Also the Harvard Kennedy School of Government provided us information on two fellowships, the Luksic Fellowships for Croatian students, and the Kokkalis Degree Program Fellowship for natives of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
There are also a number of foundation fellowships for international applicants for either graduate study or research. The International Student Research Fellowships sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute provide up to $43,000 to talented science and engineering students during their third, fourth, and fifth year of graduate school. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Research Awards offers funding to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries for research carried out in one or more developing countries. The AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Also, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program provides support to young researchers working in academic and research institutions from eligible countries preparing a doctoral thesis.
There are also a number of professional fellowships for international applicants. The Community Solutions Program is a 4 month professional fellowship that allows Fellows to work in a U.S. nonprofit organization on topics such as transparency, conflict resolution, and women’s issues. Also the Acumen Fund Global Fellows Program is a social entrepreneurship fellowship for applicants of any nationality with 3-7 years work experience.