Distinguished Fellowships

Welcome to the Distinguished Fellowships page!

At CAPD, we help MIT students identify, explore, and apply to competitive domestic and international fellowships, and we guide you through every part of the journey. Our dedicated fellowship advisors provide the personalized advice and deep expertise required to compete for these prestigious awards.

If you have a strong GPA and are looking for funding for graduate school or independent research, consider applying for a distinguished fellowship.

For many of these awards, MIT selects or endorses students through an internal process before the national deadline. Some fellowships are only available for U.S. citizens. If you are interested in any of these scholarships, contact fellowships@mit.edu.

Explore scholarship websites here to learn about eligibility, selection criteria, application materials, and deadlines. And, remember to start exploring early to build a strong application.

The Distinguished Fellowships Office works only with currently enrolled or alumni MIT students applying for competitive national and international awards. If you are looking for funding for MIT graduate studies, contact the Office of Graduate Education’s Fellowships team (grad-fellowships@mit.edu).

For Interested Applicants

  • If you are interested in applying for the internal deadline for the Rhodes and Marshall nominations on June 4th at 5pm ET, please refer to this page for application details and information.
  • The Fulbright internal deadline is in August. Complete the internal application form by August 6 at 4pm ET and submit your application materials by August 27 at 4pm ET. Application and complete details available here.

Note: If you are a currently enrolled MIT student, please use this application form. If you are an alumni, please please use this form and login with your Alumni email. (Please make sure you are logged into Airtable with an @mit or @alum.mit email account before accessing link, or it will not work.)

If you have any questions about this application or the process for nomination, please contact our team (fellowships@mit.edu).


Two MIT students named 2021 Rhodes Scholars

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on November 21, 2020

Ghadah Alshalan and Danielle Grey-Stewart have been selected for the 2021 cohort of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship program. They will begin fully funded postgraduate studies at Oxford …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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By Lydia Huth
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Eleven from MIT awarded 2020 Fulbright Fellowships

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on May 22, 2020

This story was updated on 12/17/2020 to reflect Christian Cardozo’s decision to accept a Fulbright fellowship.

Eleven MIT students and recent alumni are recipients of awards from …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Siranush Babakhanova and Michal Gala named 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on May 5, 2020

Two MIT seniors, Siranush Babakhanova and Michal Gala, have been awarded Knight-Hennessy Scholarships. The prestigious fellowship attracts thousands of applicants from around the world and provides full funding …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Ten from MIT awarded 2020 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on April 14, 2020

Ten MIT students and alumni are among the 30 recipients of this year’s Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. The MIT-affiliated winners are Pelkins Mbacham …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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