Explore Fellowships

Explore scholarship websites to learn about eligibility, selection criteria, application materials, and timeline. To build a strong application, start preparing early and be sure to come chat with Distinguished Fellowships staff. We recommend that potential applicants for fellowships with fall national deadlines make an appointment with the Distinguished Fellowships team by late spring.

Keep in mind that some fellowships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Truman) require an internal endorsement. Students must submit by the MIT internal deadline for consideration. Contact fellowships@mit.edu for specific information on this year’s internal deadline dates and required materials. 

Funds graduate study in arts, humanities, or social sciences at any academic institution in the world.

  • Eligibility: Juniors
    • Note: MIT may nominate only one student per year
  • MIT Deadline: Last Monday of November
  • National Deadline: Second Wednesday of February (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: http://fdnweb.org/beinecke/

Funds Ph.D. candidates—to conduct research in France for a 4-9 month period.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. students
  • MIT Deadline: December
  • National Deadline: Early January (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard and MISTI-France

More info: https://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org/

Graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in the UK

  • Eligibility: Seniors or graduate students
    • Note: MIT may nominate only two students per year. Internal endorsement required.
    • MIT Deadline: Early July 
  • National Deadline: November 2, 2022 at 5pm ET
  • Campus ContactKim Benard

More info: http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org

Independent research, graduate study, or English teaching in countries around the world

  • Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students, or alumni who are U.S. Citizens
    • Note: Interested students should contact Distinguished Fellowships in the spring 
  • MIT Deadline: August 24th at 5pm ET
  • National Deadline: Early October (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Julia Mongo, Fulbright Program Advisor

More info: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Graduate study in any field at the University of Cambridge in the UK

  • Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students, or alumni
  • National Deadline: Early October (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: https://www.gatescambridge.org/


Funds graduate study at Stanford University

  • Eligibility: Seniors
  • National Deadline: Fall (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/ 

Funds graduate study at any institution in the UK

  • Eligibility: Seniors and alumni (no more than two years past their BS) with at least a 4.7 GPA
    • Note: Internal Endorsement required. Students must submit by MIT deadline to be considered.
  • MIT Deadline: June 2nd at 5pm ET
  • National Deadline: Late September (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Funds one year master’s program at any Irish university

  • Eligibility: Seniors and alumni
    • Note: Internal endorsement required. Students must submit by MIT deadline to be considered.
  • MIT Deadline: June 2nd at 5pm ET
  • National Deadline: September 30, 2022
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/

Funds graduate study at Oxford University in the UK

  • Eligibility: Seniors and alumni (Per Rhodes: “Upon entry to Oxford, the candidate must either be under 25 years of age, or up to a maximum age of 28 years old if they have completed their first undergraduate degree within the last 2 years.”) Requires at least a 4.7 GPA and strong leadership potential.
    • Note: Internal endorsement required. Students must submit by the MIT deadline to be considered.
  • MIT Deadline: June 2nd at 5pm ET
  • National Deadline: First Wednesday of October at 11:59pm ET
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Funds a special 1-year Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing,China

  • Eligibility: Seniors and alumni
  • National Deadline: September 22, 2022
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: schwarzmanscholars.org/

Funds graduate education for “New Americans” (immigrants or children of immigrants)

  • Eligibility: Seniors, graduate students, or alumni
  • National Deadline: Early November
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: https://www.pdsoros.org/

Funds graduate study in the U.S. or abroad for students interested in public service leadership

  • Eligibility: Juniors
    • Note: MIT may nominate only four students per year. Students must submit by the internal deadline for consideration.
  • MIT Deadline: Last Monday of November
  • National Deadline: Early February (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: https://www.truman.gov/

Provides up to $7000 for undergraduate academic expenses for Native American students interested in tribal policy or health care, or any student interested in environmental issue

  • Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors
  • MIT Deadline: End of Fall Term
  • National Deadline: Early March (will update when official deadline is released)
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

More info: http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx