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/

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: TBD
  • 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 27th, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • National Deadline: October 2024 (Official deadline will be announced in Spring 2024)
  • Info sessions will be announced soon
  • Campus Contact: Julia Mongo, Fulbright Program Advisor
  • MIT Internal Fulbright Application due by August 6th.

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: September 2024 (Will update when official deadline for 2024 is announced)
  • 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: Early June 2024 (Will update during Spring 2024)
  • National Deadline: September 2024 (Will update when official deadline for 2024 is announced)
  • 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: N/A
  • National Deadline: N/A
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

NOTE: This scholarship is currently suspended, and will not be offering scholarships to students for the 2025-26 academic year.

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: Early June 2024 (Will update during Spring 2024)
  • National Deadline: October 2024 (Will update when official deadline for 2024 is announced)
  • 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 2024 (Will update when official deadline is announced in Spring 2024)
  • 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: Late October/Early November 2024 (Will update when official deadline is announced in Spring 2024)
  • 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: Late November/Early December 2024
    • If you would like to discuss applying for the Truman Scholarship please email Ian Murray.
  • National Deadline: February 7, 2023
  • 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: March 6, 2024
  • Campus Contact: Kim Benard

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