Academic Awards and Fellowships

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Central is a place where, as a high-achieving student, you will receive personal attention. You will work one-on-one with advisers and mentors to set and achieve goals, and your extraordinary achievements are recognized.

Every year, Central students receive stipends and fellowships to conduct research on campus and off; to teach, work and study abroad; to participate in specialized workshops; and to attend graduate programs in anything from accounting to zoology. Grants are available at every level, from freshman to senior year, and both Central students and alumni may apply for awards of all kinds.

The Faculty Fellow for Graduate Fellowships and Awards, Prof. Maria Snyder, is available to assist you in deciding which grants are right for you and in completing the application process. Check the campus calendar for workshops and information sessions, too.

Beyond Central

 

Recent Award and Fellowship Winners

  • Jessica Riebkes ’13, REU grant for summer research and senior thesis
  • Kathryn Manternach ’14, REU grant for summer research and senior thesis
  • Gregory Teets ’13, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia
  • Jana (Stallman) Olsen '10, NSF Gradate Research Fellowship at Rice University
  • Lindsay Kelderhouse '08, Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship at Purdue University
  • Adam Duerfeldt '05, Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship at the University of Kansas, NCAA Postgraduate Fellowship

Explore the World!

Opportunities include:

  • Research in labs in Germany and France
  • Teaching English in nearly any country in the world
  • Studying at the most renowned universities in the U.K.

 

Academic Awards and Fellowships

Freshman through Juniors

  • Boren Scholarship
  • Helps fund study languages in less-commonly chosen locations, critical to US interests. Boren scholarship recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Particularly relevant for Central students interested in the programs in Oman or China.
  • Freeman Asia Scholarship
  • Offers scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Students must have at least one semester of study remaining after the completion of their study abroad.
  • Fulbright Wales Summer Institute
  • Funds travel to and attendance at a six-week summer cultural and academic program for US students at three internationally renowned Welsh universities. Focused theme proposed each year. Must have at least 2 years of undergraduate study left to complete.
  • Gilman Scholarship
  • Supports undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
  • Goldwater Scholarship
  • Provides funds for current sophomores or juniors interested in a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Seniors and Post-Graduates

  • Madison Memorial Fellowship
  • Funds graduate study leading to a Masters degree. Offered to applicants planning to become teachers of history, government, or social studies at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from their state of legal residence.
  • Marshall Scholarship
  • Supports U.S. students of high ability who wish to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Any subject may be studied.
  • Mitchell Scholarship Program
  • Funds one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship
  • For rising seniors or students seeking admission to a two-year Masters degree program: offers support for tuition and fees in preparation for a career with the Foreign Service.
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Scholars are chosen for two years of graduate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs are paid. Awarded to exceptional students, outstanding in academic and other areas.
  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
  • Offers 6- to 9-month fellowships in Washington D.C. in areas related to peace and security; for students with strong interest in activism and advocacy on these issues.

The Central Difference

Personalized Help

Central’s Faculty Fellow for Graduate Fellowships and Awards is dedicated to helping you find the right opportunities at the right time.

Award Workshops

Information sessions and workshops at Central guide you as you take the first steps in finding graduate programs or applying for scholarships. Check for updates on the Central Calendar!

Honors

The Emerging Scholars Program and the Honors Director connect you with opportunities for in-depth study and mentors, helping you become a top candidate for awards.

Mentoring

Central faculty identify high-performing students each year, offering personal guidance as you apply for grants and consider graduate programs.