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Distinguished Fellowship Initiative

The Distinguished Fellowship Initiative at CSUSB is designed to support three interrelated goals, all with the fundamental purpose of encouraging students to apply for and win prestigious national and international fellowships to support their undergraduate and graduate education. Please find below a list of major awards, deadlines, links to the award webpages, and CSUSB point of contact. If there is no listed campus representative, please contact Dr. Ryan Keating (rkeating@csusb.edu).


Opportunities for Seniors



Fulbright Scholarship: About 1,400 scholars selected for 1 year of teaching or research in more than 140 countries. Requirements: American citizen, very strong academic achievement, proficiency in language of host country.


Campus Representatives: Dr. HyunKyoung Oh (hkoh@csusb.edu) and Dr. Ryan Keating (Rkeating@csusb.edu)

Application deadline: October 13th, 2020

United Kingdom


Rhodes Scholarship: 32 scholars selected regionally for 2 or 3 years of graduate study in any field at Oxford University. Requirements: (American citizen or national from select countries), very strong academic achievements, leadership, some involvement in sports (but not necessarily intercollegiate participation) 


Application deadline: October 7th, 2020


Marshall Scholarship: 40 scholars selected for 2 or 3 years for graduate study in any field at any university in the United Kingdom. Requirements: American citizen, very strong academic achievement.


Application deadline: September 25th, 2020


Gates Cambridge Scholarship: 100 scholars selected for 1 to 3 years for many subject available at Cambridge University for diverse programs, including research leading to Ph.D., courses leading to Masters degree, including M.B.A., or a second bachelors degree. Scholarship favors students planning to improve the lives of people around the world.  Requirements: Very strong academic achievement, college degree completed or anticipated by award's beginning, independent acceptance to Cambridge University (must apply separately for admission)


Application deadline: October 14th, 2020


George J. Mitchell Scholarship: 12 scholars selected for 1 year of post-graduate study in any field at colleges and universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland for the purpose of furthering ties between the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Requirements: American citizen, very strong academic achievement, leadership and public service.


Application deadline: September 25th, 2020


Schwarzman Scholars:  One-year master's program in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  All classes will be in English, and students live and study together at Schwarzman College.  Dubbed "the Chinese Rhodes Scholarship", the award emphasizes that the success of today's leaders depends upon "an understanding of China's role in global trends."


Application deadline: September 22nd, 2020




American Assistants in France Program: 1,500 teaching assistantships in French Primary and Secondary Schools. Requirements: American citizen, min. 20 years old, proficiency in French.


Application deadline: The Application for the 2020-2021 CLOSED. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will open in mid-October of 2020.



DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service): Offers a variety of undergraduate and post-graduate study opportunities in Germany, including language immersion courses and science and engineering research internships. German proficiency NOT required for some programs.


Application deadline: December 18th, 2020




Grants Program for North American Teaching Assistants in Spain: The Spanish Embassy Office of Education and Science awards more than 1,000 grants for juniors, seniors, or recent graduates to teach English in Spain. Requirements: American or Canadian citizen, intermediate Spanish or better.


Application deadline: deadline has passed.


United States


National Science Foundation: 1,100 scholars selected for up to 3 years of study towards an M.S. or any of the natural or social sciences at any university. Requirements: American citizen or permanent resident, research-oriented work experience.


Application deadline: October 19th, 2020


Knight-Hennessy Scholars: 100 students selected for three years of fully-funded graduate education in any discipline at Stanford University for the purpose of creating a multidisciplinary community of scholar-leaders “dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.” Departments continue funding individual scholars past three years.


Application deadline: October 14th, 2020

Opportunities for Juniors


Beinecke Scholarship: 22 scholars selected for two years of graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social science at any university. Requirements: Strong academic achievement, financial need.


Application deadline: February 10th, 2021


Truman Scholarship: Around 75 scholars selected for merit-based awards to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or more broadly in public service. Requirements: American citizen, or national commitment to public service, leadership, top quarter of his or her class.


Campus Representative: Dr. David Marshall (DMarshall@csusb.edu)

Application deadline: February 2, 2021

Opportunities for Sophomores


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: Junior and sophomores majoring in math and science and interested in pursuing math/science careers selected for undergraduate financial assistance assistance. Requirements: Strong academic achievement, American citizen, national or permanent resident.


Campus Representative: Dr. Kimberly Cousins (KCousins@csusb.edu)

Application deadline: January 29, 2021


Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships: Juniors and sophomores studying the environment and related fields selected for undergraduate financial assistance. Requirements: American citizen, national or permanent resident.


Application deadline: deadline has passed.

Opportunities for All Classes


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU):

NSF-funded summer programs that allow students to conduct science and social research at other colleges and universities.


Application deadline: August 25th, 2021


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: 

Need-based undergraduate tuition assistnce for students who work for social change.


Application deadline: deadline has passed.

Language Initiatives and Study-Abroad Grants



Boren Scholarships (undergraduate): Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates "to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad." Programs include full-year, one-semester, and summer-immersion. Requirements: American citizen.


Campus Representative: Emilio Rodriguez (emilio@csusb.edu)

Application deadline: February 3rd, 2021


Boren Fellowships (graduate): Provides support for graduate students who want to include an international component to their master's or doctoral programs. "Boren Fellowships provide support for overseas study, domestic study, or a combination of both." Awards range from one semester to two years, including special opportunities for Asian studies. Requirements: American citizen, enrolled in or applying for graduate student at U.S. universities.


Campus Representative: Emilio Rodriguez (emilio@csusb.edu)

Application deadline: January 27th, 2021


Gilman: Provides aid for financially needy students to pursue study abroad in non-traditional areas. Note that emphasis is placed on the development of "critical need" languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korea, and Russian.

Attributes: U.S. citizen; demonstrable financial need.


Application deadline: October 6th, 2020


U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes:

Opportunities for undergraduates and graduating seniors to develop languages critical to develop U.S. interests: Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Azerbaijani.

Attributes: U.S. citizen, varying prerequisites.


Application deadline: November 17th, 2020


Princeton: Awards in each region provide 'immersive work experiences" by connecting "service-minded graduates and partner organization."

Princeton in Africa (PIAf): http://www.princetoninafrica.org (about 50/year)
Princeton in Asia (PIA):  https://piaweb.princeton.edu/ (about 150/year)
Princeton in Latin America (PiLA): https://pila-princeton.org/ (about 50/year)

Application deadline: Dates vary, please see websites.


Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace at Middlebury College:  Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace scholarships for summer language study at Middlebury College:  Mandarin, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Korean 


Application deadline: December 15th, 2020