OHSD: Prestigious Merit Awards

Office: 2nd Floor, Carnegie Building (202) 806-4029

The following list of award programs involve the collaboration and recruitment efforts of Howard University faculty and program administrators. In addition to the list below, we encourage students to search our information on additional resources for award searches.

OHSD Programs

Upcoming OHSD Events

Jul 01 Due Date: Pre-Application UK Fellowships (Rhodes/ Marshall) Campus-wide
Aug 07 Due Date: Pre-Application Non-UK Fellowships (Schwarzman/ Knight-Hennessy) Campus-wide
Aug 07 Due Date: Pre-Application UK Fellowships (Fulbright) Campus-wide
Sept 01 Due Date: Howard Deadline for UK Fellowships (Rhodes/ Marshall) Campus-wide
Sept 08 Due Date: Howard Deadline for UK Fellowships (Schwarzman/ Knight-Hennessy) Campus-wide
Sept 15 Due Date: Howard Deadline for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Campus-wide

For in-person advising or more information on developing a strong proposal for your fellowship application, email Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, or schedule an appointment.

Prestigious Merit Awards:

U: undergraduate opportunities; G: opportunities for graduate studies.

The Beinecke Scholarship

Sponsor: The Sperry Fund

Award Description: Opportunity for juniors (rising seniors), the Beinecke Scholarship supports graduate education in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Eligibility: Applicants should be current Juniors, seeking a long-term academic/research career in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Additional requirements are listed on the Beinecke website.

HU Process: Students submit a copy of all application materials to OHSD by the HU deadline. Howard can select only one application to nominate from the institution. A faculty review committee will review all applications to select the Howard nominee. The faculty committee adheres to the eligibility criteria outlined by the program website.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: January 15, 2017

Program Deadline: Early February 2017

ETS Presidential Scholarship for HBCUs

Sponsor: Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Award Description: ETS administers a merit-based, one-year, full-tuition scholarship. ETS will grant four awards to students attending private HBCUs and four awards to students attending public HBCUs to be applied during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Eligibility: Students of all majors and disciplines who attend any of the HBCUs throughout the United States are eligible to apply for the one-year scholarship.

HU Process: Students submit a copy of all application materials to OHSD by the HU deadline. Howard can select only five applications to nominate from the institution. A faculty review committee will review all applications to select the 5 students who will receive the required institutional letter. The faculty committee adheres to the eligibility criteria outlined by the program website.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: February 15, 2017

Program Deadline: Mid-March 2017.
See the ETS 2016-2017 guidelines [pdf] for additional information.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsor: U.S. Department of State

Award Description: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding for research or teaching English abroad for a semester or year after the completion of undergraduate studies.

Eligibility: Requirements are listed on the Fulbright website.

HU Process: The campus application includes:

  • a cover page (name, address, phone, email, major/minor fields, [expected] graduation date, type of award and country selected, list of references and proposed affiliation contacts),
  • personal statement
  • proposal or project statement
  • CV or resume and
  • unofficial transcript.

Deliver or mail two collated copies to Dr. Jeanne Maddox Toungara, Howard University, DOUGLASS HALL 304.

After the submission deadline, applicants will meet with the screening committee.

Open a formal application and begin completing it online to receive information.  You are advised to wait for feedback from the campus screening committee before submitting online.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: September 15, 2016

Program Deadline: October 11, 2016

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Gates Cambridge Trust

Award Description: The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Eligibility: http://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/eligibility

HU Process: There is not a formal Howard University process for application for the Gates Cambridge Scholarshp; however, students applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship should simultaneously apply for Graduate Studies through the Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office. Students applying for an MBA or Master of Finance will apply through Cambridge’s Business School

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: n/a

Program Deadline: US Citizens: Mid-October 2016
Non-US citizens: Early December 2017

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Sponsor: Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Award Description: The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually for qualified undergraduate expenses, including tuition, room and board for rising juniors and seniors who demonstrate the potential for excellence in a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

Eligibility: Requirements are listed on the Goldwater Scholarship website.

HU Process: Howard University may nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class. Contact the program advisor to discuss your application and possible nomination for the award. All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. The Foundation will not solicit or accept applications directly from candidates.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: December 1, 2016

Program Deadline: Late January 2017

HBCU Bridge Scholarship Program

Sponsor: Graham School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Chicago

Award Description: Invitation for recent Howard University graduates or current seniors, for an exploratory academic year (similar to a Post-Baccalaureate program) of research, course exploration and advising. Students will receive airfare and ½ tuition for part-time study of 6 courses at the University of Chicago. Students will also receive mentoring and a specialized advisor from the UC Graham School. Students can apply to begin the program in Fall 2015 (September 28 - June 11) or Spring 2016 (January 4 - August 27).

Eligibility: Recent alumni (within two years of graduation) or students starting their senior year of college may apply to participate in the Bridge Scholarship Program. The HBCU Bridge Scholarship is available to students interested in undergraduate and graduate courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, divinity, public policy, social work and law.

HU Process: Students submit a copy of all application materials to OHSD by the HU deadline, including an official transcript, a resume, and a statement of purpose outlining research interests.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: August 21, 2015.

Program Deadline: September 1, 2015.

The Marshall Scholarship

Sponsor: The Marshall Commission

Award Description: The Marshall Scholarship provides funding for 1-2 years of postgraduate studies at a British university.

Eligibility:

  • 3.7 GPA
  • Additional requirements are listed on the USIA website.

HU Process: Current students should notify and request to review your application with the Howard University program advisor prior to submitting the application directly to the Marshall Scholarship.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: September 1, 2016

Program Deadline: October 1, 2016; district interviews will TBA

George Mitchell Scholarship Program

Sponsor: US-Ireland Alliance

Award Description: The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides funding for a year of postgraduate studies at an Irish university.

Eligibility: Requirements are listed on the USIA website.

HU Process: Current students should notify and request to review your application with the Howard University program advisor prior to submitting the application directly to the Mitchell Scholarship.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: September 1, 2016

Program Deadline: October 1, 2016

The Rhodes Scholarship

Sponsor: The Rhodes Trust

Award Description: The Rhodes Scholarship provides funding for a Master’s Degree at Oxford University in the UK.

Eligibility: Requirements are listed on the Rhodes website.

HU Process: An institutional endorsement letter is required as part of your Rhodes application. Students should contact and review your application with the Howard University program advisor.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: September 1, 2016

Program Deadline: October 1, 2016; district interviews will be held the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving weekend

Schwarzman Scholarship

Sponsor: Endowment funded by Chairman, CEO and Cofounder of Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman

Award Description: Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the Schwarzman Scholarship will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Eligibility: Students with an academic focus in Public Policy, Business, Economics or International Studies, additional eligibility: http://schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/eligibility

HU Process: An institutional endorsement form is required as part of your Schwarzman Scholar application. Students should contact and review your application with the Howard University program advisor.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: September 1, 2016

Program Deadline: September 15, 2016

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (G)

Sponsor: Paul & Daisy Soros Program

Award Description: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship provides up to two years of funding for graduate school for new naturalized U.S. citizens.

Eligibility: Requirements are listed on the Soros Program website.

HU Process: Current students should notify and discuss your application with the Howard University program advisor prior to submitting the application directly to the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship.

Advisor/Contact Info: Dr. Kari Miller, kari.miller@howard.edu, (202) 806-4029

HU Deadline: n/a

Program Deadline: November 1, 2016

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