Graduate School in the U.S.

Truman Scholarship

For juniors with clear leadership experience and commitment to public service who plan to pursue careers in education, government, non-profit, or public interest. This scholarship provides funds of up to $30,000 for graduate school, a rich network of former scholars, and many useful additional programs. If you are an interested junior holding United States citizenship, please fill out this interest form.

Timeline available in fall of 2019.

Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship provides funding ($30,000 for graduate school, $4,000 immediately) for exceptional juniors pursuing graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Eligibility is limited to juniors who are U.S. citizens who have a demonstrated history of receiving financial need during their undergraduate years. Applicants should apply in fall of junior year. Requires university nomination. For next steps, please submit the Beinecke Pre-Application ( (Note that this is separate from the general Post Graduate Pre-Application). 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. The program trains future global leaders who form interdisciplinary cohorts while pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University. Funds one graduate/professional degree, including dual/joint-degree programs. See here for information on eligibility. For next steps, please submit the CUSE Pre-Application for Post-Graduate Fellowships

Lilly Graduate Fellows Program

For seniors and alumni in the Humanities who plan to enter a PhD, MFA, DMA, or ThD program at a North American institution and who intend to pursue a teaching career in the Humanities or Arts at a church-affiliated institution. Please see here for information on eligibility.  

Yale Silver Scholars

A unique opportunity for college seniors (both international and domestic) to earn an MBA at Yale University in three years directly after graduation and move more quickly toward their career goals. If eligible, please complete the CUSE Pre-Application for Post-Graduate Fellowships

The timeline for this award matches that of the Yale MBA application process.

Ford Foundation Fellowship

"The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students." They provide predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships to support graduate students in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs. If eligible, please contact the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships for more information.

Pickering and Rangel

Both of these awards fund graduate study for students who seek a career in foreign service and are historically underrepresented in the field. They also both promise internships and other professional development for foreign service. They follow almost the exact same timelines and provide similar support, so CUSE recommends that if you are interested in either, you should apply for both. If you are eligible and interested, please email Elise Rudt over the summer the year you would apply for graduate school.

Payne International Development Fellowship Program

"The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service." If you are eligible and interested, please email Elise Rudt over the summer the year you would apply for graduate school.