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From Fulbright grants to Watson Fellowships, Colgate students and alumni have been awarded many of the most competitive national and international fellowships and scholarships.

Colgate's Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships (ONFS) exists to guide students and alumni to these wonderful opportunities, and to provide extensive advisement and support through the application process.

Advisement & Resources

Need help getting started?  You don't have to navigate the application process alone!  Get advice and information on the entire application process, from matching your interests and goals with the right opportunities to writing the personal statement.  Dean Germain has extensive knowledge of what makes a strong application, and she is here to help you put your best foot forward in these competitions. LEARN MORE

Fellowship Listing

See a listing of the major scholarships available. Many awards require nomination by Colgate; these are highlighted, including details about how to secure Colgate's nomination. Other great opportunities that do not require nomination are also available. Browse these amazing opportunities, including eligibility criteria and any relevant upcoming deadlines, to find out which ones are a good match for you. LEARN MORE

Examples:
Truman Scholarship
Provides up to $30,000 in support for graduate or professional studies toward a public service-related degree, plus leadership training and networking.

Campus deadline: December 1.  Final deadline: early February

Candidates must:
  • Be a college junior at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, or US national
  • Demonstrate significant leadership and a commitment to public service
  • Plan to build a career in public service
  • Have a highly competitive GPA
Truman website
Goldwater Scholarship
For undergraduate study leading to research careers in mathematics or natural science or engineering. Awards up to $7,500 for the remaining undergraduate year(s) of study.

Campus deadline: December 1. Final deadline: late January.

Candidates must:
  • Be a sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen, national, or resident alien
  • Have a highly competitive GPA
  • Have at least one significant research experience to date
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Goldwater Committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.
Goldwater website
Udall Scholarship
Provides up to $5,000 towards tuition and other college expenses. Scholars also attend a Udall Orientation in August in Tucson, AZ, and will gain access to a nationwide network of environmental, Native American health, and tribal policy professionals.

Campus deadline: February 2. Final deadline: early March.

Candidates must:
  • Be a college sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • Have a college GPA of at least "B"
  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, or US national
  • Demonstrate commitment to the environment and plan to pursue careers related to the environment; or
  • be Native American or Alaska Native students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • be Native American or Alaska Native students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to Native health care.
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Udall Committee after review of application materials submitted for the campus deadline.
Udall website
Watson Fellowship
Provides $28,000 for 12 months of independent exploration and travel outside of the US following graduation.

Campus deadline: October 2

Candidates must:
  • Be in their senior year at the time of application
  • Receive your degree prior to Aug. 1 of that year
  • Create a project for a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Watson Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews, which will take place soon after the campus deadline above.
NB: Click WatsonColgate for the fall 2014 Colgate Application Form, which contains complete instructions, and click WatsonRec for the Recommendation Form that your references must complete.

Watson website
Fulbright US Student Program Grant
Provides full funding for one academic year abroad for research/study or teaching English.

Preliminary deadline: June 15 (for initial drafts). Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • Present a plan or project which can be completed in one academic year
  • Be available for an interview with Colgate's Fulbright Committee soon after September 15
Fulbright website
Rhodes Scholarship
Provides full funding (tuition & stipend) for graduate study (or a second bachelor's degree) at the University of Oxford in the UK.

Preliminary deadline: June 1. Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be at least 18 and not yet 24 years of age
  • Be a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident (see note below)
  • Complete the bachelor's degree prior to beginning studies at Oxford
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, community service, concern for and protection of the weak, and vigor in extracurricular activities, which may or may not include sports
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
NB: Citizens of other nations may be able to compete in their home country's Rhodes competition, if one exists and they meet that country's eligibility criteria. Contact ONFS as soon as possible if you wish to inquire about Rhodes outside the US.

Rhodes website: US
Rhodes website: Other nations
Marshall Scholarship
For graduate study in a British college or university for one or two years. Awards include full tuition, living allowance, book grant, thesis grant, research grant, and travel allowance.

Preliminary deadline: June 1. Final Colgate deadline: September 15.

Candidates must:
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a current or rising senior or have received the BA after the April two years prior to the year of application
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7
  • Have an outstanding academic record, creative and original leadership experience, extensive community service, and ambassadorial potential
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
Marshall website

Contact Us

ONFS
B-1 McGregory Hall
Phone: 315-228-6224
E-mail: onfs@colgate.edu

Kimberly K. Germain, PhD
Assistant Dean for Fellowship Advising
E-mail: kgermain@colgate.edu

Sarah Ficken
Administrative Assistant
E-mail: sficken@colgate.edu

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Past Recipients

Each year, we have a number of students receiving a variety of national fellowships, scholarships, and grants. If you are considering applying, you may find it helpful to explore their examples. LEARN MORE