Student Fellowships and National Scholarships

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The Office of Academic Affairs mentors Detroit Mercy students interested in applying for fellowships and national scholarships sponsored by agencies outside of the University. 

Are you a student who wants to make a difference in the world? Are you a student who plans to go to graduate school? Are you interested in leadership development, global challenges, foreign policy, or independent study/research? If you answered yes to these questions, then a fellowship or national scholarship may be of interest to you.

How do I apply for a fellowship or national scholarship?

  1. Review the list of fellowships and national scholarships listed below. Visit the websites to learn more about each program.
  2. Complete and submit the preliminary interest form. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email from the Office of Academic Affairs to set up an appointment to discuss this grand opportunity.
Students should be aware that external fellowships and national scholarships are not the same as financial aid. Students who have questions and/or concerns about paying their Detroit Mercy tuition and/or their financial aid package should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Fulbright Canada

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Rhodes Scholarship

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Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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Fellowship and National Scholarship Opportunities

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    Fulbright Canada Internship

    Overview

    The Fulbright-MITACS Globalink is intended for US Students interested in coming to Canada to undertake advanced research projects for 10 to 12 weeks (between May and August) in their area of interest. Projects will be drawn from a broad cross-section of research topics covering all academic disciplines and students will be placed with a university research project and undertake research projects under the supervision of a professor. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in professional training as well as extensive opportunity for cultural, social, and recreational experiences.

    Student Level

    • Be a US citizen, registered and currently studying at an accredited university located in the United States 
    • Be a full-time undergraduate student with one to three semesters remaining in their program as of Fall 2021
    • Have a competitive grade point average
    • Be able to spend 10 to 12 weeks in Canada between May and August

    Additional Information

    In addition to having access to a prestigious worldwide network of Fulbright and to Canada’s top research facilities you will also enjoy the following benefits:

    • A chance to gain international experience in Canada
    • A rewarding experience combining academic research at top Canadian universities, professional skills development workshops and social activities
    • The opportunity to connect with potential graduate supervisors should you be interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies with a Graduate Fellowship
    • Total Grant of CAD$7800

    Application Deadline and Timeline

    • September 30th, 2020 at 10 PM EST– Fulbright deadline to receives applications.
    • January 2021 – Candidates are selected to rank their top 3-7 projects; after reviewing the rankings, students and professors are interviewed and submit their final rankings by the end of January.
    • February 2021 – Invitations sent to successful candidates to submit the 2nd round Globalink application, in late February.
    • March 2021 - Committee reviews the applications selects final projects and confirms internship matches with students and professors.

    Website Link

    https://www.fulbright.ca/programs/undergraduate-students/fulbright-canada-mitacs-globalink-program

     

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    Rhodes Scholarship

    Overview

    "The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded postgraduate award for young people to study at the University of Oxford, UK. The Rhodes Trust funds 100 Scholars per year. They select young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value driven, principled leaders for the world’s future."

    Student Level

    Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

    Additional Information

    The program supports exceptional young people for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, and actively fosters lifelong learning and fellowship.

    Application Deadline

    Application window is June thru September each year.

    Website Link

    https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/the-rhodes-scholarship/

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    Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship

    Overview

    The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.

    Student Level

    Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

    Additional Information

    Becoming a Rangel Fellow means that you are committed to pursuing a two year master’s degree program in a field related to the Department of State’s Foreign Service, becoming a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer and representing your country and its interests abroad and at home.

    Application Deadline

    Application window is June thru September of each year.

    Website Link

    http://rangelprogram.org/graduate-fellowship-program/

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    Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Overview

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries

    Student Level

    “Current U.S. Student - United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus. If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline."

    Additional Information

    Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

    Application Deadline

    "2021- 2022 Award Cycle Competition will open on March 31, 2020."

    Website Link

    https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/getting-started

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    Preliminary Interest Form

    In order to better support Detroit Mercy Students who are interested in Fellowship or National Scholarship opportunities, the Office of Academic Affairs requires students to complete a preliminary interest form.

    Click here to complete the Preliminary Interest Form

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    About Detroit Mercy Selection of Candidates And Internal Deadlines

    Some fellowships and scholarships require the University of Detroit Mercy to select, nominate, or otherwise endorse you as a candidate before you may continue with the application process.

    Detroit Mercy, through the Office for Academic Affairs, sets its own internal deadlines for applicants well in advance of the deadlines established by those agencies which are offering the fellowships or national scholarships. Detroit Mercy students must abide by these deadlines in order to receive proper assistance and endorsement by the University. 

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    About Letters Of Recommendation

    University professors, administrators, coaches, priests, and ministers are happy to write a letter of recommendation for you. In order to assist them, please provide the following information with your request:

    1. A description of the fellowship or national scholarship for which you are applying.
    2. The deadline for your recommender to submit it to the foundation/agency or for the letter to be sent to or picked up by you.
    3. Your proposal, your resumé/curriculum vitae, and any other information that might be useful and help your recommender write a strong letter with specific details.
    4. If possible, a brief statement regarding your interest in and suitability for the fellowship. Your Preliminary Interest Form will help you with this.