Top 5 Most Competitive International Fellowships
By Jane Hotspur
, last updated December 18, 2011
The five most competitive international fellowships will fully fund your endeavor to pursue a graduate degree abroad. This is beneficial, since postgraduate education can be very expensive, especially when the costs of living abroad are factored in. In order to be considered for an international fellowship, you will need top academic credentials and an impressive resume. If you thing you've got what it takes, then consider applying to these five fellowship programs.
The Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world and the first international fellowship ever created. Recipients of the Rhodes are invited to take up a place at Oxford University. They can choose to sit any course without worrying about paying tuition or college fees. They are also given a living stipend and invited to partake in special events and balls that are hosted by the Rhodes House. This scholarship opens doors upon completion too, given its prestige and the fact that many recruiters specifically target Rhodes recipients.
The Marshall Scholarship
A second, international fellowship that is extremely competitive is the Marshall Scholarship. This scholarship program finances young Americans to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Students can select any course to study at any of the United Kingdom's universities. Applicants seeking a place at Oxford, Cambridge, or the London School of Economics will face the stiffest competition, so if it is a Marshall that you are after, consider applying for a place at other great universities like Bristol or King's College instead.
The George Mitchell Scholarship
The George Mitchell Scholarship is a third, international fellowship that any young person would feel lucky to obtain! This scholarship program is open to those between the ages of 18 and 30. Each year, the scholarship awards 12 recipients a place at an Irish university and fully funds one year of study. This allows for the completion of a master's degree. Recipients are also given a travel bursary so that they can explore parts of Europe while pursuing their postgraduate degree.
The St. Andrew's Scholarship
Also highly competitive, the St. Andrew's Scholarship tries to promote cultural exchange between Scotland and the US. The scholarship program annually finances students study at St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland. Preference is given to candidates who have not previously studied in the United Kingdom and applicants must live in or have obtained their bachelor's degree in New York State, since the fellowship is funded by the Scottish Society of New York.
The Watson Fellowship
Those not wishing to pursue a postgraduate degree, but an independent research project should apply for the Watson Fellowship. This international fellowship is highly competitive and awards recipients a one year grant for independent travel outside the United States. Applicants must have already conceived of a research project before applying and should have a travel itinerary already sketched out. They will have $25,000 to live off of and complete their project. Applicants wishing to travel with a spouse or dependent child will receive an additional $10,000.