National Fellowships

Fisk University has a distinguished historical connection to some of the most prestigious fellowships: Fisk University president Charles S. Johnson was a member of the inaugural Board of Foreign Scholarships for the Fulbright Program, and Fisk was among a group of universities that petitioned the Rhodes Trust to accept nominations of female students.

 To continue this tradition, all Fisk students are encouraged to apply for the prestigious fellowships and scholarships listed below (and any others you may come across elsewhere). Students in the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program are required to apply for at least one prestigious scholarship in order to graduate with general university honors. For information on how best to prepare yourself to be a competitive applicant for these awards, click here.

 Deadlines and Campus Contacts

 For most of the fellowships listed below, you must first submit your application internally. This gives you the opportunity to receive feedback from faculty, when appropriate, and for the fellowship advisors to ensure that all parts of the application are complete. Once you have chosen an award, reach out to the faculty member listed as the campus contact. You should also discuss your plans with your academic advisor.

 The Fisk University internal deadlines for academic year 2018-19 are: 

  • Early Fall deadline. This year’s deadline for the Rhodes, Marshall, Schwarzman, Gates-Cambridge, Pickering, and Mitchell has passed. Juniors intending to apply next year for the should be in touch with the primary campus contact no later than March 28, 2019. (The internal deadline for those fellowships will be September 13, 2019).
  • Early spring deadline: January 17, 2019. This internal deadline applies to the Goldwater, Truman, Udall, Mellon Mays, and the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Patrick C. Fleming () or the campus contact listed on the specific fellowship.

 Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships

Apply your Sophomore year

Luard Morse Scholarship. Sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, the Luard Morse Scholarship provides up to $25,000 for study at an English University (including, but not limited to, Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics). The application is open to all sophomores, regardless of major; applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information visit https://www.esuus.org/esu/programs/luardmorsescholarships/

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. Patrick C. Fleming
  • Deadline: Late Fall. Interested students should contact Dr. Fleming before November 1.

Goldwater Scholarship for students in math and the sciences. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards up to 260 scholarships of $7500 towards undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board. You may apply in your sophomore and/or junior year, but may receive the award only once. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must be nominated (Fisk can nominate up to four students each year). For more information visit https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

  • Fisk campus contacts: Dr. Saumya Ramanathan, Dr. Steven Damo, and Dr. Brian Nelms
  • Deadline: Early Spring

UNCF/Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship for students in the humanities who are considering careers as a faculty member. For more information contact Dr. Bracks and/or visit https://www.uncfmellon.org/apply/

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. Lean’tin Bracks, Dr. Katharine Burnett
  • Deadline: Early Spring

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship provides 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students per year. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of two locations: London, England and Cape Town, South Africa. For more information visit https://cmsi.gse.upenn.edu/opportunities/frederick-douglass-global-fellowship

  • Fisk campus contact: Duwon Clark, Dean of Global Initiatives
  • Deadline: Early Spring

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2019, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. For more information, visit https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx

  • Fisk campus contacts: Dr. Steven Damo, Dr. Saumya Ramanathan, and Dr. Brian Nelms
  • Deadline: Early Spring

Apply your Junior year

Goldwater Scholarship for students in math and the sciences. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards up to 260 scholarships of $7500 towards undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board. You may apply in your sophomore and/or junior year, but may receive the award only once. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must be nominated (Fisk can nominate up to four students each year). For more information visit https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

  • Fisk campus contacts: Dr. Saumya Ramanathan, Dr. Steven Damo, and Dr. Brian Nelms
  • Deadline: Early Spring

Truman Scholarship for students interested in public service. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards 55-60 scholarships each year, to students who are planning on graduate school and are committed to careers in government, nonprofit, or advocacy. Awardees must be U.S. citizens, and apply during their junior year. Applicants must be nominated by Fisk. For more information visit https://www.truman.gov/

  • Fisk campus contacts: Dr. Leslie Collins; Dr. Patrick C. Fleming, Dr. A. Hannibal Leach
  • Deadline: Early Spring

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2019, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. For more information, visit https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx

  • Fisk campus contacts: Dr. Steven Damo, Dr. Saumya Ramanathan, and Dr. Brian Nelms
  • Deadline: Early Spring 

Senior year applications: Since the fall deadline is very early in the semester, if you plan to apply for any of the fellowships below, you should begin your application as early as possible. By the March deadline above, contact the faculty representatives for the fellowship(s) to which you plan to apply as a senior. You should also, at a minimum, review what is needed for the application and get feedback on a draft of the fellowship essays.

Apply your Senior year

Rhodes Scholarship. Recognized as the “oldest and most celebrated international fellowships in the world,” Rhodes scholarships support a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident to study at Oxford University. Former Rhodes scholars include Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Tennessee Titan Myron Rolle, and former president Bill Clinton. Applicants must be endorsed by Fisk University, and must secure 5-8 letters of recommendation, in addition to the other requirements. For more information go to http://www.rhodesscholar.org/applying-for-the-scholarship/

This award is open to all students, including international students. US Citizens apply through the US Rhodes; students from the Caribbean apply through the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes; students from Old and New Commonwealth countries apply through their country of citizenship; and all other students apply through the Global Rhodes.

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. Patrick C. Fleming, Dr. Eugene Collins, Dr. Vann Newkirk
  • Deadline: Early Fall

Schwarzman Scholarship. Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future. https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/ This award is open to all students, including international students.

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. Patrick C. Fleming, Dr. Kent Wallace, Dr. James Quirin
  • Deadline: Early Fall

The Gates-Cambridge Scholarships 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 selection criteria are outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying. For more information visit https://www.gatescambridge.org/about This award is open to all students, including international students.

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. Brian Nelms, Dr. Saumya Ramanathan, Dr. Kent Wallace, Dr. James Quirin
  • Deadline: Early Fall

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) or Study/Research Awards.  Funded by the State Department, Fulbright fellows spend a year in a foreign culture serving as a cultural ambassador. Though no Fisk student has been awarded a Fulbright recently, we have a historic connection to the program: Fisk President Charles S. Johnson served on the inaugural J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and alumnus John Hope Franklin was chair of Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships from 1966-1969. The fellowship is open to all U.S. Citizens. ETAs support local English language teachers, while Study/Research fellows pursue an independent research agenda. For more information please visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/getting-started 

  • Fisk campus contacts: Dr. Patrick C. Fleming, Dr. Irina Willis, Dr. Ana Rueda-Garcia, Professor Nancy Rasico
  • Deadline: Early Fall

Marshall Scholarship. Open to U.S. citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.7, the Marshall Scholarship funds up to forty students a year to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom. For more information visit http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply 

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. A Hannibal Leach
  • Deadline: Early Fall

Mitchell Scholarship. The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to up to twelve scholars, and supports a year of study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. For more information visit http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20%7C%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html 

  • Fisk campus contact: Dr. James Quirin, Dr. Kent Wallace, Dr. Patrick C. Fleming,
  • Deadline: Early Fall

Pickering Fellowship The Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world.  Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers, serving in Washington, DC or at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe.  https://pickeringfellowship.org/graduate-fellowship/overview-and-eligibility/

  • Fisk campus contact: Duwon Clark, Dean of Global Initiatives
  • Deadline: Early Fall