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Prestigious Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Spelman Student Sophia Bax-Wooten Named Schwarzman Scholar
    Sophia Bax-Wooten, C’2023, has been named to the eighth class of Schwarzman Scholars, one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships which is awarded to only 100 – 200 applicants per year, worldwide. A Dean's Scholar and member of Spelman's Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Bax-Wooten is a sociology major with a pre-law concentration and double minor in African Diaspora studies and comparative women’s studies. Social justice stands at the core of her work as an advocate and ally within intellectual, professional and personal spheres, she said.
  • Spelman student Naomi A Named Schwarzman Scholar
    Naomi Aladekoba, C’2023, was recently named to the eighth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. The 151 candidates, selected from 36 countries and 121 universities around the world, will receive the opportunity to study in a one-year, fully-funded Master’s degree program in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College on the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Aladekoba is senior international studies major concentrating in international development and minoring in Spanish and Asian Studies. Before taking a gap year, the Maryland native participated in the Spelman-George Washington East Asia Professional Development Program and was president of the Chinese Culture Club. She later participated in the MIT Summer Research Program where she worked in the political science department researching China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Scholar Spotlight

  • 2022 Spelman Fulbright Leader
    Spelman College, along with 18 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), was recognized last week as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • Spelman Fulbright Finalist Naima Castaneda Isaac
    Naima Castaneda Isaac will be awarded her bachelor's degree from Spelman College on May 15, 2022. The East Palo Alto, California native double majored in Spanish and Philosophy and is a Presidential Scholar and Fulbright Finalist.
  • Spelman Senior Nailah Barnes Receives Fulbright Award
    Nailah Barnes, C'2022, is a senior at Spelman College with a double major in International Studies and French with concentrations in Cultural and Curatorial Studies who was recently named a Fulbright Finalist.

Domestic Opportunities

Domestic opportunities are managed by DeKimberlen Neely, Ph.D. and Stacy Washington, M.A.

The Liman Summer Fellowship gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to work at substantive summer internships in the field of public interest law/social justice.


Scholarships are awarded to students seeking a STEM degree with intentions to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. Sophomores and juniors who plan to conduct research during their junior and/or senior semesters are eligible to apply.

The Barry Goldwater Foundation awards scholarships to college students who are in their sophomore or junior term and intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Scholarships are awarded for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise, to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Applicants should demonstrate extensive record of campus and community service; a high probability of becoming a "change agent"; and strong academic record.

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.

International Opportunities

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International opportunities are managed by Andrea Lewis, Ph.D. Learn more about International Studies Fellowships and Internships.

The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

Spelman Application Deadline: Thursday, September 14, 2023

Chosen for their leadership potential, Fulbright fellows are given the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in other countries, and develop international competence and cross-cultural expertise.

Spelman Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.

Spelman Application Deadline: Monday, October 2, 2023

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Spelman Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected. 

Spelman Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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. The program gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Spelman Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.  Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.

Spelman Application Deadline: Thursday, September 7, 2023

Other Prestigious Opportunities

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Graduate Feeder Program
The UGA Graduate Feeder program provides a supportive transition for undergraduate students as they learn about applying to graduate school and as they begin to assume the role of a graduate student at UGA.
UGA Graduate Feeder Program Details
UGA Graduate Feeder Program Application Instructions (PDF)
UGA Graduate Feeder Program Application (DOC)

Gateway Graduate School Bridge Program
The Gateway to Graduate School Bridge Program allows incoming graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to begin their graduate education at the University of Georgia in the summer semester rather than the fall.
UGA Gateway Graduate School Bridge Program Details

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