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Scholarships & Fellowships With November 2009 Deadlines

American Indian Services Scholarship is for Native Americans undergraduate students with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits, who are Eenrolled in a university, college, junior college, or technical school and at least one-quarter (1/4) Northern-Native American Indian blood. Deadline: November 15, 2009

AAUW American Fellowships for Women The American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Award Amount: $56,000. Deadline: November 15, 2009.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science MS Engineering Fellowship Program These are fellowships with paid internships for under-represented students pursuing graduate studies in engineering or science. Includes tuition, fees, and a stipend . Deadline: November 15, 2009

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National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship Program The program offers doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed or are currently enrolled in a master's in engineering program. Includes a stipend and a cost of instruction grant to the institution where the fellow is enrolled. Fellows are provided a practical summer work experience through the Employer Member for at least one summer. Deadline: November 15, 2009

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Ph.D. Science Fellowship Program This program is for minority students who pursuing doctoral degrees in the natural science disciplines -- chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science. Ph.D. Engineering/Science Fellows receive: $14,000 stipend in year 1 of the PhD program; GEM Member University support years 2-5, equivalent to other funded doctorate students in the department; a minimum of one paid summer internship with a GEM Employer Member;and full tuition and fees at a GEM Member University. Deadline: November 15, 2009

BIA Higher Education/Hopi Supplemental Grant

These grants are awarded to eligible Hopi students pursuing an associate, baccalaureate, graduate, or post-graduate degree on the basis of financial need as recommended by the college/university's financial aid officer. Entering freshman must have a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for high school coursework or a minimum score of 45% on the GED Exam. Continuing students must have a 2.0 CGPA for all college coursework. This grant is awarded as a secondary source of financial aid to eligible students. . Students applying to the Hopi Tribal Grants and Scholarships Program must be enrolled members of the Hopi Tribe.

Deadlines: Spring Semester-November 30th. Award Amount: $1500 - $2500 per semester. To obtain further information about these opportunities, please contact: Ima Polingyumptewa

(520) 734-3533 or 1(800)762-9630. or

The Erskine A. Peters Dissertation Year Fellowship at Notre Dame The Fellowship was set up to enable two outstanding African American doctoral candidates (at the ABD level) to devote their full energies to the completion of the dissertation; and (2) to provide an opportunity for African American scholars at the beginning of their academic careers to experience life at a major Catholic research university.The fellowship is tenable for a full academic year beginning in August and concluding in May. It carries with it a $30,000 stipend and $2000 research budget. Fellows have access to all university facilities and are provided office space, use of a personal computer, an official academic home in the department of the Fellow's specialization, and access to a faculty mentor in the fellow's discipline. Fellows also participate in professional development workshops focused on employment strategies and career development. Amount: $30,000. Deadline: November 30, 2009

Scholarships & Fellowships With December 2009 Deadlines

Obuchi Student Scholarship Funding for graduate study to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing a Master's degree at the University of Hawai‘i, or for study in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) Type of Study: Master's degree (up to 24-month fellowship) or APLP (up to 9 month fellowship). Eligibility: Residents of Okinawa, Japan, who have the intention of returning to Okinawa on completion of study, to contribute to the development needs of Okinawa. Provisions: Substantial funding toward education and living expenses, including tuition and fees, graduate residence hall room costs, health insurance, book allowance, and partial living stipend. Deadline: December 1, 2009

Five College Fellowship Program for Minority Students Five College Fellowships offer year-long residencies for doctoral students completing dissertations. The program supports scholars from under-represented groups, and/or scholars with unique interests and histories, whose engagement in the Academy will enrich scholarship and teaching. Normally, four fellowships are awarded each year. Each Fellow is hosted within an appropriate department or program at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College or Smith College. (At Smith, recipients hold a Mendenhall Fellowship.) Fellows are provided research and teaching mentors and connected through the consortial office to resources and scholars across the five campuses, which include UMass Amherst. The office also supports meetings of the Fellows throughout the year. Award Amount: a stipend of $30,000, a research grant, health benefits, office space, housing or housing assistance, and library privileges at all five campuses belonging to the consortium. Deadline: December 1, 2009.

Newspaper Association of America Foundation Minority Fellowships The Minority Fellowship program is designed to widen opportunities for minority professionals to enter or advance in newspaper management. Newspaper executives and journalism educators are asked to nominate candidates who demonstrate managerial potential. The supervisor's recommendation plays a key role in the selection of fellows. For that reason, we suggest that all applicants work closely with their supervisors when preparing the application forms. The fellowships cover seminar registration fees, travel, meals and hotel expenses. Recipients attend newspaper-related seminars offered by the American Press Institute, Poynter Institute, National Association of Multicultural Media Executives and other organizations. Deadline: December 1, 2008.

AAUW International Fellowships for Women AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S. Award Amount: $18,000 - $30,000. Deadline: December 1, 2009

Scholarships & Fellowships With January 2010 Deadlines

Ford Foundation, International Fellowships Program (IFP) Fellowships target exceptional individuals, with academic talent and community leadership experience, from marginalized populations in developing nations. Fellows are drawn from social groups outside metropolitan centers that, historically, have had limited access to higher education. Type of study: Post-baccalaureate degree directly enhancing professional knowledge, career skills, and leadership capacity in a discipline or field corresponding to the Foundation's areas of endeavor. Eligibility: Countries currently represented at the EWC: China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Check the Ford IFP web site for complete list of eligible countries. Provisions: Tuition and fees, graduate residence hall room costs, health insurance, book allowance, living stipend, family fund, professional enhancement fund, and round-trip airfare.

American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program The purpose of these fellowships is to increase the number of ethnic minority psychologists delivering mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic minority populations and to increase the general knowledge and research of issues related to ethnic minority mental health and substance abuse treatment. They do this by providing financial support, professional development activities, and professional guidance to students pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology and neuroscience. Deadline: January 15, 2009

Scholarships & Fellowships Without Deadlines

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) Global Learning Semesters Scholarships HACU, the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, has partnered with Global Learning Semesters in an effort to increase the number of Hispanic students engaged in study abroad. All programs are offered in partnership with leading academic institutions including the University of Nicosia, University of Paris IV (Sorbonne), Catholic University of Paris, Parsons Paris, American Business School Paris, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Alcalá de Henares, London Metropolitan University, University of Belgrano, Galen University, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Fudan University and Peking University. Award Amount: $1,000. Deadline: Rolling

IES Abroad HBCU Scholarships The IES Abroad HBCU Scholarships are Oopen to students who attend an HBCU that is a Member or Associate member of the IES Abroad consortium and that transfers at least 75% of home school aid to IES. Abroad Student must have applied to and attend an IES Abroad fall, spring, academic year or calendar year program. Award Amount:$2,000. Deadline: Varies.

IES Abroad Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-represented Students. The IES Abroad Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-represented Students is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Award Amount: $5,000. Deadline: Varies.

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Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program Arent Fox is seeking applicants for its fourth-annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The firm will award three first-year law students $15,000. The scholarship recipients will also join Arent Fox’s 2009 summer associate program. Each of the firm’s three offices – Washington, New York, Los Angeles – will host one of the recipients for the summer. The scholarship is part of a larger effort to increase the firm’s diversity and attract top lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color The goal of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States. Current trends indicate that by the year 2020, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of five percent of the total teacher force, while the percentage of students of color in the K-12 system will likely near 50%. This Fellowship offers an important opportunity to ensure that greater numbers of highly qualified teachers of color enter public school classrooms around the country. Award Amount: $30,000.

The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law School Scholarship This is a scholarship for minorities interested in intellectual property law. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: Ongoing

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines: Visual-painting, sculpture, photography; Performing-dance, theatre, music; Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics; Literary-poetry, short stories; and Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc. Award Amount: $500. Requests will be reviewed case-by-case. Deadline: Ongoing

Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children. This scholarship provides financial assistance to migrant youth to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals who are entering or enrolled in college or other types of post-secondary programs, high school dropouts or potential dropouts. Award Amount: $150 - $500. Deadline: Ongoing

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