Prestigious Scholarships

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (CHEM)
The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering, effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering, and potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to 300 juniors and seniors. The purpose of the award is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Junior award winners receive two years of aid, seniors receive one year. Candidates must be nominated by their college. Contact the Goldwater representative on your campus to begin the application process.
University sponsorship needed.
Interested students must contact the school advisor early in the fall semester.
Application deadline is late January
Contact/Advisor: Chairs in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Critical Languages Scholarship
The Critical Languages Scholarship was launched in 2006 and provides intensive overseas study in the critical-need foreign languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjab, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need foreign languages. Undergraduates, master’s, and doctoral-level students of diverse majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply for the 7-to-10-week program. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. This scholarship is highly competitive.
Deadline is in November
Contact/Advisor: Suzanne Pike, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

The English Language Fellow
The English Language Fellow Program sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on paid teaching assignments at universities and other academic institutions around the world. English Language Fellows are highly qualified U.S. TESOL professionals who assist U.S. Embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs. Through 10-month assignments, Fellows share their expertise and interests, develop new skills by teaching in different contexts, and gain unique international experience. They also support U.S. Department of State diplomatic efforts to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Involvement in these projects has helped alumni obtain higher-level jobs in the TESOL field.

The English Language Fellow Program is highly competitive, and the teachers selected to participate represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. We are actively recruiting experienced educators and scholars with a graduate degree in TESOL or a related field and a demonstrated commitment to the field of English language teaching. 
Application deadline is in December or July
Contact/Advisor: Dr. Tatiana Gordon

Fulbright Grants
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who will hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to receiving the grant. To be competitive, candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.3. College and university students must apply through their campus Fulbright Program advisor. Grants provide funds for transportation, language or orientation courses, where appropriate, tuition, books, maintenance for one academic year, and limited health and accident insurance. This scholarship is highly competitive.
University sponsorship needed.
The campus deadline for the application is early in the fall semester
Program deadline is in October
Nominating official: Dr. Elfreda Blue, Vice Provost
Contact/Advisor: Suzanne Pike, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

  • One required meeting with Writing Center by July 14, 2021
  • Initiate Fulbright application online by July 15, 2021
  • Submit first drafts or Personal Statement and Grant Proposals for feedback to Provost Office by July 15, 2021
  • Campus deadline for complete application upload, including letters of recommendations/affiliation is August 23, 2021
  • One required mock interview with the Center for Career Design and Development by September 1, 2021
  • Campus interview with Fulbright Campus Committee September 6 – 17, 2021
  • Any Campus Committee requested re-writes due by  September 30, 2021
  • Campus endorsements submissions by October 2021, National Deadline

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation (PPPS)
This is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our 33rd president – awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, from agriculture, biology, engineering, technology, medicine, and environmental management, to fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.
Program deadline is January and February
Contact/Advisor: Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs

Hertog Foundation
The Hertog Foundation offers several highly competitive and selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. We offer programs in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy. Both online and residential seminars are offered over the summer. Students can apply directly on the website. Competitive students are consistently those nominated by their professors and mentors (nomination form can be found on the website).
Application deadline is in mid-February for early decision, and mid-March is the final deadline.
Contact/Advisor: Suzanne Pike, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

James Madison Graduate Fellowships
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.
Application deadline is in early March
Contact/Advisor: Dr. Alan Singer

NSEP/David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
The National Security Educational Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to gain knowledge of languages and cultures in areas of the world less frequently studied. The NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The NSEP aims to build a strong base of future leaders with expertise in critical areas, as well as professionals in both the public and private sectors who have the international experience and language skills necessary for competitive performance and visionary leadership in the global arena.
Program deadline is January and February
Contact/Advisor: Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs

The Payne Fellowship
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times – poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict, and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Application deadline is in early November
Contact/Advisor: Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs

Pickering Foreign Affairs Program
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. 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 can work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, D.C. and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service. The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.

The Pickering Program has made, and continues to make, an important contribution to the diversity of the State Department Foreign Service. Fellows currently represent the United States in countries around the world, in areas as diverse as Africa, East Asia, Latin America, South Asia, Europe, and Eurasia. They are promoting human rights, assisting American citizens overseas, enhancing prosperity and development, deepening ties between the United States and people around the world, and supporting U.S. global values and interests in many ways. The Program provides graduate fellowships to qualified college seniors and college graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service. The fellowship helps finance two-year graduate programs, provides two summer internships, offers mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer, and provides other professional development activities. The program continues to ensure that the Foreign Service reflects the face of America to foreign audiences and provides a source of trained individuals who are dedicated to pursuing Foreign Service careers with the Department of State and representing America’s interests abroad.
Application deadline is in October
Contact/Advisor: Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs

Rangel Graduate Fellowship
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 where they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

Rangel Fellows are committed to serving their country and promoting positive change globally. Individuals who have successfully completed the Rangel Program are now making a difference in countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Spain, and Ireland.
Application deadline is in October
Contact/Advisor: Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs