August 11, 2021

Several unique scholarship opportunities have recently opened their application processes for this year’s application cycle. These are just a small handful of examples of scholarships funding graduate studies at universities in the US, with very varied eligibility requirements, but all funding graduate studies starting in 2022-23. Please share this information with rising seniors, alumni, and current graduate students who may be considering next steps.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program: application open, apply by Sept. 22  AND

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program: application open, apply by Sept. 29

  • Both of these programs are U.S. Department of State programs administered by Howard University and seek to attract and prepare outstanding young people, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. These programs encourage the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.
  • Both require US citizenship and a minimum 3.2 GPA. Please see each website for full eligibility requirements.
  • Both are open to students from any fields of study
  • Both are open to those seeking admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2022 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, management science, organizational development/leadership, sociology, or regional studies).
  • Upcoming webinars offered jointly by both programs:

o   Aug. 12, 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET webinar on How to Approach the Written Statements

o   Aug. 18, 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET webinar on the Foreign Service Lifestyle

o   Aug. 26, 2:30pm PT / 5:30pm ET webinar on the Foreign Service for Those Unfamiliar With Diplomatic Careers

o   View upcoming info sessions & events for the Pickering Fellowship.

o   View upcoming info sessions & events for the Rangel Fellowship.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford: application open, apply by Oct. 6

  • Supports a community of scholars at Stanford who demonstrate independence of thought, purposeful leadership and a civic mindset.
  • Open to students in all fields of study
  • Open to all students, regardless of citizenship
  • Funding for up to three years for any graduate degree(s) at Stanford to which you are admitted at the time you are selected as a scholar.
  • View upcoming information sessions

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: application open, apply by Oct. 28

  • Honors the contributions of continuing generations of immigrants and refugees to the US
  • Open to New Americans who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who are planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full-time in the US in the 2022-2023 academic year. You may apply to the Fellowship while you are applying to graduate school, or after you are already enrolled in graduate school.
  • Please see complete eligibility details, which includes details for who qualifies as a “New American” for the purposes of this program, at
  • Provides one to two years of support for graduate study in any field. Support includes $25,000 stipend/year and up to 50% of required tuition and fees up to $20,000/year.

UW scholarship and fellowship advisers at all three campuses are available to support UW students and alumni in applying for these and other opportunities. Please connect with advisers based on your UW status:

UW Seattle undergraduate students and bachelor’s alumni:

UW Seattle graduate and professional students and alumni:

UW Bothell students and alumni:

UW Tacoma students and alumni:


Thank you,


Director, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity

Box 352803
Mary Gates Hall, Suite 171, Seattle, WA 98195
206.543.2603  /  / Schedule an appointment with me

Pronouns: she/her