Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

The fellowships listed below provide support for students to finish their undergraduate education, participate in undergraduate research, and to study abroad. The post-baccalaureate fellowships provide funding for graduate study, post-graduate research, and other professional development.  

Most of the fellowships are competitive and are awarded on the basis of merit. While the application process is different for each fellowship, most require:

  • The completion of a detailed application form
  • A proposal and/or a personal statement
  • An institutional endorsement from Illinois Wesleyan

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants contact the Associate Provost’s Office well in advance of application deadlines. For a Four-Year Preparation Plan see  here . 

Take a look at some IWU news stories of students with recent awards.


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Opportunities for sophomores and juniors

Amgen Scholars   offer undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in research at some of the leading R1 institutions in the United States.
Barry Goldwater
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships  are awarded on a competitive basis to sophomores or juniors who plan to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines. Recipients will receive a yearly stipend to support their undergraduate education.
Boren Awards
Boren Scholarships  provide awards for students to study abroad in areas that are underrepresented in typical programs and that are critical to US interests.
Homeland Security


Department of Homeland Security Scholarship Program  provides up to three years of support for students who are majoring in disciplines related to homeland security.


Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Scholarships  provide support for students interested in a career in foreign service. The scholarship funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including' tuition and living expenses during the senior year, domestic or international internships, and post-graduate support for the pursuit of a master's degree.



The Public Policy and International Affairs Program  (PPIA) is designed to encourage students to pursue a master's degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs or related field by supporting participation in a Junior Summer Institute. This program is before the candidate's senior year.

Harry Truman
Harry S. Truman Scholarships  are for students interested in a career of public service or government; the Truman provides merit-based support for graduate study. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership potential and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
With an  Udall Scholarship   sophomore and junior students receive scholarships of up to $5,000 for the study of the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Opportunities for seniors

Amgen Scholars offer undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in research at some of the leading R1 institutions in the United States.
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The Council of Independent Colleges supports up to two years of study at St. John's College at the University of Cambridge in England through the Davies-Jackson Scholarship program.
With Fulbright Grants, students can apply for either research/study grants or for English Teaching Assistantships in countries located across the globe. Fulbright awards are extended to graduating seniors and to recently graduated students.
Gates Cambridge
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are available for students interested in graduate study at the University of Cambridge.
The Josephine de Karman Fellowship provides  recipients with  support for one year of doctoral studies.  PhD candidates must  have completed a significant portion of the dissertation . The award is open to students in all fields.
James Madison
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship supports students planning to become teachers of US history, US government, or social studies at the secondary level.  The fellowship is to support graduate study in an accredited master's program.
Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships are highly-competitive awards that support students who are pursuing a graduate degree at any British university. The field of study is open.
George Mitchell
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship program seeks to promote leadership and public service. Successful candidates will receive tuition, room/board, travel expenses, and a stipend for study in Ireland.
There are 200 three-year National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships available to students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in science and engineering.
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) offers support for graduates who are interested in studying the physical sciences or related fields in engineering. There is a particular emphasis in recruiting a diverse pool of recipients.
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships provide support for students interested in a career in foreign service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and interested in becoming Foreign Service Officers. Funding may be used to help pay for expenses during the first and second year of graduate study, including support for students taking internships during that period.
The Rhodes Scholarship supplies competitive funding for students to study at Oxford University after graduation. These scholarships are highly competitive and open to U.S. citizens. While Illinois Wesleyan is not allowed to nominate non-U.S. citizens for the Rhodes, there are Rhodes scholarships available to citizens from some select countries around the world.
 Herbert Scoville


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships give recent graduates the opportunity to work for six to nine months on issues of peace and security in Washington, D.C.


Paul and Daisy Soros



The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides support for new citizens of the United States to attend graduate school. The award includes tuition and a stipend for living expenses.