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NEW Schwarzman Scholars Program visits Colgate on 4/15

By Kim Germain on April 7, 2015

Schwarzman Scholars will be visiting Colgate University on April 15, 2015 at 4:15pm in Coop 134. Students, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning about this wonderful new opportunity are highly encouraged to attend.

Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, is a brand new program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, governance, and motivations. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing firsthand exposure to China and its people. Scholars will study for a one-year Master’s degree in public policy, international studies, or economics and business at Tsinghua University. They aim to build a diverse cohort and welcome applicants from any undergraduate major. No prior study of China or Chinese language is required.

Schwarzman Scholars is looking for applicants with the following characteristics:

  • Leadership potential
  • Strong intellectual capacity
  • Personal integrity and strong character
  • Are at least 18 but not yet 28 years of age as of June 30 of matriculation year
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in hand before July of matriculation year

The new application opens this month, and the first cohort will be admitted in the fall of 2015 for study in Beijing during 2016-2017. The application deadline is October 1. For more information, visit the Schwarzman website.

Watson Fellowship info sessions 4/6 and 4/19

By Kim Germain on April 1, 2015

The Watson Fellowship provides $28,000 to fund a self-driven year of global exploration and travel outside of the US after graduation. Projects can be about nearly anything meaningful, academic or personal, that intrigues and motivates you enough to spend a whole year pursuing that idea or issue around the globe.

ONFS is hosting two info sessions devoted to the Watson Fellowship in April; all interested students are invited to attend either or both.

  1. Monday, April 6 at 4:15pm in 201 McGregory — with special guest Sohee Ryuk ’15, who was recently named a 2015 Watson Fellow!  Cookies from Jarcho.
  2. Sunday, April 19 at 3pm in the Batza Conference Room, 560 Case-Geyer — with special guest Bekah Ward ’13, who will talk about her adventures and travels in 2013-14 on her Watson Fellowship project, Unraveling bias and conviction: Roma cultural communication and activism.  Coffee and pastries from Serendipity for your  Sunday study break.

Members of the Class of 2016 are especially encouraged to attend one or both Watson info sessions, as you would need to apply in this upcoming application cycle.  First-years and sophomores are also very welcome, as it’s never too early to start thinking about what you’d do on your year of global exploration!

Fulbright info session on March 25

By Kim Germain on March 12, 2015

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants that enable students who are U.S. citizens to spend an academic year abroad for independent research/study or to teach English.  Fulbright also offers two partnership grants: the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship and the Fulbright-mtvU Grant.  Fulbright grants are available to over 140 countries.

The application cycle for the 2016-2017 award year begins this month, which means that current juniors who wish to do a Fulbright immediately following graduation should start soon.  Current seniors and alumni are also welcome and eligible to apply.

Want to learn more?  Come to our Fulbright info session on Wednesday, March 25, at 4:15pm in 320 Lawrence.  There will be cookies.

Colgate was named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for 2014-2015 — come find out how you can be a part of our winning tradition.


Overseas awards for 2016-2017, preliminary deadlines in June

By Kim Germain on March 10, 2015

Juniors and seniors and alumni who are interested in scholarships that fund graduate study in the UK or Ireland and/or in Fulbright grants for study/research or teaching English abroad in 2016-2017 — the time to begin your applications is now.

Colgate has preliminary deadlines in June for submission of initial materials, with the understanding that meeting the early deadline guarantees full advising through the summer, so that your application can be in excellent shape by the final deadlines in mid-September.

All interested candidates are strongly encouraged to arrange a meeting with Dean Germain before the end of this semester to discuss your interests and plans; this will help you, among other things, decide which opportunities may be best suited for you.

Monday, June 1:  Those interested in graduate study in the UK or Ireland (e.g. via the Marshall, Rhodes, Churchill, and/or Mitchell Scholarships) should submit a statement of interest (not more than 1000 words) discussing yourself, your motivations, and your graduate plans.  Further, you should solicit recommendation letters and have at least 4 confirmed recommenders on board by this time; ideally, your recommenders will submit draft letters by June 1 as well.

Monday, June 15:  Those interested in a Fulbright grant for study/research or teaching English abroad should submit initial drafts of the statement of grant purpose and the personal statement (as per Fulbright’s formatting rules).

All materials should be submitted via email to onfs@colgate.edu.  Also contact ONFS via email or phone (x6224) to make an appointment with Dean Germain.

Watson deadline extended until Oct. 6!

By Kim Germain on September 30, 2014

Prospective Watson applicants will have a few extra days to get application materials in order, as we have extended the deadline until 4:00pm on Monday, October 6.

Download application materials: Click Watson campus application form 2014 for the application form and instructions, and click WatsonRecForm for the questionnaire that must be completed by your recommenders and submitted by them to ONFS.

Fall semester fellowship deadlines

By Kim Germain on August 18, 2014

Here is a handy guide to Colgate’s fall semester deadlines for external fellowship opportunities, with eligible class years noted in brackets. I encourage you to contact ONFS about any and all of these that interest you — the earlier the better!

September 15: Fulbright*, Rhodes*, Marshall*, Churchill*, Mitchell**, Gates Cambridge [all of these open to seniors, alumni]
September 15: Glamour’s Top 10 College Women [juniors]
October 6: Watson* [seniors]
November 1: Soros Fellowship for New Americans [seniors, alumni], Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) [juniors]
Early November: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (deadlines vary by academic discipline) [seniors, alumni]
November 12: St. Andrew’s* [seniors], Critical Language Scholarship [any class year]
November 17: Carnegie Junior Fellows* [seniors, alumni]
December 1: Goldwater* [sophomores, juniors], Truman* [juniors], NIH-Oxford-Cambridge [seniors, alumni]
December 12: Boren Scholarship* [any class year]

*Applicants must go through Colgate’s required campus review and application/nomination process, all of which is overseen by ONFS.  The deadlines noted for opportunities in italics, therefore, are internal campus deadlines.

**Only current students must secure a campus nomination and must therefore submit complete materials by the campus deadline noted here.  Alumni apply directly and do not receive a university nomination.

See the Fellowship Listing page on the ONFS website for further information about these awards, including eligibility criteria and links to the foundation websites.

Seniors: apply for the Watson Fellowship!

By Kim Germain on August 18, 2014

The Watson Fellowship provides $28,000 to fund a self-driven year of global exploration and travel outside of the US after graduation. Projects can be about nearly anything, academic or personal, that intrigues and motivates you enough to spend a whole year pursuing that idea or issue around the globe.

The campus deadline is October 2 — coming up fast. All interested seniors are highly encouraged to contact ONFS for valuable advisement and application feedback prior to the campus deadline.

Download application materials:  Click CampusAppForm2014 for the application form and instructions, and click WatsonRecForm for the questionnaire that must be completed by your recommenders and submitted by them to ONFS.

Additional details: Candidates must:

  • Be in their senior year at the time of application
  • Receive a bachelor’s degree prior to Aug. 1 of that year
  • Create a project for a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Watson Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews, which will take place soon after the campus deadline above.

Watson website