National Scholarship and Fellowship Information

This list begins with information about Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, and Schwarzman scholarships – the top four programs in which Bryant is most active – followed by 10 additional opportunities in alphabetical order.

Description: The largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Deadline: March-October

Type of grants: see Study/Research, English Teaching Assistantships, and Travel-Only Grants

Amount of award: varies

Application Information: Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a Bachelor's or Master's degree by October of the scholarship year. Graduating seniors and recent bachelor's-degree recipients usually propose projects for which they have had some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience. See additional details here.


Description: These scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom in any field of study for two years. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year.

Deadline: October

Amount of award: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States, and, where applicable, a contribution toward the support of a dependent spouse.

Application information: Open only to U.S. citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. See more information here.

Additional information: Applications are made in one of eight regions in the U.S. Candidates may apply in one region only – either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying. Rhode Island is part of the Boston Region: Connecticut (except Fairfield County), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


Description: Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually to help college students attend graduate school to prepare for a career in government or public service. 

Deadline: February

Amount of award: Up to $30,000. The scholarship requires that the recipient work at least three years in public service, nonprofit or government, or they will have to repay the scholarship.

Application information: Applicants must be a full-time college junior at the time of selection. They must be a U.S. citizen, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, and be in the top quarter of their class, and have participated extensively in community service. See additional details here.

Additional Information: The Truman Scholarship has a service requirement. Scholars are requested to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.


Description: Schwarzman Scholars spend a year at Beijing's Tsinghua University. There, among an international community of thinkers and innovators, they will refine and expand their leadership abilities while completing a fully-funded one-year Master's Degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies.

Application Period: April 15 - Sept. 15, 2016. See additional details here.

Amount of award: A full scholarship covering tuition, fees, room and board; travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year; in-country excursion travel; academic books and supplies; Lenovo laptop and smartphone; health insurance; and a $3,500 stipend.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1, 2017 before orientation begins. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field. See additional details here.

Application details: The selection process is designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The process includes an online application and credentials evaluation as well as in-person interviews. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.  See additional details here.


Description: Scholarships (for American undergraduate students) and fellowships (for American graduate students) provide resources and encouragement to help recipients acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The awards support study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Deadline: February for scholarships; January for fellowships

Amount of award: for scholarships, $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum), $10,000 for a semester, $20,000 for full academic year. For fellowships, up to $30,000 domestically, up to $24,000 overseas study

Application information: Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. See additional eligibility information here.

Additional information:   Boren Scholarships and   Boren Fellowships


Description: Offering American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. At least 14 scholarships are offered annually.

Deadline: November

Amount of award:  $45,000 to $50,000 depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees. Additional details are here.

Application information: Applicants must have a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards and prizes and letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work; applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects. See additional criteria here.


Description: Up to 300 scholarships are awarded annually to college students who intend to pursue careers in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Junior level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support. Senior level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support.

Deadline: January

Amount of award: Up to $7,500 annually

Application information: Applicant must be a fulltime sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an institution of higher education during the year prior to that which the scholarship will apply. They must have a GPA of at least a B and be in the upper fourth of their class. They must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or national. Additional details are available here.

Additional information: Nominees are evaluated on demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering; and outstanding academic performance


Description: These highly competitive full-cost scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. Forty new scholarships are awarded each year to U.S. citizens.

Deadline: October for U.S. citizens resident in the USA; December for all other eligible applicants

Amount of award: Full cost of studying at Cambridge, including travel

Application information: Candidates may be citizens of any country outside the U.K. They may apply to pursue a Ph.D., a one-year postgraduate course; a MSc or MLitt. Additional details are available here.

Additional information: Selection criteria are available here


Description: These fellowships were created for the purpose of improving teaching about the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools. They are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, or Master of Education.

Deadline: March

Amount of award: The maximum for each award is $24,000. Learn more here.

Application information: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national. Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. Additional details are available here.

Additional information: As part of the fellowship program, each Fellow attends the four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution held in July in Washington, D.C. Additional details are available here.


Description: This program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 to 30 are chosen each year for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Deadline: October

Amount of award: Tuition, fees, housing, a living expense stipend, and an international travel stipend for graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland for one year.

Application information: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen; 18 or older but not yet 30; have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Learn more here.

Additional information: Applicants are judged on academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. Additional details are available here.


Description: Thirty-two scholarships are awarded each year for two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University in any field. Applicants must be graduates under the age of 24 by the start of their year at Oxford. Selection is based on scholarship, character, leadership, and energy to use one's talents to the full.

Deadline: October

Amount of award: The scholarship pays academic tuition and fees plus an allowance to cover cost of travel to and from Oxford, one time each way, and personal/living expenses while at Oxford.

Application information: Applicants apply as representatives of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia: either in the state in which they will have received a bachelor's degree before October 1 in the year following election or in the state where they were legally resident on April 15 in the year of application. Learn more here.

Additional information: States are grouped into 16 districts for the purpose of selecting Rhodes Scholars. Rhode Island competes in District I (ME, NH, RI, VT, and NJ). Learn more here.


Description: Eighty scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 are awarded to sophomore- and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Deadline: March

Amount of award: $5,000 (winner) or $350 (honorable mention) for tuition, fees, room and board, or other educational expenses.

Application information: Applicants must be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student pursuing a bachelor's degree at time of application; have a grade point average of at least a B or equivalent; be pursuing full-time study; be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident. Additional details are available here.

Additional information: Learn more here.


Description:  ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is characterized by the observation of Richard M. Weaver that “a liberal education specifically prepares for the achievement of freedom.” After more than fifty years, the ISI graduate fellows program boasts some of the most distinguished figures in the academy and public life. Each year ISI grants Richard M. Weaver Fellowships to students who intend to use their advanced degree to teach, and Henry Salvatori Fellowships to students doing graduate work related to the American Founding. Each of these fellowships seeks to uphold the idea of academic excellence and the role of education in producing persons capable of making reasoned choices in favor of liberty.

Deadline: January

Amount of award:  For the 2016-17 academic year, ISI grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and can be used for living or tuition at the awardee’s discretion.

Application information: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Learn more here.


Bryant students are also encouraged to consider one of the many scholarship, fellowship, and award opportunities that are listed here. (.pdf opens in new window) The list includes opportunities for which most Bryant students would qualify. Bryant Scholars provides support and guidance for students who want to pursue any of these opportunities.

Bryant Scholars Review Council

This group of deans and faculty interviews students, evaluates their applications, and offers support and guidance to candidates.

  • Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business
  • Sharmin Attaran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marketing
  • Susan Baran, M.A., Lecturer, Communication
  • Amber Day, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies
  • Jennifer Edwards, M.S. & C.P., Director of Planning and Assessment for Student Affairs
  • Can Inci, Ph.D., Professor, Finance
  • Steven Jablow, M.A., Rabbi and Lecturer, English and Cultural Studies
  • Robert Jones, M.P.A., Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Research
  • Wendy Samter, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bethany L. Wandyes, Senior Associate Athletic Director