Faculty Resources

The Office of National and International Fellowships works with talented, outstanding Oxy students who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and national awards.

At this level of competition, the students and our office rely on the assistance and commitment of the Occidental faculty in aiding the process of writing letters of recommendation, providing resources and helping with the application process. Generally, we ask that you serve as a mentor for these applicants, and if possible, work with them to improve their proposals and statements. In addition, serving as a panelist on a mock interview is a great way to be involved in the fellowships advising process.

Occidental students are some of the best candidates for these awards, and to continue with this level of excellence, they need your help in attaining scholarships and fellowships that speak to their academic, personal, intellectual and professional goals. This section of our website is dedicated to providing basic information on how to act as a mentor and guide for potential applicants, as well as how to assist them in the actual application process.

IMPORTANT: View the updated policies for the Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships 

Basic Tips

Encourage first year students and sophomores to start thinking about scholarships EARLY.

Encourage students to engage in self reflection, define their goals, research award opportunities that match these goals and aspirations, and have them make an appointment with the Office of Fellowships Advising. Direct them to materials (look under faculty resources on our website for printable materials for students). Advise students not to wait until their last year of college to apply, because the process itself helps to refine these goals and interests further.

Encourage students who are already scholarship winners or have been recognized by the Occidental community in some capacity to apply for national awards. Most people who win national awards have been given College awards such as merit based scholarships. One scholarship tends to lead to another.

As a member of the faculty, the scholarship application process can involve faculty in the following ways, but of course is not limited to:

  • Writing Letters of Recommendation
  • Serving on campus selection committees, the faculty committee, or acting as an award advisor/nominator
  • Participating in mock interview scholarship panels
  • Acting as an advisor/mentor on personal statements, proposals, CV, etc.
  • For more information on how you can contribute to the awards process, please feel free to visit the Office of National and International Fellowships in Johnson 102.

Know about available scholarships and fellowships, and how they may be right for a particular student’s interests. Become familiar with the faculty advisors and the Faculty Nationals Awards Committee. Here is a printable table that includes all of the scholarship in which the Office of National and International Fellowships and Occidental College participates, along with the names of all the advisors, deadlines, and website. Below is a list of scholarships by field/type.

Sciences
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Goldwater Scholarship
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Social Sciences
Beinecke Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Humanities
Beinecke Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
James Madison Fellowship
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Graduate School Funding
Beinecke Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Truman Scholarship

Graduate Study Abroad
Boren Scholarship (various)
Boren Fellowship (various)
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship (various)
Fulbright Scholarship (various)
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship (UK)
Luce Scholarship (Asia)
British Marshall Scholarship (UK)
Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland)
Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship (various)
Rhodes Scholarship (UK)
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship (various)

Public Service
Boren Scholarship
Boren Fellowship
Capital Fellows Program
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship
Strauss Scholarship
Truman Scholarship
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship