Excelling academically at a private university is no small feat. Yet over the past 10 years, an increasing number of St. Edward’s University students have stood out not just at St. Edward’s but in comparison with their peers at similar universities.
By winning Fulbright, Udall and other competitive fellowships, they have achieved their dreams of traveling abroad or attending graduate school. For many students, fellowships provide a unique inside look at a particular field or area of research — and an opportunity to earn an allowance for living expenses, study abroad or research.
Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
For undergraduate students challenged by financial, social or other obstacles that may prevent them from pursuing doctoral degrees, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program opens up new opportunities. McNair Scholars at St. Edward’s have gone on to graduate studies at Stanford and Columbia universities, Harvard Divinity School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, among others.
Students in the McNair Scholars Program show strong academic potential, a commitment to postgraduate study and a passion for rigorous research.
What are the benefits of the McNair Scholars Program?
Guidance from a faculty mentor who provides advice, research direction and an introduction into the academic profession
Presentation of your research at national conferences and in a St. Edward’s faculty blind-reviewed research journal
Individual assistance in preparing graduate school applications
Seminars that provide insights into being a graduate student and help get you ready for graduate studies
Fully funded GRE test preparation
Visits to graduate schools
Application fee waivers from participating graduate schools
McNair Scholars may be eligible for Summer Research Internships, which include:
An eight-week stipend of up to $2,800
Paid room and board on campus
Three semester hours of tuition-free credit
An opportunity to present your research at the St. Edward’s University McNair Research Symposium
With opportunities ranging from teaching English abroad to conducting neuroscience research, high achieving students can explore their passions through fellowship programs offered by private foundations and government agencies. Fellowships are available in a range of disciplines such as humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, law, finance and many others.
In your junior or senior college year, St. Edward’s will assist you with identifying and preparing applications for a variety of fellowships, including:
American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
Common Ground Fellowship in Creative Responses to Homelessness
Coro Fellows Program
Donald Harrington Graduate Student Fellows Program – University of Texas
Ford Foundation – Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
German Chancellor Scholarship
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
James H. Dunn Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Minority Fellowship Program in Neuroscience Training
Minority Graduate Fellowships – National Science Foundation
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships
National Physical Science Consortium – Graduate Fellowships
National Science Foundation
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Pre-doctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences
Russian-U.S. Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program
Self Graduate Fellowship – University of Kansas
The Urban Fellows Program
International Traveler, Fulbright Winner
Global Studies major Patrick Dunlap ’13 served on an International Immersion trip to Uganda through Campus Ministry, then returned to study post-conflict transformation for a semester. He also led the Global Livingston Institute’s Uganda and Rwanda summer program. Back on campus, he led his peers in Global Understanding workshops. These varied experiences abroad helped lead to Patrick being awarded a prestigious Fulbright Student scholarship. Now he’s teaching English and learning about the local culture in Kosovo.