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List of Vassar Fellowships

Apply for a General Vassar Fellowship for Graduate Study

By submitting the general application you will be considered for all of the fellowships you are eligbile for. Your field of study will determine for which fellowships you will be considered. An applicant may receive only one fellowship per year but may reapply in subsequent years. It is your responsibility to keep the adviser for fellowships informed of changes and updates regarding your anticipated study or offers of funding that you may receive.

Please note: if you are confident that you will receive a tuition waiver and a generous stipend from your graduate school program, there is no reason to apply for a Vassar Fellowship. However, if you are unsure of the level of financial support you will be offered, feel welcome to apply with the understanding that you will withdraw your application for Vassar funds in the happy event you receive full funding from another source. The Committee on Fellowships will make all decisions regarding the final awarding of the fellowships. Decisions should be announced by May.

These two fellowships for study abroad have separate applications:

Walter N. Maguire Fellowship Fund: for study in any country outside the United States in which a graduating senior or recent graduate can pursue his or her special interest in the humanities, broadly defined. In most cases Maguire Fellows will not have already begun graduate study. A well-developed proposal of study with a clear academic focus is required but the fellow does not necessarily need to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program while abroad.

Ann Cornelisen Fund for Post Graduate Fellowships: for language study abroad preferably in conjunction with an interest in sociology, diplomatic service or international law. A well-developed proposal of study with a clear academic focus is required. Fellows will ordinarily be enrolled in a formal foreign language program. Previous study in the proposed language is not required.

For Study in the US or Abroad: There are several fellowships available in restricted and unrestricted areas of study. Last year the unrestricted awards were $2,500 on average with some restricted fields offering slightly higher awards (complete list of Fellowships with brief description below).

I. Restricted Fellowships

  • Katharine Jones Baker Fellowship - Open to Vassar graduates to do graduate work in the fields of biological sciences, medicine, chemistry or physics at Columbia, Harvard, MIT or other comparable nationally-recognized institutions.
  • Eliza Buffington Fellowship - Open to graduates of Vassar College doing original research. The work need not be done at a college or university or lead to a degree.
  • Nancy Skinner Clark Fellowship - For study in botany and biology. Open to members of the graduating class or, if no senior is qualified, to alumni.
  • De Golier Fellowship - To be awarded to a De Golier Prize recipient, past or present for graduate study.
  • Elizabeth Skinner Hubbard Fellowship - For study in religion. Open to members of the graduating class or, if no senior is qualified, to alumni.
  • Sheila Cobb Ewing Fellowship for graduating seniors and/or alumnae/i to pursue graduate education in literary or creative studies with a preference for those pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in poetry. 
  • Abby Leach Memorial Fellowship - To be awarded to a student who has specialized in the art, literature, history or archeology of ancient Greece at Vassar College, for study in these fields in such parts of the classical world as may be mutually agreed on by the faculty of Vassar College and the directors of the American School of Athens, Greece. Open to members of the graduating class and to alumni of the last four years.
  • H.B. and J.S. Nicholas Fellowship - For study at Yale in fields of science, preferable zoology.
  • Mary Pemberton Nourse Fellowship - For graduate study in medicine, public health, nursing, social work or related fields.
  • Margaret C. Peabody Fellowship in International Relations - Open to members of the graduating class. (This has been awarded to the alumni in the past as well.)
  • Helen Dwight Reid Fellowship - To be awarded each year to an outstanding senior for advanced study in international affairs or any related field contributing to better international understanding.
  • Julie Reinganum '77 Fellowship for Peace and Diplomacy for graduating seniors and/or alumnae/I to pursue graduate education in international studies.  Preference will be given to those students who wish to study in Asia and the Middle East to pursue peace and diplomacy.
  • Mary Landon Sague - For study of chemistry.
  • Belle Skinner Fellowship - For graduate study in history in France, preferable at a university of the provinces. Open to members of the graduating class or, if no senior is qualified, to alumni.
  • Elinor Wardle Squier Townsend Fellowship - For the study of art history, preferable abroad. Open to members of the graduating class or to alumni.
  • Margaret Floy Washburn Fund - For a promising graduate, with preference to students in psychology.
  • Emilie Louise Wells Fellowship - To aid in the advancement of knowledge of economics and social activities and to promote social work. Open to members of the graduating class and to alumni.

II. Unrestricted Fellowships

Open to any field of graduate study

These fellowships are frequently divided...normally 16-20 are awarded each year.

  • Mary Richardson and Lydia Pratt Babbott Fellowship - Open to graduates of Vassar College and members of the graduating class, for graduate study.
  • Eloise Ellery Fellowship - For study in the first and second years after graduating from Vassar College.
  • Dorothy Evans Fellowship - Research and graduate work in any field.
  • The Oppi Handler Fellowship - Open to members of the graduating class or recent graduates for graduate study.
  • James Ryland and Georgia A. Kendrick Fellowship - Open to members of the graduating class or graduates of the previous year.
  • Adolph Sutro Fellowship - Open to members of the graduating class or to alumni of the last five years. (For distinguished scholarship, scientific discovery and inventions.)
  • Louise Hart Van Loon Fellowship - Open to members of the graduating class or to alumni.
  • Elsie Van Dyck DeWitt Scholarship Fund to be used to aid and encourage graduates of Vassar in pursuing post-graduate studies.