Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

Student Research & Fellowships

Students interested in receiving a fellowship or scholarship post-graduation through Emerson College may apply for one of the following awards: 

Fulbright Program

"The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers."


View the eligibility requirements on the Fulbright website.

How to Apply

Visit the Fulbright website for information on getting started, application components, application tips, and more. Students should also view the tutorial videos offered on the Fulbright website. The application for the 2015-2016 academic year opened on May 1, 2014.


Emerson College's Internal Deadline for 2015-2016 Fulbright Applications is on September 15, 2014. The Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement, Anthony Pinder, is Emerson College's Fulbright Program Administrator.

More About the Fulbright Program

"In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the 'promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.' On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law, and Congress created the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.

From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission."

Marshall Scholarship

"Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success."


View the eligibility information on the Marshall Scholarship website.

How to Apply

Candidates must create an account on the Marshall Scholarship website to apply. More information on the application process, as well as some frequently asked questions, can be found on the Marshall Scholarship website.


Emerson College's Internal Deadline for the 2015 Marshall Scholarship is on September 1, 2014. The Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement, Anthony Pinder, is Emerson College's Marshall Scholarship advisor.

More About the Marshall Scholarship

"Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.

Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. The Secretariat is provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In the US the selection process is managed by the regional Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and in Washington DC by the British Embassy."

Point Scholarship

"Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation seeks the partnership of philanthropic individuals, corporations and foundations to supply financial support, professional guidance and a network of contacts for LGBTQ undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students."


View the eligibility information on the Point Foundation website.

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for a Point Scholarship should view the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Point Foundation website. Students must apply online for this scholarship. Please see Anthony Pinder, the Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement, for more information.


The 2014-2015 Point Scholarship application is currently closed. The deadline for the 2015-2016 Point Scholarship will be announced in November 2014.

More About the Point Foundation and Point Scholarship

"Point Scholars have a proven track record of leadership and scholastic achievement along with a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Point Foundation believes these scholars are the future of the next generation of the LGBTQ community.

Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all its applicants and subsequent scholars. Additionally, proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world are highly valued. Each person who applies for a Point Scholarship is evaluated on the totality of their situation. Academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are all taken into consideration. Point is a champion for equal access to higher education for all persons of any race, religion, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression."

Presidential Management Fellowship

"The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply for the prestigious title of PMF Finalists. Selected Finalists are eligible for appointment as Fellows.

To become a PMF, you must participate in an arduous, multi-phase process. It takes patience and endurance, but also gives you a chance to demonstrate your leadership ability and potential. As a PMF, you will have earned your place in the Program, and the opportunity to grow professionally, serve your country, and make a difference!"


Visit the Presidential Management Fellows Program page regarding eligibility requirements. You must be nominated by the Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement, Anthony Pinder, to be considered for the PMF program. Nominees are evaluated on the breadth and quality of their accomplishments, their capacity for leadership, and a commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

How to Apply

Visit the Presidential Management Fellows Program page for information and a timeline on the application process.


The PMF Class of 2015 is expected to open for two weeks in the fall of 2014. Please check the 2015 application for additional information as it is updated throughout summer 2014.

More About the Presidential Management Fellowship

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract people to the Federal service; outstanding men and women who come from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. By drawing graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the PMF Program provides a continuing source of trained men and women to meet the future challenges of public service.

Rhodes Scholarship

"The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant."


Visit the Rhodes Scholarship application page and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for information regarding eligibility.

How to Apply

View the application page on the Rhodes Scholarships website. Applicants must include an Institutional Endorsement, which can be completed by the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship.


The internal Emerson College deadline is on September 5, 2014. Please contact Anthony Pinder, Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement, for more information.

More About the Rhodes Scholarships

"Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904."

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides the following:

  • Up to $30,000 toward a public service-related graduate degree. The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, from agriculture, biology, engineering, technology, medicine, and environmental management, to fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy.
  • Truman Scholars Leadership Week. This event, held at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, introduces new Scholars to the services provided by the Foundation and the many pathways to public service.  Scholars participate in seminars and workshops with distinguished Truman alumni and other public service leaders, a group exercise about policy implementation, a graduate school and career fair with representatives from the schools and programs most attended by Truman Scholars, and community service events in the Kansas City area; this event is required of all Scholars.
  • Summer Institute. Immediately after college graduation, Scholars have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week Summer Institute in Washington, DC.  The Foundation helps to arrange internships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, seminars and workshops, meetings with Washington policymakers and Truman alumni, and opportunities for community building among Scholars.
  • Truman-Albright and Other Fellows Program. After Summer Institute, Scholars may elect to stay in Washington, DC, for a full year in the Truman-Albright Fellows Program; Truman-Albright Fellows are placed in public service jobs while participating in workshops, seminars, and mentoring opportunities. Additional fellowship opportunities, outlined on the Truman website, are available for Scholars as they move through the early stages of their careers in public service.


Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:

  • a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2014-2015 academic year. 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2015 and August 2016, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2014-2015 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands as defined below;
    • nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
    • in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
    • a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:

  • has an extensive record of public and community service;
  • has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.

The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations.

In 2015, one scholarship will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (Residency is generally determined by home address for school registration, family's primary residence, and voter registration.) The Foundation may select up to 15 at-large Scholars in 2015.

How to Apply

Students must complete the Truman Application online. Access to the application system is controlled by Faculty Representatives. To gain access to the online application, please speak with Emerson College’s Faculty Representative, Spencer Kimball.

Once a student has gained access to the Truman online application, step-by-step instructions for candidates may be found here. Samples application forms can also be found here.

The Nomination Procedure

  1. The Institution of Higher Education. Candidates must first be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at their institution. Each accredited four-year institution may nominate up to four students for the 2015 awards. Four-year institutions may also nominate three additional students who completed their first two years at a community college. Institutions may nominate candidates who are participating in junior year abroad programs.  Participation by Two-Year institutions.  Two-year institutions may nominate up to four former students who, by February 3, 2015, will be enrolled as full-time students with junior-level academic standing at accredited four-year institutions.
  2. The Truman Faculty Representative. The president of each participating institution appoints a Truman Faculty Representative who establishes a process to select the institution’s nominees. Candidates typically undergo an on-campus selection process to become one of the institution’s nominees. Faculty Representatives also help nominees prepare for the competition and submit the nomination materials to the Foundation by the specified deadline via our online application process.  Interested persons should visit to find a Faculty Representative at a particular institution or to obtain guidance on establishing a Faculty Representative at an institution.   
  3. The application and nomination materials. Once a Faculty Representative has decided to nominate a student, he or she must log in to the Foundation website and complete a Nomination Form. The candidate will then receive an email from the Foundation with the instructions on how to access the online application. In the meantime, candidates may use the sample application on the website as a guide.


Emerson College's Internal Deadline for Truman Scholarship Nominations is on December 15, 2014. Spencer Kimball, Scholar-in-Residence in the Communication Studies department, is Emerson College's Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative. The complete nomination package must be submitted by February 3, 2015.

More About the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.