Post Graduate Opportunities

Fulbright Scholarships

Several programs are available through Fulbright. Applicants should outline study plans or projects in their major fields that can be completed in one country and in one academic year. It is important that applicants have adequate formal training for the study or work that they wish to pursue and that their language skills be commensurate with the requirements of their projects.

English Language Teaching Assistant Program

Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes are available in select countries with ETA Programs. Specific grant details and the number of available teaching opportunities will vary by country.

The American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in translation and/or interpretation at a recognized institution. Awards vary.

James Madison Fellowship Program 

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation seeks applicants committed to a career in teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary level. Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. for either a Master of Arts (MA); a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT); or a Master of Education (MEd). Fellowships carry a maximum stipend of $24,000 for up to two years of full-time study, for use toward the costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board.

Recipients of a James Madison Fellowship are required to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for a minimum of one year for each academic year of graduate assistance they receive. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathryn West, or Dr. Catherine Sutton,

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Intitutes

The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for intensive overseas summer study in critical-need languages such as Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu.

As part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages, the Department of State Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. (Application deadline is April 24)

What are the Marshall Scholarships?

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a 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. The awards are open only to United States 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. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2014, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2011.

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 towards the support of a dependent spouse are included in the awards. For more information, click here.

Country and Region Specific Opportunities

Ireland and Northern Ireland
George J. Mitchell Scholarship Programs - This scholarship is for one year of postgraduate study at a higher institution in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is open to people ages 13 to 30 years old who are comitted to service and community. The application period opens in March and closes at the beginning of October. Please refer to the website for more information.

German Chancellor Scholarship - This fellowship is for a year of project research in Germany. It is open to U.S. Citizens holding a Bachelor’s degree. German language skills are not required. There is an intensive language course included as part of the benefits.

The Davies Jackson Scholarship - This is open to students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first in their families to graduate from college. The scholarship allows for recent graduates to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. After two years of study, candidates are awarded a Cambridge B.A. degree, often referred to as the Cantab degree, which is the equivalent of a Master’s degree in the U.S.

Scandinavia (Finland, Denmark and Sweden)
The American- Scandinavian Foundation Grants and Fellowships - The grants and fellowships are awarded to applicants who have a well-designed research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.  It is preferred that the applicants have some knowledge of the host country language.

CIEP Foreign Language Assistants in France - Would you like to work in France? Would you like to improve your level of French and your knowledge of France? Meet new people? Share your culture and language with French people? Would you like to contribute to the development of exchanges between students, teachers and pupils? Do you want to have an impact on life in a French classroom? Do you require this type of experience for your future career?

Teaching Abroad Upon Graduation From Bellarmine

Living and Teaching in China through World Teach - Through this program, students majoring in Education and English have the opportunity to teach English to Chinese high school students in Shanghai for two months during the summer. For more information, contact Professor Cunningham, Norton Art Building 206, 502.272.8222.

Living and Teaching in Japan through JET - The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program is an international exchange opportunity sponsored by the Government of Japan, through which college graduates and young professionals share their native language and culture with Japanese youth. The JET participant's contract is for one year (up to three years) in Japan, either as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), or as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) of English. Click here for more JET Program Information.

Additional Post-Graduation Resources