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The Office of Student Fellowships supports Santa Clara University students and alumni as they apply for competitive national and international fellowships.

We assist students applying to a variety of awards that fund domestic and international independent research and travel, teaching, and post-baccalaureate work or study. While we advise students pursuing a wide range of opportunities, we are most involved with those competitions that require a campus nomination. These include the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright for seniors and recent alumni, and the Truman, Goldwater, and Udall for sophomores and juniors.

The OSF seeks to develop student excellence. We believe that the fellowship application process provides students with a unique opportunity for personal growth.  Fellowship applicants refine their future plans and goals, and hone their ability to write and speak persuasively about their experiences and aspirations. While national fellowships are competitive and the final outcome may be uncertain, every student who pursues a fellowship will benefit from the experience of applying.

If you are interested in pursuing fellowship opportunities, we invite you to explore this website, then get in touch about next steps by sending an email to

Recent SCU Fellowship Winners

Katie O'Neil
Katie O’Neil

Katelyn (Katie) O’Neil, who graduated in December with degrees in environmental studies and Spanish, has won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English and work on a project devoted to sustainability in Cali, Colombia, starting in October.

Areli Hernandez
Arelí Hernández

Senior ethnic studies, political science, and Spanish triple major Arelí Hernández has won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English and work on a community-based project in Tunja, Colombia, starting this July.

Samantha Bennett laughing with other women
Samantha Bennett

Senior environmental studies and psychology major Samantha Bennett has won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Bangalore, India. She will be researching women’s participation in economic development activities, specifically in the field of clean-energy technology and entrepreneurship.


    Consecutive years awarded Fulbright Top Producer Status


    Fulbright Winners from SCU since 2009

    Student Perspective

    “...this process was extremely beneficial to my vocational discernment and really helped me obtain a better idea of what I want to do with my future beyond the classroom.”   

    - Parwana Khazi '19, Truman Nominee