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Grants and Fellowships

Highlighted below are a few of the grants and fellowships available to Vassar alumnae/i. For more information on these and other grants and fellowships, contact the Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising.

Time-Out Grant

The Time-Out Grant is operated out of the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development. Vassar alumnae/i who have reached their 40th birthday by June 30 of the following calendar year, and who wish to make a career change or to take time out to pursue a strongly desired endeavor, but lack the financial resources to do so, are eligible to apply for this grant. Learn more...

The 2017 Time-Out Grant Awardee, Elizabeth Corbett '88, will take time off from her teaching job to help ESL students in Tennessee. Read about her project here.

Previous Time-Out Grant recipients include Emily Heckman '86, Jane Kramer '78, Roberta Price '68, Petero Sabune '77, Kathryn Tolbert '74 and Jessica Forsyth '95.

The Ann Cornelisen Fellowship for Graduating Seniors and Recent Alumnae/i

This fellowship provides up to $18,000 to graduates who wish to study a current spoken language in any country outside of the United States, preferably in conjunction with an interest in sociology, diplomatic service, or international law. Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to a formal foreign language program, though they need not to have studied the language previously.

The Fulbright Program

America’s flagship international educational exchange, the Fulbright Program has provided 108,160 Americans the opportunity to study, teach, or do research abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries to engage in similar activities in the United States. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Full grants are available to almost any country in the world (for graduate study/research). English Teaching Assistantships are available in more than 40 countries.

The Luce Scholars Program for Internships in Asia

Vassar may nominate three candidates for this scholarship, which endeavors to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society by sponsoring 18 young Americans each year to live and work in Asia. Candidates must be American citizens who are no more than 29 years old on September 1 and who have a record of high achievement with a clearly defined career interest in professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible.

The Maguire Fellowship for Study Abroad After Graduation

Intended for recent graduates wishing to pursue their interest in the humanities abroad, this fellowship awards up to $16,000 to graduates with a well-developed proposal of study with a clear academic focus. Evidence of sufficient language skills and academic preparation to successfully undertake the proposed study must be presented as well as a clear articulation of how the Fellowship will further one's future objectives. (See Vassar Fellowships for Graduate Study.)

The Vassar W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts

Intended to provide a worthy young artist a minimum of $45,000 and the chance to be free after college to get on with their work as an artist, the Rose Fellowship is available to artists in the fields of writing, visual arts (including film), and music composition. Applicants must have demonstrated a creative talent during undergraduate study, must not be employed by the college, must not have attained substantial recognition in their field, and be under the age of 36. This fellowship is not intended for graduate study.