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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

Almost thirty years ago, a generous anonymous alumna established the Time Out Grant to fund projects near and dear to the hearts of fellow alumnae/i. Vassar alumnae/i who have reached their 40th birthday by June 30, 2018, and wish to make a career change, or take time out to pursue a long held dream, are eligible to apply for this grant.

Your Time Out grant proposal may focus on any field, and need not be related to your present career. Proposals involving innovation and out-of-the-box thinking with an end goal of significant change are encouraged. Your project must be designed to span a time frame of at least twelve months.  Please be clear on how the Time Out Grant funds will specifically be used in fulfilling your goal. You must be willing to take a full year off from your current endeavors and devote yourself full time to your project. Click here to apply.

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.