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Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music encourages and supports students interested in seeking scholarship opportunities for career development and project pursuits. The following is a collection of information pertaining to some of the most well-known scholarships and fellowships; it includes links to application materials and a general application timeline.
The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase cross-cultural understanding. The Fulbright Program annually awards approximately 8,000 new grants to individuals who then travel to 155 countries worldwide to pursue their projects. Note especially the sections regarding your chances for success in a particular country (i.e. number of applications vs. the number of grants awarded) and information about the projects of previous grantees. For more information visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/.
The Application Process
The Fulbright application is a labor intensive one. All interested applicants are encouraged to contemplate their goals, future plans, and tentative projects very carefully before committing to the Fulbright application. Typically the components of the Fulbright application will include:
Fulbright applications typically open approximately 15 months before the anticipated start date and have a due date of 11 months before the start date. For example, applications will open in May and are due in October for a start date of the following summer or fall. Please consult the time guideline at the bottom of this webpage.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help students in financial need reach their full potential through education. There are a number of financial assistance programs for both undergraduate and graduate level students including the Graduate Arts Award, Dissertation Fellowship Award, in addition to other opportunities. For more information visit http://www.jkcf.org/.
The Application Process
The online application will be posted on the Foundation’s website in the early Fall. Before beginning your application, please review the Applicant and Portfolio Guidelines to make sure you are eligible for certain scholarships. If you meet all of the requirements, you will then complete Phase I of the application:
Interested in Applying?
In order to allow for adequate time to thoroughly and thoughtfully complete scholarship applications, we require all interested students to announce their interest in scholarships early in order to allow for application preparation and advisor correspondence over the summer. The Dean’s Office may not be able to assist you if you do not meet the deadlines below.
We strongly suggest using the following time table as a rough guideline:
Be sure to periodically check-in with the scholarship foundation you are applying with to make sure you know the correct deadline dates. Completed applications are typically due mid to late fall.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
The Rhodes scholarship awards students from around the world with the opportunity to complete post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. For more information visit www.rhodesscholar.org.
The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to American students to pursue post-graduate studies at any prestigious institution (Oxford, Cambridge, etc.) in the United Kingdom. For more information and eligibility rules, visit http://www.marshallscholarship.org