Schimke and Shackford Graduate Fellowships (women graduates of any US institution)

Deadline: ​11:30 pm on January 24, 2024 

(The application goes live annually in November, but you can start your application any time: see the application instructions below for what is required.)

Wellesley College offers a number of fellowships and scholarships for graduate study or research open to seniors and graduates of Wellesley.Two of these awards are also open to women graduates of any American institution. 

Awards are usually made to applicants currently enrolled in or applying to graduate school for the following academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who have not held one of these awards previously. Applicants who have previously been awarded a Wellesley College Graduate Fellowship of $5,000 or more are not eligible for additional funding.

Decisions will be based on merit and financial need. U.S. tax laws apply. Awards are for study at institutions other than Wellesley College and are open to applicants of any nationality.

Mary McEwen Schimke Scholarship, a supplemental award to provide relief from household and child care expenses while pursuing graduate study. The award is made on the basis of scholarly expectation and identified need. The candidate must be over 30 years of age, currently engaged in graduate study in literature and/or history. Preference given to American studies majors. Award: up to $1,600.

M.A. Cartland Shackford Medical Fellowship for the study of medicine with a view to general practice, not psychiatry. Award: up to $12,000.

The application and supporting material must be submitted by ​11:30 pm on January 24, 2024. Please fill out this google form AND send application materials to; kindly insert WCGF in the subject line of your email, thanks.

Questions may be addressed to: or Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.