Fellowships and Awards
A Legacy of Impactful Awards
Between 150 and 200 students and alumni apply through the fellowships office each year. Within the past ten years, Oberlin graduates have garnered a range of prestigious awards, including Fulbright (105), National Science Graduate Research Fellowship (63), Goldwater (12), Watson (12), Truman (6), Udall (4), Beinecke (3), Gates Cambridge (2), Rhodes, Marshall, and Luce fellowships.
Oberlin and the Fulbright Award
With more than 240 Fulbright student awards, Oberlin is among the top three baccalaureate college producers of Fulbright awards nationally. Oberlin’s success relative to our peer institutions is a testament to the leadership development of an Oberlin experience and the global engagement of our students, faculty, staff, and curriculum.
Oberlin Fellowships at a Glance
Oberlin’s Truman Scholars
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for public service leadership.
Challenging Systemic Injustice
Iesha-LaShay Phillips ’22 applied for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship because of its emphasis on public service and vast network of scholars motivated by a desire to create change. As a Truman recipient, she hopes to pursue a law degree that will allow her to have a deep impact in her community.
A Commitment to Public Advocacy
Henry Hicks ’21, a comparative American studies and creative writing double major, served as chair of Oberlin Student Senate and editor in chief of the Plum Creek Review, Oberlin’s oldest literary and arts magazine. He says he appreciates the mentorship he received from faculty across multiple disciplines for helping to encourage his commitment to public advocacy.
Politics and the Geosciences
Geosciences and politics double major Monica Dix ’20 plans to put her Truman award toward a master’s degree, followed by a PhD, in geosciences or natural resources. Her goal, particularly in the doctorate program, is to gain a holistic perspective on land and water management before entering politics to make an impact and create change.
From the Classroom to the World
The Engaged Liberal Arts at Oberlin takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away experiences, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.
Resources for Fellowships and Awards
An Oberlin education puts the liberal arts to work in achieving a life of meaning and purpose.