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RIT Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement Leadership Award & Scholarship

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement coordinates the application and/or selection process for a number of scholarships. The application process for these scholarships typically opens in early-Spring with an application deadline of mid-February. Scholarship amounts vary by award but typically range between $500 and $2500.

Applications are available on-line via the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Please note that the qualifications for each scholarship are different, but there is only one common application. Based on your responses to the demographic questions, the application will populate which scholarships you are eligible to apply for.  All submissions, however, must include a complete application, an essay, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. Please note that some scholarships require additional materials.

Applicants must be a full-time RIT matriculated undergraduate student both at the time of application (typically the Spring) and when the scholarship is distributed (typically the following Fall). Awards are generally added directly to the student’s account. 


Undergraduate student at the time of application and when the scholarship is distributed.

Award Amount:

$500 - $2500

Deadline: Mid-February
RIT College of Liberal Arts Student Travel Fund

COLA Travel Fund will support student travel to present original papers at conferences as well as study or research abroad.

For more information, contact LaVerne McQuiller Williams at

Award Amount:


Deadline: September, February, May
RIT NTID Affiliation with the Deaf Studies program at the Siena School in Siena, Italy

NTID has scholarship money that can be awarded to students who have financial need and want to participate in Study Abroad programs. If eligible, up to $1,000 may be applied towards the approximately $3,500 program fee.  To see if you qualify, you must schedule an appointment with RIT’s Financial Aid Office. Send an email to to schedule an appointment. You will need to bring the program budget sheet. All participants will still be responsible for airfare, meals and public transportation costs.


RIT NTID student with financial need. Bring a detailed budget sheet from the study abroad office

Award Amount:

Up to $1,000 towards $3,500 program fee

RIT Office of Career Services International Experience Travel Grant

RIT students participating in an International Co-op, Internship, Research, Volunteer or Fellowship are eligible to apply for a Career Services Travel Grant. This experience must be registered with the Office of Career Services, and the student will receive department credit for their experience. International Experience Travel Grant application.

Application Deadlines: Fall - October 31, Spring - March 31, Summer - July 31

Deadline: October 31, March 31, July 31
RIT School of Design Study Abroad Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to a 2nd (sophomore) or 3rd year (junior) School of Design undergraduate student enrolled in a study abroad experience during Spring, Summer or Fall semester. Eligible students must be in good academic standing and submit a 250-word proposal describing the study abroad experience and the potential impact it will have on their design work. Financial need will be considered, but is not a requirement. Input from School of Design faculty will be considered in the selection process.

Email Peter Byrne, School of Design Administrative Chair, for more information, application instructions and deadlines.


2nd or 3rd year RIT School of Design undergraduate student

Award Amount:


Deadline: Early March
Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that offers fifteen accomplished Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive professional development program in Germany. The Bosch Fellowship is comprised of three main components: customized work placements, professional seminars, and German language training. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. Prior to their work placements and seminars, Bosch Fellows participate in up to 5 months of language training with both private tutors in the United States and group classes in Germany. Fellows are from the fields of business administration, cultural management (ex. museum, theater, orchestra), journalism, law, non-profit, public policy, and urban planning. The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, with the goal of fostering a community of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union. 9-to-12 month professional development program in Germany.


U.S. citizen; 40 years of age or younger at the application deadline; Minimum five years of relevant, full-time work experience in target fellowship field (excluding internships); Graduate degree preferred;

Award Amount:

Monthly stipend of EUR 2,000 (tax-free in Germany) from September through May, Accommodation and roundtrip travel (from U.S. points only) for Washington, D.C. orientation program, Financial support for an accompanying spouse and children, including 50% of travel costs, supplemental living stipend, health insurance, and limited funding for language training, Flights to and from Germany.

Deadline: November
Rochester Sister Cities Scholarship
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency

The Academic Writing Residency is for university and thinktank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

Deadline: May
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagion Center Residency - Arts & Literary

The Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Residency is for composers, fiction, and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers and visual artists around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.

Deadline: October
Rotary Peace Fellowships
The fellowship funds master's degrees and professional development at Rotary Peace Centers
Proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended where there are Rotary clubs / Proficiency in English and a second language, demonstrated work experience in relevant field
Award Amount: Fully funded Masters Degrees & Professional Development
Deadline: May


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