New Arley D. Cathey Fellowships further international graduate study

Four College graduating students, alumni eligible for fellowship to support international graduate education

Students in the College and recent alumni now have the opportunity to receive support to pursue advanced degrees abroad, thanks to the generosity of late alumnus Arley D. Cathey, PhB’50. 

With funding from Cathey’s bequest to the University of Chicago intended in part to support new international educational programs for College students, the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) and Study Abroad will jointly administer a new international graduate study fellowship in his name for four scholars starting in 2022. 

On an annual basis, Arley D. Cathey Fellowships will support international graduate study for scholars whose academic achievements, research and civic commitments embody the University of Chicago’s highest ideals and values. 

“Arley’s generous and far-sighted philanthropy has supported the educational experience of the College in many ways,” said John W. Boyer, dean of the College. “These fellowships are a continuation of that focus on the needs and experiences of our students. They will support the ambitions of our most gifted undergraduate scholars with critical funding for prestigious international graduate programs.”

Selected scholars will receive financial assistance to pursue a rigorous, non-professional Master's degree at an internationally renowned foreign research university. Funding will substantially offset tuition, living and travel expenses.

Candidates must be current fourth-year students in the College or recent alumni with a graduation date of no earlier than June 2019, and will be required to secure admission to their chosen international graduate program as part of the application process. The application deadline for the first round of fellowships is Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. 

The application has several components that include three letters of recommendation from faculty and four essays: a Motivation Statement, Proposed Academic Program Statement, Leadership Statement and an Ambassadorial Statement. 

Cathey Fellows will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate the following qualities in their applications: purpose, academic merit, capacity for leadership, ambassadorial potential and preparation for the proposed program of study. To learn more information about the Fellowship’s application requirements and view detailed essay prompts, candidates are encouraged to visit the CCRF website

The CCRF, which facilitates annual nomination processes for major national fellowships, will host a virtual information session on Monday, Jan. 10, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Candidates can register for the session here.