Graduate School in Physics and Astronomy

Many of our graduates pursue further study in physics or closely related fields, the entire physics and astronomy faculty plays a large role in advising these majors about graduate schools. About two-thirds of our graduating physics majors continue on to graduate school, many in physics, but others in fields such as engineering, applied mathematics, computer science, astrophysics, biophysics, geophysics, medicine, and architecture. Any major planning to apply to graduate schools in physics or closely related disciplines is encouraged to discuss his or her selection in consultation with several faculty members, and the faculty look on the writing of letters of reference as an important part of their responsibility.

Check out the GradSchoolShopper.com to find information about graduate programs in physics, astronomy and other physical sciences.  This guide is a service of the American Institute of Physics.  Also, check out Carleton’s Student Fellowships page for more information about financial awards for graduate study.

Graduate Fellowships

Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education: How to Win a Graduate Fellowship


The college has several resources available to help you apply for post-baccalaureate fellowships. The most prestigious and competitive of the post-baccalaureate national scholarships have familiar names such as Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright. The application process for many of these fellowships starts during the junior year. Check out the links below if you are interested in these types of opportunities.

If you are considering going directly into Graduate School in physics, astronomy or a related scientific field, there are graduate fellowships for which you may be qualified. Consult with your professors about whether you are a good candidate for these awards. Entering Graduate School with a fellowship is not necessary to pay your bills; however, a fellowship may provide you with some real additional advantages during your post-baccalaureate career (access to a research group, fewer teaching obligations, highlights for your resume when your Ph.D. is completed, etc.). Below are fellowships to consider as a graduating chemistry major. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements and award obligations carefully.