Fields of Award

O'Brien Foundation fellowships are awarded through an annual competition. In its forty-one years of operation, from 1975 to 2016, the Foundation received 2,314 applications and granted 314 fellowships. In 2016, the fifth fellowship was presented by the O’Brien Foundation Alumni. The total value of the awards granted in these years was 1,577,000.00.

The fields of study of the recipients are shown in the accompanying tabulation.

Field of Endeavour Number Amount
History 29 $153,500
Biology 28 157,500
Psychology 32 182,500
Music 23 97,500
Education 20 93,500
English 14 77,500
Medicine 12 66,000
Zoology 15 64,000
Law 13 57,000
Political Science 10 51,500
Geology 9 56,500
Chemistry 13 59,000
Mathematics 6 35,000
Physics 9 35,000
Anthropology 4 21,500
Health Science 9 43,000
Philosophy 4 19,500
Engineering 6 38,500
Agriculture 5 18,000
Dentistry 5 15,500
Sociology 4 16,000
Museum Studies 4 12,500
Geography 2 12,000
Business 2 11,500
Anatomy 2 9,000
Veterinary Medicine 2 9,000
Pharmacology 2 8,500
Fine Arts - Sculpture 2 15,500
Environmental Studies 5 19,000
Theatre 3 7,500
Ecology 3 16,500
Archeology 1 6,000
Economics 1 6,000
Linguistics 1 6,000
Forestry 1 5,000
Physical Education 2 5,000
Theology 1 5,000
Astronomy 1 5,000
Law Enforcement 1 2,500
Computer Science 1 10,000
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 6,000
Alumni Fellowship Awards    
Music 1 5,000
History 2 10,000
Neuroscience 1 5,000
Health Science 1 5,000
Total 314 $1,577,000