Scholarships & Fellowships

Undergraduate Scholarships

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Who is eligible?

A full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in the sciences, actively engaged in research projects, and planning to pursue a research career. The student should have a college grade-point average of at least 3.5, should pursue formal research opportunities in the student's field of studies, and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
When is the Deadline?

Campus Deadline: Mid-December
Goldwater Deadline: Last Friday in January
Description The award has a maximum value of $7,500, and sophomore applicants are eligible for up to two years of scholarship support. The program hopes to encourage the pursuit of advanced, non-medical degrees in the sciences.
How Do I Apply?

All candidates for scholarships are nominated by their college or university. Four-year institutions may nominate no more than four students.
Essay(s)

 The Nominee's Essays discuss long-term professional aspirations and how current studies and researches support these goals. Also address factors attracting the student to research in the sciences, and detail specific research endeavors.
What happens after I submit an application? In March, the Goldwater Scholars and Alternates are selected by the Board of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.


What's next?

In April, nominees and their faculty representatives are notified of their status in the Program.

Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

In 2017, 240 students were named Goldwater Scholars, and another 307 students were named as Honorable Mentions. These students were singled out from a field of 1,286 nominees nationwide. The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominees from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information visit the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship website

Boren Awards for International Study

Who is eligible?

U.S. citizens matriculated as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors in a U.S. post-secondary institution (must be enrolled at home institution over the duration of the grant period abroad). The award seeks out students interested in acquiring another language through a study abroad program in a country central in U.S. security concerns. Applicants should possess a credible commitment to future work in federal service. Awardees take on a commitment to work for at least a year with some office within the U.S. federal government in an area relevant to national security.

When is the Deadline?
Campus:   Early January
Boren:   Early February

Description 

Boren is designed to provide U.S. undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the security of the United States. The student applicant is asked to think critically about how his or her interests in study abroad relate to national security --and to make a case for a specific definition of or approach to national security.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are online through the Embark system, with the competition typically opening in August. You must identify a primary and secondary choice of study abroad programs that provide the kind of experience you seek as well as the language training you need, as outlined in your application essay.
Essay(s): Their are two, 800-word application essays, one discussing the tie of your country destination to U.S. national security interests and your long-term career goals, and the other detailing the specifics of your target abroad program.
What happens after I submit an application? IIE/Boren processes applications and distributes application packets for regional screening panel review.

What's next?

In April or May, scholarship recipients are announced and award packets are distributed.

Boren was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission to develop national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. The Program realizes this mission by supporting the training of young college graduates who are linguistically adept and knowledgeable about the cultures of other countries.

For more information visit the Boren website

 

DAAD RISE Germany

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada, the UK or Ireland as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field); must be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement; must be able to prove that you will maintain undergraduate status after the internship has taken place. Mastery of German is not required as the working language is typically English, but some facility in German can ease day-to-day life outside of the lab.

When is the Deadline?

Campus Deadline: Late November

RISE Deadline: Mid-December (Letters of recommendation due a week later)

Description 

The RISE opportunity pairs the undergraduate applicant with a doctoral student at a specific German research institution, pursuing a research project coinciding with the applicant’s research interests. The internship is a three-month summer placement, and includes a monthly stipend, health/accident/personal liability insurance, and travel expenses to the three-day RISE meeting in Heidelberg. International travel is not included.

How Do I Apply?

Students apply online, first exploring the listing of internship openings.  The applicant can apply to up to three of these opportunities.  For each, the student submits a cover letter/”motivation letter,” a current resume, transcript (along with a list of courses in which currently enrolled), and formal verification of enrollment.

Essay(s):

Cover letter describing the student’s “fit” with each of the selected internship opportunities.

What happens after I submit an application?

Applicants are typically notified of a “successful match” with an internship opening in early March.

Review the DAAD RISE webpage here.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

Who is eligible?
Must be a full-time freshman or sophomore, with a GPA of at least 3.7, be at least 18 years of age, have little to no experience abroad, and hold a clear appreciation for the potential insights to be gained by a three to four week intensive experience at a notable UK university.
When is the Deadline?
Campus Deadline: Mid-January 
Fulbright Deadline: Mid-February
Description
The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes take place at typically nine or ten UK institutions of higher learning, and offer a three or four-week cultural exploration of the host university and its surrounding community, each emphasizing a unique topic or theme. The award covers airfare, accommodations and meals, tuition and fees at the host institution and, where deemed necessary, a small allowance.
How Do I Apply?
Students apply through an online form, which includes providing short answers to questions about the applicant’s character, two page-long essays, and two letters of recommendation. The applicant must choose one of the university summer institutes in the application.
Essay(s):
One one-page personal statement and a one-page essay response to a thematic prompt.
What happens after I submit an application?
In March or April, shortlisted applicants are invited to a phone interview.  Applicants are notified about the award in late April.

 

Click this link to access the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes web page.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Who is eligible?

Must be a full-time sophomore or junior, with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a clear interest in matters affecting the environment and natural resources. The student must be nominated by the college or university.

When is the Deadline? Campus Deadline: Mid-February
Udall Deadline: Mid-March

Description

Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 60 undergraduate scholarships of up to $7,000 to juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy.

How Do I Apply? Students may not apply directly for a Udall scholarship, but must be nominated by their institution's designated Udall faculty representative. Along with the essay, the student fills out an information form and provides a statement about the candidate's commitment to environmental issues.
Essay(s)

 Analyze a significant speech, policy statement or legislative act of either one of the Udall brothers, and assess the contemporary relevance of the document or initiative in question, along with the impact of this on the applicant's particular field of interest and career aspirations.
What happens after I submit an application? Applicants are notified of their award in April.
What's next?

The Udall Scholar is required to attend the Scholar Orientation Weekend in mid-August, and is expected to pursue his or her studies full time during the fellowship year.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's thirty years of service in the House of Representatives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Morris Udall's brother, Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation: Stewart served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and then as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969.. The Udall Foundation is an executive branch agency. The President of the United States appoints its board of trustees with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.
The Foundation's activities are supported by two distinct funds in the U.S. Treasury. Educational activities are supported primarily by interest generated by a trust fund established by Congress; the Foundation may also accept private donations for educational activities. The activities of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, which provides assessment, mediation, facilitation and related services to assist in resolving federal environmental conflicts, are supported by annual appropriations and fees charged for services.

For more information visit the Morris K. Udall Foundation website

 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program website for more information.