Major National Scholarships

The following is a list of major national scholarship competitions. Be sure to remember important deadlines.

Some major national scholarships require an institutional nomination, and thus applicants must submit applications to the Office of National Scholarships (Conroy 204) by the stated campus deadline.

Please visit these websites to find other scholarships:

Look at Yale University’s Grants and Fellowships search and North Carolina State University’s List of Nationally Competitive Graduate Fellowships

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment offers one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Senior Associates working on the Carnegie Endowment’s projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, trade, US leadership, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. The applications are due in January.


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program. The Program seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, ar­ranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional develop­ment support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Ser­vice, including inter­national relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration.

Upon successful completion of the two-year program, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2015, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encour­ages applications from members of minority groups his­torically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The applica­tion deadline is January 14, 2015.


The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an alliance of fourteen schools of business in partnership with corporate America, working to facilitate the entry of minorities into managerial positions in business. The Consortium recruits college-trained African American, Hispanic American, and Native American United States citizens and invites them to compete for merit-based fellowships for graduate study leading to a Master’s Degree in Business. The application for the fellowship is submitted along with the student’s application to any of the schools within the alliance. The fellowship covers tuition and fees required for MBA studies, and it is renewable for a second year given that the student remains in good academic standing after their first year of study. Students are encouraged to apply after earning at least five years of experience in the field.


Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. The application deadline is January 20, 2015. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships For Minorities

To increase the presence of underrepresented minorities on the nation’s college and university faculties, to enhance diversity on campuses, and to address the persisting effects of past discrimination, the Ford Foundation offers pre-doctoral fellowships to members of six minority groups whose under-representation in the professoriate has been severe and long-standing. The fellowship program identifies individuals with demonstrated ability and provides them the opportunity to engage in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. These successful scholars then inspire other students of color to pursue an academic career in teaching and research. The deadline to apply is in November, and students who receive the fellowship must enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. educational institution.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or live sciences, or a combination. Recent projects have involved cancer research in the UK, free market development in Mauritius, women’s rights in Chile and contemporary artistic expression in India. Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom. The campus deadline for the Fulbright is in September. The national deadline is in October.



Gates-Cambridge Scholars are full-cost awards for graduate students and reside in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. A small number are also available for students towards a second undergraduate degree.

In establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholars program, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hope to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Over time, it is anticipated that Gates Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning – all areas that the Foundation is deeply engaged in.

The program will offer a substantial number of scholarships for study as an affiliated student or to pursue taught or research courses of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. The deadline for the scholarship is in October.


Golden Key Scholarships

Golden Key offers $1,000,000 in scholarships and awards each year, including those for both undergrad and graduate students. Each scholarship requires a different application and has a different set of specific instructions on how to apply. An impartial committee of educators in the field the scholarship is based will choose winners. Applications must be written in English. Applicants must adhere to submission deadlines – no exceptions. You must have a member number to apply for a scholarship. Decisions made by the selection committees are final and not subject to appeal.


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress 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 undergraduate college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to maximum of $7,500 annually. To apply, you must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the 2014–2015 academic year, and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Students must receive an institution nomination in order to be considered for the scholarship. The national deadline to apply is at the end of January.


The Hertz Foundation

The Hertz Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship award is for study in the application of physical sciences. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

There are two fellowship options: 1) Five Year Hertz ($32,000/ 9-month personal stipend) 2) Five-Year Coordinated ($38,000/ 9-month personal stipend). Only the Five Year Hertz option is renewable annually.

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is at the end of October.


Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action’s annual fellowship programs bring together more than 100 European and American university students and young professionals each summer to learn and research in international groups. Fellows meet leading experts and activists to study minority rights in the past and present, from the Holocaust to contemporary affairs. The Humanity in Action Fellowship begins in Washington, D.C. at the Council on Foreign Relations in late May. Fellows then participate in month-long fellowships in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw in June. The Fellowship features lectures and discussions with leading academics, journalists, politicians and activists as well as visits to government agencies, museums and memorials. Accommodation costs as well as food stipends and flight costs to Washington D.C. are covered by Humanity in Action – students are required to cover the costs for airfare to and from their host country. The application is due in January.


Jack Kent Cook Foundation

The Jack Kent Cook Foundation offers two scholarships: one for students currently attending two-year/community colleges and planning to transfer to four-year institution, and one for high school seniors with financial need seeking to attend one of the nation’s best four-year universities. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship’s deadline is in December, and the scholarship is awarded to high-achieving students with at least a 3.5 GPA who also exhibit leadership skills, dedication to service and unmet financial need. The College Scholarship Program’s deadline is in November, and the scholarship is awarded to high-achieving high school seniors with unweighted GPA’s of at least 3.5 who also exhibit leadership skills, dedication to service and unmet financial need.


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

The program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Students must also demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow’s financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System.

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is at the end of September.


James Madison Fellowship

James Madison Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of preference): masters of Arts degree (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as “government and politics” or as “government”); Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions and political theory (in a political science department); Masters of Education degree (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in American history or American government, political institution, and political theory. Applicants must be committed to teaching American history, American government, and/or social studies full time in grades 7–12. The maximum amount of each award is $24, 000, prorated over the period of study. Applications are due March 1.


Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree.

The Scholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). They are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in the UK (for which the Association of Commonwealth Universities provides the Secretariat) and in the US by the British Embassy in Washington DC and seven regional Consulates-General.

Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars will enhance their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain though its best academic programmes will contribute to their ultimate personal success.

Applicants must receive an institution nomination. The deadline to apply is October 1.


George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The US-Ireland Alliance has established the George J. Mitchell Scholarships to educate future American leaders about the island of Ireland and to provide tomorrow’s leaders with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity with, the island from which 44 million American claim descent. Twelve Scholarships are awarded each year. Scholars are eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study. The deadline to apply is October 1.


National Science Foundation

Among the NSF programs of interest to seniors and graduate students is the Graduate Research Fellowship Awards. Through this program the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resources base of science, mathematics, and engineering the United States and to reinforce its diversity.

The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Applicants must be United States citizens of nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who need the eligibility requirement above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards.

The deadline for each award varies – check the official NSF website for more information.


National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal na tional security arena. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit the Boren Awards website.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to studying a critical language while abroad and working in the federal government for a minimum of one year upon their return.

The deadline to apply for the Fellowship is at the end of January. The deadline to apply for the Scholarship is at the beginning of February.

Website (Undergraduate awards):

Website (Graduate awards):

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

The multidisciplinary nature of Phi Kappa Phi is reflected in its Fellowship and Award of Excellence recipients. Awardees represent a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, political science, mathematics and psychology. Likewise, the professions they select are equally diverse: law, medicine, business, education, science, or the arts.

The deadline to apply is in April.


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding student from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected 1904.

Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid of the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford, and upon application, may approve additional grants for research purposes or study-related travel.

The deadline to apply is the first Wednesday of October.


Soros Fellowship

The purpose of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosed fields and to aprtake of the American dream. Fellows must have shown potential in the fields for which they seek further education; the capacity for creativity, persistence and work; and the commitment to value of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protect the American dream. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year.
The deadline to apply is November 1.


Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive national scholarship for students interested in any area of public policy (fiscal, diplomatic, education, health care, environmental, etc.). The Truman Scholarship awards students $30,000 and the opportunity to participate in the Truman Scholar Leadership Week during the summer following the award announcement.

Students must be nominated by the Truman Scholarship’s campus representative and must apply as juniors. Additionally, students must have a deep devotion to public service and a want to pursue a career in public service. One of the major components of the application is a 500-word policy proposal that delves deeply into your field of study.

Applications are due at the beginning of February.


Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

The Udall Scholarship provides
-Access to the Udall Alumni Network: an association of environmental and tribal leaders and public servants sharing innovative ideas, professional advice, and job and internship opportunities.
-Four days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation: extending your professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.
-Up to $5,000 for eligible academic expenses.

The scholarship is awarded to American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country, American Indian and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers, and to undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues.

The online application may only be accessed through your faculty representative (Dr. Mark Andersen). The deadline to apply is in March.