Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships
High-achieving students at UTC are encouraged to consider the following scholarships and programs, listed alphabetically.
A searchable database of nationally available scholarships and fellowships also is available at the University of California Berkeley's Scholarship Connection website.
The Amgen Scholars program enables undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. Seventeen institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan currently host the summer program. Each U.S. host institution has its own application process. No previous research experience is necessary and students are not required to major in biology to apply.
Each U.S. host institution has its own application process, but the application deadline for all institutions is in early February, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is in mid-February.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to undergraduate students (and up to $30,000 to graduate students) to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded. In exchange for Boren funding, students commit to seek work in the federal government for at least one year.
Applications are due in February, with a January campus deadline.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for young professionals is a fully-funded fellowship that gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to study and work in Germany. CBYX is open to students in all fields of study and at all levels of study, including graduating students.
The CBYX program annually provides up to 75 participants with two months intensive German language training; a semester of study at a German university or university of applied sciences; a five-month internship with a German company in the participants’ career field; homestays with German host families, accommodations in shared apartments and student dorms; transatlantic airfare, health insurance and monthly living expense stipends; and local, in-country support throughout the program.
Applications are due by Dec. 1 with an earlier campus deadline.
The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs develops the next generation of aspiring change makers. Founded in 1947, the Coro Fellows program is a nine-month, full-time, graduate-level opportunity that introduces participants to all aspects of public affairs. Coro's mission is to strengthen the democratic system of self-governance by preparing individuals who, as citizens and leaders, will act constructively and competently to strengthen and improve their communities and society. Tuition for the Fellows Program at most centers ranges from $3,500-5,000. Tuition scholarship funding is available. Further information is available on the Coro website.
The program combines experiential learning, close interaction with key decision-makers and development in analytical, group governance and communication skills. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows program is rigorous and demanding. The Fellows program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is a fully funded, overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the U.S. and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State.
CLS seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research and other fields.
Applications are due in late November.
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship provides American students from groups historically underrepresented in international programs with the opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies and experience life in another culture. The Fellowship provides 12 U.S. university students fully-funded eight-week summer internship and immersion experiences in Argentina, Germany and India.
This fellowship is meant for students who have not had opportunity to study, intern or live abroad before.
RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland with the mission to promote student exchange to Germany in the natural sciences, engineering and life sciences. For their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover everyday costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year. Ultimately, DAAD-RISE seeks to motivate undergraduates to learn more about Germany’s research landscape and study opportunities.
Applications are due in early December.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provide up to $5,000 (or $7,000 for an academic year) for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to participate in study abroad programs in East or Southeast Asia. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. Recipients are required to carry out a service project following their return from studying abroad.
Deadline for a fall or academic year award: early April. Campus deadline early March.
The U.S. Student Fulbright Program is designed for recent bachelor’s degree recipients, master's and doctoral candidates and young professionals and artists. Projects may include serving as an English teaching assistant, completing university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences or a combination.
Applications are due in October, with an early September campus deadline. Requires University committee endorsement.
The U.S.-U.K. Summer Fulbright provides fully funded three- to four-week summer programs to explore the culture, heritage and history of the United Kingdom while experiencing higher education at a U.K. university. For freshmen and sophomores only.
Late January/early February deadlines, with a campus deadline of mid-December.
Established in 2000 by a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships are among the most prestigious international scholarships in the world.
The program awards 95 full-cost fellowships a year for graduate study in any field at Cambridge University. Of the total number of awards, 40 are given to U.S. citizens and 55 are awarded to students who are neither U.S. nor United Kingdom citizens.
The award covers the full cost of attendance, travel to and from Cambridge, a monthly stipend and additional discretionary funds as appropriate.
In selecting Gates Cambridge Scholars, the trust seeks students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise for whom further study at Cambridge would be particularly appropriate. Students provide evidence of their ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline, either by research, teaching or by using their learning creatively in their chosen profession. Applications are due in fall (early October), but students must secure admission to Cambridge before applying.
Does not require university endorsement but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of National Scholarships.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 for undergraduate students receiving federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs.
Deadline for a spring award: early October; for a fall award: early April; for summer: early March.
Glamour Top Ten College Women
Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women recognizes leadership, community service, and academic achievements of college women by awarding one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes Eligible are legal residents of the US and Canada who are female college juniors or seniors. Application deadline typically in September.
Goldwater (Barry Goldwater) Scholarship
Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded to students interested in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Sophomores who apply are eligible for $15,000 in scholarship money to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board for the last two years of undergraduate education. Juniors are eligible for $7,500 for their last undergraduate year.
Applications are due in late January, with a mid-December campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
Visit the Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education website for more information.
Hertz (Fannie & John Hertz) Foundation Graduate Fellowship
The Hertz Foundation provides fellowships to exceptionally talented students in applied sciences and engineering. The Foundation seeks to support graduate education of America's most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of students who can be expected to have the greatest impact on the application of physical sciences to human problems in the next half-century. In addition to financial support, the Foundation provides ongoing mentoring, symposia and a network of peers providing Fellows with a forum to share ideas and explore opportunities throughout their careers. The Foundation develops ways for Hertz Fellows to communicate with peers across generational and disciplinary lines, further enhancing their opportunities to gather information, form scientific networks and make contributions. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and includes a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend for up to five years.
Applications are due in late October.
Humanity in Action
The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo and Warsaw.
Applications open mid-September, with deadlines in mid-January.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford University, including the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS and PhD programs, as well as joint and dual degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.
Applications are due in early September. Does not require University endorsement but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office National Scholarships.
The James Madison Foundation seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to a career in teaching American history, American government or social studies at the secondary level. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000. Two levels of fellowships are offered: Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, undergraduate study and intend to pursue full-time graduate work. Senior fellowships are awarded to experienced teachers who want to pursue graduate studies on a part-time basis.
Application deadline is early March.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 students are selected each year to study at the graduate level at an U.K. institution in any field. Eligible applicants will be within two years of having received a bachelor's degree or in their final undergraduate year.
Applications are due in October, with an earlier campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Scholarship is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to public service and community. Annually, 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend.
Applications are due in October, with a September campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
Mount Vernon Fellows Program
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a fully paid, five-and-a-half week summer residential program for rising juniors. Students from diverse academic disciplines to meet near Washington, D.C. to immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government and military leaders in the nation’s capital and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities and a community service-focused capstone project.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP)
NSF-GRFP awards are for study and research in the sciences or in engineering leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral and social sciences and in the history and philosophy of science. Applicants typically apply in their senior year of study or shortly thereafter. Awards are for free tuition and fees and approximately $15,000 a year in the form of a stipend.
Students are eligible for up to three years of support over a five-year period. Applications are due in late October.
National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of approximately 10 undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project in which he or she works closely with faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
At the website, you can search for an REU Site and examine opportunities in subject areas supported by various NSF units. You also may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.
See website for annual deadlines which can range through fall and winter. Talk to your professors about getting involved in research and lab work.
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program supports research in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research for one to four years, including summer research. Eligible are all undergraduates. Application deadline typically mid-March.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.
The internship between the first and second years of the award gives scholars hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science and Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research and a housing subsidy for scholars who don’t live at home during the summer internship.
Applications are due in late January with an earlier campus deadline.
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA)
The PPIA Fellowship is a series of educational and developmental programs that span from the end of a student’s junior year in college to the completion of a master’s degree in public policy, public administration and/or international affairs. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions and international organizations.
Applications open in September and close in early November.
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
The USAID Payne Fellowship program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Fellows work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism. The Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect American compassion and support for human dignity.
The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $93,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to USAID Foreign Service. The Pickering, Rangel and Payne fellowships are very similar in mission, eligibility and benefits. Students are encouraged to apply for all three.
The USAID Payne Fellowship is due in mid-December.
Pickering (Thomas R. Pickering) Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. The program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support (up to $37,500), mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The Pickering, Rangel and Payne fellowships are very similar in mission, eligibility, and benefits. Students are encouraged to apply for all three.
The Pickering and Rangel applications are due in mid-September. University endorsement is not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of National Scholarships.
Rangel (Charles B. Rangel) Graduate Fellowship
The Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship program aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Office. The Rangel Program selects 30 outstanding fellows a year through a highly competitive national process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities and entry into the Foreign Service. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete both the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. The Pickering, Rangel and Payne fellowships are very similar in mission and benefits. Students are encouraged to apply for all three.
The Rangel and Pickering are due in mid-September. University endorsement is not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with ONS.
Rotary Global Grant Scholarship
Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs. The successful applicant receives a $30,000 grant for graduate-level studies, a humanitarian project or as part of a vocational training team. Students applying for graduate programs must provide proof of acceptance to a university outside the United States. The student’s graduate study must be related to one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Applicants cannot be related in any way to a member of Rotary, but will apply through a Rotary chapter.
Annual deadline is approximately Feb. 1. Students need to begin preparations at least two months in advance (requires identifying and applying to graduate programs overseas).
Rhodes scholarships are awarded for study toward a degree in any field at Oxford University. Applicants must be 18-24 years old and have received a bachelor's degree by the time study commences. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars are elected annually. The award consists of the direct payment of all university fees, plus a generous monthly stipend to cover college room and board and personal expenses.
Applications are due in October, with an earlier campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
SMART Scholarship for Service
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD facilities. Benefits include: full tuition and education-related fees, summer research internships, health insurance, mentoring and employment placement at a DoD facility after graduation.
Applications open in August and are due in early December.
Soros Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship provides graduate funding for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans (immigrants and children of immigrants) to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.
Candidates are selected by three main criteria:
- The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life.
- The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.
- The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This would include, but not be limited to, support of human rights and the rule of law, opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty and advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.
Applications are due early in November. Does not require University endorsement but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of National Scholarships.
Schwarzman Scholarship Program
The Schwarzman Scholarship Program invites up to 200 scholars annually for this highly selective program to work toward a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the globe, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China’s expanding role in the world.
Applications are due in mid-to-late September. Does not require University endorsement but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of National Scholarships.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship was founded in 1975 to find and recognize college juniors (anyone graduating December-August of the upcoming year) with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service—broadly defined; and to provide them with financial support (up to $30,000) for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students committed to making a difference through public service. Approximately 60 awards are granted yearly on a state basis.
Applications are due in February of the applicant’s junior year, but there is a mid-December campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
The Udall Foundation awards approximately 80 scholarships a year to two groups of students: 1) sophomores or juniors who study the environment and related fields. 2) Native American and Alaska Native sophomores and juniors studying fields related to healthcare or tribal public policy. Scholars receive up to $7,000 or the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board, whichever is less. Sophomore scholars may be re-nominated during the next year's competition. Applications are due in March, with a February campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
Yenching Academy of Peking University
The Yenching Academy offers an interdisciplinary master’s program in China studies to students worldwide. Benefits include a postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on the Peking University campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China’s top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University provides a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university. Applications are due in early December.