Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships
Listed alphabetically, high-achieving students at UTC are encouraged to consider the following scholarships and programs. For a searchable database of scholarships/fellowships, visit UC Berkeley's Scholarship Connection.
The Amgen Scholars Program allows 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 you do not need to be a biology major to apply. Each U.S. host institution has its own application process, but the application deadline for all of the institutions is in early February, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is in mid-February.
Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to undergraduate students (and up to $30,000 for graduate students) to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & 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.
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for young professionals is a fully-funded fellowship opportunity 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, in shared apartments, and student dorms; Transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and monthly living expense stipends; Local in-country support throughout the program. Applications are due the first of December with an earlier campus deadline.
Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs develops the next generation of aspiring change makers. 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 as a whole. 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. Founded in 1947, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program that introduces participants to all aspects of public affairs. 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.
Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas 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 United States 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.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship aims to provide American students from groups historically underrepresented in international programs with the unique 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 the 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 fields of natural sciences, engineering, and life sciences. In 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 every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year. Ultimately, DAAD-RISE seeks to motivate undergraduate students 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 B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists. Projects may include serving as an English teaching assistant, undertaking 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.
US-UK Summer Fulbright
The US-UK Summer Fulbright provides fully funded 3-4 week summer programs to explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. For freshmen and sophomores only. Late January/early February deadlines, with a campus deadline of mid-December.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
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 Trust annually awards 95 full-cost fellowships for graduate study in any field at Cambridge University. Of the total number of awards, 40 are given to citizens of the United States, and 55 are awarded to "international" students - that is, students who are neither US nor UK citizens.
The award provides support for 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 the 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 ONS.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 for undergraduate students who are 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.
Goldwater (Barry Goldwater) Scholarship
Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded on a state basis 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 the exceptionally talented in the study of applied sciences and engineering. They look to support the graduate education of America's most promising technical talent, the Ph.D.-directed effort of the young men and women who can be expected to have the greatest impact on the application of the physical sciences to human problems during 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 is developing ways for Hertz Fellows to communicate with their 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 consists of 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 will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, 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 ONS.
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, their undergraduate course of 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 forty 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 senior 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. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually 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 who desire to make a difference. 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. Fellowship stipends generate free tuition and fees as well as 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 ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you 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!
NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with 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 provides the scholars with 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 & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Applications are due in late January with an earlier campus deadline.
PPIA Public Policy & International Affairs
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 areers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to 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 the American people’s compassion and support of 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 the USAID Foreign Service. The Pickering, Rangel, and Payne fellowships are very similar in their mission, eligibility, and benefits. Students are enouraged 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 their mission, eligibility, and benefits. Students are enouraged to apply for all three. The Pickering and Rangel are now due in mid-September. Does not require University endorsement but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with ONS.
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 State Department’s Foreign Service Office. The Rangel Program will select 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide 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 the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. The Pickering, Rangel, and Payne fellowships are very similar in their mission and benefits. Students are enouraged to apply for all three. The Rangel and Pickering are now due in mid-September. Does not require University endorsement 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. Successful applicant will receive 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 February 1. Students will 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 of age, and have received a bachelor's degree by the time study commences. There are 32 Rhodes Scholars 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 Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 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, employment placement at a DoD facility after graduation, etc. Applications open in August and are due in early December.
Soros (Paul & Daisy Soros) Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul & 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 November. Does not require University endorsement but applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with ONS.
Schwarzman Scholarship Program
The Schwarzman Scholarship Program invites up to 200 scholars annually for this highly selective program will work towards 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 world, 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 ONS.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship was founded in 1975 to find and recognize college juniors ((defined as anyone graduating December-August of the upcoming year) with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support (up to $30,000) for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Approximately 60 awards are granted each year on a state basis. Public service is broadly defined. Applications are due in February of the junior year, but have a mid-December campus deadline. Requires University endorsement.
The Udall Foundation awards approximately 80 scholarships 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 health care 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 Peking University’s 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.