Below you will find some external scholarship and fellowship opportunities. If you were able to win one of these, it would make a major positive difference in your academic and professional career. This would come not just from financial support and mentoring opportunities, but also from prestige. For instance, being a Goldwater winner would be something mentioned about you as praise throughout your early career. Furthermore, some of these awards set you up to compete for other awards. For instance, winning a Goldwater puts you in good position to compete for a Rhodes or a Gates-Cambridge award. Each of these latter two would be part of your eulogy.
It is important to note that being a good or even a great student will not win you one of these awards. You must have a story to tell; a story you built through hard work and creativity that makes you stand out above the many other excellent students applying. Perhaps you started in undergraduate research as a freshman and have already had a journal article accepted. You might have started a service organization that is making a difference in people’s lives. The point is, you need to have something beyond good grades and membership in student organizations.
However, if you do not apply, you will not win.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is offered to students in their junior and senior years to fund their undergraduate education in the field of science, mathematics, or engineering. This scholarship emphasizes the importance of research at the undergraduate level.
RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide funding for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in critical but underrepresented world areas.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in an effort to strengthen the United States' science and technology community in battling terrorism and achieving other objectives, is offering the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program to college students and graduates. This program is intended for students interested in pursuing innovations of science and technology that can be applied to the DHS mission. Some areas of study include: physical, mathematical, computer and information, life and social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provided over $250,000,000 in 2004 to promote education and research in countries around the world. The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering about six thousand grants annually to both U.S. and foreign students, teachers, and researchers. Graduating seniors, graduates, and young professionals who are thinking of studying abroad are encouraged to apply.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.
Each year Gates Cambridge offers c.80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honor of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. These scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The US-Ireland Alliance sponsors this prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 to study at universities on the island of Ireland.
The Harry Truman Scholarship is a prestigious award given to as many as 85 junior level students nationally. It awards $30,000 for graduate studies based on academic achievement, a record of leadership, and a future commitment to public service.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars 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 all joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. Applications for Knight-Hennessy Scholars are due in early September and nominees must also apply separately to their specific Stanford graduate degree program. Review the application requirements for more context.
The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to as many as 40 students for two years of study at one of many British universities. It is also valued at $40,000 to $60,000 and is for graduate studies.
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is a $5,000 a year undergraduate scholarship for sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in environmental public policy OR who are Native Americans or Alaska Natives who are interested in health care or tribal policy. They will consider the student's field of study, career objectives, and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship funds a graduate research fellowship program that awards approximately one thousand $40,000 fellowships to support graduate study. The support lasts three years, and awardees are expected to work towards research-based master's or doctoral degrees. These fellowships are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering a new scholarship, the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, for undergraduate students. Awardees receive $8,000 of assistance per year during their junior and senior years. Also, a 10-week, paid internship will be required during the summer between the junior and senior year. This program targets applicants who are willing to pursue a public service career with the NOAA or other governmental natural resource and science agencies.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
The Rhodes Scholarship provides $40,000 to $60,000 for two years of study at Oxford University in England. Thirty-two scholarships are awarded nationally each year. The Rhodes is a post-baccalaureate program based on superior academic achievement, intellectual initiative, creative and aggressive thinking, and the potential for future leadership.
The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four-week programmes for US undergraduate students, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.