National Scholarships for Advanced Undergraduate & Graduate Study

  • American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

    The AIF Clinton Fellowship is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, technology and innovation, and public health. The AIF Clinton Fellowship is helping to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive change while also strengthening civil society in both the US and India.

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

    Funds undergraduate education for science, math, and engineering majors planning doctoral studies and research careers.
    On campus deadline: Three weeks prior to the deadline posted online at the Goldwater Scholarship.

  • Boren Scholarship

    Funds a summer, semester, or full academic year of study abroad to study language(s) in a critical need country for those planning careers in national security.

    Recipients must be applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Awards are not for study in the United States. Scholarships are available for undergraduate students and fellowships are available for graduate students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Visit the Boren Awards website for more information.

  • Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program

    Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials. Visit the Carnegie Endowment website for more information.

  • Department of Energy Fellowship

    Funds graduate studies in STEM fields.

  • Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities

    Funds graduate level study in the humanities at Oxford.

    The following information is from the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme website:

    "As Ertegun Scholars, the world's top graduate students in the humanities are brought together with one another and with Oxford's exceptional community of scholars in a unique setting that fosters dialogue across academic disciplines, across cultures and across generations. Building on this foundation at Oxford, Ertegun Scholars leave the University prepared to be leaders - not only leaders in their chosen fields, but also leaders of global thought and opinion and leaders of positive action for the betterment of humanity.

    After being selected in a highly competitive review process conducted by a multi-disciplinary Ertegun Scholarships Selection Committee, Ertegun Scholars have the opportunity to attend cost free one of the world's oldest and greatest universities. At Oxford, Ertegun Scholars pursue graduate-level study and research in fields as diverse as literature, history, music, archaeology, art history, ancient history, Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, medieval and modern languages. Ertegun Scholars have the exclusive use of The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun House for the Study of the Humanities, a building in the heart of Oxford dedicated to study and research by Ertegun Scholars, and they are mentored by Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins, the full-time Ertegun Director and an Oxford faculty member. Ertegun Scholars have access to a programme of lectures, seminars, concerts and other activities designed especially for them. The ability to use Ertegun House for study and research is a unique part of the experience of an Ertegun Scholar."
  • Ford Fellows Program

    The Ford Fellows Program offers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships to U.S. citizens with evidence of superior academic achievement who commit to a career in teaching and reserach at the college or university level. Visit Ford Fellows Program for more information.

  • Fulbright Scholarship

    Funds research projects, teaching English, or graduate study abroad.

    The J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship will allow fellows to serve in professional public-policy-related placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and to gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries, while simultaneously carrying out an academic study/research project.

    Important Dates:

    Timeline can be found here: (

    Requirements: (Guidelines)

    -Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
    -Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
    -In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
    -Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
    -Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
    -Applicants may hold a J.D. at the time of application.

    -Doctors of Medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies.  Scholars with an M.D. degree who have completed their formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for the purpose of independent or collaborative research should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars,  Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.  The Fulbright Program cannot authorize proposals for medical research that involves clinical training, patient care or patient contact.

    Selection is made on the basis of:

    -Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
    -Academic or professional record.
    -Personal qualifications.
    -Language preparation.
    -Preference factors as established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations.
    -Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities.
    -Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary.
    -Requirements of the program in individual countries. In some countries, advanced-degree candidates are preferred, and in some countries, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.

    -Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.

    Online Application

    Supporting Documents: Academic ApplicationArtsEnglish Teaching AssistantshipMTVU (music)Fulbright-Clinton

    For more information, visit the Fulbright Scholarship website.

  • Fulbright Summer Institute

    Funds specific summer study abroad programs in the U.K.

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Funds graduate study at Cambridge University.

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

    Important Dates:

    Requirements: (Guidelines)

    -A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom.
    -Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: Ph.D. (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, M.B.A. etc.)
    -OR already a student at Cambridge and want to apply for a new postgraduate course. For example, if you are studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to do a Ph.D.. However, if you have already started a course, you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the rest of it.

    -OR already a Gates Cambridge Scholar and want to apply for a second Scholarship. You must apply by the second, international deadline and go through the same process of departmental ranking, shortlisting and interviewing as all other candidates.

    Application: Via the Admissions Office 

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships are extremely competitive: c. 4,000 applicants apply for 90 Scholarships each year.

    Given the intense competition, the Trust has a four stage selection process:
    1. Departmental ranking - the very best applicants to each department are ranked on academic merit only
    2. Shortlisting - Gates Cambridge committees review the applications of ranked candidates using all four Gates Cambridge criteria and put forward a list for interview
    3. Interview - all shortlisted candidates have a short interview to assess how they meet all four Gates Cambridge criteria

    4. Selection - chairs of interview panels meet to decide the final list of Scholars

    For more information, please visit the Gates Cambridge website. 

  • George Mitchell Scholarship

    All majors for graduate study at approved institutions in Ireland and North Ireland.

    The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell is designed to introduce and connect upcoming generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service

    Important Dates:


    Materials you will need to complete the Mitchell Scholarship application:
    -Passport-style photo (PDF)
    -All transcripts scanned into a single PDF (please block out your Social Security number if visible). This should include any undergraduate and graduate work you have completed.
    -Personal statement (1,000 words maximum – most applicants find it helpful to write this in advance). The personal statement or essay is your opportunity to share your personality, passion and drive with the selection committee that cannot be communicated elsewhere in the application materials. You will be required to affirm that this is your original work.

         -A scan of your signature (PDF)

    For more information, please visit the scholarship website

  • Gilman Scholarship

    Funds study abroad for Pell-eligible students.

  • Golden Key National Honors Society Scholarships

    For information and application instructions for the Golden Key National Honors Society Scholarships (for Golden Key National Honors Society members only), visit Golden Key National Honors Society Scholarships.

  • Harry Truman Scholarship

    Funds graduate education and professional development of outstanding students committed to a public service leadership.

    • On campus deadline: Three weeks prior to the deadline posted online at the Truman Scholarship.
    • Rising senior
    • Upper quarter of class
    • Leadership experience
    • Intended for students pursuing a government, not-for-profit or public service career
    • $30,000 total for graduate school ($3,000 as senior; to $13,500 1st year grad)
  • Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

    Funds graduate studies in STEM fields.

  • Jack Kent Cooke

    • On campus deadline: Three weeks prior to the deadline posted online at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
    • Must be in senior year or have graduated during past five years
    • Up to $50,000 for first year of graduate study
  • James Madison Graduate Fellowships

    Funds master’s degree in American history, political science or government and teaching/education master’s degrees with concentrations in those subjects.

    • On campus deadline: Three weeks prior to the deadline posted online at the James Madison Graduate Fellowships.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
    • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).
    • Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later then August 31 of the year in which you are applying.
    • $24,000 maximum, up to $12,000 per year
  • Latina Women Scholarship Program

    The purpose of the Hispanic Merit and Achievement Scholarship is to recognize past recipients of the LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION Merit and Achievement Scholarships to encourage Hispanic students to continue pursuing excellence in higher education.

    Visit Latina Women Scholarship Program for more information.

  • Marshall Scholarships

    Funds graduate study in the United Kingdom.

    • Deadlines (see Marshall Scholarship website)
    • Be an American citizen at time of application
    • Apply within two years of graduation from undergraduate school
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.7
    • The Marshall Scholarships are highly competitive, FULL awards (tuition books, travel, cost of living, and personal allowance) for graduate (and occasionally undergraduate) study in ANY discipline at ANY British University.
    • *This is the date completed applications must be turned into the Honors College office for an on-campus review. Note this date often precedes published dates on the websites when institutional submissions are due.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    Funds academic studies and an internship related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

    Funds master’s and doctoral research based programs for STEM fields.

    Deadlines:National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship


  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education

    Funds internships, scholarships, and fellowships for graduate studies in STEM fields.

  • Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellows

    Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country.

    Requirements: (Guidelines)

    To be eligible for the fellowship, you must meet all of the three following sets of conditions
    1. Status as a New American
    -If you were born outside the United States and were not eligible for U.S. citizenship at birth, you must, as of November 8, 2013, be either a naturalized citizen or in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien).
    -Note:  if you are a foreign student studying in the United States on a student visa, you ARE NOT eligible for this program unless you have a green card in hand on November 8, 2013.
    -If you were born inside the United States or one of its territories, both of your parents must have been born outside the United States and its territories and neither can have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of his or her birth. At least one of those parents must subsequently have become a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
    2. Age
    -You must not have reached or passed your 31st birthday as of November 8, 2013. In other words, you must have been born on or after November 9, 1982.
    3.  Academic Standing
    -You must already hold a bachelor's degree or be a college senior in good standing.
    -You may be planning to apply to (or have already applied to), and enroll in a graduate program for the academic year 2014-15, in which case you will be expected to have decided on a field of study and identified graduate degree programs in the United States which you hope to receive Soros support.
    -You may currently be enrolled in a graduate degree program other than the one for which you hope to receive Soros support in the academic year 2014-15.
    -You may, as of November 8, 2013, already be enrolled in a single graduate degree program for which you hope to receive Soros support in the academic year 2014-15 and subsequently. In that case,
    • You must not have begun a third year of work on that degree as of November 8, 2013, and
    • The degree requirements must involve your full-time study during academic year 2014-15.
    -You may, as of November 8, 2013, be enrolled in a joint degree program or in two separate graduate degree programs. In that case,
    • You must not have begun a third year of work on that degree as of November 8, 2013, and
    • The degree requirements must involve your full-time study during academic year 2014-15
    • You may be at a more advance stage in pursuit of your other graduate degree, but you will not be able to receive Soros support for that degree if you have already begun a third or subsequent year of work on that degree.


    -The program uses three primary criteria for selection of fellows and expects that successful candidates will give strong evidence of at least the first two of the following:
    1. The candidate has demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life.
    2. The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort.
    3. 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.
    -In addition, the program considers two further criteria:
    1. The candidate gives promise of continued significant contributions. Those contributions are likely to reflect distinctive creativity, originality and initiative and will mark the candidate as a leading and influential figure within her/his fields of endeavor. 
    2. The candidate’s graduate training is relevant to her/his long-term career goals and is of potential value in enhancing her/his future creativity and accomplishment.

    Note: We seek to create “a level playing field” for the consideration of applicants from different backgrounds, in different fields, at different stages in their educational development, and of different chronological ages. Because “New Americans” and their families have had very different immigration experiences, we take those differences into account in assessing applicants’ success in meeting the selection criteria. 

    Online Application

    For more information, please visit the fellowship website.

  • Phi Kappa Phi

    The UNC Charlotte chapter deadline for the fellowship application is March 15 (annually). Please send your application For further information about Phi Kappa Phi scholarships and award opportunities, please contact Dr. Malin Pereira, Chapter Scholarship Coordinator.

    Follow these helpful FAQ’s links to help answer commonly asked questions:
    Fellowship FAQ:

    Study Abroad FAQ:

    Love of Learning FAQ:

    Literacy FAQ:

    Dissertation Fellowship FAQ:

    Awards, Scholarships, and Grant Opportunities:

    Each year Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six valued at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. Each chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for Society-wide awards.
    CHAPTER DEADLINE: March 15 annually

    HEADQUARTERS DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage

    Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty grants in the amount of $1,000 each are awarded every year.
    DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage

    Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include, but not be limited to, graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching or studies, etc. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply. One hundred sixty awards valued at $500 each are presented annually.
    DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage


    The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or create new programs.
    DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage


    Beginning in 2015, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will award two Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations.  The fellowship supports students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.  Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing.  All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal     
    DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage


    The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership and a recognition citation.
    DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage


    The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist Award honors an individual who demonstrates the ideals of the Society through their lifelong activities, achievements, and scholarship. Recipients are awarded a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership, and a recognition citation.
    DEADLINE: Visit official scholarship webpage

  • Pickering Fellowship

    Funds students planning a career in foreign service.

  • Rhodes Scholarship

    Funds second BA or graduate study at Oxford University.

    The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world’s future'. Applicants must be sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before October 1 in the year following election. Visit the Rhodes Scholarship website for more information.

  • Schwarzman Scholars Program

    Funds a one year Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

    The following information is from the Schwarzman Scholars Program website:

    "The 200 scholars chosen 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. As individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on their academic credentials, extracurricular interests and leadership potential.

    During their stay, students will be given access to a privileged range of cultural and academic experiences, from travel to all corners of China to exchanges with global leaders and mentorship with experts in their chosen discipline. They will also spend their year immersed in the local economy and social life—before classes begin, a summer orientation will provide opportunities to learn Chinese, explore Beijing and meet fellow students and faculty."

  • Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship (SMART)

    Funds graduate studies in STEM fields.

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scholarships and Fellowships

    1. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships for Rising Juniors

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Civilian and non-active duty military personnel only.
    • You must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • Scholarships are for students that will be beginning their junior year in Fall 2004.
    • You must be majoring in the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science.
    • You must have career goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    • You must be enrolled as a full-time student while on tenure.
    • You must meet all application deadlines listed below.
    • Stipend, 1,000/month for 9 months plus full tuition paid.
    • Deadlines: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scholarships and Fellowships.

    2. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Civilian and non-active duty military personnel only.
    • You must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • If you are currently enrolled in graduate school, you must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • Fellowships are for students that will be beginning their first or second year of a graduate program in Fall 2004.
    • You must be pursuing a research-based graduate degree in the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science.
    • You must have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    • You must be enrolled as a full-time student while on tenure.
    • You must meet all application deadlines listed below.
    • Stipend $2,300/month for 12 months, plus full tuition and fees paid
    • Deadline: See U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Udall Scholarship

    Funds eligible academic expenses and a session for new scholars for any students interested in conservation and environmental issues or for Native American students focusing on  tribal policy issues and/or pursuing health-related careers.

    Applicants must be:

    • Committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care.
    • A sophomore or junior-level student, enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education in the United States, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the applying year.
    • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.

    The Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions. Visit the Udall Scholarshipwebsite for more information.