General Information and Tips for Prospective Fellowships Applicants
Fellowships are merit-based awards for further academic study or research disbursed through national, and sometimes international, competitions. Some sponsors also use the term “scholarship” in the name of their awards. In the context of national academic competitions, a fellowship should not be confused with traditional sources of financial aid. Recipients are usually selected on the basis of high academic achievement, scholarly promise, career goals, leadership skills, service to others, character, and sometimes financial need.
The fellowship and scholarship programs described below are open to students of junior standing.
The federal government, foreign governments, and private philanthropic organizations sponsor these award programs; they provide funding based on academic merit and other criteria designated by each sponsor to support undergraduate study in the U.S. and abroad. See the individual programs’ official websites for complete information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, application forms, and exact filing deadlines. Many sites also include profiles of past winners.
Programs preceded by an asterisk (*) require institutional endorsement of candidates.
- No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a biology major to apply.
- You do not need to currently attend one of the 17 host institutions to participate in the program.
- During the program, students work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist.
- Amgen Scholars have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with faculty mentors and other research staff.
- Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduate careers.
- Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s Amgen Scholars Program website for more information.
- Program dates vary, check website for details; application deadlines ussually early February.
- The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
- Eligible to juniors pursuing a bachelor's degree.
- Plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
- Be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island.
- Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during their undergraduate career.
- Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years.
* David L. Boren/NSEP (National Security Education Program) Undergraduate Scholarship
- For undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and wish to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, or the Middle East.
- Maximum scholarship awards are: $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum); $10,000 for a semester and; $20,000 for a full academic year
- Academic program must include formal study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture considered critical to U.S. national security.
- Selection based on academic achievement and potential to succeed in the proposed study abroad experience; commitment to international education to fulfill academic and career goals; commitment to seek work in the federal government; and the quality and appropriateness of the proposed program.
- Application usually due in mid-January.
Critical Language Scholarship Program
- Program of intensive summer institutes offered overseas for language training and cultural enrichment in selected languages deemed of critical importance to the U.S. (e.g. Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu).
- Open to currently enrolled students (undergraduates and graduates) in all academic disciplines who are U.S. citizens. Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least one year of college by program start date. Candidates must meet language study prerequisites set for language of interest. Application may be made for only one language.
- Award covers all CLS program costs.
- Selection basis includes academic record and potential to succeed in rigorous academic setting, cultural adaptability, diversity, plan for continuation of language study, and plan for use of language studied in future career. Two letters of recommendation from professors and language instructors are required.
- Application available online and usually due in mid-November.
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service)
- Programs below open to students studying in North America; see website for complete eligibility details.
- German Studies Research Grant: juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in German may be nominated by their department/program chairs for one- to two-month grants for research work in North America or Germany. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college German and at least three German Studies courses. Application deadlines: November 1st and May 1st.
- EMGIP (Émigré Memorial German Internship Program)-Bundestag Internship: advanced undergraduates or graduate students with outstanding academic records and fluency in German may apply for this two-month internship program in the German parliament. International students may also apply. Application deadline: mid-September.
- University Summer Course Grant: students of at least junior standing who have completed a minimum of four semesters of college German (or have attained an equivalent proficiency level) may apply for this grant to fund 3-4 weeks of summer courses at a German university studying literary, cultural, political, and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Program includes extensive extracurricular activities. Application deadline: usually mid-December.
- Undergraduate Scholarship: sophomores and juniors with demonstrated interest in German and European affairs may apply for this award to support study abroad, senior thesis research, or internships in Germany. Preference given to applicants whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Funding available for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 10 months during the German academic year (October to July). Proficiency in German is not mandatory, but applicants should have the necessary language skills for the programs they propose to undertake. Application deadline: usually January 31st.
- RISE-Research Internships in Science and Engineering: sophomores and juniors majoring in a science or engineering field may apply for summer internships of 6 weeks to 3 months; placements provided by Germany university research groups. Knowledge of German not required for most positions but would be helpful for life outside the laboratory. Application deadline: mid-January.
- Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany: sophomores and juniors majoring in an engineering, science, economics, or art/design field may apply for a full semester of study at a participating German university of applied sciences followed by a semester-long paid internship a German company or research institute. Basic German skills helpful, but some courses available in English. Application deadline: usually mid-February.
- See program website for more detailed information, application forms, and exact filing deadlines.
* Davis Projects for Peace
- Successful applicants will use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.
- $10,000 grant for summer grassroots project designed to resolve conflict and maintain peace
- Open to all undergraduates in all disciplines
- May be used anywhere in the world
- Individual and group projects welcome
- Nomination Requirements: 2-page statement (project description, expected outcomes, prospects for future impact), 1-page budget, a letter of support from collaborating organization or parties, and one general reference.
- Deadline: usually early January
* Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- For undergraduates in any field to pursue full-time international study worldwide but especially in countries outside of Western Europe and Australia. Open to U.S. citizens and nationals receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application.
- Study periods may be from four weeks up to an academic year. A limited number of summer programs are available.
- Study abroad program must be approved by the University for academic credit.
- Awards of up to $5,000; average award is $4,000.
- Apply in the academic term prior to the start date of the study abroad program: March for fall and summer study abroad or October for spring study.
Glamour's Top Ten College Women Competition
- For junior and senior women in any field, of any national origin. Must be legal resident of the U.S. or Canada (void in Quebec).
- One grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3000 cash prizes plus 3-day trip to NYC, opportunities to meet top female professionals, and recognition in Glamour magazine.
- Applicants evaluated on academic excellence, leadership experiences, and personal involvement in community and campus affairs.
- Applications are available online and are usually due in mid-September.
* Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
- For outstanding sophomore and junior students (top 25% of class and minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA) in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering who are preparing for graduate study (usually Ph.D. ) and research-oriented careers in their field. Open to U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or nationals.
- Worth up to $7500/year for the remaining year(s) of undergraduate study.
- Selection made on the basis of superior academic achievement, research experience and scholarly potential, a research essay, and three letters of recommendation.
- Approximately 300 Goldwater Scholars are selected each spring.
Humane Studies Fellowship
- For juniors, seniors, and graduate students of any nationality "embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas;" must have clearly demonstrated interest in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and free-market economies. Open to candidates from various fields of study.
- Awards of $2,000 to $15,000; may be used at any degree-granting institution in the U.S. or abroad.
- Selection based on academic performance, relevant admission test scores (GRE, LSAT, SAT, etc.), demonstrated interest in classical liberal ideas, and potential to contribute to "the advancement of a free society."
- Application can be downloaded and usually due late January
- Approximately 100 IHS fellowships are awarded each year.
Humanity in Action Foundation Fellowship
- International human rights education and internship program sponsored by foundation "devoted to the study and betterment of human rights and specifically the relationship between majority and minority populations." Students from any national background of sophomore through senior standing may apply.
- Students may participate in U.S.-only or European program. Fellowship program includes seminars, workshops, site visits, and meetings with figures from various fields, such as academia, government, journalism, and human rights organizations.
- Selection based on leadership potential, academic achievement, interest in minority issues, concern for human rights, willingness to engage in intellectually and socially rigorous work in group settings, maturity, and self-reliance.
- Foundation pays expenses for participation and accommodations and provides a modest stipend for meals. Travel expenses may be covered for students with documented need.
- Application deadline: usually early January.
Josephine de Kármán Fellowship
- For juniors of any national origin pursuing studies in any discipline. Special consideration given to qualified applicants in the humanities.
- $14,000 fellowship to fund the senior year of undergraduate study in the U.S.
- Selection criteria include evidence of exceptional ability and seriousness of purpose.
- Application requires a 250-300-word statement of intellectual interest and two letters of recommendation.
- Application is available online and usually due in late January.
- Approximately 10 fellowships are awarded each spring.
McNair Scholars Program
- Prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a Ph.D. program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in Ph.D. programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country.
- Completed at least 60 units (Transfers Exempt)
- Quarter and Cumaltive GPA of 3.0 or higher
- US citizen or permanent resident
- Intention to puruse a Ph.D. after graduation
- Low income as defined by the US Department of Education and a first generation college student (where neither parent completed a 4-year degree) or a student underrepresented in graduate education as defined by US Department of Education (African American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian)
- All participants are required to commit in writing to all program requirements and expectations, some include: Participation in the UCSB Summer Research Program, Attendance at weekly and/or bi-weekly seminars, Completion of a one year academic research project, Presentation of research at a national conference and at the UCSB undergraduate symposium, Preparation for the GRE general examination, Completion of a doctoral degree within ten (10) years of attaining a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara .
- Materials required: Two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff at UCSB or the community college you attended - one letter must be from a faculty member, instructor/lecturer, or a teaching assistant (TA). Please have your recommender submit their letter to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) and we will upload it to your application, Three short statements (approximately 300-400 words each)- Please begin an application (link is external) to see the prompts, Unofficial transcripts from UCSB and any community college you may have attended. Please email transcripts to email@example.com (link sends e-mail), Student Aid Report - obtained from http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (link is external). Please email SAR to firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).
- Application deadline: Usually Late October and late January
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
- For students committed to pursuing health-related research careers in biomedical, behavioral, or social science fields. Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or qualified permanent residents with a history of significant financial need. First-years through juniors may apply; first priority given to junior applicants.
- Scholarship worth up to $20,000 per year. Other benefits include 10-week paid summer internship at NIH , professional mentoring, scientific seminars, and employment after completion of graduate school.
- Minimum 3.50 GPA required.
- Application available online or from the Fellowships Office. National deadline usually in late February; present draft application to the Fellowships Office by mid-January for critical feedback.
Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship
- For juniors in any academic field with strong interest in public and/or international affairs and desire to prepare for professional roles in the field by pursuing master's degree. Program targets students from historically under-represented groups, but applications also welcome from any individual who can demonstrate commitment to PPIA's diversity goals. All PPIA participating universities accept applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents; Princeton and Carnegie Mellon will also accept applications from international students.
- Program includes full tuition and stipend for Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at a participating university, GRE preparation, partial funding for graduate school, internships, and other professional development opportunities.
- Application available online and usually due early November.
SMART Scholarship for Service Program (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation)
- For undergraduates and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in their fields. Applicants should have strong interest in theoretical and applied research as well as interest in working for the Department of Defense as civilian research scientists and engineers. Only U.S. citizens may apply.
- Minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA required.
- Application requires two letters of recommendation.
- Award includes full tuition and eligible expenses, annual cash award of at least $25,000, summer internships, and post-graduation employment opportunities in DoD laboratories and agencies.
- Application available online and usually due early December.
* Harry S. Truman Scholarship
- For outstanding juniors (top 25% of class and minimum 3.60 cumulative GPA) in any field who are change agents, plan to pursue a career in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for career. Open to U.S. citizens and nationals.
- Students from all majors may apply, but some coursework in political science, policy studies, or social analysis strongly recommended.
- $30,000 scholarship for graduate study. Other benefits include a week of seminars and networking with prominent public servants at the Truman Library, graduate-school and professional mentoring, as well as internship opportunities.
- Scholars selected on basis of academic achievement; exceptional leadership, community service, participation in local or national elective politics, or advocacy work; a policy proposal; 3 letters of recommendation.
- 75-80 Truman Scholars are selected each spring.
Tylenol Scholarship Program
- For students majoring in an area that may lead to a health-related career.
- Ten scholarships worth $10,000, 30 scholarships worth $5000.
- Selection based on academic achievement and leadership in community and school activities.
- Application available online and usually due in late April.
* Udall Scholarship
- For full-time sophomores and juniors in any major (1) with a strong demonstrated commitment to environmental issues OR (2) who are Native American/Alaska Native and also committed to Native American healthcare OR tribal public policy. Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S. nationals.
- Up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. Students who win as sophomores may re-apply in the junior year.
- Minimum 3.55 cumulative GPA.
- Selection based on academic achievement and honors, record of leadership and service, relevant work experience, letters of recommendation, and a critical essay discussing Congressman Morris K. Udall's or Secretary Stewart L. Udall's public policy work and its relation to the applicant's interests and career goals.
- Approximately 75 Udall Scholars selected each spring.