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Scholarship Opportunities

If interested in applying for any of the following scholarships, contact the NCS office well in advance as many require an institutional nomination.

Sophomores and Juniors

Scholarship Information
Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Open to sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors. Provides financial backing for STEM majors to research in prestigious university laboratories across the country during the summer. Each of the ten schools has different deadlines, but most occur in February.
Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship (requires institutional nomination): For sophomores and juniors interested in a research career in mathematics and the sciences. Institutional Deadline: December 1; Scholarship Deadline: late January.
Harry S. Truman Scholarships (requires institutional nomination): For juniors planning to attend graduate or professional school. Applicants’ professional plans should include public service, e.g., in government, education or non-governmental forms of public service. Institutional Deadline: December 1.
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship (requires institutional nomination): This scholarship is for sophomores pursuing an Associate’s degree who would like to transfer to a 4-year program. The institutional deadline is September 1.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship (requires institutional nomination): For sophomores and juniors pursuing environmental studies and public policy and/or to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy. Institutional Deadline: January 15.
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program Funds students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research careers. As part of the program, recipients must either work at the NIH over the summer or work at the NIH following graduation (both are paid). Deadline: March
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Offers funding and preparation to students interested in international affairs who would like to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Application deadlines occur in September.


Scholarship Information
Fulbright U.S. Student Program (requires Institutional review): For one year of study or research abroad in any discipline. Additional Fulbright opportunities include English Teaching Assistantships and the National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Students must define a research plan in consultation with a host in their country of interest. NOTE: While the Institutional deadline is September 1, students should contact the office well in advance for assistance in writing their proposal. The institutional contact is Dr. Anastasia Lin at the Nationally Competitive Scholarship's Office.
Gates Cambridge Fellowship For post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge. Deadlines: Round 1 October and Round 2 December
George J. Mitchell Scholarships (requires institutional nomination): These scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Institutional deadline: September 10.
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award  (requires institutional endorsement): This award supports promising up-and-coming artists from lower-income backgrounds in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. Institutional Deadline: October 1.
Marshall Scholarship (requires institutional endorsement): Up to 40 Scholars selected to receive funding for graduate study at a UK institution in any field. Institutional deadline: September 15.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Awards support graduate studies leading to a career in research for the natural and social sciences. To apply, applicants complete both an academic plan and research proposal. Field specific deadlines occur in late October.
Rhodes Scholarship (requires institutional endorsement): Rhodes Scholars enjoy two years of study at the University of Oxford. Scholars may choose to pursue a second Bachelor’s, a Master’s, or a PhD. Institutional deadline: September 15.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Trains aspiring teachers with STEM backgrounds to teach in high-needs secondary schools in four states. Also includes funds for students to pursue a Master’s degree and teacher certification. Deadlines in October, November and January.

International Scholarships

Scholarship Information
Critical Language Scholarship This program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The deadline to apply for the program is November.
Boren Scholarship These scholarships support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement. Internal deadline is December 15.  
Gilman Scholarship This scholarship funds study abroad or internships for students with a Pell grant. It aims to diversify both the countries students study at as well as the types of students who do study abroad. Deadlines are in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

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