Advice for Applicants

Students interested in applying for competitive scholarships should review the listings to identify programs that fit their academic and professional goals. Early preparation is essential and students should expect to spend considerable time in producing an application that accurately reflects their achievements and aspirations. Students are encouraged to apply not only for the opportunity to compete for an award, but also for the experience in entering a process that assists their academic and personal development. Time spent in preparing an application frequently assists students with a good, solid start on graduate school applications. Contact the Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships for assistance and advice. Internal deadlines apply for scholarships and fellowships that require the endorsement of the University.

Sophomores and Juniors:

Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship: (requires TU’s nomination): For students interested in a research career in mathematics and the sciences. Deadline for TU internal review: December 1.

Harry S. Truman Scholarships: (requires TU’s nomination): For juniors planning to attend graduate or professional school to prepare for a professional life in public service, e.g., in government, education or non-governmental forms of public service. Deadline for TU internal review: December 31.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship: (requires TU’s nomination): For sophomores and juniors pursuing environmental studies and related fields, and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy. Deadline for nominations, February.

USA Today: The All-USA Collegiate Academic Team rewards outstanding original academic or intellectual pursuits. Nomination deadline, late November.

NSEP Boren Scholarship: National Security Education Program, David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships. NSEP scholarships are intended to provide 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. TU’s internal deadline is January 15.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship: Provides undergraduate and graduate funding to participants as they prepare academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Application deadlines occur in February.

Seniors:

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Junior Fellows Program: One-year fellowship for graduating seniors or recent graduates who have not yet started graduate studies. Junior Fellows work as research assistants on Carnegie Endowment's projects, e.g., non-proliferation, democracy building, trade, US leadership, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. Deadline is in early January. 

Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellowships: For pursuing graduate studies leading to a PhD degree in applications of the physical sciences. Application deadline, October.

Fulbright Grants (requires TU Committee review): For one year of study or research abroad. Deadline for internal TU review September 20).

Gates Cambridge Fellowships: For study at Cambridge University. Deadline November.

George J. Mitchell Scholarships: These scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Application deadline, October.

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowships: Scholars may use the award for full-time attendance at any accredited graduate school in the United States or abroad, for any graduate or professional degree. Deadline for nominations, April.

Jacob Javits Fellowships: Supports graduate study leading to a master’s or doctorate degree in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Application deadline, early October.

Marshall Scholarship (requires TU’s endorsement): Scholars are selected for two years of study at a UK institution in any field. TU’s internal deadline September 15).

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Awards are for three years to support graduate studies leading to a career in research for the natural and social sciences. Applicants complete an academic plan and research proposal. Submission is online through fastlane. Field specific deadlines occur in early November.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship (requires TU’s nomination): Fellowship for graduate studies in any field. 

Rhodes Scholarship (requires TU’s endorsement): Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford. TU’s internal deadline September 15).

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: These fellowships provide substantial financial assistance to help either graduating seniors or a graduate with a bachelor’s degree who possesses a green card, has applied for naturalization, has been naturalized as a US citizen, or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized US citizens, to attend or continue a graduate program in any field of an American university. Application deadline, late November. 

Other Resources

The following resources will provide more comprehensive, though not complete, listings of scholarships, please consult these sources.

Online Sources:

Available at the McFarlin Library:

  • The Grants Register (LB2338.G72 ref)
  • The Scholarship Book, the complete guide to private scholarships, grants and loans for undergraduates (LB2337.2.C37 1990 ref)
  • The Graduate Scholarship Directory (LB2337.2C36 1993 ref)
  • Peterson's Grants for Graduate Study (LB2338.G69 ref)
  • Directory of Financial Aid for Women (LB2338.S342 ref)
  • The International Scholarship Book, the complete guide to financial aid for study abroad (LB2337.2C364 1990 ref)