Listed below are some of the most prestigious external awards for undergraduate and post-graduate study. There are two categories of national awards: those that require institutional nomination and endorsement (students therefore cannot apply on their own) and those for which students can nominate themselves.
Some initial words of advice: these highly competitive awards require careful planning well in advance of the application deadline. Personal statements and research proposals take time to develop. Hastily written or partially thought out statements can really jeopardize your application. Similarly, when asking for letters of recommendation, you must give your writers enough TIME before the deadline to compose strong letters of support.
Be on the look out for experiences that will enhance your candidacy: research experiences, internships, independent study, campus involvement, community service and career-related employment. Also, be prepared to do the basic research to identify leading scholarship possibilities on your own.
For further details and application information, click on the scholarship below for a link to the scholarship's own web site. Please take the time to read carefully through the application information and the eligibility requirements.
Please note: most of the application deadlines given are approximate as each year the deadlines change.
UNK Undergraduate Research Project Grant
The objectives of this program are to encourage participation in international undergraduate research projects and to enhance the academic discipline focus of, and enrollment in, UNK’s established Study Abroad program.
To apply for funding to support undergraduate student research, complete Sections II, IV, VI, and VII of this application form. Funding for research projects will be awarded competitively based on a review by a faculty committee.
Priority will be given to those proposals that:
1) Emphasize the student research experience for credit.
2) Are carried out under the close supervision of a UNK faculty member.
3) Are consistent with the objectives of the program.
4) Are planned in coordination with the UNK Office of Undergraduate Research.
5) Include other sources of funding, e.g., Undergraduate Research Fellows program.
6) Are submitted at least two months prior to the scheduled research abroad experience.
7) Are part of UNK-sponsored Semester Abroad program.
For more information or an application, please contact Dr. Richard Miller.
Fulbrights grants are for graduate study or research abroad. Grants are awarded to seniors and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts. One-year English teaching assistantships are also available. Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study. Such proficiency is especially important to students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities. Fulbright full grants provide round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition (in some cases), book and research allowances, maintenance for the academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, funds for spousal support. Deadline: Late September
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants exist to recognize scholarly endeavors. They are designed specifically to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad. Forty-five grants, valued at $1,000 each, are awarded at the national level to help fund international study for students. Last year there were 280 applications for the 45 grants. The grants do not require that the student be a Phi Kappa Phi member, but they must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in order to apply.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means the opportunity to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue country-based undergraduate opportunities abroad up to one academic year. Students studying critical need languages (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Indic languages, Persian languages, Turkic languages) are automatically considered for the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement,which provides Gilman recipients with an additional $3,000 for a total possible award of up to $8,000.
To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. This scholarship award is not as competitive as some. During the 2007-08 Academic Year there were 1,700 awards averaging $4,000. Please apply one semester in advance of your intended program and give thought to writing the application. Please access the Gilman Program website for detailed information (specific application deadlines, full eligibility criteria, online application). Deadline: Early October
The Boren scholarships support study abroad in all regions or countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The focus of NSEP is on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide up to $10,000 for a semester-long study abroad program and up to $20,000 for a year-long study abroad program. Awards are intended for Juniors and seniors (academic term or year) to increase their knowledge of and competencies in other languages and cultures; and, for freshmen and sophomores (intensive summer or academic term study abroad programs) to foster their interest in international affairs. There are also graduate scholarships available. Deadline: Mid-February
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships Goldwaters are for sophomores and juniors studying and planning a research career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomore scholarship recipients receive $14,000 and junior scholarship recipients receive $7,000 towards expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Deadline: Early February
Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Because scholarship availability and application deadlines vary by club and district, only your local club can provide specific information on deadlines. If your local district is not offering scholarships, you may wish to inquire in future years. See Application Process for a sample scholarships timeline.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
These fellowships provide substantial financial assistance to help either a graduating senior 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 to continue to attend a graduate program (in any field) of an American university. Graduate students may not have, however, passed their second year of graduate study. Fellowship recipients receive, for up to two years, $20,000 per year plus 1/2 the cost of tuition. Deadline: Late November.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. The scheme allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. Each scholarship is held for two years.
The "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst" is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by funding mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm.
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