National Fellowships and Scholarships

Click on Fellowship/Scholarship titles for further information and - in some cases - application forms.

Goldwater Scholarship Program. For students who are committed to a career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering, and who intend to pursue an advanced degree in one of those areas. Nominees may come from both sophomore and junior classes, but no more than 4 from one level; nominees must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens who intend to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. An average of 80 - 100 fellowships, averaging $23,000 each, for doctoral work in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; renewals possible for up to a maximum of 48 months of support. More than fifty percent of the awards made annually typically go to applicants with no graduate degree credit hours prior to application date.

Truman Scholarship. For U.S. citizen, junior in college, in upper third of class and committed to a career in public service (i.e., in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, research or educational organizations, organizations whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect environment).

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The NSF seeks to encourage research in science, mathematics and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. A competition is conducted for Graduate Research Fellowships, with additional awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science. The fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Udall Scholarship. For a matriculated sophomore or junior in an accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. All applicants must be citizens, permanent resident aliens, or—if from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands—a U.S. national. Each school may nominate up to 6 students. The Udall Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers related to environmental public policy. Typical majors include environmental engineering, the natural sciences, natural resource management, and the social sciences. Inclusion of ethics and public policy and/or public or community service is anticipated. This scholarship will cover expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $5,000 for one year.

James Madison Fellowship. For aspiring and experienced teachers of American history, American government, and social studies in the nation's secondary schools, to pursue graduate study of American history. Suggested criteria: interest in teaching social studies, particularly American history or government (could be evidenced by enrollment in certification program—more specifically 7-12 social studies or belated decision to enroll in an M.A.T. program); related activities (e.g., tutoring, teaching assistantships, substitute teaching, projects, presentations or papers dealing with American history/government or U.S. Constitution; awards (e.g., departmental award, honor society membership, inclusion in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities); high GPA; recommendations from relevant faculty. Prospective Fellow must have applied to an appropriate graduate school or have definite plans to do so.

Soros Graduate Scholarship Program for New Americans. The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. The recipients are chosen on a nationally competitive basis. Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity. The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive Fellowship support to continue that study. Individuals who are in the third, or subsequent, year of study in the same graduate program are not, however, eligible for this competition.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships (applied science and engineering). This merit-based fellowship consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal support stipend. It can be renewed for up to 5 years of graduate study. Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.

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