Fellowships & Grants
- Campus Resources for Undergraduates
- Undergraduate Fellowships & Scholarships National
- Graduate Fellowships National
As you think about applying for graduate school and fellowships, take a moment to read the advice of an expert. Louis Blair, Executive Secretary of the Truman Foundation, visited USU in October 2005. Read his advice here.
How to Write a Personal Statement
This five-chapter handbook, available for free through Penn State's e-Education Institute, provides students with detailed advice on weighing the grad school decision, generating detail for personal essays, and writing style. The final two chapters discuss specific scholarships and other graduate school opportunities and include sample personal essays. The book also includes an internal search engine and plenty of "Self-Study" boxes with recommended links where students can go for further instruction on particular topics. This new handbook replaces the Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays, formerly by Cengage Learning. Writing Personal Statements Online is available at https://www.e-education.psu.edu/writingpersonalstatementsonline/.
Honors Career Mentor Available for Resume Workshopping
Applying for a scholarship, internship, or just a summer job? Workshop your resume/cv/coverletter with the Honors Career Mentor! All you need to do is email Sara Hegsted, the Honors Career Mentor, and set up an appointment. Be sure to send your resume, cv or cover letter to Sarah at least 48 hours in advance of your meeting, or by a time designated by Sara.
Campus Resources for Undergraduates
Departments and colleges have endowed scholarship funds; applications are generally due February 1 of each year.
Students seeking financial assistance should always file a FAFSA, the free application for student aid. http://www.usu.edu/finaid/applying/
In addition, each student has access to a Financial Aid counselor?assigned on alphabetical basis, and they are superb at helping students understand possibilities of aid.
Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunities (U.R.C.O)
Posters on the Hill
Academic Opportunity Fund
Travel funds to present papers at conferences. Contact a member of ASUSU.
You may click here to view the following list of Fellowships & Scholarships divided by field of study.
Undergraduate Fellowships & Scholarships-National
General Advice given to all fellowship applicants
Spring 2012 - Application Deadline October 12, 2011
Provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, semester or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia. Award amounts vary from $3,000-$7,000 depending on the length of study.
The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Upon their return to the U.S., students are required to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities.
More information is available on the program website at www.iie.org/freeman-asia.
Freeman-Indonesia Nonprofit Internship
Summer 2011 - Application Deadline February 15, 2011
The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), funded by the Freeman Foundation, aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization. This 9-week experience begins Jun 15, 2010 and all program-related costs will be covered.
Interested American and Indonesian sophmores and juniors enrolled in U.S. Institutions are encouraged to apply. For more information and the program application, please visit: http://www.iie.org/programs/finip.
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: January 17, 2012 by 5:00pm EST
20 two-year scholarships awarded to undergraduates in aeronautical research or a related field. Provides $15,000 each year for tuition and education-related expenses. An internship opportunity in aeronautical research at the NASA Center is offered the summer between the junior and senior year and includes a $10,000 stipend. Applicants must have at least 2 years of study remaining at their respective college or university as of Fall 2010. Awarding of this scholarship is contingent upon acceptance to an aeronautical program, but acceptance is not required at the time of application. Applications are submitted online, but transcripts and other forms must be mailed and received by the application deadline.
See the NASA Scholarship Program website for further information, the application, and application instructions: http://nasa.asee.org/about_the_program.
* 5-year track Engineering students could also look at the NASA Aeronautics Graduate Scholarship Program listed below if they will be graduating with both a bachelor and a master's degree.
USU deadline TBD; National Deadline February 9, 2012
Provides funding based on financial need for study abroad programs in a non-English speaking country outside of Western Europe. Requires work with Department of Defense, Homeland Security, or intelligence community within three years of graduation. Language study must be a part of each program.
Gallagher Koster Scholarship
Deadline: May 18, 2012
Open to all full-time undergraduates pursuing a health-related career and are entering their Junior or Senior year of study in the Fall of the application year. Awards are $5,000 each, are based on demonstrated financial need, and are distributed in two parts in consecutive semesters. Qualifying degree programs include (but are not limited to): pre-med, nursing, public/community health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, psychology, social work, dentistry, and optometry.
Spring 2012 - Application Deadline October 4, 2011.
Provides up to $5,000 for students participating in a study abroad program of any duration up to one year. Students must be accepted for up to one year of study on a program of study abroad approved for credit by the student's home institution. For more information visit: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.
Robert H. Goddard Scholarship
Deadline: January 2, 2012
Provides $10,000 for students to continue education relating to aerospace science and technology. One per year.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
USU deadline - November 30, 2011; National deadline - January 31, 2012
Provides tuition, fees, room & board (up to $7,500) for 1-2 years for undergraduates studying and planning a research career in math, natural science, or engineering. Approx. 300.
The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
Deadline: November 1, 2011 (check website for exact date)
The fellowship places students in US embassies in London or Paris, or the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State. Provides $5000 stipend. 2 available. Interest in foreign service essential.
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 6, 2012
The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Application is now available on-line. You must be a sophomore at the time of application to be eligible. Approximately 100 undergraduate students, U.S. citizens only, who will be a junior in the fall 2010, will be selected as Hollings scholars beginning fall 2010 academic term. Contact Dr. Christie Fox for more information: email@example.com.
Program Information and Application Materials also available at http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html
For other undergraduate and graduate opportunities please visit our website at: http://see.orau.org/
Thomas R. Pickering
Deadline: February 2012
The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. For students interested in entering the Foreign Service.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarships
USU deadline - December 10, 2011; National deadline - February 7, 2012
Provides $30,000 scholarship to junior or senior students planning to go to graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service. $3,000 awarded for senior year. Up to 80 each year.
Morris K. Udall Scholarships
USU deadline - January 11, 2012; National deadline - March 5, 2012
Provides expenses up to $5,000 for one year for those with career plans related to environmental public policy or to Native American and Alaska Native undergrads in health care and tribal public policy. 50+ each year.
USA Today All-College Academic Team
National deadline - January 29, 2012
Provides a $2,500 award in recognition of students with academic talent as shown by an original, creative intellectual product in any field and leadership. Students must be nominated by their respective four-year institution.
Utah Humanities Council
App Rough Draft Deadline: February 1, 2012
Formal Application Deadline - March 1, 2012
(Can also apply for matching Honors Research Fund)
The Utah Humanities Council awards one undergraduate fellowship of $500 each spring to support students conducting research in the humanities. Funds can be used to pay cost of equipment, supplies, travel to perform research or to report research at a professional conference.
Deadline: December 5, 2011
An essay contest that awards a first, second, and third prize and two honorable mentions. Students write a thought provoking personal essay that reflects on an ethical issue. Suggested topics are on the website. A faculty sponsor is required. This is not an essay in ethics in the traditional philosophical sense.
Information about graduate school preparation and selection:
American Astronautical Society Scholarship to the International Space University (ISU)
Deadline: before January 6, 2012
$10,000 Lady Mamie Ngan Memorial Scholarship to attend the International Space University's 2012 Space Studies Program in Melbourne, Florida, or the 2012-2013 Masters of Science (Space Studies or Space Management) programs conducted at the ISU Central Campus in Strasbourg, France.
Multiple internships and post-graduate research fellowships offered. Applicants are hired as employees of PNNL and offered a competitive wage, and sometimes benefits.
Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
Contact Kay Forsyth for USU application information 797-1253 or firstname.lastname@example.org. National deadline - October 17, 2011. Awards grants in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields and Creative and Performing Arts. Students must be a U.S. citizen, who will have a bachelor's degree by the beginning date of the grant, but will not have a doctorate degree as of October 17, 2011, and who is thinking of studying, assistant-teaching English, or conducting research abroad.
NASA Aeronautics Graduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: January 17, 2012 by 5:00pm EST
Five 2-year scholarships, with a 3rd year option based on academic standing and program requirements, including two 8-10 week aeronautical research internships at the NASA Center during the first two years of graduate school. Internships include a $10,000 stipend each year. Scholarship awards a $35,000 annual stipend and up to $11,000 annually for tuition and education-related expenses. Online application and mailed transcripts are due by January 10, 2011 by 5:00pm EST. For more information, the application, and application instructions, see: http://nasa.asee.org/about_the_program.
* This scholarship could also be a possible option for students in the 5-year Engineering track, if they will graduate with both a bachelor and a master's degree.
The Rhodes Scholarship Program
USU deadline - September 3, 2011; National deadline - October 5, 2011. Must be in contact with Oxford in advance.
Provides expenses for 2 or 3 years of study at Oxford with the goal of preparing students for service to others. 32 awarded in U.S.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
USU deadline - September 28, 2011; National deadline - November 1, 2011
Provides a maintenance grant of $20,000 and 1/2 tuition at a U.S. graduate program for up to two years of study for "New Americans", including resident aliens, naturalized citizens and children of 2 naturalized citizens. Field of graduate/professional study is not limited. Approx. 30 awards.
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship Program
USU deadline - September 3, 2011; National deadline - October 15, 2011
Provides expenses for studying at Cambridge University for 1-4 years. Seeks students who hope to use their talents to improve the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. Number of awards not yet definite
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship for ARTS students
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's new Graduate Arts Award is for up to $50,000 per year for up to three years to college seniors and recent graduates with significant financial need who will pursue a graduate or professional degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution.
Please see the website for additional information: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/jack-kent-cooke-graduate-arts-award/.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program
Deadline: The Javits Fellowship will not be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year.
FAFSA Submission Deadline: TBA
Provides a renewable stipend for students pursuing doctoral or MFA study in the arts, humanities and social sciences at an American university. Scholarship pays up to $11,500 to the institution and no more than $30,000 as a stipend to the student.
Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
USU deadline - November 30, 2011; National deadline - January 11, 2012
Teaching fellows are individuals who have at least a bachelor's degree in a physical science, engineering or mathematics and now want to teach science or mathematics in U.S. high schools. KSTF Teaching Fellowships support individuals professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program to eligibility for tenure.
James Madison Fellowships
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Provides tuition, fees, books, room & board for potential and actual high school teachers pursuing a graduate degree in U.S. history, political science, education social science or government focusing on the Constitution. Approx. 53.
The British Marshall Scholarships
USU deadline - September 3, 2011; National deadline - October 3, 2011. Must be in contact with UK institution before applying.
Provides expenses for studying at a university in the U.K. for 2 years. Highly competitive, seeks "movers and shakers." Up to 40 awards. No age limit.
Andrew C. Mellon Foundation Fellowships in Humanistic Studies
Deadline: November 9, 2011 by 9:00pm EST
Provides $25,000 stipend, research costs up to $3,000, and university fees up to $5,000 to qualifying Ph.D candidates for one-year fellowship in humanistic studies.
George J. Mitchell Scholarships
USU deadline - Early September 2011; National deadline - October 4, 2011
Provides expenses for studying at university in Ireland for 1 year. Highly competitive, seeks students with academic distinction and potential for leadership. Up to 12 awards.
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Deadline: December 16, 2011 at 5pm EST, Online application only
Provides tuition, fees and an average of $27,500 for a yearly stipend for students pursuing doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, ocean, and engineering sciences. Award covers 3 years. 170 per year; very competitive.
National Science Foundation
Deadline: Early November, deadlines vary by field.
Provides $30,000+ and tuition for 3 years for students pursuing graduate work in NSF-approved fields. NSF also has fellowships for minorities in these fields and for women in engineering, and computer and information science. Many social science fields are also eligible. 1000 in U.S.
Phi Kappa Phi
USU deadline - February 3, 2012
Provides 57 $5,000 awards and 3 $15,000 awards in support of the first year of graduate or professional study. Must be a member of Phi Kappa Phi and apply through USU Chapter.
NSEP (David L. Boren) Graduate Fellowship
Deadline: January 31, 2012
Provides up to $24,000 for overseas study or $12,000 for domestic study. Funds areas vital to national security, and scholars must use expertise gained for the US Government. Fellows must work in select governmental agencies upon their return.