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Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships

Interested in applying for nationally competitive awards? Advising through the University Honors Program can help. 

Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships Advising works with all students who are applying for nationally competitive awards, such as the Fulbright Program, Rhodes Scholars and the Goldwater Scholarship.

Our staff offers information, guidance and feedback on application materials for exceptional undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni who are interested in pursuing a scholarship or fellowship. These awards and programs provide successful applicants with opportunities and funding for service, research, teaching, learning and graduate study in the United States and abroad.

Most of these awards are intended for postgraduate students. If you are interested, please make an appointment to learn more about any of these awards by filling out this short survey. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact the office early and often. Many of the awards require institutional endorsement and are due well in advance of the start date (up to a year in some cases). 

Although the support for scholarships and fellowships is located in the Honors Program office, you do not need to be a student in the Honors Program to receive this support. We provide advising to all SLU students as well as recent alumni.

Boren Fellowships

Open to seniors or graduate students, the Boren fellowship supports an overseas study proposed by the applicant. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application proposal. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Campus deadline: Jan. 20, 2018

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Boren Scholarships

Open to freshmen through seniors, this scholarship provides support for study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. This scholarship is for U.S. citizens with a broad interest in national security.

Campus deadline: Jan. 27, 2018

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Schwarzman   Scholars

Open to seniors or recent college graduates, this scholarship provides support for one year of graduate study in China for students focusing on International Studies, Economics, and Public Policy.

Campus deadline: September 1, 2017

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Open to seniors and recent college graduates, this fellowship provides support for one year of study, research or teaching experiences in any country where there is a Fulbright Commission. Only available for U.S. citizens.

Campus deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

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Gates-Cambridge Scholarship
Open to seniors and graduate/professional students and U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, this scholarship provides for one to four years of study leading to a degree at Cambridge University, England. All applicants must apply directly to Cambridge as a graduate student and fill out the supplemental portion of the application to the Cambridge Trusts to be considered for the fellowship.

Campus deadline
: Sept. 1, 2017

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Marshall Scholarship

Open to seniors or recent college graduates who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the United Kingdom, this scholarship supports two years of graduate school at participating universities. Must be a U.S. citizen with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.7.

Campus deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

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George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Open to seniors or recent college graduates, this scholarship provides for one year of support in graduate school in Ireland. Students should be interested in community service and working for peace. Must be under the age of 30 and a U.S. citizen.

Campus deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

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Rhodes Scholarship Trust

Open to seniors and recent college graduates, this scholarship trust provides for one to three years of graduate study at Oxford University, England.

Campus deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Open to sophomores or juniors, this scholarship offers one to two years of undergraduate funding to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the United States. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in the research fields of mathematics, sciences or engineering.

Campus deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Open to juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service are eligible, this scholarship provides one year of funding for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, nongovernmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented nonprofit organizations.

Campus deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

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Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Open to sophomores and juniors, the Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

Campus Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

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All Fields

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Provides various awards for study, research, and internships in Germany.

Campus deadline: varies based on award


Ford Foundation Fellowships

Provides funding for graduate students pursuing doctorates in all fields who seek to increase the diversity of the nation's university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, 
maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and increasing the number of professors using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students

Campus deadline: Dec. 7, 2017


Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

Provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to undertake one semester or a full academic year of study as an exchange student in Canada.

Campus deadline: December 15, 2017


Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Provides funding in all fields for graduate students who are first- or second-generation Americans.

Campus deadline: Nov. 1, 2017

U.K. Summer Institutes

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers summer programs at world-class U.K. universities to undergraduates from the United States. Summer institutes are three to six weeks in length and provide an immersive academic, cultural and social experience for freshmen or sophomores.

Campus deadline: February 2017

Rotary District Grants and Global Grants

Rotary International awards funding for graduate study and humanitarian projects abroad. Students should contact their local rotary clubs and districts to inquire about scholarship availability and application processes.

Campus deadline: varies


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Josephine DeKarman Fellowship

Provides funding for undergraduate students entering their senior year who have an emphasis on the humanities.

Campus deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

Public Service/International Focus

Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

The American Indian Foundation's Clinton Fellowship pairs a select number of young professionals with credible NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable and sustainable.

Campus deadline: February 2018

Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship

Provides paid summer internships with the U.S. Department of State for undergraduates.

Campus deadline: Nov. 1, 2017


Humanity in Action Fellowships in Europe

Intensive, five-week summer programs focused on the history of discrimination and resistance, democracy and minority rights in Europe. The fellowships are open to undergraduates and recent graduates.

Campus deadline: January 2018

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Provides a stipend for graduating seniors to pursue a public service project anywhere in the world.

Campus deadline: January 2018

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship

Open to juniors, fellows attend a summer institute and receive funding for graduate school focusing on public policy and international affairs.

Campus deadline: Nov. 1, 2017



DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Program

Provides paid summer research experiences for sophomores and juniors in Germany. No German language skills are required.

Campus deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)

Provides funding for graduate school in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering.

Campus deadline: January 2018

Department of Energy Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF)

Provides funding for graduate school in fields related to stewardship science, such as high energy density physics, nuclear science or materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.

Campus deadline: January 2018


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Internship Program

Provides 10-week summer research experiences for undergraduates majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

Campus deadline: Dec. 7, 2017

 Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Provides funding towards doctorates in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences.

Campus deadline: Oct. 27, 2017

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford and Cambridge Biomedical Sciences Program

Provides funding for students pursuing a doctorate in biomedical sciences at Oxford or Cambridge. Students will receive an Oxford or Cambridge degree but split their time between the U.K. and the NIH in Maryland.

Campus deadline: Dec. 1, 2017


NIH-University Partnership Programs

Provides funding for students pursuing a doctorate in biomedical sciences via joint programs with numerous universities and the NIH.

Campus deadline: vary by program (October 2017–January 2018)

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarships

Provides summer research opportunities across the country for undergraduates in science and engineering.

Campus deadline: vary by research opportunity (typically December 2017–February 2018)

Science, Mathematic, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, this award provides funding, internships and postgraduate employment for both undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields.

Campus deadline: December 2017


Whitaker International Fellowship Program

Provides one year of funding for recent biomedical engineering graduates to conduct research, pursue graduate study or undertake an internship abroad.

Campus deadline: January 2018


Teaching Opportunities

Austrian Government English Teaching Assistantship Program

Provides paid positions teaching English and sharing U.S. culture in Austrian secondary schools for recent graduates with German language skills.

Campus deadline: Jan. 15, 2018

French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistant Program

Provides seven-month paid English teaching positions in France and Francophone countries. Applicants must have proficiency in French.

Campus deadline: Jan. 15, 2018


North American Language and Culture Assistants in   Spain

Provides paid positions teaching English and sharing U.S. culture in Spain, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree by start of assignment and be proficient in Spanish.

Campus deadline: spring 2018 (application opens in January)

Knowles Teaching Fellowships

Provides support for recent graduates aspiring to teach science, technology or mathematics at the secondary school level.

Campus Deadline: Oct. 29, 2017