National Scholarships and Fellowships

National scholarships and fellowships are available for outstanding students to extend their UMR experience beyond campus borders.

While many of the best-known scholarships, such as the Fulbright and Rhodes, are intended for post-graduate study, several provide funding for study abroad or research efforts for students while pursuing a degree.

There are a number of competitive national fellowships and awards for which UMR students can apply and compete. Students should review the opportunities below and contact Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran at for more information. Most of these scholarships require high academic achievement; each specifies areas of interest or skills desired. All of the scholarship applications take time to prepare — give yourself weeks or months to assemble a strong application.

Current students, first-year through juniors, can apply for several scholarships and fellowships that will help fund international study:

    • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is typically granted to sophomore or junior undergraduate students who intend to pursue a research career in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a GPA of at least 3.0. 
    • Killam Fellowships to Canada is typically granted to sophomore or junior undergraduate students for one semester to one year of study in Canada. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time students with exceptional academic records.
    • Morris K. Udall Scholarship is typically granted to sophomore or junior undergraduate students. Students must be pursuing a career related to the environment or be a Native American pursuing a career in tribal public policy or Native health care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The following scholarships can fund a year or more abroad for continued study or research or help fund initial graduate school work. Students apply during their senior year for study to begin the following year after graduation:

    • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Minorities provides three years of support for individuals engaged in, or who will be engaged in, graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Deadline: fall term prior to the first year of use.
    •  Fulbright Scholarships provide grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a "Statement of Grant Purpose" defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Preparation for next year begins in February.
    •  The Luce Scholars Program provides those with limited experience in Asian studies the opportunity to pursue a one-year internship in Asia. Deadline: late September.
    • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom (UK). Up to 40 scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Deadline: October 1.

 The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford. The award covers all university and college fees, a personal stipend and airfare. Deadline: early October with the process beginning the preceding spring.