Nationally Competitive Scholarships
This is a list of national scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some of these require University nomination, so please inquire early about the nomination process. The Office of National Scholarship Advisement would be happy to assist you with your application, whether or not nomination is required. Please note that the university cannot guarantee support for applications begun too close to the deadline. The web addresses for these scholarships are included so that you can get more information. To notify the ONSA of your intent to submit an application, or for further information and assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For Juniors, Seniors, Alumni, and Graduate Students applying for opportunities after graduation
Non-US citizens are eligible for opportunities marked with an asterisk! These include graduate school abroad and in the U.S. as well as global professional opportunities.
- Churchill Scholarship: One year of study at Cambridge University for academically accomplished research scientists.
- DAAD*: Research and graduate study grants offered in Germany to students studying at U.S. colleges and universities. Some programs are taught in English and do not require extensive knowledge of German.
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Fulbright offers experience abroad: teaching English, conducting independent research, or studying for one year in a master’s program to U.S. citizen seniors, alumni, grad & professional students.
- Gates-Cambridge Scholarship*: A degree at Cambridge University for leaders in all fields committed to improving the lives of others.
- Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program*: Any masters, Ph.D. or professional degrees at Stanford University for problem-solving leaders in all fields.
- James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Serve as a Research Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for one year.
- Marshall Scholarship: Two+ years of study at any university in the United Kingdom.
- Mitchell Scholarships: One year of Masters study in Ireland.
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: Support for graduate or professional school in the USA for first-generation US citizens.
- Rhodes Scholarship*: Two+ years of funded study at Oxford University.
- Schwarzman Scholars* A one year, fully-funded masters at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Fellowships that support individuals early in their graduate career based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM education.
For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
- Boren Scholarships: to travel and study less-commonly taught languages abroad
- Critical Language Scholarships: to study less-commonly taught languages abroad during the summer
- DAAD-Rise*: for summer STEM research in Germany
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): paid summer research grants for STEM fields
- Goldwater Scholarship: for STEM students intending PhD-level research
- Truman Scholarship: for community leaders intending graduate study
- Udall Scholarship: for environmental and Native American advocates
- UK-Fulbright Summer Institutes: for a short-term summer experience in the United Kingdom (freshmen and sophomores only)
There are many things you can do to become competitive for such awards. It all starts with becoming engaged with your classes, your professors, and your community–starting your freshman year.
Interested UM students are encouraged to contact Dr. Vivian Ibrahim, Interim Director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA), to learn more or attend any of the workshops.