The Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships manages and supports the application processes for many nationally competitive opportunities, including all of those found in the links below. Many of these require institutional nomination or endorsement. Because of that, the campus deadlines below are weeks or months prior to the official deadline.

Note: Scholarship descriptions are adapted from granting organization websites.

Opportunities

20 Twenties >

Talented individuals who are on course to change the face of the aerospace and defense industry in their 20s are recognized by Aviation Week Network. Honorees are invited to an awards luncheon in Washington, DC.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Master’s student
Deadline: To be announced


Amelia Earhart Fellowship >

Fellowship aims to empower women through encouragement and financial support of women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering or space sciences. This fellowship is open to women of any nationality.
Eligibility: Doctoral student
Deadline: November


Astronaut Scholarship >

Scholarship for students pursuing a STEM degree who show initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field. Embry-Riddle can nominate up to two students each year.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Deadline: February


Brooke Owens Fellowship >

Paid summer internships and executive mentorship for exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace. Fellows are selected for their talent, their experience to date, their commitment to service and their creativity.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: October


Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship >

Internship, mentorship and networking experience for those pursuing careers in commercial spaceflight. Fellows are matched to a position at one of the leading spaceflight companies, which may include assignments in engineering designs, market studies, strategic planning, policy evaluation, and business analysis and development.
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: November


Patti Grace Smith Fellowship >

Paid aerospace industry internships and mentorship for Black first- and second-year students. This fellowship aims to provide a meaningful pathway into successful aerospace industry careers and future aerospace industry leadership to those whose race and ethnicity has made them the subject of systemic bias.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore
Deadline: November


Zed Factor Fellowship >

Paid aerospace industry internships and mentorship for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Participants are required to give back to the communities and expand the impact of the Zed Factor Fellowship beyond themselves.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Deadline: January

Boren Awards >

Funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The focus is on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study (Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded). Applicants must show how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student
Campus Deadline: January 15
National Deadline: January (fellowships), February (scholarships)


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) >

An intensive overseas summer language and cultural immersion program. Students spend eight to ten weeks studying one of 15 critical languages, receiving group-based intensive language instruction and participating in structured cultural enrichment experiences. Some programs do not require any past language student while others require 1-2 years of previous experience.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student
Deadline: November


Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship >

A unique opportunity for those pursuing an IT-related degree and interested in using technology solutions for the business of diplomacy to join the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service. This two-year fellowship program provides academic funding for an IT-related degree (to complete your bachelor’s degree or pursue a master’s degree), internships, professional development and mentorship, culminating in an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist (IMS).
Eligibility: Sophomore, Prospective master’s student
Deadline: February


James C. Gaither Junior Fellows >

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program supports one year of service at the Endowment in Washington D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to senior associates on international policy issues, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.
Eligibility: Senior, Recent alumnus
Campus Deadline: December 1
National Deadline: January 15


Gilman International Scholarship >

Scholarships for Pell Grant eligible undergraduates to study or intern abroad. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. Applications are encouraged from students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, studying underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities and veterans.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: March & October


Gilman-McCain Scholarship >

Funds to support the undergraduate child dependents of active-duty service members as they study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year (Note: Must be the child dependent of an active-duty service member.)
Deadline: March and October


Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship >

Fellowship for students who seek a unique opportunity to change the world through a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Fellows pursue a two-year master's degree and complete two summer internships as part of the program. Applications are encouraged from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need. Fellows must complete a five-year service commitment to the Department of State.

Eligibility: Senior, Alumnus
Deadline: September


Project Global Officer (Project GO) >

A Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Project GO offers domestic and overseas programs that focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa and South America.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: January (overseas programs); February (domestic programs)


PPIA Junior Summer Institute >

A graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a master's or joint degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field.
Eligibility: Junior
Deadline: November


Rangel Graduate Fellowship >

Fellowship for students who seek a unique opportunity to change the world through a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Fellows pursue a two-year master's degree and complete two summer internships as part of the program. Applications are encouraged from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need. Fellows must complete a five-year service commitment to the Department of State.
Eligibility: Senior, Alumnus
Deadline: September


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program >

Six-week summer program in Washington, DC focused on current trends and career opportunities in international affairs. Selected students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard throughout Washington, DC. Applications are encouraged from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Deadline: February


Harry S. Truman Scholarship >

Funding for graduate/professional school for students dedicated to becoming “change agents” through careers in public service. Scholars are selected based on leadership, commitment to service and academic promise.
Eligibility: Junior
Campus Deadline: November 15
National Deadline: February

Amelia Earhart Fellowship >

Fellowship aims to empower women through encouragement and financial support of women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering or space sciences. This fellowship is open to women of any nationality.
Eligibility: Doctoral student
Deadline: November


Computational Science Graduate Fellowship >

Four-year fellowship for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Applicants should want to have an impact on the nation while advancing their research. Fellows come from diverse scientific and engineering disciplines but share a common interest in using computing in their research.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: January


Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) Graduate Fellowships >

Fellowships to reward the best and the brightest US citizens to space‑related careers. Two types of fellowships are offered in areas of space science and engineering of interest to NASA: Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowships, and Masters Fellowships.
Eligibility: Graduate student
Deadline: April


Ford Foundation Fellowships >

Fellowships are awarded in three categories: predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral. The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Successful applications will indicate a commitment to teaching at the university level.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: December


Fulbright U.S. Student Program >

Cultural exchange program that provides grants to conduct an individually designed research or creative project, study for a graduate degree or teach English in approximately 140 countries. Grant lengths and dates vary by country.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student, Alumnus
Campus Deadline: August 1
National Deadline: October


GEM Fellowships >

Fellowships provide MS and Ph.D. level students with full tuition, fees and an annual stipend, as well as access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. Fellows are provided a paid, graduate-level work experience by an employer.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: October 1 (early consideration); November (final deadline)


Hertz Fellowship >

Fellowships are awarded to the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. Up to five years of funding are available for students pursuing a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in times of national emergency. Fellows are selected using a rigorous, merit-based process intended to identify innovators with the greatest potential to create transformative solutions to the world's most urgent challenges.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: October


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship >

Fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals for doctoral studies in one of 18 supported STEM disciplines. Fellowships provide three years of full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend and medical insurance.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: November


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) >

Fellowships recognize and support outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, including STEM education, who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The GRFP supports those who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: October


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans >

Fellowship honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Fellows must have shown potential in the fields for which they seek further education; the capacity for creativity, persistence and work; and the commitment to the values of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protect the American dream. Applicants should be either naturalized citizens or the child of naturalized citizens.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: October


SMART Scholarship Program >

The program aims to bring talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers into the Department of Defense workforce. SMART Scholars receive full tuition scholarships, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as 8-12 week summer internships. Upon degree completion, one year of service is required for each year of scholarship funds received.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore, Graduate student
Deadline: December 1


Harry S. Truman Scholarship >

Funding for graduate/professional school for students dedicated to becoming “change agents” through careers in public service. Scholars are selected based on leadership, commitment to service, and academic promise.
Eligibility: Junior
Campus Deadline: November 15
National Deadline: February 1

Astronaut Scholarship >

Scholarship for students pursuing a STEM degree who show initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field. Embry-Riddle can nominate up to two students each year.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Deadline: February


Tillman Scholars >

Scholarships for remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses as they look to begin their next chapter as public and private sector leaders.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student (Note: Must be a service member, veteran or military spouse.)
Deadline: February


Harry S. Truman Scholarship >

Funding for graduate/professional school for students dedicated to becoming “change agents” through careers in public service. Scholars are selected based on leadership, commitment to service and academic promise.
Eligibility: Junior
Campus Deadline: November 15
National Deadline: February 1


Udall Scholarship >

For students with the commitment and demonstrated leadership potential to make significant contributions by pursuing careers that impact Native healthcare, tribal policy or the environment.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Campus Deadline: January 15
National Deadline: March


Boren Awards >

Funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The focus is on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study (Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded). Applicants must show how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student
Campus Deadline: January 15
National Deadline: January (fellowships), February (scholarships)


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) >

An intensive overseas summer language and cultural immersion program. Students spend eight to ten weeks studying one of 15 critical languages, receiving group-based intensive language instruction and participating in structured cultural enrichment experiences. Some programs do not require any past language student while others require 1-2 years of previous experience.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student
Deadline: November


Freeman Awards for Study in ASIA >

Funding for Pell Grant-eligible students who plan to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Recipients must complete a study abroad service project upon return to their home campus.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: March


Fulbright UK Summer Institute >

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the U.K. on a 3-4 week academic and cultural summer program. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the U.K. while experiencing higher education at a U.K. university. To be eligible, students should have little to no study/travel experience outside of the U.S. or North America and at least two years of undergraduate study remaining.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore
Deadline: February


Fulbright U.S. Student Program >

Cultural exchange program that provides grants to conduct an individually designed research or creative project, study for a graduate degree or teach English in approximately 140 countries. Grant lengths and dates vary by country.
Eligibility: Senior, Graduate student, Alumnus
Campus Deadline: September 1
National Deadline: October


Gates Cambridge Scholarship >

Funding to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject offered by the University of Cambridge. Scholarships are awarded based on intellectual ability, leadership capacity, a commitment to improving the lives of others and a good fit with Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
Eligibility: Senior, Alumnus
Deadline: October


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship >

Scholarships for Pell Grant-eligible undergraduates to study or intern abroad. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. Applications are encouraged from students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, studying underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities and veterans.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: March & October


Gilman-McCain Scholarship >

Funds to support the undergraduate child dependents of active-duty service members as they study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year (Note: Must be the child dependent of an active-duty service member.)
Deadline: March and October


Marshall Scholarships >

Funding to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. The program aims to strengthen the relationship between the British and American peoples and provide future leaders with a lasting understanding of British society.
Eligibility: Senior, Alumnus
Campus Deadline: June 1
National Deadline: September


Mitchell Scholarship >

Funding for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
Eligibility: Senior, Alumnus
Campus Deadline: June 1
National Deadline: September


Project Global Officer (Project GO) >

A Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Project GO offers domestic and overseas programs that focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa and South America.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: January (overseas programs); February (domestic programs)


Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Germany >

Summer research internships at top German universities and research institutions for undergraduate students. Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering or a closely related field). Applicants do not need to know the German language or be U.S. citizens to apply.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Deadline: December 15


Rhodes Scholarship >

Funding for two to three years of study at the University of Oxford in any field. Rhodes Scholars are chosen based on several criteria, including their literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one's talents to the full; and their moral force of character and instincts to lead.
Eligibility: Senior, Recent Alumnus
Campus Deadline: June 1
National Deadline: Varies based on Rhodes constituency, typically September


Schwarzman Scholars >

One-year, fully funded master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing designed to build a global community of future leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world. The program brings together a diverse cohort of young leaders from all regions and sectors of the world who embrace each other’s differences while working on a joint mission.
Eligibility: Senior, Recent alumnus
Deadline: September (U.S. & global applicants); May (Chinese citizens)

20 Twenties >

Talented individuals who are on course to change the face of the aerospace and defense industry in their 20s are recognized by Aviation Week Network. Honorees are invited to an awards luncheon in Washington, DC.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Master’s student
Deadline: To be announced


Astronaut Scholarship >

Scholarship for students pursuing a STEM degree who show initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field. Embry-Riddle can nominate up to two students each year.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Deadline: February


Goldwater Scholarship >

Scholarship for undergraduate students with outstanding academic and research potential who plan to pursue research-based PhDs and careers as scientists, mathematicians and/or engineers.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Campus Deadline: December 1
National Deadline: January


Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship >

Scholars are students studying NOAA-related fields, including the physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. Selected students receive a two-year scholarship and a 10-week paid full-time summer internship at a NOAA or partner facility.
Eligibility: Sophomore
Deadline: January


Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship >

Renewable scholarships to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore
Deadline: March


National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program >

Competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, research training at the NIH during the summer, and employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore, Junior
Deadline: March


National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) >

Research opportunities for undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Project topics and locations vary.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: Various (typically November 15-February 1)


NCWIT Collegiate Award >

Recognizes the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women, genderqueer or non-binary students. Students are recognized for their technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. Past projects include: software and app development, machine learning, big data, bioinformatics, cybersecurity, space and more.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student
Deadline: October 15


SMART Scholarship Program >

The program aims to bring talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers into the Department of Defense workforce. SMART Scholars receive full tuition scholarships, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as 8-12 week summer internships. Upon degree completion, one year of service is required for each year of scholarship funds received.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore, Graduate student
Deadline: December 1

Brooke Owens Fellowship >

Paid summer internships and executive mentorship for exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace. Fellows are selected for their talent, their experience to date, their commitment to service and their creativity.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: October


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) >

An intensive overseas summer language and cultural immersion program. Students spend eight to ten weeks studying one of 15 critical languages, receiving group-based intensive language instruction and participating in structured cultural enrichment experiences. Some programs do not require any past language student while others require 1-2 years of previous experience.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student
Deadline: November


Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship >

Scholars are students studying NOAA-related fields, including the physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. Selected students receive a two-year scholarship and a 10-week paid full-time summer internship at a NOAA or partner facility.
Eligibility: Sophomore
Deadline: January


Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship >

Internship, mentorship and networking experience for those pursuing careers in commercial spaceflight. Fellows are matched to a position at one of the leading spaceflight companies, which may include assignments in engineering designs, market studies, strategic planning, policy evaluation, and business analysis and development.
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Graduate student
Deadline: November


NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program >

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) is a ten-week summer program hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in which students with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The program’s primary goal is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Deadline: January


National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates >

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Project topics and locations vary.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year
Deadline: Various (typically November 15-February 1)


Patti Grace Smith Fellowship >

Paid aerospace industry internships and mentorship for Black first- and second-year students. This fellowship aims to provide a meaningful pathway into successful aerospace industry careers and future aerospace industry leadership to those whose race and ethnicity has made them the subject of systemic bias.
Eligibility: First year, Sophomore
Deadline: November


PPIA Junior Summer Institute >

A graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a master's or joint degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field.
Eligibility: Junior
Deadline: November


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program >

Six-week summer program in Washington, DC, focused on current trends and career opportunities in international affairs. Selected students live at Howard University, attend classes and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard throughout Washington, DC. Applications are encouraged from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Deadline: February


Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Germany >

Summer research internships at top German universities and research institutions for undergraduate students. Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering or a closely related field). Applicants do not need to know the German language or be U.S. citizens to apply.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior
Deadline: December 15


Zed Factor Fellowship >

Paid aerospace industry internships and mentorship for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Participants are required to give back to the communities and expand the impact of the Zed Factor Fellowship beyond themselves.
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Deadline: January

Gilman-McCain Scholarship >

Funds to support the undergraduate child dependents of active-duty service members as they study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year (Note: Must be the child dependent of an active-duty service member.)
Deadline: March and October


Tillman Scholars >

Scholarships for remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses as they look to begin their next chapter as public and private sector leaders.
Eligibility: Undergraduate — any year, Graduate student (Note: Must be a service member, veteran or military spouse.)
Deadline: February

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