Core Fellowships

Fellowship Advising focuses much of its advising on supporting students applying for what we call “core fellowship” programs. These are highly competitive, merit-based awards for which students from institutions across the country apply.

As you learn about these core programs, know that applicants often begin working on their applications three to six months in advance of deadlines. We also talk with students years in advance of when they may actually apply for an award to advise them on how to develop themselves as candidates for these competitive opportunities. For example, we regularly talk with freshmen majoring in the sciences about what they can do throughout their undergraduate careers to have a standout National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship application by the time they apply in the fall of their senior year.

Regardless of your previous knowledge of these awards or when you would apply, we want to have a conversation to help you start thinking about yourself as a potential candidate. Just make an appointment with a fellowships advisor using MU Connect.

What do the various deadlines mean?

Campus Deadline: If an award has a campus deadline, you are required to apply through Fellowship Advising. Awards with campus deadlines require that you are endorsed by the University of Missouri. Applicants must turn in a complete application to Fellowship Advising by the posted campus deadline.

Priority Deadline: If an award has a priority deadline, you are not required to seek the advice of Fellowship Advising on your application although we highly encourage you to do so. The priority deadline is a suggested date for when you should have a well developed application.

Final Deadline: This deadline is the time your completed application is due to the program(s) to which you are applying. We sometimes call this date the “national deadline.” If you do not submit your materials to the program by the final deadline, your application will not be considered. Not to fear though. Your fellowships advisor will do everything he or she can to encourage you to submit your application several days prior to a final deadline!

  • American Association for University Women Educational Funding & Awards

    AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in…

  • Boren Fellowship

    Graduating seniors and current graduate students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for funding for a study abroad program in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The primary aim of the Boren Fellowship is for its recipients to develop critical language skills that prepare them to complete at least one year of work in the federal government.

  • Boren Scholarship

    Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for funding for a study abroad program in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The primary aim of the Boren Scholarship is for its recipients to develop critical language skills that prepare them to complete at least one year of work in the federal government.

  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

    The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in…

  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects 15-20…

  • Chevening Scholarship

    Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities. ELIGIBILITY An applicant must be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country and intend to…

  • Churchill Scholarship

    The Churchill Scholarship funds one year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at the University of Cambridge.

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

    Undergraduates and graduate students may apply for funding for overseas study in one of fifteen critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. Eligibility requirements vary by language.

  • Cultural Vistas Fellowship

    The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. ELIGIBILITY Candidates…

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Services) Study & Research Scholarships

    Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. ELIGIBILITY…

  • DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE)

    RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students- whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year. RISE…

  • DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

    The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a PhD in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. ELIGIBILITY This fellowship is for exceptional undergraduate seniors or first or second year graduate students planning full-time study toward a PhD. in the…

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

    Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral,…

  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

    Managed by the Institute of International Education, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarship for U.S. undergraduates who demonstrate financial need to study in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink Program

  • Fulbright US Student Program

    U.S. citizens who are graduating seniors, graduate/professional students, or recent graduates (approximately within five years of graduation) are eligible to apply to study, conduct research, or teach English in one of 140+ countries.

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    The Gates Cambridge Scholarship looks for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others. The scholarship funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge.

  • Gilman Scholarship

    This program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

  • Goldwater Scholarship

    The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes excellence in undergraduate research for students majoring in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply.

  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington D.C. with a public-interest organization focusing on international security issues. The fellowship is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety…

  • Hertz Fellowship

  • Humane Studies Fellowships

    The fellowships support study in fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. ELIGIBILITY Full-time graduate students (including law students) from any accredited university in the world.  Must have research interests related to liberty in society. AWARD Fellows are awarded $2,000-$15,000 per year of graduate study.  Individual advising and support network, career…

  • Humanity in Action

    This intensive summer courses are held in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon and Warsaw and bring together students from around the world to discuss historical and current human rights issues.  The purpose is to create a collaborative environment in which students explore the social and political roots of discrimination and find potential solutions for challenging issues. …

  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

    The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. ELIGIBILITY The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of…

  • James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

    Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office. The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for approximately 12 students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to scholars working at the Carnegie Endowment for…

  • Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy

    The Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy provides financial support to complete a Master's in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, with an emphasis on bridging the divide between science and science policy.

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars

    The Knight-Hennessy program provides funding for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who are seniors or have earned their undergraduate degree within the past four years to pursue graduate study at Stanford University. All applicants must apply directly to a graduate program at Stanford in addition to the Knight-Hennessy program.

  • Marshall Scholarship

    The Marshall Scholarship is for U.S. citizens with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.7. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates within two years of their undergraduate graduation are eligible to apply. The Marshall Scholarship provides at least one year of funding for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

  • Mitchell Scholarship

    U.S. citizens under the age of 30 may receive funding for one year of postgraduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mitchell Scholars demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service.

  • NASA Internships & Fellowships

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF)

    The NSF GRF provides three years of support for graduate study leading to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in the sciences (including social sciences). Graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students in the first or second year of their program are eligible to apply.

  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU)

  • NIH Graduate Partnership Program

  • P.E.O. Scholar Award

    The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) program was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    Provides opportunities for continuing generations of New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. ELIGIBILITY…

  • Payne International Development Fellowship Program

    The Payne Fellowship seeks to attract young people who desire to pursue careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The award provides funding for a two-year graduate degree program and placement into the USAID Foreign Service upon successful completion of the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements.

  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

    The Pickering Fellowship provides the same award benefits and aims to attract the same type of applicants as the Rangel Fellowship: graduating students and college graduates from groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. Like the Rangel Fellowship, Pickering Fellows receive funding for graduate school and direct placement into the Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program.

  • Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

    Rangel Fellows receive funding for graduate school and direct placement into the State Department Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program and Foreign Service entry requirements. Rangel encourages applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, graduating seniors, or college graduates with at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

  • Rhodes Trust Scholarship

    The Rhodes Scholarship is for U.S. citizens or international students under the age of 24 who are graduating seniors, graduate/professional students, or recent graduates. The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. The application deadline for non-U.S. citizens is earlier than the deadline for U.S. citizens.

  • Rotary Global Grant Scholarships

    Rotary District 6080 offers one Rotary Global Scholarship annually to an outstanding graduate student who wishes to engage in full-time study abroad during the coming academic year. This scholarship is for one year only. Applicants for a Rotary Global Scholarship must enroll in a graduate course of study that is directly related to one of…

  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

    The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is in memory of the former CEO of National Grid, Samuel Huntington.  He was deeply interested in public service and taught in Nigeria before attending law school in the US.  This award is designed for students who share the same passion for public service. ELIGIBILITY All graduating students from…

  • Schwarzman Scholars

    The Schwarzman Scholars program annually selects up to 200 candidates under the age of 28 who are graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students to earn a Master’s of Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, one of the country’s top universities.

  • SMART Scholarship for Service

    The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD facilities. Applicants MUST be…

  • ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

    ThinkSwiss will select 15 talented and motivated U.S. students from all fields of study who apply for a research project at a Swiss university or research lab. The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program takes place within the scope of the ThinkSwiss program. "ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the future" is a U.S.-wide program on Education, Research and Innovation.…

  • Tillman Scholars Program

    The Tillman Scholar Program unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.The fellowship supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities so they are empowered to make an impact in the fields of medicine, law, business,…

  • Truman Scholarship

    Juniors who demonstrate a commitment to a career in public service and being “change agents” are eligible to apply for the Truman Scholarship. The award provides $30,000 in funding to be used for graduate school and affiliation with the Truman Scholar alumni network.

  • Udall Scholarship

    The Udall Scholarship awards up to $7,000 to 60 U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment. The Scholarship also seeks applicants who are Native students interested in tribal policy or health care.

  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

    Undergraduates with at least two years of undergraduate study remaining and a 3.8 GPA may apply to study in the United Kingdom for three to four weeks over the summer.

  • Yenching Academy of Peking University

    The Yenching Academy of Peking University aims to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master's program in China Studies. This initiative brings together young people who have demonstrated a talent for leadership and innovation. At Yenching, they are immersed in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China…