Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Awards

National Fellowships and Scholarships are highly competitive awards provided to undergraduates or recent graduates who demonstrate well-rounded excellence. Measures of such excellence vary by award and may include leadership experience, research, community engagement, language skills, academic achievement, clear goals, and overall potential for success. Many awards are granted during the senior year for postbaccalaureate opportunities; others provide a scholarship for undergraduate study and projects. Some awards require U.S. citizenship.

Below is a partial list of national fellowships and scholarships. Look for resources or jobs: national fellowships in Handshake for more information about these and other programs. 

Faculty are encouraged to refer students early for nationally competitive awards.

Projects for Peace

Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at UWC Scholars Program partner schools like Concordia. The goal is to encourage students to design current, grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects must be designed to be implemented during the summer.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created to encourage students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. 

The Fulbright Grant

The Fulbright Program is designed to give students, artists, and other professional opportunities to pursue graduate study and research in over 100 nations.

Phillips Scholar

The Phillips Scholar program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for people with unmet needs in Minnesota communities. 

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship

This scholarship was created in perpetuity as an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. 

Marshall Scholarships

The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship is to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence. 

The Mitchell Scholars Program

The Mitchell Scholars 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 public service and community.

Rhodes Scholarship

Applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford. 

Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program

An opportunity for the next generation of historians to experience primary-source research and to work closely with eminent scholars. 

The James Madison Junior Fellowship Program

Created to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution — its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government. 

The National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate-level training of students. 

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The program offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. 

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Each year the endowment offers approximately 10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive summer language study in several critical foreign languages.


Dr. Krys Strand

Director of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity ISC 130