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 post-baccalaureate 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.
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 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.
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.