Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Welcome! On this page, you’ll find what you need to get started on applying for a Nationally Competitive Scholarship.

Through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS), the UAA Honors College supports students by connecting them with and advising them in regards to scholarships, fellowships, internships, and research opportunities. If you’d like to explore these options, we encourage you to contact OURS or to contact one of our Nationally Competitive Scholarship Advisors.

You may be new to scholarships or new to UAA. Alternatively, you may be familiar with scholarships but you don’t know where to start. We can offer advice no matter which situation you’re in! Select one of the three dropdown menus below that suits you best.

Note: Nationally Competitive Scholarships shouldn’t be confused with UAA General Scholarships, UAA Study Abroad Scholarships, UAA Foundation Scholarships, UAA College-Specific Scholarships, or UAA Major-Specific scholarships. However, many of them do overlap.

  • I am new to UAA

    New to UAA? No problem.

    Even students who are new to UAA can go out for a Nationally Competitive Scholarship. Not just anyone can get one, of course, but everyone has the potential to receive a Nationally Competitive Scholarship, and we want to help you win one to make your UAA experience as fulfilling as it can be.

    Don’t worry about the fact that you’re new! Just click here to get the support you need. Alternatively, contact one of our Scholarship Advisors.
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    New to Nationally Competitive Scholarships? Don’t worry!

    You may be a freshman or a senior, but either way, you’re new to Scholarships. That’s completely fine; as long as you’re a full-time, degree-seeking student, it’s not too late for you to win a Nationally Competitive Scholarship!

    If the idea of a Nationally Competitive Scholarship sounds overwhelming, don’t worry: click here and we’ll get you started in no time. Alternatively, contact one of our Scholarship Advisors.
  • I am a prospective applicant

    Welcome, prospective applicants!

    Prospective applicants are students who are familiar with scholarships but are new to the process of actually applying for one.

    If that’s you, don’t worry--just click here to get the support you need. Alternatively, contact one of our Scholarship Advisors.

List of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

The following list of nationally competitive scholarships and their sponsors is reflective of the most prominent programs and awards. Occasionally, new programs may be developed. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship for more information. Alternatively, contact or visit the person who is listed as the faculty representative for more information.

You may also visit the Major-Specific Scholarships page if you’re looking for a scholarship that suits your major.

Preparing for these Nationally Competitive Scholarships is an experience that provides valuable growth in character and work ethic, regardless of whether or not you receive the scholarship. Furthermore, many people who apply for Nationally Competitive Scholarships, successful or not, tend to go to and graduate from their schools of choice. The only true failure is the kind you don’t learn from. Remember that and you will be successful in your future ventures.

To get started, select the dropdown menu of the scholarship that sounds interesting to you. 

Note: The list of Nationally Competitive Scholarships is divided according to when their deadlines occur. These deadlines are in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Note: Each scholarship possesses its own dedicated page with more details. To view a scholarship’s dedicated page, you may click on its title in the dropdown menus below. Alternatively, you can click on its name in the menu at the top-right of the page.

Fall Deadlines

  • Fulbright: English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Must have Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

    Campus: Early September
    National: Early october

    To teach English in a foreign country Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035) Required: Campus Interview, Institutional Endorsement

    The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program provides an unparalleled opportunity to teach English in more than 140 countries.

    • Winners receive round-trip transportation to and from the host country, as well as funding to completely cover room, board, and incidental costs based on the cost of living in the host country. Furthermore, winners are covered for accidents & sickness health benefits.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent, and they must be interested in teaching English in a foreign country.
    • Students may apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    Special note: You may only apply to one country. Non-enrolled applicants may submit “at-large”

    For more info, click here.

  • Fulbright: Research & Study
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Must have Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Campus: Early September
    National: Early October
    To teach English in a foreign country Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: Campus Interview, institutional endorsement 

    The Fulbright Research & Study (RS) program provides an unparalleled opportunity to teach, study, and conduct research in 155 countries worldwide.  

    • Winners receive round-trip transportation to and from the host country, as well as funding to completely cover room, board, and incidental costs based on the cost of living in the host country. Furthermore, winners are covered for accidents & sickness health benefits.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent, and they must be interested in conducting research in a foreign country.
    • Students may apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Fulbright: National Geographic Digital
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
     Current Juniors, U.S. Citizens Campus: Early September
    National: Early October
    Share stories and lessons to a global audience  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: Campus Interview, Institutional Endorsement 

    The Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling program provides an unparalleled opportunity to share observations and personal narrative with a global audience online.

    • Winners receive round-trip transportation to and from the host country, as well as funding to completely cover room, board, and incidental costs based on the cost of living in the host country. Furthermore, winners are covered for accidents & sickness health benefits.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Additionally, winners receive instruction in storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training by official National Geographic staff.
    • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent, and they must be interested in conducting research in a foreign country.
    • Students may apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Rhodes
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Undergraduates or those who have completed a bachelor’s degree 

    Campus: Early September
    National: Early October 

    To study at Oxford University in the U.K.  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: Campus & National Interviews, Institutional Endorsement 

    The Rhodes program provides an opportunity for US undergraduate students to study at Oxford University in the U.K.

    • Winners receive up to $8,000 for a summer program, up to $10,000 for a semester program, or up to $20,000 for a year-long program.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Applicants must be sophomores or juniors interested in studying underrepresented languages and cultures in a foreign country.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

    For more info, click here.

  • Marshall 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Undergraduates 

    Campus: Early September
    National: Early October 

    To study in the U.K.  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: Campus & National Interviews, Institutional Endorsement 

    Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

    • Winners receive up to $47,000 per year to cover:
      • A personal allowance to for residence and cost of living expense
      • Payment and tuition fees
      • Fares to and from the US
    • Applicants must be undergraduate students who graduated within 2 years prior to Campus Deadline.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates X students.
      • Up to forty (40) scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at any U.K. institution in any field of study.
      • The One Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for one academic year (i.e., 12 months) and cannot be extended.
      • The Two Year Marshall Scholarship is tenable for two academic years (i.e., 22 months), but may be extended . . . (etc)

    For more info, click here.

  • Gates/Cambridge 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Must be admitted to Cambridge University to be eligible to apply 

    Campus: None
    National: Mid-October 

    To attend Cambridge University at the graduate level  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: National Interview 

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to applicants from countries outside the U.K. to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

    • Winners receive around $15,000 per year. Full tuition coverage, airfare, family allowance, academic development, fieldwork and hardship funding are covered.
      • Funding is for students to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
    • 95 new Scholarships are awarded each year: 40 in the U.S. round, and 44 in the international round.
    • There are 225 Scholars from around 55 countries studying at Cambridge.
    • While at Cambridge, Scholars pursue a full range of subjects available at the University and are spread through its departments and Colleges.
    • The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
    • Applicants must be admitted to Cambridge University.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Gilman
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors 

    Campus: Early February and Early September
    National: Early March and Early October 

    To study in a foreign country  Leslie Tuovinen (latuiovinen@alaska.edu) (907.786.4135)  No interviews required 

    The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means. It enables applicants to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.

    • The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving the Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
    • The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
      1. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other nations to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.
    • Winners receive up to $5,000. However, award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need. The average award is about $4,000.
      1. Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant either at the time of application or during the term of program abroad.
      2. Applicants must be certified by a Filman advisor at UAA. Contact Leslie Tuovinen at latuovinen@alaska.edu for more details.
      3. Applicants are eligible to receive an $8,000 Critical Need Language Award (CNLA) if studying a critical need language.
    • Applicants must be Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors at the graduate level who are interested in studying abroad.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Critical Language
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other

    Current Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

     

    Campus: Early October
    National: November 

    To study abroad and participate in a foreign culture  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  No interviews required (Campus interview is highly recommended) 

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides fully-funded short-term intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences overseas each summer.

    The CLS Program languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

    • Winners receive funding for room and board (often with a host family). They also receive a full cultural program, host community language partners, academic credit, and domestic and international airfare.
      • Final monetary awards depend on country, program, and length of study.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Schwarzman 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Must have Undergraduate degree prior to enrollment in program 

    Campus: Late August/Early September
    National: Late September/Early October 

    To study China in Beijing  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: Campus & National Interviews, Institutional Endorsement 

    The Schwarzman Scholars Program is designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, governance, and evolving role in the world. Schwarzman scholars will live in Beijing for a year of study.

    • Winners receive funding that covers all the costs of the program, including tuition fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, an in-country study tour, requires course books and supplies, a Lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and, last bu not least, a personal stipend of $3,500.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in Beijing.
    • Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree prior to enrollment in the Schwarzman program.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Soros 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Seniors or Graduate Students 

    Campus: Early October
    National: Early November 

    To promote the education of the children of immigrants  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: National Interview (Campus Interview is unnecessary but highly recommended) 

    Every year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards thirty (30) Fellowships to immigrants, and the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate education in the United States.

    • Winners receive up to $90,000 USD (up to $25,000 per year stipend, or up to $20,000 per year tuition support). Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field (with the exception of online programs).
    • In addition to funding, Soros applicants join a community of over 500 new Americans with family origins in over 75 countries around the world.
    • Applicants must be either undergraduate seniors or graduate students.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Juniors 

    Campus: None
    National: Early November 

    To study abroad and work in public service  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  No interviews required 

    The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field and pursue a career in public service. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), with partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4,000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

    • Winners receive up to $1,500 in funding. Your host university will help pay for travel expenses, and it will cover all costs of tuition, room and board, supply books, study materials, and a personal stipend for the summer.
      • Students who are admitted for a Master’s degree will receive a one-time minimum of $5,000.
      • Students receive a fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Applicants must be juniors at the undergraduate level who are interested in studying abroad.
    • Students must apply through this page by the National Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other

    Must have STEM Undergraduate degree

     

    Campus: None
    National: Round 1: Mid-Octoer
    Round 2: Late November
    Round 3: Late January

     
    To teach STEM fields in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: National Interview 

    The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship (WWTF) seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics--into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia and New Jersey.

    • Winners receive up to $30,000 for a Master’s degree tuition and fees. Any remaining money is used for living expenses.
    • Applicants must possess a STEM degree at the undergraduate level.
    • Students must apply through this page by the 1st Round of the National Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

 


 

Spring Deadlines

  • Truman
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other

    Current Juniors,

    U.S. Citizens

    Campus: Early January
    National: Early February

    To teach English in a foreign country Prof. James W. Muller (iwmuller@alaska.edu) (907.786.4740) Required: Campus & National Interviews, Institutional Endorsement

    The Harry S. Truman Foundation, a memorial to our thirty-third President, supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.

    • Winners receive up to $30,000 for 2-3 years of graduate study.
      1. Funding is for graduate or professional schools in either the United States or foreign countries.
    • Applicants must be a junior interested in a career in the public sector. Students in a five-year program may apply in their third of fourth year. U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Udall
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other

    Current Juniors, U.S. Citizens

     
    Campus: Early February
    National: Mid-March 
    To serve public health and the environment  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  No interviews necessary 

    The Udall program awards merit-based scholarships to college sophomores and juniors pursuing studies leading to a public service career in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment. Recipients participate in a five-day orientation in Arizona to learn from and network with experts, peers, and members of the Udall family.

    • Winners receive up to $7000 for tuition, fees, room and board, and books and supplies
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in either the United States or foreign countries
    • Applicants must be sophomores and juniors interested in a public service career in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above.
    • UAA nominates up to X students.

    Special note: A student applying in either the tribal public policy or Native health care category must be an enrolled member or descendant of an enrolled member of a state- or federally-recognized tribe in the US or First Nations of Canada.

    For more info, click here.

  • Boren
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Sophomores & Juniors  Campus: Early January
    National: Early February 
    To study less commonly taught languages around the world  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Campus interview not required (but highly recommended) 

    The Boren program provides an opportunity for US undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, including parts of Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    • Winners receive up to $8,000 for a summer program, up to $10,000 for a semester program, or up to $20,000 for a year-long program.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a foreign country.
    • Applicants must be sophomores or juniors interested in studying underrepresented languages and cultures in a foreign country.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

    For more info, click here.

  • Pickering Fellowship
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Juniors  Campus: Early December
    National: Mid-January
    To work toward a career in the Department of State Foreign Service  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: National Interview 

    The Thomas R. Pickering Fellows Program provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate students financial support, mentoring, and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the Department of State Foreign Service.

    • Winners receive up to $37,000 annually for academic expenses, as well as two (2) paid summer internships (domestic and international).
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in either the United States or a foreign country.
    • Applicants must be either juniors at the undergraduate level or graduate students.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Germanic Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Sophomores & Juniors  Campus: None
    National: End of January
    To study, research, or intern in Germany  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  No interviews required 

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for funding for one of the following: (1) to study in Germany; (2) to pursue senior thesis research in Germany; (3) to intern in Germany.

    • Scholarships may be granted for either a semester or a full academic year. Winners receive the following:
      • A monthly stipend of 650 euros
      • Additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses
      • Health insurance
    • Applicants must be a sophomore or junior at the undergraduate level who are interested in studying, researching, or interning in Germany.
    • Students must apply through this page by the National Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Barry S. Goldwater
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Current Sophomores & Juniors  Campus: Late December/Early January 
    National: Late January
    To help in obtaining advanced degrees in science, engineering, and math  Dr. Kenrick Mock (kenrick@alaska.edu) (907.786.1956)  Required: Campus interview, Institutional Endorsement 

    The central objective of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is identifying and supporting a significant pool of highly-qualified undergraduates who will subsequently be obtaining advanced degrees and becoming leading scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

    • Winners receive up to $7,500 per year. The awards pays for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
      • Funding is for students to pursue advanced degrees science, engineering, and mathematics.
    • Applicants must be sophomores or juniors at the undergraduate level.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.

  • Humanity in Action
    Eligibility Deadlines Purpose Contact Other
    Sophomores to individuals completing undergraduate degrees within two years of applying to the program; (e.g., individuals who graduated in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for the 2018 fellowship)  Campus: None
    National: Mid-January
    To study and participate in the community of a European country  Dr. Francisco Miranda (fmiranda2@alaska.edu) (907.786.4035)  Required: National Interview (Campus interview is unnecessary but highly recommended) 

    The Humanity in Action (HiA) fellowship brings together international groups of students and recent graduates from the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine to explore historical and contemporary issues of human rights, diversity, and active and responsible citizenship. While studying in one of these countries, students will conduct an Action Project that gets them involved in the communities they choose to study in.

    • Winners receive funding that covers the costs of participating and accommodation during the fellowship program. The only cost incurred by the applicant is the round-trip airfare from the US to their program city of choice.
      • Funding is for graduate or professional schools in a European country.
    • Applicants must be sophomores at the undergraduate level who will be completing their degrees within two years of applying to the Humanity in Action program. For example, individuals who graduated in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for the 2018 fellowship.
    • Students must apply through this page by the Campus Deadline listed above. UAA nominates up to X students.

    For more info, click here.


 

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