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Nationally Competitive Scholarships

TU’s Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships invites applications each year for several national scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

These awards are highly competitive. To apply, you must prepare well in advance. Learn about them early in your academic career, especially if you are already thinking about graduate study.

Please note that some of these applications have deadlines as early as September during the year you apply, and institutional nominations may occur as early as the spring of the previous academic year.

These opportunities are best engaged as beacons, illuminating paths your educational and professional aspirations might pursue, rather than as trophies to be won. To that end, make an appointment to meet with the director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Fellowships:

  • To discuss your personal interests and professional aspirations and explore fellowship opportunities that speak to them
  • To develop strategies for researching fellowship opportunities
  • To work through a list of reflection questions and other exercises that can help you articulate the central questions animating your educational journey and driving your professional aspirations
  • To digest the specific criteria of a particular fellowship and explore ways to approach the application process
  • To have a sounding board as you think through who to ask for recommendation letters and how to make those requests
  • To have a coach to help mentor you through the challenges of writing personal statements
  • To register your intent to apply for those fellowships that require TU’s institutional endorsement
    (Mitchell, Marshall, Rhodes, Fulbright, Churchill, Goldwater, Truman)


Dr. Terrie Shipley
Director of National Fellowships
Schedule a meeting with Terrie

For Sophomores & Juniors

ScholarshipDescriptionTU Campus Deadline
Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipUp to $7,500 for U.S. citizen students intending to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.Early November
Beinecke ScholarshipUp to $30,000 for U.S. citizen students pursuing graduate school in arts, humanities and social sciences.January
Benjamin A. Gilman ScholarshipEnables students of limited financial means (Pell-eligible) to study or intern abroad. Contact: Meagan-Henningsen@utulsa.eduEarly September
Boren ScholarshipUp to $25,000 for U.S. citizen students studying critical languages while abroad. *Seniors may also applyJanuary
Critical Language ScholarshipFully-funded language and cultural enrichment program to increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. *Seniors and alumni may also applySeptember
Harry S. Truman ScholarshipUp to $30,000 for junior students with leadership potential who plan to pursue careers in public service and who plan to attend graduate school.November
Public Policy & International Affairs ProgramTuition and housing for PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus minimum of $5,000 toward a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field.Early October
Udall Undergraduate ScholarshipUp to $7,000 for students committed to pursuing careers that impact Native Healthcare, Tribal Policy or Environment. Scholars also participate in a leadership week.January


For rising Seniors, Seniors & Alumni

ScholarshipDescriptionTU Campus Deadline
British Marshall ScholarshipFull funding to pursue graduate education at an UK institution in any field.Early May
Churchill ScholarshipProvides full support and travel allowance to students planning to study engineering, math, or natural science at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England.Early May
DAAD Graduate Study or Research ScholarshipStipend for full master’s degree program at a German University or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or master’s degree program or for research.October
Fulbright U.S. Student ProgramGrants to study, research, or teach English for between 9-12 months abroad. Contact: Meagan-Henningsen@utulsa.eduEarly September
Gaither Junior FellowshipOne-year, full-time, paid international affairs-related research experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.November
Knight-Hennessy ScholarsFull support and living stipend for up to three years of any graduate degree at Stanford to which you are admitted at the time you are selected as a scholar.N/A
Luce Scholars ProgramLanguage training and stipended professional placement in Asia for students with limited exposure to Asia.September
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramStipend of $34,000 per year plus tuition waivers and fees for three years of graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science.Early September
Peace CorpsHousing and a living stipend to live and work alongside the people in their community of service. Upon completion of two years, $10,000+ to help with the transition to life back home.N/A
Rhodes ScholarshipTuition and other necessary expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England.Early May
Soros Fellowship for New AmericansUp to $90,000 fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.N/A
Schwarzman ScholarshipTuition and all expenses for one-year masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in China.N/A
Schweitzer Fellowship$3,000 to join a diverse group of graduate students in designing and implementing a community-based health prevention and intervention project for underserved people. Contact: Rachel-Gold@utulsa.eduN/A
Yenching Academy FellowshipFull funding to pursue master’s degree at Peking University (customizable for English speakers with varied levels of Chinese language competency) with the goal of creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators.November

Adapted from Univ. of Washington’s website