Office of Scholarships & Fellowships

Nationally Prestigious Scholarships

There are incredible scholarship opportunities to help fund graduate school and research opportunities both here and abroad. Below you can find a list of these prestigious opportunities, their descriptions and the links to their individual websites. Please visit the scholarships website for more detailed information on the programs offered and specific requirements.

Many of these scholarships require university sponsorship, have intense application processes and require a serious commitment from students wishing to receive these awards. For this reason, we have internal deadlines in place for students to submit their applications for consideration. The scholarship committee will then choose the strongest applications that will ultimately be submitted.

If you are interested in applying for any of these scholarships, and you feel you meet the requirements, please contact our office to set up an appointment to discuss the next steps! Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions via telephone at 305-348-0349 or via email at

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Barry M. Goldwater: January, 2017

The most prestigious undergraduate award for students in the sciences, the Goldwater recognizes exceptional students dedicated to a research career in math, science, or engineering. Applicants must apply for university nomination.


Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship: September 19, 2016

Provides graduate school financial support for students looking for careers in the Foreign Service. Particularly encourages applications from members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need. Requires commitment to a minimum of three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer following graduation.


Davis-Putter Scholarship: April, 2017

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund was created to support students who are actively pursuing peace and justice. The need-based scholarship is awarded to students who are working to impart change in their community and campus while working on a degree.


Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoc Awards: November 17, 2016

The Ford Foundation Fellowship will assist pre-PhD and post-PhD with funding. Individuals who receive the fellowship must be committed to a career of teaching and research while implementing diversity as one of their teaching tools.


Gates-Cambridge: October 12, 2016

Fully funds a graduate degree at Cambridge University in the UK. Successful applicants demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.


George J. Mitchell: September 30, 2016

Funds a year of graduate study in Ireland, and 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 community and public service.


Harry S. Truman: February, 2017

Supports graduate study for students with a commitment to a career in public service who are poised to be change agents in their careers. Requires institutional nomination


Hertz Foundation: October 28, 2016

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation supports PhD students pursuing a career in physical, biological and engineering sciences. The goal is that one day these students will be innovators and leaders changing the world.


Hertz Foundation Fellowship: October 30, 2015

The Hertz Foundation seeks out exceptional students in applied physical, biological and engineering sciences each year. The Foundation looks to support these talented students through their PhD studies. The award is merit based with 2 options students have to choose from based on the program they are planning to attend and length of study. The goal of the Hertz Foundation is to support student who will have the greatest impact on human problems by using physical sciences as the solution.


Humanity in Action Fellowship: January, 2017

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together students and recent graduates who have completed studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. This diverse group of students are brought together to discuss issues affecting minority groups and the history of discrimination. During the lectures and discussions different solutions to injustice are reviewed. The goal of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to allow students to explore the roots of discrimination from a political and social perspective in addition to providing an arena for discussion and consideration of solutions to the most challenging problems of today.


James Madison Fellowship: March 1, 2017

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards annual fellowships to individuals who want to become teachers. The fellowship is intended for graduate study to obtain a master’s degree. Those awarded the fellowship plan to be dynamic teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary level. Applicants are grouped and picked by their state of legal residence.


Marshall: October 3, 2016

A highly competitive scholarship, the Marshall provides for one or two years of study at one or two universities in Great Britain. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Candidates must have superior academic ability, a record of service and leadership, and be well-informed on global issues. Candidates must be nominated by the USC committee.


National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship: December, 2016

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is prompting the increase of U.S. citizens and nationals with experience in the areas of science relevant to military importance. Each year the goal of the DoD is to award close to 200 three-year graduate fellowships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in specialized science and engineering fields.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: October, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides support to students starting graduate studies that are research based. The programs can either be a master’s or doctoral program but must be in a field related to the NSF mission. Individuals who have demonstrated significant potential in science and engineering research may be awarded the three year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


NOAA Hollings Scholarship: January, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a Federal environmental science agency dedicated to learning about the Earth’s environment and resources. The Hollings Scholarship has identified four primary purposes for undergraduate students which are: 1) increase training for undergrads in atmospheric science, research, technology, and education; 2) increase public understanding and management of resources related to the ocean and atmosphere and improve knowledge regarding the environment; 3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the NOAA and other agencies at the federal, state, and local government level; and 4) prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in the areas of the ocean and atmospheric sciences and to also improve education in science and the environment in the US. In addition to funding for academic study students will also participate in a 10 week full-time internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Late October/Early November (determined by discipline)

The NSF is focused on the spirit and diversity of those who choose a career in science and engineering. The fellowship highlights top performing students who are working towards a research based master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering.


Pat Tillman Military Scholarship: March, 2017

Supports active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice.


Paul & Daisy Soros: November 1, 2016

Awarded to New Americans to support up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States.


Payne Fellowship: January, 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship is awarded to unique individuals dedicated to working towards global change in the areas of: poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism. Working with the Foreign Service through USAID; the ultimate goal is the make positive changes to U.S. foreign policy and be ambassadors around the world. The Payne Fellowship provides benefits for graduate school, internships, and professional development.


PPIA Program: November, 2016

The Public Policy and International Affairs Programs (PPIA) is designed to help students planning to obtain a Master's degree or a joint degree. Students who receive the fellowship are studying Public Policy, Public Administration, International Affairs or a related subject. PPIA students participate in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI) as one of the ways to help them achieve their degree. The knowledge learned at JSI is to help fellows gain critical knowledge and skills to become successful in graduate school and in future roles to help the public. After successfully completing the JSI, students are able to join the alumni network. In addition they also have the opportunity to gain financial support while pursuing a graduate degree if they attend one of the Graduate School Consortium programs.


Rhodes: October 5, 2016

The oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world, they enable students to study for two years at Oxford University. Each year 32 Americans are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Requires Institutional Nominee.


Thomas R. Pickering: January, 2017

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Successful candidates are obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.


Udall: March, 2017

Awards given to undergraduate students in three categories: those with a demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; and Native American and Alaska Native students with a demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or to Native health care.


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