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Fellowships and Awards

Academic Center for Enrichment

There are a number of competitive national and University of Minnesota fellowships and awards for which University of Minnesota, Morris students can apply and compete. The Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) staff members work with Morris students to help them identify available fellowships and awards that they are eligible for and guide students as they go through the application process.

If you find a fellowship or award to which you are considering applying, contact ACE or stop by the ACE Office, lower level of the Student Center.

You can also take a look at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities website to read about additional fellowships and awards that you may be eligible to apply for.

Please contact the Morris campus fellowships and awards coordinator, if you intend to apply for any of these scholarships. She will meet with you to discuss your application and plans. Many of these require nomination by the University of Minnesota, Morris, so if you are interested, contact her early in the process.

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Freshman-level and beyond

Critical Language Scholarships

Deadline: December

Award Amount: Covers all costs for summer program including travel, room and board, instruction, and visa fees.

Criteria:

  • First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • U.S. government sponsored scholarship to encourage study in languages of critical need.
  • Applicants participate in a summer program to study one of the following languages abroad: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian Turkish, or Urdu at varying skill levels (from beginning to advanced dependent on language choice).
  • Applicants should have the intention of continuing study in the language beyond the summer program.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Study Scholarships and Internships

Deadline: varies by program, see DAAD web site for details

Award Amount: varies

Criteria:

  • First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • DAAD offers a variety of study and internship programs in Germany ranging from several weeks long to one (or two) academic year study scholarships or internships.
  • Visit the DAAD web site to read about the variety of programs and eligibility requirements for programs of interest.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Deadline: Fall: April, Spring: September

Award Amount: Recipients will be awarded up to $5,000 (average $4,000) and are then eligible for the Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program if going to a designated country.

Criteria:

  • First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens who receive Pell Grants and intend to go abroad for at least four weeks (must not be a summer only program).
  • Preference is given to those studying outside of Western Europe and Australia.
Killam Fellowships to Canada

Deadline: January

Award Amount: Fellowships range from $5,000 for a semester to $10,000 for a year.

Criteria:

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
  • Typically granted to sophomore or junior undergraduate students for one semester to one year of study in Canada.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time students with exceptional academic records.
National Security Education Program (Boren) Scholarship

Deadline: late January or early February

Award Amount: Provides up to $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for an academic year of study abroad.

Criteria:

  • Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad (Boren Fellowships available for graduate students)
  • This scholarship supports a year or term of study abroad focusing on the importance or international experience and language-learning in education.
  • The focus is primarily on areas/languages that are of critical interest to the United States and are underrepresented in study abroad.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens with strong academic records and an interest in language.

Sophmore-level and beyond

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Deadline: January

Award Amount: Covers up to $7,500 per year.

Criteria:

  • Sophomore, Junior
  • Supports students in the sciences, math, and engineering who intend to seek careers in these fields.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply.
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships

Deadline: January

Award Amount: It awards up to $30,000 towards educational expenses for the final two to three years of study towards completion of a bachelor’s program.

Criteria:

  • Sophomore, Transfer, recent community college graduate
  • This scholarship is awarded to current community college students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • To be eligible students must have an exceptional academic record, demonstrate financial need, and be nominated by a faculty representative at their two-year institution to be considered.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Deadline: January

Award Amount: Recipients receive up to $5,000 financial assistance.

Criteria:

  • Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be pursuing a career related to the environment or be a Native American pursuing a career in tribal public policy or Native health care.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
  • Students apply as sophomores or juniors and must be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
  • Must have a minimum B-average or 3.0 GPA.

Junior-level and beyond

Beinecke Scholarship Program

Deadline: February

Award Amount: Successful applicants receive $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and $30,000 support while in graduate school.

Criteria:

  • Junior
  • To encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities otherwise not available to them.
  • Plan to seek a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national and demonstrate financial need to apply.
Marshall Scholarship

Deadline: mid to late September

Award Amount: Scholarship covers university fees, living expenses, research grants, and some travel.

Criteria:

  • Junior, Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • Intended to allow American students with academic excellence (minimum 3.7 GPA) to pursue graduate studies for 2-3 years at a British university.
  • Students may apply either for either the one year or two year scholarship (NOT both).
  • Application process includes an application and interview.
  • Students may submit a preliminary application in the spring for award beginning in fall of the following year.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Deadline: late January or early February

Award Amount: The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate school.

Criteria:

  • Junior (Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship available for graduate students)
  • For outstanding students interested in pursuing careers with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
  • Successful candidates must commit to three years as a Foreign Service Officer.
Harry Truman Scholarship

Deadline: November

Award Amount: Scholarship provides up to $30,000 towards tuition, fees, room and board.

Criteria:

  • Junior
  • For exceptional students pursuing graduate or professional studies and planning on a career in public service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a record of public and community service, leadership, and strong academics.

Senior-level and beyond

American – Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships/Grants

Deadline: November the year preceding scholarship year (award time runs one year from summer to summer)

Award Amount: Provides funding for research or study for up to one year in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and/or Sweden. Fellowship recipients receive up to $23,000 while grants are for approximately $5,000.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate, Post-Graduate, Study Abroad
  • Eligible candidates must have their bachelor’s degree by start date.
  • It is preferred that candidates have some familiarity with host language.
  • Priority for fellowships is given to those working on their dissertation or research and intending to stay for a year.
  • Grants are typically utilized by students or professionals in the arts or conducting research for one to three months abroad.
Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Minorities

Deadline: October/November

Award Amount: Recipients receive up to a $20,000 stipend and $2,000 towards tuition and fees for a maximum of three years.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • Eligible candidates are U.S. citizens or nationals with excellent academic records who intend to pursue a career in teaching and research at the college/university level and are seeking a Ph.D. or Sc.D.
  • Open to U.S. citizens or nationals who are members of one of the following generally underrepresented groups: African Americans, Alaska Natives, Mexican Americans/Chicanos, Native American, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Deadline: October

Award Amount: Supports an independently designed study, research, or English Teaching Assistantship for one academic year abroad.

Criteria:

  • Senior, recent BA/BS graduates, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to promote and facilitate cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply and proposed study must take place in one of 140 Fulbright designated countries.
  • Basic knowledge of host language is preferred.
  • It is suggested that students begin working with the University of Minnesota, Morris Fulbright representative (larsonje@morris.umn.edu) at least four months prior to application deadline.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Deadline: October

Award Amount: Scholarship covers University of Cambridge college fees, airfare, and a living allowance.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • Students must apply for and be admitted to the University of Cambridge seeking a PH.D., masters, second bachelor degree, or other one-year post-graduate program.
  • Must not be United Kingdom citizens.
  • Applicants must have excellent academic records and either have English as their native language or provide proof of English language proficiency.
Hertz Fellowship

Deadline: October

Award Amount: Amount varies depending on fellowship option, but includes full tuition and a living stipend for two to five years.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • Students wishing to seek a Ph.D. in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences may apply provided that they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Recipients may choose between three options for fellowship awards , the five year Hertz or Coordinated, or the supplemental stipend.
Huygens Scholarship

Deadline: late January or early February

Award Amount: Funds up to two years of graduate studies in the Netherlands leading to a master’s degree. Scholarship funds tuition, living, and travel expenses (approximately €28,000).

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • Applicants should apply directly to their preferred university in the Netherlands and note that you would like to be considered for the Huygens Scholarship.
  • Must be nominated by the Dutch university to submit scholarship application.
  • Applicants should be ranked in the top 10 percent of their undergraduate program and cannot be older than 35 years of age by term start date.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

Deadline: October

Award Amount: Fellows receive an institutional payment (for tuition and fees) and a stipend of up to $30,000.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
  • Supports one to four years of graduate study (Ph.D. or MFA) in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
  • Fellows are selected based on a combination of factors including financial need, academic record, and promise.
Luce Scholars Program

Deadline: late September or early October

Award Amount: Provides a living stipend and internship placement in Asia for one-year.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • Provides those with limited experience in Asian studies the opportunitiy to pursue a one-year internship in Asia.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and should demonstrate strong leadership ability and have an outstanding academic record.
  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree by beginning of placement.
  • To apply for this scholarship, students must work with the Morris fellowships and awards coordinator.
James Madison Fellowship

Deadline: late February or early March

Award Amount: The maximum award is $24,000 total which is paid over the course of study.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens seeking a master’s degree to teach American history, government, or social studies for grades 7–12. Their plan must include study of the constitution.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by August 31st of the year in which they apply.
George Mitchell Scholarship

Deadline: October

Award Amount: Scholarship funds go towards tuition, housing, living expenses, and international travel for one year of postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • Applicants must pursue postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland; field of study is open.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and academic promise.
  • Applicants will need to submit letters of recommendation and institutional endorsement.
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: early November (deadlines vary by field)

Award Amount: Fellowship provides financial support for up to three years, amounts vary.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • Fellowship is available for students seeking graduate study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Applicants should be college seniors or have completed no more than one year of graduate studies.
  • Interested students must provide a profile of educational and research experiences and interests.
Rhodes Scholarship

Deadline: early October

Award Amount: Covers university fees and a living stipend typically for two to three years of study (depending on degree program).

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate, Study Abroad
  • For outstanding students with leadership potential in any field.
  • Applicants should be students of high academic achievement and leadership skills and must have endorsement from the institution.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Deadline: January

Award Amount: Award provides graduating college seniors a $10,000 stipend to pursue public service for one year upon graduation. Public service may take place in the United States or abroad.

Criteria:

  • Senior
  • Applicants must create a project proposal (including budget) that benefits the public good.
  • Project can be done independently or with charity, religious, educational, governmental, or public service organizations.
  • Any student graduating from an accredited university in the United States is welcome to apply.
  • Selection will be made by the Samuel Huntington Fund based on applicant proposals, academic record, personal achievements, and recommendations.
Scoville Peace Fellowships

Deadline: October (for spring), January (for fall)

Award Amount: Fellows receive a $2,300 stipend each month, health insurance, and travel to Washington, D.C. as well as $500 to attend relevant conferences/meetings.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • This fellowship provides recent graduates and graduate students with the opportunity to learn about peace and security issues through a six to nine month internship in Washington, D.C. with participating organizations.
  • Applicants must hold bachelor’s degree by beginning of fellowship. Fellows receive a stipend to assist with living expenses.
Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Deadline: late October

Award Amount: Provides up to $20,000 and a partial tuition grant for up to two years for graduate study.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • For new Americans (resident aliens, naturalized U.S. citizens, or child of naturalized citizens) pursuing graduate study.
  • Applicants must be under thirty-one years old at the time of application and should have strong academic records, initiative, and potential.
Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship

Deadline: early February

Award Amount: The current award is for up to $25,000 for one academic year abroad.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Study Abroad
  • Must be a senior at any University of Minnesota campus at time of application
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and at least 30 semester credits taken in residence.
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

Deadline: February

Award Amount: One fellow is chosen each year and benefits include a salary of approximately $38,000 and health care benefits.

Criteria:

  • Senior, Graduate
  • Provides recent graduates with the opportunity to work with Families U.S.A. in Washington, D.C. for one year.
  • Families U.S.A. is a national organization which focuses on healthcare policies and legislation and aims to enhance the pool of social justice leaders coming from traditionally underrepresented populations.

Graduate-level and beyond

National Security Education Program (Boren) Fellowship

Deadline: January

Award Amount: Provides up to $30,000 for graduate students to enhance their education through study and research abroad.

Criteria:

  • Graduate, Study Abroad
  • May be students from a variety of disciplines and must be visiting a country other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with an emphasis on language study.
  • Should be able to identify how your proposed area of study contributes to U.S. national security and future career goals.
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Deadline: late January or early February

Award Amount: The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the first year and second year of graduate study.

Criteria:

  • Graduate (Apply when seeking entry into a two year master’s program)
  • For outstanding students interested in pursuing careers with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
  • Successful candidates must commit to three years as a Foreign Service Officer.
  • Eligible fields of study: public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, foreign languages.