Baylor University
National & International Scholarships
College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Scholarships

Boren Scholarship (also known as the National Security Education Program Scholarship)

Disciplines: Language Study in Diverse Languages

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

The NSEP awards the Boren Scholarship to American students for study of world regions critical to US interests including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the NIS, and the Middle East. Applicants must show how pursuing language study and experiencing cultural immersion can help them in their professional goals. Awards may range from 6 weeks in the summer for freshmen and sophomores, to a semester, a year, or 3 years for upper-classmen and graduate students. Through a special STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initative, students majoring in STEM disciplines may also apply for a Boren scholarship that awards up to $8,000 for a minimum of 8 weeks of summer study. Awards cover travel, living expenses, and tuition costs and range from $1,500 to $25,000.

Contact Dr. Frieda Blackwell, Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences, for more information.

National Deadline: 4 February 2015

Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers. Sponsored by the United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), scholarships are available for intensive overseas study in the critical-need foreign languages: Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. See article on Baylor's three winners in 2008 to Russia. See article on winner in 2010.

Students have been selected for this award to study in Japan, Turkey, China, and Russia from Baylor. All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student's home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country and all entrance fees for program activities. University level credit may be available. Recipients of these scholarships are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

National Deadline: 12 November 2014

DAAD German Academic Undergraduate Scholarship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

Highly qualified sophomores and juniors (with outstanding academic records and personal integrity) are invited to apply for a 4-10 month scholarship that will fund a well-defined study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany during the German academic year.

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Contact Dr. Andrew Wisely or other professors in the German Division for details.

National Deadline: 31 January 2015

DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Engineering

Year: Sophomore || Junior

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers the RISE summer internship program for undergraduate students from the U.S., Canada, and the UK. RISE interns work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of two to three months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language is English. Interns receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses; partner universities and institutions provide housing assistance.

National Deadline: 31 January 2015

DAAD University Summer Course Grant

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Sophomore || Junior

This program, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), provides scholarships for undergraduate students to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political, and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. Scholarships are available for courses lasting a minimum of three weeks and cover tuition, room and board, in whole or in part. DAAD will also provide an international travel subsidy.

Applicants must have completed four semesters of college German (or its equivalent language proficiency) before taking up the scholarship in order to be able to participate in group projects and follow lectures in German.

National Deadline: 31 January 2015

Gilman International Scholarship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to support U.S. citizen undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year undergraduate institutions for study abroad for a semester or academic year. Students studying a Critical Need Language may receive a $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. A number of Baylor students have been successful in this competition.
The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting U.S. citizen undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman scholarship intends to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age.

National Deadline, Spring Study Abroad (15 December 2014 - 15 April 2015): 7 October 2015

National Deadline, Summer Study Abroad (1 May - 1 August 2015): 7 October 2015

National Deadline, Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad (15 July 2015 - 15 October 2016): 3 March 2015

Goldwater Scholarship

Disciplines: Science || Math || Engineering

Year: Sophomore || Junior

The Barry M. Goldwater award encourages excellence in science, mathematics, and engineering. Three hundred are awarded annually. Baylor has been and is always competitive in this scholarship process. Ian Boys and Rebecca Holden were named 2014 Goldwater Scholars; Taylor Kohn was named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar. Candidates should have outstanding potential, a current or planned research experience with a faculty mentor, and intentions to pursue research careers in one of these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7,500. Applicants must (1) be sophomores or juniors; (2) have a college grade point average of at least a "B"; and (3) be a US citizen, US national, or resident alien.

Campus Goldwater Workshops: Tuesday, 23 September; Wednesday, 15 October; Thursday 6 November. Each workshop will be held in D.109 of the Baylor Sciences Building from 5-6pm in the evening.

Campus Deadline: 8 December 2014

National Deadline: 23 January 2015

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Sophomore || Junior || Senior || Recent Graduate

Humanity in Action Fellows participate in an annual month-long human rights fellowship program held each summer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, or Warsaw. All Fellows from the U.S. begin their programs in Washington, DC at a special orientation hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Humanity in Action fully covers the cost of participation in the program, including housing and most meals.

The selection committee seeks candidates who have a demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice and who possess entrepreneurship and leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and social maturity.

National Deadline: 8 January 2015

National Institutes of Health Scholarships

Disciplines: Health Related

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program awards financial support up to $20,000, paid reserach training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation for approximately 15 winners each year.

National Deadline: Application typically opens in January. 2015 dates not yet available

NOAA Hollings Scholarship

Disciplines: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or science teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.

Year: Sophomore

Established in 1970, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a Federal environmental science agency within the Department of Commerce. NOAA's mission is: To understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs.

The Hollings Scholarship, housed within NOAA, was established to honor retiring Senator Ernest F. Hollings (South Carolina). The purposes of the program are to:
(1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;

(2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;

(3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state, and local levels of government; and,

(4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

Hollings Scholars receive a scholarship award (up to a maximum of $8,000) for two academic years of full-time study and participate in a 10-week, full-time internship ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility.

National Deadline: 31 January 2015

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

Disciplines: Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Ethics, Math, the Sciences, Social Sciences

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

As part of their work as the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental sciences and engineering (except for medical sciences), the NSF offers summer internships for undergraduates known as REUs. This program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

National Deadline: Vary according to internship but typically occur in November of each year

Pamela Harriman Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Sophomore || Junior

This fellowship allows students to spend a summer in the American Embassy in London, Paris, or the State Department in Washington, D.C. The Harriman Fellowship Program is nationally competitive and highly selective. Offering an eleven-week service opportunity, as well as a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses, the fellowship is open to eligible juniors and seniors throughout the United States.

National Deadline: Typically 1 November. Check website.

Pickering Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Junior

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

National Deadline: 23 January 2015

Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Internship

at Carnegie Mellon, Michigan, Princeton, UC Berkeley, or Maryland

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Junior

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations, and other institutional settings. This focus stems from a core belief that our citizens are best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 20 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators, and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues, and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic, and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows.

National Deadline: 1 November 2014

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Science/Engineering

Disciplines: Science || Math ||Engineering

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program invites undergraduate researchers in science, mathematics and engineering to apply for opportunities to work closely with researchers at NIST through one of its two programs: SURF Gaithersburg, MD and SURF Boulder, CO. Applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted through Baylor, and not from students individually and require a single proposal from the institution. In the Maryland SURF program, students can participate in any one of the seven NIST laboratories:

  • Material Measurement Laboratory
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory
  • Communications Technology Laboratory
  • Engineering Laboratory
  • Information Technology Laboratory
  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • NIST Center for Neutron Research

    In the Colorado SURF program, students choose from 5 areas of study for their fellowship: Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science, and Physics.

    SURFing is a partnership, supported by NIST, NSF, and the participating colleges/universities. We anticipate providing meaningful research opportunities for approximately 130 students in the Maryland program and 22 in the Colorado program. The two SURF programs are distinct and thus, please note, an application for one SURF program does not constitute an application for the other.

    National Deadline: 13 February 2015

    Truman Scholarship

    Disciplines: Diverse Majors

    Year: Junior

    The Truman Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors who have impressive leadership potential, who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and who wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for public service careers.
    Baylor is proud to have had outstanding students selected for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007. In 2014 we had four endorsed candidates and two of them became finalists.
    The application process encourages candidates to reflect on the needs of society they want to address in their public service, to refine career goals and objectives, and to initiate planning for graduate study. An intense and extensive application process is involved. After carefully reviewing the web pages to understand the eligibility requirements and commitments involved, contact Professor Elizabeth Vardaman (254-710-4176) for more information.

    Campus Deadline: 27 October 2014

    Endorsed Candidate Deadline: 29 January 2015

    National Deadline: 3 February 2015

    Udall Scholarship

    Disciplines: Environmental Science || Native American Concerns

    Year: Sophomore || Junior

    The Morris K. Udall and Stuart L. Udall Foundation awards 50 undergraduate scholarships and 50 honorable mentions to American sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Typical majors or areas of study include environmental health, environmental science, the natural sciences, resource management, the social sciences, and Native American public policy. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $5,000.

    National Deadline: 4 March 2015