Baylor University
National & International Scholarships
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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.

National Due Date: 5 February 2014


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 Due Date: 15 November 2013

Applications will be available mid-September.


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 Due Date: Applications postmarked 31 January 2014


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.

Due Date: Applications will be available 6 December 2013 and applications are due 31 January 2014.


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.

Due Date: 15 December 2013


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.

Due Date for Fall 2014 and AY2014-2015: 4 March 2014


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. Taylor Kohn was named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar. Other recent winners include Rachel Wilkerson in 2010 and Juan Yaquian in 2008. 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 Workshops: Goldwater Workshops will be held in Room 206 of Wing C of the Baylor Sciences Building this fall (2013) from 5:00 6:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: September 10th, October 1st, and October 22nd. All students are welcome to attend. Dr. Jeffrey Olafsen, associate professor of Physics and campus representative for the Goldwater Scholarship, will lead each of these informational sessions.

Campus Deadline: Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Contact Dr. Olafsen via email Jeffrey_Olafsen@baylor.edu for further information.

National Due Date: 28 January 2014


Humanity in Action Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Sophomores || Juniors || Seniors || Recent Graduates

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.

Due Date: 9 January 2014


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.

Due Date: January 2014. See website for details.


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.

Due Date: Deadlines vary according to internship but typically occur in November of each year.


Pamela Harriman Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Any Undergraduate Year

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.

Deadline: 1 November 2013


Pickering Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Junior Year

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: on-line application submitted in early February 2013 (check website)

Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Internship

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

Disciplines: Diverse Majors

Year: Junior Year

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.

Due Date: 1 November 2013


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 to apply for opportunities to work closely with researchers at NIST, one of the world's leading research organizations. Ideal candidates for these positions are students who are setting a course toward a career in science or engineering. For more information, read the details at the SURF program website (click link in above title) or call 301.975.4200. Applications are usually due in mid-February. Check website for exact dates.

Application Deadlines vary.


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 2010 we had four endorsed candidates and three of them became finalists. The Truman Foundation chose 60 of the approximately 600 applicants to receive the Truman in 2010.

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.

National Due Date: 4 February 2014


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.

Due Date: 5 March 2014