Undergraduate Awards

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American Association of University Women Community Action Grants

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day--educational, social, economic, and political. A vital AAUW program, the Community Action Grant, provides funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and propose projects that have direct public impact, are nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. Applicants may pursue one- or two-year grants for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.

National Deadline: 1 December 2020

Aspen Institute, Hearst Fellowship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated, current, non-graduating graduate or undergraduate students from underrepresented communities of color.

National Deadline: 8 August 2020

Boren Scholarship

Disciplines: intensive language study

Year: any undergraduate year

The National Security Education Program (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 $10,000 to $20,000.

Campus Deadline: 17 January 2021

National Deadline: 5 February 2021

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program

Disciplines: diverse

Year: any undergraduate year (full time enrollment)

The purpose of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in Federal Agencies. The CIP provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first-hand about our nation's legislative process. Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program. Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students. In addition to a stipend, housing, and transportation costs, interns may be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program.

National Deadline, Spring 2021: 15 October 2010

National Deadline, Summer 2021 : 1 December 2020

National Deadline, Fall 2020: 15 February 2020

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute-United Health Foundation Scholar-Internship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers receive scholarship funds as well as hands-on experience through a paid internship at a community-based health organization. The program creates a unique opportunity for financially needy students to take on what would otherwise be an unpaid internship and exposes them to the health care needs of underserved communities, all while receiving financial support for their education.

National Deadline: 13 May 2020; 2021 tba

DAR Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship

Disciplines: political science || history || government || economics

Year: rising junior || rising senior

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) award the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship to two deserving college juniors or seniors enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States who are pursuing a major in political science, history, government, or economics. This is a one-time award in the amount of $5,000.

National Deadline: 15 February 2021

Davis-Putter Scholarship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are strongly committed to the progressive movement. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobi,and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country. Davis-Putter scholars are both graduate and undergraduate students and must be living in the U.S. and planning to enroll in an accredited school. Grantees must receive college credit for the time period covered by their grant, and the maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $15,000 per year.

National Deadline: 1 April 2021

Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

Disciplines: technology

Year: sophomore

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship (FAIT) Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy. The program awards two undergraduate Fellows with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS), the professional staff that supports and maintains hundreds of applications as well as provides IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries.

National Deadline: February 2021

Freeman-ASIA Award for Study Abroad

Disciplines: diverse, with an emphasis on East Asian languages and culture

Year: any undergraduate year

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist undergraduate recipients with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Grant amounts are up to $3000 for a summer study program; up to $5000 for a semester award; and up to $7000 for an academic year study program. To apply for this scholarship, an undergraduate student must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. Also, Freeman-ASIA seeks to fund students with little or no previous experience in the country in which they plan to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. This award is need-based and requires students to submit their FAFSA as part of the application process.

National Deadline: 5 April 2020; applications will open in early 2021.

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.

January 2020 - October 2020, Deadline: December 2019

February 2020 - October 2020, Deadline: January 2020

March 2020 - October 2020, Deadline: February 2020

May 2020 - April 2021, Deadline April 2020

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. Christina Gaw was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar; Ian Boys and Rebecca Holden were named 2014 Goldwater Scholars. 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 Deadline: December 2020

National Deadline: 31 January 2021

Killam Undergraduate Fellowship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Fellows receive a cash award of $10,000 US ($5,000 US per semester) and an allowance to offset the cost of health insurance in Canada. The Foundation hosts all new Killam Fellows at an Orientation program in Ottawa each fall and again at a seminar in Washington D.C. each spring. In addition, all Fellows are eligible to apply for a mobility grant in an amount not to exceed $800. The idea of the mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the culture of the host country. The Killam Fellowships Program also offers enrichment opportunities for alumni. In particular, the Killam Community Action Initiative which allows alumni to apply for a grant to get involved and to help make the world a better place, starting in their own communities, and the Local Ambassador Program.

Open Competition National Deadline: 31 January 2021

National Institutes of Health Scholarships

Disciplines: health-related academic programs

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 research 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: 18 March 2021

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

Year: sophomore

Established in 1970 to honor retiring Senator Ernest F. Hollings (South Carolina), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a Federal environmental science agency within the Department of Commerce. NOAA's mission broadly 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 NOAA Hollings Scholarship seeks 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: Applications open 1 September.

ORISE Internships & Scholarships

Disciplines: science || engineering

Year: any undergraduate year

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) sponsors more than 50 research programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities in 24 states and some outside the United States. ORISE programs include research experiences at Department of Energy national laboratories as well as other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well some positions outside the United States.

National Deadline: vary according to agency

SMART Department of Defense Scholarships

Disciplines: STEM fields

Year: any undergraduate year

Through its STEM initiative, designed to support undergraduate students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields within disciplines of importance to the US government, the Department of Defense (DoD) offers two undergraduate scholarships to students pursuing studies in STEM disciplines: the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship through the National Security Agency (NSA); and the SMART Scholarship for Service Progam, which aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD facilities.

National Deadline: 1 December 2020

State Department Virtual Internships

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

U.S. college students make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government and one of these ways is through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) within the Department of State. VSFS is designed to engage civil society in the work of the government by harnessing the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students. Since 2009, 1,205 eInterns (U.S. college students working remotely) have expanded the reach of U.S. government efforts around the world. 3,385 students applied to the 2014-15 program. Selected eInterns will contribute their skills and creativity to 323 projects from the following agencies: U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Army Research Laboratory Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The Smithsonian Institution, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service.

Selected students are expected to intern virtually an average of ten hours per week from September to May each year. Some students have received course credit for their VSFS eInternships through their own efforts with their schools.

National Deadline: 26 July 2020

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. 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.

Campus Deadline: Monday, 23 November 2020 (by 8am)

Endorsed Candidate Deadline: 31 January 2021

National Deadline: 4 February 2021

Udall Scholarship

Disciplines: environmental science || Native American studies

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: 5 March 2021

Wilson Center Research Assistant Internship Program

Disciplines: diverse

Year: junior ||senior
Most interns are at least seniors in the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) will be considered.

The Woodrow Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.

The majority of interns at The Wilson Center serve as research assistants or scholar interns for visiting scholars. Research assistants are talented college students from universities around the country who combine part-time hours at the Center with their studies and with other activities. A research assistant typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. A position as a research assistant is particularly appropriate for a college student planning to move on to graduate studies, or for college students wishing to develop a deeper understanding of their field of study. In addition to assisting with research, interns have the opportunity to network with experts in their chosen fields. The Center has at least 60 research interns at any one time, many of whom are replaced at the end of each academic term. Internship appointments are generally consistent with academic semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer) and last approximately nine to twelve weeks.

Most research assistants do an internship for academic credit and do not receive a stipend. Typical research assistants are students of political science; U.S. government/politics; international relations; history (including US history); foreign languages; international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies; journalism and similar disciplines, though students of many other fields of study have sometimes been selected. New scholars are constantly arriving at the Wilson Center, and it can be difficult to predict what specific projects will be carried out in the future. For that reason, all interested students are encouraged to apply.

National Deadlines: 15 October for Spring term beginning in January; 31 March for Summer term beginning in June; and 16 July for Fall term beginning in September