To gain a sense of how vast and exciting your options may be, review this grid of scholarships and fellowships developed by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA). Although the grid reflects 2011 deadlines, it itemizes a prodigious number of scholarships (many more than included in this website) and gives useful information on them including descriptions and eligibility criteria.
NAFA also publishes an invaluable overview of scholarships and fellowships each year, providing students with crucial information on numerous awards: the focus of the award, its deadlines, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and contact information.
Additionally, a non-profit organization called the Institute of International Education (IIE) maintains a directory--iiepassport.org--that allows students to search widely for study abroad programs and in some cases the scholarships and fellowships that fund them.
Some of the major categories of scholarships and fellowships you may want to explore are listed below. After gaining a sense of the landscape of national and international awards, the "SCHOLARSHIPS GUIDE" link in the left-hand index will lead you to succinct descriptions of individual awards and their websites.
At the undergraduate level, students in math, chemistry, physics, engineering, life sciences, social sciences, geology, computer information or science education should look at the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates website for an overview of countless summer internships in many fields. Some of our students have applied and been selected for these internships for not just one summer, but two or three.
You may explore an array of other U.S. awards, such as the Goldwater, the Udall, the Rangel, the Pickering, the Truman--each with its own focus in areas as diverse as environmental science, international development, and public service. Eight of our undergraduates have won Truman Scholarships, and a number of others have been finalists for that fine public service award (applied for in the junior year). George Montanez won not only a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship but also a Ford Foundation Scholarship. Jessie Kuykendall became a Pickering Scholar and took a master's degree at George Washington University.
Do you want to know more about overseas opportunities for Critical Language Scholarships, for the Boren Scholarship or the Fulbright? We have had students win the CLS to China and to Russia. We have students who have won Gilmans to study Arabic or Spanish. Students have won Boren Scholarships to study Chinese, Turkish, and Russian.
Many Baylor undergraduates and graduate students have won Fulbrights. Among them are the following:
Other graduates are teaching English in Thailand and France as well as entering graduate programs after completing a Fulbright. Look at the Fulbright US Student Programs website to survey the 140+ countries that US students may apply to for study, research, and English teaching. Likewise, Rotary Global Grant Scholarships and World Peace Scholarships offer worldwide study. (Many Baylor students have won these!)
Speak with your adviser or a favorite professor regarding your interest, or Contact the URSA office for information on undergraduate research, or Complete a Student Profile, which will allow us to learn about your interests, academic background, and talents--and then contact you to meet in person and discuss your aspirations and goals. We will do our best to help you begin the conversation that might lead to a summer internship, to a meaningful research experience, to a graduate fellowship, or to other exciting opportunities on campus and beyond.
Workshops on these topics are held throughout the school year. If you want to be notified of an upcoming workshop, contact Dean Elizabeth Vardaman (710-4176).
Should you discover that a bid for a national scholarship does not fit your goals, the link "Beyond Scholarships" (in the left-hand index of this page) offers various categories of information that complement the national scholarship information, such as teaching and service opportunities abroad.