Nationally Competitive Awards Directory

Research is the key to finding a scholarship or fellowship opportunity that fits you and your situation, and it is worth noting that most application processes require you to plan at least six months in advance. We encourage you to explore the opportunities below focusing first on eligibility requirements and next on scholar profiles and details of the award to evaluate the feasibility of your candidacy. 

*The awards below denoted with an asterisk require campus nomination. Contact nationalawards@iastate.edu for further information. 

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Award Categories

 

STEM-Based

Summer Research Early Identification Program (sophomores/juniors targeting PhD or MD/PhD)

Summer Research Opportunities Program (freshmen-juniors : minority/first generation applicants)

Pathways to Science

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Fellowships

Boren STEM Initiative 

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (freshmen/sophomores)

Cargill Global Scholars Program (freshmen/sophomores)

*Goldwater Scholarship (sophomores/juniors): Campus Application due 3rd Monday in October

*Udall Scholarship (sophomores/juniors): Campus Application due 3rd Monday in November

Natl. Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin Hollings Scholarship (sophomores/juniors)

DAAD RISE Program (Germany)

Hertz Fellowship

Amgen Research Scholars

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

SMART Scholarship (DOD)

Brooke Owens Fellowship for Women in Aerospace 

Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Fellowships

National Institutes of Health Postbac Intramural Research Training Award

Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship (undergraduates and graduates)

Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship (undergraduates, graduates, recent alum)

Women in Aerospace Scholarship (juniors and seniors)

 

Graduate School

*Fulbright 

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship (UK)

*Rhodes Scholarship for U.S. Students & for International Students (UK): Campus Application due 3rd Monday in August

Hertz Fellowship

Soros Fellowship

*Truman ScholarshipCampus Application due 1st Monday in November

Ford Foundation Fellowship

*Marshall Scholarship (UK): Campus Application due 3rd Monday in August

Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland)

Schwartzman Scholars (China)

Knight-Hennessy Scholars (Stanford)

Rotary Global Grants

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Coro Fellowship

James Madison Memorial Fellowship (social studies education)

 

Study/Research/Language Abroad

*FulbrightCampus Application due 2nd Monday in September

Boren Scholarship 

Cultural Vistas Programs

Killam Fellowship/Fulbright Canada

Rotary Global Grants

Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship (undergraduates and graduates)

MENAR Fellowship Program (Middle East)

DAAD RISE Program (Germany - contact Mark Rectanus at mwr@iastate.edu)

CBYX (Germany)

Critical Language Scholarship 

Gilman Scholarship (contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center at annegn@iastate.edu)

*See the Iowa State University Study Abroad Center scholarship listing for further opportunities.

 

Public Service & Foreign Affairs

*Truman Scholarship

Emerson National Hunger Fellowship (seniors and graduate students)

Leland International Hunger Fellowship (seniors and graduate students)

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Newman Civic Fellowship (freshmen-juniors: contact nationalawards@iastate.edu

Rangel International Affairs Program

Payne International Development Fellowship

Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship (undergraduates and graduates)

Rotary Global Grants

MENAR Fellowship Program (Middle East)

FAO Schwarz Fellowship (graduating seniors/recent grads - non-profit sector/social justice)

Lead for America (graduating students - public service, grassroots movements)

 

Summer, GAP & Experiential

Summer Research Early Identification Program (sophomores/juniors targeting PhD or MD/PhD)

Emerson National Hunger Fellowship (seniors and graduate students)

Leland International Hunger Fellowship (seniors and graduate students)

Davis Fellows for Peace (undergraduates)

Lynette Pohlman Museum Fellowship (ISU undergraduates, any major)

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (freshmen/sophomores)

Amgen Research Scholars

DAAD RISE Program (Germany)

Fulbright UK Summer Institute (freshmen/sophomores)

Humanity in Action (undergraduates & recent grads)

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program (sophomores/juniors)

National Institutes of Health Postbac Intramural Research Training Award

Natl. Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin Hollings Scholarship (sophomores/juniors)

Brooke Owens Fellowship for Women in Aerospace

Project Horseshoe Farm (GAP Year: leadership, community health, social entrepreneurship) 

Princeton in Latin American (GAP Year: Spanish and NGO work open to seniors/recent graduates)

Hertog Fellowship for Political Studies (Summer program open to undergrads/recent graduates)

Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (juniors)

Fulbright Canada MITACS Global Link Summer Research Program (freshmen-juniors)

FAO Schwarz Fellowship (graduating seniors/recent grads - non-profit sector/social justice)

Lead for America (graduating students - public service, grassroots movements)

Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship (undergraduates, graduates, recent alum)

Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship (juniors in education with social justice focus)

Break Through Collaborative Teaching Fellowship (undergraduates from all majors interested in teaching/social justice)

 

Awards for Multicultural Students

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (freshmen/sophomores)

Summer Research Opportunities Program (freshmen-juniors)

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program (sophomores/juniors)

Humanity in Action (undergraduates & recent grads)

Soros Fellowship

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Payne International Development Fellowship

Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship (juniors in education with social justice focus)

Break Through Collaborative Teaching Fellowship (undergraduates from all majors interested in teaching/social justice)

Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (juniors/seniors and graduate students interested in education/higher education admin)

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (undergraduates from all fields/research and leadership development)

Trials Summer Pre-Law Prep Program (undergrads/grads from underrepresented groups: NYU and Harvard sponsored)