A list of national and international scholarship opportunities for outstanding undergraduates and recent graduates.
For more information on any of these scholarships, contact Sally Lieberman or the campus contact person mentioned under a specific award.
This page lists scholarships for which students may apply during sophomore year.
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Astronaut Scholarships °
For SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS in engineering, mathematics, or the natural or applied sciences. No special consideration is given to students in astronautical engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with excellent academic records and research experience who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field. The scholarship is for $10,000 with the possibility of renewal beyond the first year. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member. The U may nominate up to two candidates. 18-20 awards nationwide to candidates from select institutions, including the U of M-Twin Cities. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. For further information, visit the Astronaut Scholarships website. Click here for recent recipients.
Boren National Security Education Program Scholarships °
Supports a term or year of study abroad, for the purpose of equipping Americans with an understanding of less commonly studied languages and cultures in regions critical to U.S. interests. NSEP emphasizes the importance of language study as a major component of the study abroad program. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be an integral part of the proposal. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with strong academic records, language and international interests. FRESHMAN through SENIORS may apply for the undergraduate scholarships. (Boren Fellowships are also offered for GRADUATE STUDENTS, who should visit the Office of International Programs website for further information.) Carries a one-year service requirement. Approximately 150 are awarded nationwide. An institutional review and interview process is conducted on campus for undergraduate applicants. Campus contact: Amanda Fischer, Learning Abroad Center, 230 Heller Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available at the Boren website. Click here for recent recipients.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals °
Year-long work-study program beginning in July provides opportunities for young adults to gain cultural understanding, education, and professional experience in Germany. Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, age 18-24 at the start of the program; high school, college (FRESHMAN through SENIOR), or GRADUATE STUDENT. Must have coursework and some practical experience relevant to the intended internship field. Exchange Program includes classroom instruction and an internship experience. Covers international and in-country travel, university tuition, a living stipend, and accommodations with a host family or in a student residence. Preferred fields include business, technology, engineering, and agriculture. All fields may apply. German language proficiency is preferred but not required. 75 awards nationwide. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information is available at the CBYEYP website. Click here for recent recipients.
Critical Language Scholarships °
U.S. State Department-sponsored scholarships support intensive summer language study in the critical need languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu, at designated language institutes abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens; may be FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, SENIORS, or GRADUATE STUDENTS. All fields of study are eligible. Some institutes have language prerequisites, but many are open to beginners. All program costs are covered, including travel, room and board, instruction, visa fees, and entrance fees for program activities. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and an online application will be available during the fall at the Critical Language Scholarships website. Click here for recent recipients.
DAAD Summer Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) °
Please see the Summer Research Opportunities page for details.
DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships °
For 4-10 months of undergraduate study, senior thesis research, and/or internship in Germany. Applicants must be SOPHOMORES or JUNIORS in any field of study at any North American university; must have outstanding academic record and personal integrity; must possess outstanding academic record and personal integrity; demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs; and have well-defined plans for their time in Germany. Citizenship is open. Preference is given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university.German language proficiency is not required but applicants must have language skills commensurate with their study and research needs. Approximately 50 are awarded per year. Includes monthly stipend of EUR 650, travel/research funds, health insurance. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information is available at DAAD.
DAAD University Summer Course Grants °
For 3-4 week summer courses at German universities, which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political, or economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Applicants must be SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, SENIORS, OR GRADUATE STUDENTS with outstanding academic records; U.S. or Canadian citizens or foreign nationals who have been full-time students at North American universities for at least one year; must have completed at least 4 semesters of German or equivalent. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available at DAAD.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates °
Supports full-time undergraduates taking certain world languages--in general, the less commonly studied languages that are taught at the U through the advanced- (third year) level. Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident, FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, or SENIOR; must be a full-time enrolled undergraduate during the grant period and must be well prepared to pursue an eligible language at the INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR HIGHER during the grant period. Must have excellent academic record, strong international interests, and long-term plans that include further study/use of the language. Academic year fellowships (estimated amount: up to $15,000) are for enrollment in residence at the U of M; summer fellowships (estimated amount: up to $7,000) may be used at other US institutions (or in limited cases abroad) if intensive summer courses are not offered at the U of MN. Candidates must be nominated by their major department; students who do not yet have declared majors may be nominated by an academic advising office. Campus contact: Jodi Elowitz, email@example.com, 612.624.6527. Further information at this webpage. Click here for recent recipients.
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes °
Three-to-six week summer programs at world-class UK universities for FRESHMAN and SOPHOMORES who are US citizens with strong academic records. Leadership, initiative, character, adaptability, and ambassadorial qualities are highly valued, along with an interest in the UK and its culture. Participant costs including academic program fees, travel, housing, subsistence, and cultural activities are covered. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information and the application form, visit the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes website. Click here for recent recipient.
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships °
Supports undergraduate students planning to participate in rigorous education abroad programs during the 2013-2014 academic year or summer 2013. FEA will award $5,000 scholarships to students who study abroad for one semester and up to $10,000 for two semesters of study abroad; students who study abroad for other lengths of time (minimum of four weeks) will receive a proportionate amount. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be committed to supporting education abroad in their campus community through work with the FEA and their campus education abroad staff upon return. Up to 15 grants will be awarded. Campus contacts: Thuy Doan (email@example.com) or Lindsey Lahr (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Learning Abroad Center. For details and application instructions, visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.
German Universities of Applied Sciences Study & Internship Programs °
Supports one semester of study abroad at one of Germany's applied sciences universities, followed by a six month paid professional internship. New options this year allow students to apply for the internship only or a semester of study only. Applicants must be SOPHOMORES or JUNIORS at US or Canadian institutions in engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, or social work. Citizenship is open. Must have a well-defined study proposal. German language proficiency is not required unless needed to complete the proposed course of study. Includes a one-semester scholarship if applicable, monthly internship stipend of EUR 650, and travel grant. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information is available at UAS7.
Gilman International Scholarships °
For a semester, summer, or academic year of study abroad worldwide, for undergraduates with significant financial need. FRESHMAN through SENIORS may apply. Awards are for up to $5000, with the amount varying depending on the length of study and student need. Gilman Scholars studying certain languages may also apply for an additional Critical Need Language Supplement of up to $3000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Pell Grant recipients, must be applying to or accepted by a study abroad program of at least 4 weeks in length for which the U will award academic credit. Carries a small service commitment. Over 2300 Gilman Scholarships are awarded nationwide. Campus contact: Thuy Doan, Learning Abroad Center, 230 Heller Hall, 612.626.8686, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and online application available at IIE. Applicants should request study abroad advisor approval and obtain financial need verification well before the deadline. Click here for recent recipients.
Goldwater Scholarships °
For undergraduates who plan to pursue graduate degrees and research-based careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and must be SOPHOMORES or JUNIORS in the upper quarter of their class. Selection criteria include outstanding academic performance and demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Undergraduate research experience is highly valued. Pays up to $7,500 per year for up to two years. Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded nationwide. Campus nomination is required; the U may nominate up to four candidates. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information and applications are available at Goldwater website.
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Hispanic Scholarship Fund °
For undergraduate or graduate study in any field. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage as defined by the Scholarship Fund, U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident, with GPA of 3.0 or higher. FRESHMAN through SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and applications will be available in September at Hispanic Scholarship Fund website.
Humanity In Action Fellowships °
This summer fellowship program brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as issues affecting different minority groups today. Curriculum focuses on issues of diversity in European societies. Programs are held in various European cities. The fellowship covers the costs of participation and accommodations, and provides a small stipend for meals; participants pay for airfare and other expenses. There is a service requirement. Applicants from the U.S must be SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, SENIORS, or recent GRADUATES of US universities; citizenship is open.
Killam Fellowships to Canada °
For a semester or year of undergraduate study in Canada. The program encourages exchange between Canada and the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, full-time undergraduates (in most cases SOPHOMORE or JUNIOR) with outstanding academic records. Fellowships are $10,000 for a year or $5000 for a semester. Fellows also participate in two exchange events, for which expenses are covered. Approximately 20 fellowships nationwide. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information at Killam Fellowships website.
Lorenzen Scholarship °
Administered by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, the Lilly Lorenzen Scholarship provides funding for a Minnesota resident to carry out scholarly or creative activities in Sweden. FRESHMAN through SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. Must have a working knowledge of Swedish language, a serious desire to make a contribution to American-Swedish cultural exchange, and achievement in the selected field of study. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information and the application, visit the American Swedish Institute.
Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden °
Administered by the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, this scholarship provides up to $10,000 for up to a year of study or research in Sweden, with some attention to Swedish America or relations between the U.S and Sweden. FRESHMAN through SENIORS and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. Must have a working knowledge of Swedish language. The scholarship will not be awarded for language study alone, although language study may be part of the proposal. Must establish an institutional contact in Sweden that can provide a letter of affiliation or invitation. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. For further information and the application, visit the American Swedish Institute.
NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates °
Please see the Summer Research Opportunities page for details.
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships °
Supports outstanding undergraduates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research, for one to four years. Applicants may be full-time FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, or JUNIORS. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be certified by the Office of Student Finance as having exceptional financial need. In general, applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, but foreign nationals may apply under certain conditions. Carries a service requirement. Approximately 15 scholarships of up to $20,000 are awarded per year; scholarship may be renewed for up to four years. Also includes paid research training at NIH during the summer. Carries a commitment to take up paid employment and training at NIH for one or more years after graduation. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information will be available this fall at The National Institutes of Health.
Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program °
Six-week summer program at Howard University in D.C. to enhance the knowledge and skills of undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in international affairs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens; FRESHMAN through SENIORS with GPA of 3.2 or higher. Those with financial need, and members of minorities underrepresented in the foreign service, are encouraged to apply. Program covers tuition, room, board, travel, and a $3500 stipend. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information is available at the Rangel Program website.
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship °
Supports 2 to 3 months of research at a Swiss university. Applicants must be currently enrolled SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, SENIORS, or GRADUATE STUDENTS and must provide written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that she/he will accept you for a research stay in his/her group. Knowledge of German, French, or Italian is helpful but not required. Approximately $1000 per month scholarship, of which half is paid upon completion of the research stay. Participants are expected to participate in limited outreach activities as student ambassadors. 15 awards nationwide. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information and application instructions, visit the ThinkSwiss website.
Tillman Military Scholarship °
Provides financial support for undergraduate and graduate students who are veterans or active duty military service members in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and for spouses or surviving spouses of veterans and active service members. Amount of award is determined case-by-case on the basis of need. Recipients are expected to participate in Tillman-sponsored community service and leadership activities. Additional selection criteria include strong educational and career ambitions, community service, leadership potential, excellent application essays. 60 Scholars will be selected nationwide. Campus contact: Carin Anderson, Veterans Services, email@example.com, 612.625.8076. Further information and online application are available at the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Udall Scholarships (Environment) °
For undergraduates who are preparing for careers related to the environment and who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental issues. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; currently enrolled SOPHOMORES or JUNIORS with GPA of 3.0 or higher; of any ethnicity. Provides up to $5000 towards undergraduate education. Scholars participate in a Udall Scholars Orientation in Tucson, AZ in August. Approximately 50 Udall Scholarships (including Environment, Tribal Public Policy and Native Health Care) are awarded nationwide. Institutional nomination is required; the U may nominate up to six candidates. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available at the Udall Foundation website.
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Udall Scholarships (Tribal Public Policy/Native Health Care) °
For Native American or Alaska Native undergraduates who are committed to pursuing careers related to tribal public policy or native health care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; currently enrolled SOPHOMORES or JUNIORS with GPA of 3.0 or higher; must meet the Udall Foundation's definition of Native American or Alaska Native. Approximately 50 Udall Scholarships (including Environment, Tribal Public Policy and Native Health Care) are awarded nationwide. Institutional nomination is required; the U may nominate up to six Udall Scholarship candidates. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, email@example.com. Further information is available at the Udall Foundation website.
Whitaker International Program Undergraduate Scholarships °
Provides funding for undergraduate biomedical engineering (BME) students to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad. Applicants can propose to intern, conduct research, take BME coursework, or directly enroll at an institution that offers outstanding BME training. Grantees may carry out their study abroad programs at a host institution in any country outside of the U.S., except Canada, but must establish a host relationship in their country of choice. A letter of support from the host is required. Grants can be awarded for one semester (up to a $7,500 scholarship) or one academic year (up to a $10,000 scholarship). Applicants must be FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES OR JUNIORS; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; must demonstrate a need for financial support; and must have at least one semester remaining upon return from their time abroad. Grantees must have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country by the time of departure. Up to 40 grants will be awarded. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information and application instructions, visit the Whitaker International Program website. Click here for recent recipient.