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Scholarship Information

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.

Undergraduate Scholarships

This page lists scholarships that provide support for undergraduate education.

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NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD):

Please see the Summer Research Opportunities page for details.

Lorenzen Scholarship °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 05.01.14 (for 2014-15 scholarships)

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, natschol@umn.edu. For further information and the application, visit the American Swedish Institute.

Undergraduate Awards Program, Ireland °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 05.03.13 (deadline for final submission; earlier preregistration is required)

Recognizes outstanding research and creative work by undergraduates in Ireland and worldwide. JUNIORS, SENIORS, and RECENT GRADUATES in any major may submit their outstanding, A-graded original work, such as a course paper, honors thesis, or arts portfolio, to this annual competition. Citizenship is open. Students from any institution may participate, but the program focuses on top students at top universities, including the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 30 submissions will be selected for the award and will be published in the Undergraduate Awards journal. Winners are invited to the UA Summit awards ceremony and day of activities in Dublin, with flights and accommodations covered by the organization. Pre-reregistration is required; students interested in submitting work should register NOW at the UA webite. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, natschol@umn.edu.

Gilman International Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.03.05 (for summer 2013, fall 2013, and AY 2013-14)

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, thuydoan@umn.edu. 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.

Whitaker International Program Undergraduate Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.10.15 (for Spring 2014); 2014.03.11 (for Fall 2014 or 2014-15 AY)

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, natschol@umn.edu. For further information and application instructions, visit the Whitaker International Program website. Click here for recent recipient.

Goldwater Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.11.11 (U of M deadline for 2014 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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information and applications are available at Goldwater website.
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Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.11.15 (for 2014-15 scholarships)

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, natschol@umn.edu. For further information and the application, visit the American Swedish Institute.

Critical Language Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.11.15 (for summer 2014 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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information and an online application will be available during the fall at the Critical Language Scholarships website. Click here for recent recipients.

Udall Scholarships (Environment) °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.11.18 (U of M deadline for 2014 scholarships)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information is available at the Udall Foundation website.
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Udall Scholarships (Tribal Public Policy/Native Health Care) °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.11.18 (U of M deadline for 2014 scholarships)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information is available at the Udall Foundation website.

DAAD University Summer Course Grants °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.12 (Expected deadline for summer 2014 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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information is available at DAAD.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.12.01 (for the 2014-15 awards)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information is available at the CBYEYP website. Click here for recent recipients.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2013.12.15 (for 2014-15 scholarships)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information and applications will be available in September at Hispanic Scholarship Fund website.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.01 (Expected deadline for 2014-15 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 (thuydoan@umn.edu) or Lindsey Lahr (lahr0039@umn.edu) at the Learning Abroad Center. For details and application instructions, visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

Humanity In Action Fellowships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.01.09 (for summer 2014)

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.

Boren National Security Education Program Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.01.15 (U of M deadline for 2014-15 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, fisch856@umn.edu. Further information is available at the Boren website. Click here for recent recipients.

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.01.24 (undergraduate) or 2014.02.07 (graduate)

Provides generous support at the undergraduate and/or graduate level for students representing all ethnic and social backgrounds who are interested in becoming Foreign Service Officers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with GPA of 3.2 or higher. Consideration is given to financial need and to significant leadership and service activities. Applicants for the Foreign Affairs Fellowships must be current JUNIORS; applicants for the Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships must be SENIORS or GRADUATES seeking admission to an appropriate graduate program for the following fall. The Fellowships carry a service obligation. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, natschol@umn.edu. Further information and the application are available at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation website.

Killam Fellowships to Canada °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.01.31 (for 2014-15 fellowships)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information at Killam Fellowships website.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.01.31 (for 2014-15 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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information is available at DAAD.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.02.03 (U of M deadline for 2014-15 fellowship nominations)

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, elow0001@umn.edu, 612.624.6527. Further information at this webpage. Click here for recent recipients.

Astronaut Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.02.10 (U of M campus deadline for 2014-2015 awards)

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, natschol@umn.edu. For further information, visit the Astronaut Scholarships website. Click here for recent recipients.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.02.10 (for summer 2014)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information is available at the Rangel Program website.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.02.27 or 2014.03.06 (varies by institute)

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, natschol@umn.edu. For further information and the application form, visit the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes website. Click here for recent recipient.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.03.03 (for scholarships beginning fall 2014)

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, natschol@umn.edu. Further information will be available this fall at The National Institutes of Health.

Tillman Military Scholarship °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.03.07

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, veterans@umn.edu, 612.625.8076. Further information and online application are available at the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.07 (Expected deadline for 2015 awards)

Recognizes academic excellence, leadership experience, and involvement in campus and community affairs of female college JUNIORS. Applicants must be full-time Juniors with outstanding academic records; citizenship is open. Winners receive a $3000 prize, a trip to New York, a meeting with top female professionals, and recognition in the magazine. Campus contact: Sally Lieberman, natschol@umn.edu. Application forms become available from Glamour in April. Click here for recent recipients.

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships °

Deadline (YR.MM.DD): 2014.4.30 and 2014.10.31

Assists military service members and their families by awarding $2000 scholarships to be used toward tuition and books. Applicant may be a current active-duty service member, a veteran, the spouse or child of a service member or veteran, or the surviving spouse or child of a fallen service member. Current freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student may apply; must have cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded nationwide. Campus contact: Jenni Peterson, University Veterans Services, hoff0489@umn.edu. For further information visit Veterans United.