There are innumerable national scholarships and fellowships available to undergraduates. Take time to explore our directory and the recommended links below to discover if there is one that is matches your qualifications and your future plans. To ensure that you are eligible, check the programs’ websites for applicant requirements and read information about previous recipients, particularly the average GPAs. If you are then interested in applying for a national scholarship, please contact the URGO office and we can help you determine which programs are a good fit and work with you on your application.
Please note that these applications are a large time investment; you should start the process, and contact the URGO office (firstname.lastname@example.org) months in advance of the national deadline. If the scholarship requires an institutional endorsement or on-campus interview, you must meet the eligibility criteria listed below and turn in your application to the URGO office at least 1 month prior to the national deadline in order to be considered. Endorsements will be decided by Augsburg’s Prestigious Awards Committee. Remember: These are advertised to people all over the country, so most of them are extremely competitive and require numerous rounds of application revisions. Be aware that the majority of the national programs require an internal application that is processed through the URGO office, so please contact us to discuss the application process in detail.
Where to start?
If you are not sure what kind of scholarship you are interested in, we recommend first exploring these popular opportunities:
- Up to $20,000 scholarships to to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren also offers scholarships to fund a summer abroad for STEM students. Internal Deadline: January 8th
- Eight to ten week intensive language study program abroad. Most CLS language programs do not require previous study of the language and participants will earn one year of language credit. Internal Deadline: October 15th
- Three or four week academic program at a highly regarded UK University. Applicants must have two years of undergraduate study remaining and a GPA of 3.7 or higher to be eligible. Internal Deadline: January 26
- Funds recent college graduates to travel to another country for a year for 1) an English Teaching Assistantship 2) graduate study or 3) a research project. Internal Deadline: September 7
- Three-year fellowships to fund graduate study in a science, mathematics, or engineering. Internal Deadline: September 26
- Seven-week summer programs at five participating universities (U of M, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) that focus on preparing students for graduate school in public policy and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Internal Deadline: October 1st
- Up to $30,000 grants to fund graduate or professional study in the U.S. or Abroad in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. A GPA of 3.2 or higher is considered competitive. Internal Deadline: January 2
- Up to $5,000 scholarships for 1) those who are college sophomores and juniors who study the environment and related fields OR 2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. Internal Deadline: February 4
Our Fellowships Database includes many, many more fellowships and gap year ideas. Find opportunities that you are eligible for by selecting the tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet that matches your year in school (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior).