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:
- APSIA’s website is home to a filter-able list of fellowships and scholarships. Students can sort for ways to fund research, study abroad, graduate school, and other 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. Contact Dixie Shafer (email@example.com) or Andrea Dvorak (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Internal Deadline: January 20th
- A six-week summer program designed to provide US undergraduates with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. This program strongly encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Deadline: February 9, 2021
- The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge. We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students across the world who are motivated to make a positive change in the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Students accepted into CGI U will participate in a year-round program that includes access to: high-touch mentorship; a social impact curriculum; funding streams; and student engagement events, including the CGI U 2021 virtual annual meeting hosted by Howard University. Deadline: January 29, 2021
- 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 7th
- 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: December 16th
- 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 5th
- Three-year fellowships to fund graduate study in a science, mathematics, or engineering. Internal Deadline: September 9th
- 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: November 25th
- Up to $7,000 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: January 2nd
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).
Years Augsburg has been named Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars: