National Scholarships that Do Not Require a UConn Nomination

Students may apply directly for many nationally competitive major awards and opportunities but are strongly encouraged to consult with an ONSF advisor or a faculty member to review their materials before submitting their applications. This list includes some of the more prestigious awards and is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive. Furthermore, the list below is only updated about once per year, so the occasional dead link is inevitable.  Once students have browsed the resources on this page, they are encouraged to continue to exploring additional sources for funding and enrichment using one or more of the databases/search engines found here.



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Council of American Ambassadors (CAA) International Affairs Fellowship enables six undergraduate students per year to visit Washington, D.C. and participate in a prestigious summer program that combines mentoring by former U.S. ambassadors, practical training through internships at the Department of State, and academic studies in international affairs.

CT Space Grant College Consortium provides a variety of funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate math, science and engineering students from participating Connecticut institutions (including UConn).


DOE CSGF (Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship) provides funding and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows develop a deep understanding of effective solutions to hunger and poverty, and their own roles in achieving Zero Hunger in the United States.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship funds graduate studies in any field at the University of Cambridge (U.K.).

Gilman International Scholarship is a competitive study abroad scholarship open to candidates with high financial need. Visit UConn’s Office of Education Abroad for more information.

Glamour Top Ten College Women awards one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes to 10 rising junior women in any field. All winners receive a trip to New York City and recognition in Glamour.

Global Health Corps offers young leaders, year-long paid fellowships to work on a variety of global health issues in partnership with international organizations. By the start of the fellowship, fellows must: Be 30 years or younger. Hold a bachelor’s or undergraduate university degree. Be proficient in English. Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, or Zambia.

Humanity in Action Fellowship explores issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice. Each program is tailored to its location. Fellows are challenged to understand their host city’s unique history of injustice, its present struggles to encompass groups with minoritized cultures and identities, and the future of its democratic values.

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowships offer a variety of funding opportunities for scholars, with awards of up to $50,000 to support work and research on the ideas of a free and open society.


James Madison Graduate Fellowships help secondary level history, government, and civics teachers to become outstanding educators of the U.S. Constitution

Knowles Teaching Fellowship is awarded to exceptional young men and women committed to teaching science and mathematics in United States high schools.


Math for America (MfA) is a highly selective, five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach mathematics in public secondary schools.

MDC Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC (an economic and workforce development agency in North Carolina).

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president. The fellowship offers an all-inclusive six week program that provides housing, transportation, meals, and a $3000 stipend.

NASA Scholarship Opportunities are competitive scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students in engineering, mathematics, and science related to aeronautics.

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education that funds graduate study in the physical sciences, provides internships and potential employment.

National Space Club Goddard Scholarship awards $10,000 to a talented student to advance scientific knowledge through space research and exploration.

NIH Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program is a highly individualized and accelerated doctoral training program for outstanding students committed to biomedical research careers.

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship funds undergraduate education in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, and technology, and includes summer internships.

NPR KROC is for graduating seniors and recent graduates who want to work for National Public Radio.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) welcomes applications from individuals who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM Education

Obama Voyager Scholarship helps students pursuing careers in public service by providing access to travel and education.  Open to sophomores interested in careers in public service.  Must demonstrate financial need.


Saltire Scholarship funds graduate study in Scotland.

Scoville Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships offer opportunities for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students currently pursuing a degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines. SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, internships, and guaranteed employment with the DoD after graduation.

Soros Fellowship for New Americans provides graduate fellowships to New Americans (naturalized citizens or “green card” holders, or children of naturalized citizens) in any discipline.

Stone & Hold Weeks Fellowship is designed to give a promising individual the opportunity to launch a career in journalism.

Student Veterans of America serves as a clearinghouse for scholarship and/or fellowship opportunities which are distributed to top student veterans in a manner that doesn’t interfere with the G.I. Bill or other financial aid and total over $100,000 annually.



Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to recruit, prepare, and retain effective teachers for the students and schools who need them most.

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