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 ONS&F advisor or a faculty member to review their materials before submitting their applications. This list includes some of the most prestigious awards and is not comprehensive. Students should continue to explore additional resources for funding and enrichment (see Scholarships by Field of Interest and Other Resources).

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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).


DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Graduate Fellowship funds graduate study in fields related to national security; requires government service upon completion. This program was not funded in 2012 due to budget cuts.

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.

DOE SCGF (Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship) provides three years of support for outstanding students pursing advanced degrees in fundamental research in physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer and computational sciences, and areas of environmental sciences.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a postgraduate leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains emerging leaders committed to social justice.

EPA STAR Fellowship supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies.


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, under 30 years of age, year-long paid fellowships to work on a variety of global health issues in partnership with international organizations.

Hertz Graduate Fellowship is a prestigious award that supports graduate students working towards a Ph.D. degree in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences at tenable graduate institutions.

Horizons Women in Defense Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas.

Humanity in Action summer fellowship programs bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. The fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.

Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship supports international affairs and public policy education for minority college students through a program of internships and study abroad.


James Madison Graduate Fellows is awarded to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

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.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship provides three years of graduate funding for students in math, science, and engineering.

NIH Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program funds a Ph.D. (or M.D./Ph.D. option) at Oxford or Cambridge and includes lab experience at NIH in Bethesda, MD.

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) funds three years of early graduate work in science, social science, mathematics, and engineering.

Pew Leadership Year provides individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors with hands-on experience in solving today’s most challenging problems.

Pickering Graduate Fellowship provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.

Pickering Undergraduate Fellows provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.

Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations, and other institutional settings.


Rangel International Affairs Program seeks individuals interested in helping shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

Roothbert Fund seeks candidates with financial need who are “motivated by spiritual values,” and works to foster fellowship among them.

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) Scholarship has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

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 more than 30 lucrative scholarship and/or fellowship opportunities totaling more than $270,000 for honorably discharged student veterans in various disciplines.  The SVA administers scholarship and fellowship competitions supported by Eli Lilly, Google, Raytheon, Walt Disney, and other corporate partners.



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

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