Fellowships and Scholarships
External Scholarships and Fellowships
A variety of prestigious scholarships are available to exceptional college students. Over the years, many recipients of Fulbright, Goldwater, and other scholarships have been Schreyer Scholars. Participating in the application process is excellent preparation for graduate school and other academic or professional endeavors.
Opportunities such as those appearing below are just a sample of available fellowships and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study in a variety of academic disciplines. For more information and assistance, contact the Penn State University Fellowships Office or contact the SHC Career Development Office.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Astronaut Scholarship: This scholarship provides financial support for promising students in engineering and physical sciences.
- Goldwater Scholarships: Scholarships for undergraduate students in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering.
Undergraduate Study: Other
- Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship: Seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
- Udall Scholarships: For students in careers related to the environment or to Native American and Alaska Native students in careers related to tribal public policy or to Native health care.
- James "Rhio" Scholarship Essay Contest: Essay about the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships (MMUF): For rising juniors, the fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of minority students (particularly African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans) who will eventually pursue Ph.D.'s in core fields in the arts and sciences.
- IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding: This resource allows you to search by country or subject to identify study abroad funding resources such as scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
Undergraduate or Graduate Study
SMART (Science, Math & Research for Transformation) Scholarship: The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program aims to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technicallabor into Department of Defense (DoD) facilities and agencies. It is for undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: These scholarships provide a flat grant of $25,000 for one academic year of study in another country.
DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service: Offers scholarships for study and research in Germany, for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Roothbert Scholarships: For graduate or undergraduate students in need of financial aid to further their education. Roothbert scholarships average $2,000-$3,000 of supplementary aid.
National Association of Fellowships Advisors: Lists major nationally competitive scholarships and their sponsors. This compilation of organizations reflects only the most prominent sponsors.
- Fulbright Scholarships: For students seeking to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
- British Marshall Scholarships: For American students interested in studying abroad in the United Kingdom for a two-year period, typically for graduate study.
- Churchill Scholarships: A scholarship for graduate study in mathematics, science, and engineering at Cambridge University.
- Rhodes Scholarships: Scholarship for two years of graduate study at Oxford University.
- Mitchell Scholarships: Designed to introduce and connect upcoming generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community.
- Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Questions may be directed to Rodney Hughes at email@example.com.
- Truman Scholarships: For students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.
- Beinecke Scholarship Program: For highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study.
- The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: Provides grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States to New Americans.
- James Madison Graduate Fellowships: For graduate students who plan to teach American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level.
- Carnegie Junior Fellows Program: For uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.
- Boren Fellowships: For study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
- KSTF Teaching Fellowships: Each year, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation awards Teaching Fellowships to graduate students committed to teaching science and mathematics in U.S. high schools. Fellows receive tuition assistance while participating in a teacher credentialing program, monthly stipends, and grants for professional development and teaching materials.
- KSTF Research Fellowships: The KSTF Research Fellowships support early career scholars engaged in critical research relevant to the recruitment, preparation, induction, mentoring and retention of high quality mathematics and science teachers.
- Teachers College, Columbia University: For graduate study in Education, the Teachers College at Columbia University offers various scholarships and grants.
- Math for America (MfA) Fellowships: Receive a scholarship to earn a Master's Degree or Teacher Credentialing Program in Mathematics Education; receive up to $100K in stipends in addition to a full time teacher's salary.
- James Madison Graduate Fellowships: Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States, a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow's course of study toward a master's degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
- The American Psychological Association: scholarships, grants and awards for graduate study with the aim of advancing the science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare.
Scholarships at Penn State
The links below provide a sample of available scholarships at Penn State. For additional information about scholarships in your field of study, contact your college department.
Other Funding Opportunities
- Sir John Soane Traveling Fellowship: open to graduate students in architecture
- University of Virginia School of Architecture: a nice list of available fellowships
- Fulbright United Kingdom: study Gothic architecture (i.e. castles) through the Courtauld Institute of Art. Contact the University Fellowship Office if interested.