Direct-Apply National Fellowships for Undergraduates

In addition to the well known nationally competitive fellowships that require applicants to be endorsed by their institutions, there are many other national fellowships to which students can apply directly. Below is a sample - not a comprehensive list - of some of the most common direct-apply fellowships. 

Amgen Scholarships - Funding to support independent science research projects under the guidance of a research mentor at select institutions across the US, Europe and Japan.

Boren ScholarshipsBoren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. U.S. Citizenship required.

BUTEX North American Student Scholarships - Provide funding for a semester or a year of undergraduate study in the United Kingdom.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) programCLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships - Offers a wide range of highly selective scholarships, grants, and fellowships in Germany for U.S. and Canadian citizens.

(Kathryn) Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages - Merit-based fellowships intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas:  international, global, or area studies, international politics and economics, peace and security studies, and/or conflict resolution.  Covers the full cost of language study from beginner to gradate in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship - Annually supports two undergraduates and three graduates in an IT-related field with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service.

Fulbright Summer Exchange - Open to students with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete. Provides opportunity to travel to the UK for three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural summer program. Covers majority of participant costs – including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees of host institution, and accommodation and meals.  

(Benjamin A.) Gilman International Scholarship Program - Provide funding for study abroad to undergraduates whose financial aid package includes a Pell grant. US citizenship required.

Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Women - The awards seeks to recognize women for leadership, academic excellence, and inspiring goals.

(Ernest F.) Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program - Financial assistance during the academic year and a 10 week paid summer internship. Eligible undergraduates studying oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission are encouraged to apply. U.S. Citizenship required.

Microsoft Undergraduate Scholarships
- Provide full tuition for one year of undergraduate study and a summer internship to women, minorities, and students with disabilities, majoring in computer science or related disciplines. Open to all nationalities. 

National Center for Environmental Research: EPA Greater Research Opportunities - Open to sophomores. This fellowships provides the opportunity to work in an Environment Protection Agency lab and a scholarship towards tuition at Bowdoin for up to two years. 

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships Program - Competitive scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health related research. Offers scholarship support, paid research training during the summer, and paid employment and training after graduation. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.

(Thomas R.) Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships - Open to students in their Junior year. Provides funding for senior year of undergraduate studies as well as the first year of graduate study in international studies. U.S. citizenship required.

Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) - Prepares juniors, primarily from historically underrepresented groups, interested in public service, for careers in public policy, public administration or international affairs, or a related degree through summer programs and fellowships to support graduate study. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.

Rotary Foundation International Programs - Ambassadorial Scholarships. Support undergraduate study abroad at a university in any country in which there is a Rotary Club. Open to all nationalities.

SMART Grant - Scholarship for undergraduates majoring in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering. U.S. citizenship required.

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program -
TaLK Scholars teach conversational English for one semester in rural Korean elementary schools.  Program provides one-month orientation.  No Korean language skills required.

Washington Center for Internships - provides internships in Washington D.C. to students interested in government.

(Elie) Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest - competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays (3,000 to 4,000 words) that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.  In addition to the honor that accompanies this prize, five monetary awards are given.