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Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Awards for top students at any college in any major!

What are they?

Awards that recognize and support students from across disciplines to study, research, go abroad or gain experiences. Some awards offer unique experiences or access to professional development opportunities that are exclusive to their scholars.

Should I apply?

If you are eligible and are interested, then yes! Applying for these awards presents you with the opportunity to reflect on who you are becoming, your accomplishments and your goals through essays and interviews.

How do I apply?

Some of these scholarships require a university support process as part of the application. We’ve noted campus deadlines below. Know the deadlines. Then meet with your department advisor and ask if they will support you application. If so, go for it!

Opportunities for sophomores & juniors



Campus Deadline

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Up to $7,500 for U.S. citizen students intending to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Learn more


Beinecke Scholarship

Up to $30,000 for U.S. citizen students pursuing graduate school in arts, humanities and social sciences. Learn more


Boren Scholarship

Up to $25,000 for U.S. citizen students studying critical languages while abroad. Learn more


Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Up to $30,000 for junior students with leadership potential who plan to pursue careers in public service and who plan to attend graduate school. Learn more


Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Up to $7,000 for students committed to pursuing careers that impact Native Healthcare, Tribal Policy or Environment. Scholars also participate in a leadership week. Learn more


Opportunities for rising seniors, seniors and alums



Campus Deadline

Boren Scholarship

Up to $25,000 for U.S. citizen students studying critical languages while abroad. Learn more


Gaither Junior Fellowship

One-year, full-time, paid international affairs-related research experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Learn more


Churchill Scholarship

Provides full support and travel allowance to students planning to study engineering, math, or natural science at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. Learn more.


DAAD Graduate Study or Research Scholarship

Stipend for full master’s degree program at a German University or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or master’s degree program or for research. Learn more


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Grants to study, research, or teach English for between 9-12 months abroad. Learn more


Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Full support and living stipend for up to three years of any graduate degree at Stanford to which you are admitted at the time you are selected as a scholar. No separate UW deadline. learn more


Luce Scholars Program

Language training and stipended professional placement in Asia for students with limited exposure to Asia. Learn more


Marshall Scholarships

Full funding to pursue graduate education at an UK institution in any field. Learn more


Rhodes Scholarships

Tuition and other necessary expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Learn more


Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Up to $90,000 fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. No separate UW campus process. Learn more


Schwarzman Scholars

Tuition and all expenses for one-year masters in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in China. Check program website for deadlines. There is no separate UW process. Learn more


Yenching Academy

Full funding to pursue master’s degree at Peking University with the goal of creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators. Learn more



1.      Adam Smith Scholarship (Link)

2.     Astronaut Scholars (Link)

3.     Beinecke Scholarship (Link)

4      Boren Fellowship (Link)

5.     Churchill Scholarship (Link)

6.     Cooke Foundation Scholarships (link)

7.     Critical Language Scholarships (Link)

8.     DAAD Rise (Link)

9.     Davidson Scholarships (link)

10.    East-West Center Scholarships (link)

11.    Equitable Excellence Scholarships (link)

12.    For Humanity (link)

13.    Fulbright United States Scholarships (link)

14.    Gaither Carnegie Juniors (Link)

15.    Gates Cambridge Scholarships (link)

16.    Gilman Scholarship (Link)

17.    Girls Inc. Scholarships (link)

18.    Google Scholarships (link)

19.    Harry S. Truman Scholarships (link)

20.    Hertz Scholarship (Link)

21.    Hollings Undergrad Scholarship (Link)

22.    Kennedy Scholarships (link)

23.    Madison Fellowship (Link)

24.    Marshall Scholarship (Link)

25.    Mitchell Scholarship (Link)

26.    National Science Foundation (Link)

27.    Pickering Foreign Affairs Scholarships (link)

28.    Posse Foundation Scholarships (link)

29.    Rangel Scholarships (link

30.    Rankin Foundation Women's Scholarships (link)

31.    Rhodes Scholarship (Link)

32.    Schwarzman Scholarship (Link)

33.    Soros Scholarship (Link)

34.    The Breakthrough Junior Challenge (link)

35.    The Regeneron Science Talent Search (link)

36.    The Society for Women Engineers Scholarships (link)

37.    The Voice of Democracy Scholarships (link)

38.    U.S. National Merit Scholarships (link)

39.    Udall Scholarship (Link)

40.    University Women Scholarships (link)

41.    World Economic Forum Global Leaders Fellowships (link)

42.    Yale For Humanity (link)

43.    Yenching Academy & Scholarship (Link)


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