Major Scholarships Requiring NAU Nomination

For the following national or international scholarships and fellowships, you must be nominated or endorsed by NAU in order to apply. Contact the coordinator or other listed institutional representative ASAP to express your interest, discuss your competitiveness, and discover internal NAU application deadlines and requirements. 

Most usually, interested candidates will prepare a full or partial application by the NAU internal deadline, and applications will be evaluated by an NAU Scholarship Selection Committee to select candidates for official nomination. Plan to work closely with the coordinator throughout the process, as well as with academic and professional mentors.

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: early December
Official Deadline: late January

Boren Fellowships support graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Fellowships are intended to provide or add to the international component of U.S. graduate students' educations, providing support for overseas study, domestic study, or a combination of both. Although study outside the United States is not required, successful applications generally include a significant overseas component. Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two academic years.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

NAU Representative: Danielle Linde, International Internships Coordinator 
NAU Internal Deadline: contact the representative above
Official Deadline: early February

The Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. The NAU National Scholarship Coordinator is available for application feedback.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: early December 
Official Deadline: mid-January

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., which conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Eight to ten graduating seniors/recent alumni are hired annually as Carnegie Junior Fellows to work at the Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines: Preliminary materials, June 27, 2016; Complete online application July 25. Campus interviews late September.
Official Deadline: October 11, 2016

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent undergraduate alumni, or master's or doctoral students. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in the community, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think, thereby promoting mutual understanding. 

Gilman International Scholarship

NAU Representative: Danielle Linde, International Internships Coordinator
Official Deadlines: early October; early March

The Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

Goldwater Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: November 1, 2016--resume and research essay
Complete online application: December 1, 2016
Official Deadline:  mid-to-late January 

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships are sophomores or juniors and must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue PhD‘s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at his or her institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.

Marshall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: TBA two essays and resume; TBA next three essays;  TBA complete draft online 
Official Deadline: early October

The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship is to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. The scholarships have five main purposes: (1) to enable intellectually distinguished Americans, their country‘s future leaders, to study in the U.K.; (2) to help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; (3) to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, humanities, social sciences, and the creative arts at Britain‘s center of academic excellence; (4) to motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S. to the U.K. and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding; and (5) to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.

Mitchell Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline:  TBA
Official Deadline: early October

The Mitchell Scholars Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Rhodes Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline:  TBA
Polished/submitted online: TBA
Official Deadline:  early October

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford in England and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Extraordinary intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person, which in combination offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford University, and the applicant‘s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.

Schwarzman Scholars

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline:  TBA
Official Deadline:  early October

The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to provide future global leaders with firsthand exposure to China and relationships with its people with the hopes of fostering greater cooperation between China and the rest of the world for decades to come. The award provides full funding for a one-year master’s program at the prestigious Tsinghua University in China in the areas of international relations, public policy, or economics and business. For seniors, graduate students, or recent graduates under the age of 29 with high leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship will live in Beijing for a year of cultural immersion and study with top international faculty from across the world, an internship with a Chinese organization, and travel.

Truman Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: November 1, 2016
Complete online application: Dec. 1, 2016
Official Deadline: early February, 2017

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation funds $30,000 toward graduate school for college students preparing for careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit-based aid to some premier graduate institutions and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program. The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public service oriented non-profit organizations.

Udall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: Dec 1, 2016 Udall Essay and resume;
Complete draft online:  Jan 16, 2017
Official Deadline: early March, 2017 (TBA)

The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding college students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment, or Native American or Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in Native American health care or tribal public policy. Award is $7,000 plus Udall orientation long weekend and professional network. The Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields such as policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future American Indian leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.