National & International Scholarships and Fellowships (NISF)

Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships not only bring a financial award, but also prestige that helps you build a distinguished career, permanent membership in a network of outstanding professionals, and life-changing experiences. The NAU Coordinator for National & International Scholarships and Fellowships helps students refine their applications and connect to resources in order to be more competitive on the national/international level. 

Starting early in your search for major scholarships and fellowships is crucial: 

  • identify awards and opportunities of interest early in your academic career 
  • build a record suited to these awards' criteria 
  • begin work on applications months in advance of the deadline
  • leave plenty of time for feedback and revisions 

The NISF website can help you become competitive, locate opportunities, and craft a solid application draft. 

For assistance

To apply for a national or international scholarship requiring NAU nomination, make an appointment with the NISF coordinator (or other specified NAU scholarship representative), with whom you will work closely. Please bring a detailed resume. You will need to meet the NAU internal application requirements and deadline!

To apply directly to other national or international scholarships, as well as significant regional scholarships, make an appointment with the NISF coordinator for application feedback. Please send a resume, link to scholarship selection criteria, and your application/essay drafts two weeks or more in advance of the deadline.

(To be sure of maximum assistance, please contact the coordinator well before the scholarship deadline, with enough time to make revisions based on several rounds of comments.)

Take advantage of the Writing Center and your academic mentors for additional feedback. (Exceptions are the Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships, which prohibit direct editing or feedback on your scholarship essays.)

NAU Scholarships

The NISF office is not part of NAU Financial Aid and does not administer any NAU scholarships or federal/university financial aid funding.  

Students seeking financial support to attend NAU should contact a financial aid counselor at Financial.Aid@nau.edu or 1-855-628-6333. See the NAU Financial Aid website for types of aid and NAU scholarships information. Students should also speak with faculty in their department. See other ideas for finding support at Searching for Scholarships.

For NAU Study Abroad scholarships (funding international opportunities that provide NAU credit toward your degree), contact Danielle Linde at the Center for International Education (CIE). For financial aid to take advantage of a study abroad opportunity, contact Normajean Hultman at NAU Financial Aid.