Fellowship Programs for Undergraduates

Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in a career 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 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. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. FAQs


  • Be a full time matriculated sophomore or junior. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in September after application. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning the September after application. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point-average of at least B and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a US citizen or a permanent resident.

Application Procedure:
Students must be nominated by their institutions to compete for the Goldwater Scholarship. Contact campus representative for information about campus screening process.

Deadline: January

Carpe Diem Foundation of Illinois Scholarship

This Foundation was established pursuant to the direction of Mabel E. Greenspon who died on March 21, 2001. The sole sources of funding are the proceeds of the Mabel E. Greenspon Charitable Remainder Trust.  Her instructions were that upon her death, a charitable foundation was to be established to identify and assist students and teachers who were most likely to improve the quality of human life.  The grants will be awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, exceptional leadership ability and a serious commitment to community service.  Recipients of scholarship grants must be enrolled as full-time students, maintain a B+ average and participate in service activity.  While the grants will be awarded based upon merit, priority among equally qualified candidates will be given to students whose parents are employed in education, government, social services, public health, the administration of justice and the fine arts.  All scholarships will be $1,500 per year for tuition, room, board and books at U.S. accredited educational institutions. The scholarship can be renewed for up to four years.


  • U.S. citizen
  • New or continuing undergraduate student attending a U.S. accredited educational institution in the Fall of that year
  • You do not have to be an Illinois resident

Application Procedures:
You must download the application package which includes the: Application Form, three essay questions, Teacher Recommendation form and Community Service Recommendation form. Complete the application form, two short essay questions and long essay, secure the recommendations and an official transcript, enclose the $10 application fee and send your completed application packet to the Foundation.

Deadline: Early May 

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) was created in 1969 to honor Frances Tompkins, the Association's first Executive Director. Organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, the Foundation awards scholarships to qualified nursing students. Since 1974, the FNSNA has awarded over $2 million dollars in scholarships to undergraduate nursing students.

Deadline: January

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Foundation awards scholarships on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior-level college students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care, and are Native American or Alaska Native. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. Open to sophomores and juniors.

Public Service

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is: to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Open to juniors.

Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the program. Fellows agree to service with the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Open to sophomores.

Phillips Foundation Scholarship

The Phillips Scholars Program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who intend to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Six competitively-selected Phillips Scholars are eligible to receive $15,650: a $5,550 junior-year scholarship; a $4,000 summer award to support the development and implementation of a self-designed service project to address unmet needs in Minnesota communities; and a $5,750 senior year scholarship contingent on the successful completion of the summer project. Open to CSB/SJU Sophomores.

Urban Education Summer Scholar Program

The UESS Program is designed for students of color who are interested in a teaching career in the St. Paul or Minneapolis Public Schools. The UESS program runs from mid-June through July. Classroom observation and service-learning requires approximately five hours a week for seven weeks. One day each week participants meet in the afternoon for Urban Teaching Seminar Sessions and field experiences. Students will be awarded a total of $9000 upon successful completion of the program. The program is designed to take the place of summer employment due to the $4000 stipend. A $5000 scholarship will be awarded to each participant provided that he/she will be attending an affiliated Minnesota private college or university in the fall semester following the program. Open to junior, education students (major/minor) of color.

Upper Mid-West Human Rights Fellowship

The Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship provides an opportunity for residents of the upper Midwest -- including students, teachers, lawyers, other professionals, community leaders, and activists -- to undertake practical experience in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote human rights by providing a practical experience in at least one of the many aspects of human rights work world-wide. The fellowship placement should provide both practical experience for the individual and assistance to the organization. Individuals undertake a field-based internship of approximately 10 weeks with a local, regional, national, or international human rights organization. Open to all CSB/SJU students.

Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholars Program

The DHS Scholars Program is designed to nurture the next generation of public-service oriented scientists and engineers, while encouraging their long-term commitment to homeland security issues. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in areas that include computer and information science, social sciences, engineering, mathematical sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences. The undergraduate scholarships for students entering their junior year include tuition and fees, as well as a $1,000 monthly stipend for the academic calendar. Following their junior year, students are eligible for a $500 weekly summer research internship stipend at a DHS-affiliated facility. Award recipients are eligible to request a one-year renewal for their senior year. Program mentors and graduate fellows support and encourage undergraduates to pursue advanced degrees. Open to sophomores.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Erasmus Institute Summer Seminars

The Erasmus Institute (University of Notre Dame) seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars interested in Catholic intellectual traditions through its summer seminars for advanced undergraduate students. Each seminar is comprised of twelve participants, selected through a competitive application process. There are no fees, and on-campus accommodation, food, and transportation costs are covered. The Institute will also provide a $500 stipend to participants.

Institute for Humane Studies Summer Seminars

Held at various locations across the country, the Institute for Humane Studies summer seminars provide students interested in economics, political philosophy and public policy to learn more about national and global issues. The program brings together distinguished faculty members and talented students to read and discuss ideas and texts in the classical liberal (libertarian) tradition. Seminars are free for participants. Open to all students.

International Education

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. Open to current sophomores and juniors who will be juniors and seniors during their stay in Germany.

Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.  FAQ's


  • The Gilman scholarship is open to all US citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria:
  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the US.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will studying in one country at least 4 weeks.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.
  • The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter intersessions. Summer only programs are open only to students majoring in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math).

Application Procedures:
There are four components to the Gilman Scholarship Application: 1) Online student section, 2) Online study abroad advisor certification, 3) Online financial aid advisor certification, and 4) three paper copies of the students transcript(s). All four components must be completed by the deadlines for the application to be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and extensions cannot be granted.

October for the Spring or Summer cycle
April for the Fall cycle