Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Nationally competitive scholarships

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.

What is nomination & why are there campus deadlines?

Some of these scholarships require a university support process as part of the application. We’ve noted campus deadlines below.

Opportunities for sophomores & juniors

Scholarship Description 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 November
Beinecke Scholarship Up to $30,000 for U.S. citizen students pursuing graduate school in arts, humanities and social sciences. Learn more January
Boren Scholarship Up to $25,000 for U.S. citizen students studying critical languages while abroad. Learn more January
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 November
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 January

Opportunities for rising seniors, seniors and alums

Scholarship Description Campus Deadline
Boren Scholarship Up to $25,000 for U.S. citizen students studying critical languages while abroad. Learn more January
Gaither Junior Fellowship One-year, full-time, paid international affairs-related research experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Learn more November
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. May
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 October
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants to study, research, or teach English for between 9-12 months abroad. Learn more September
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 None
Luce Scholars Program Language training and stipended professional placement in Asia for students with limited exposure to Asia. Learn more September
Marshall Scholarships Full funding to pursue graduate education at an UK institution in any field. Learn more May
Rhodes Scholarships Tuition and other necessary expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Learn more May
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 None
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 None
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 November