Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Nationally competitive scholarships

Nationally and internationally competitive scholarships recognize and support students from across disciplines to study, research, go abroad or gain experience. 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. Many of these awards require you to be nominated or endorsed by your campus and we are here to facilitate that process.

How to be nominated

To be nominated or endorsed for a scholarship, you will apply through our office. Be sure to check our database for UW campus deadlines, which will precede the national deadline for most scholarships. We recommend attending an information session about the scholarship and meeting with an advisor as early as possible. When it’s time to apply for campus nomination, you’ll work with our scholarship advisors to submit any required documents to our local selection committee. If nominated, our office will support you as you go through the national or international application process.

Featured scholarships

Sophomores & Juniors

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Scholarships for students intending to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Learn more about the scholarship and upcoming information sessions on the Goldwater page in our scholarship database and contact Robin Chang for advising or to apply.
Beinecke Scholarship
For students planning to pursue graduate school to study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Learn more on the Beinecke page in our database. For advising or application information contact Emily Smith.
Boren Scholarship
Funding for undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Read more online at the Boren Awards website. Contact Emily Smith for advising and get information on the UW application process on the Boren page in our database.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship recognizes future public service leaders who plan to go to graduate school. The scholarship provides $30,000 to be used toward graduate school. Visit the The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation online to learn more. For information on the UW application process contact Emily Smith and see the Truman page in our database.
Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Undergraduate Scholarships
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. For advising and information on the UW application, contact Robin Chang and find additional information on the Udall page in our database.

Rising Seniors, Seniors & Alums

Boren Scholarship
Funding for undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Read more online at the Boren Awards website. Contact Emily Smith for advising and get information on the UW application process on the Boren page in our database.
Churchill Scholarship
The Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships program is a national award that provides full support and travel allowance to students wanting to study engineering, mathematics, or natural science at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. For advising and UW application information contact Robin Chang and find information on our Churchill page.
DAAD Graduate Study or Research Scholarship
Graduating seniors or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a full master’s degree program at a German university or for study at a Germany university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country. Visit the DAAD North America website to search the database of International Master’s programs in Germany. To discuss the application process for priority consideration, contact Emily Smith and find additional information on our DAAD page.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Grant lengths vary by country but are generally between 9 and 12 months. Visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to learn about participating countries and grant opportunities. If you may be interested in applying, register your interest using our catalyst survey. This will help us to connect you regarding advising, the UW application process and upcoming applicant events. Additional UW information and resources are on our Fulbright page.
Luce Scholars Program
The Luce Scholars Program is a fellowship program that provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year. Applicants who are college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia are welcome to apply. Visit the Luce Program website to learn more about the fellowship and read about previous scholars. To apply, please find UW details and application information on our Luce page and contact Robin Chang for advising.
Marshall Scholarships
Established by the British Government in 1953 as a national expression of gratitude to the U.S. for aid under the Marshall Plan, Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.Scholarships cover: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. For details about the UW application process or would like to apply, please find information on our Marshall page, and contact Robin Chang.
Rhodes Scholarships
The Rhodes Scholarships provides tuition and other ‘necessary expenses’, including vacations, for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. The Rhodes Trust attempts to select individuals with ‘proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard’ as well as ‘integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the full. For information on the campus nominating process, please see our Rhodes page and contact Robin Chang.
Schwarzman Scholars
Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies. To learn more, contact Emily Smith and find additional information on our Schwarzman page.
Yenching Academy of Peking University
The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a round trip airfare to Beijing, accommodation, and living costs on Peking University’s campus. The Academy offers a residential program with the goal of creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators. For information on the UW nomination process, please see our Yenching page and contact Emily Smith.