IUCARECompetitive Awards and Research

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Fulbright Application Prep Course - 8/30 - 5:00 - 6:00 - Public Health 155

Awards for graduate study in UK and Ireland - Campus deadline Mon. 9/3 

Fulbright US Student Program - Campus deadline Mon. 9/3

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Deadline - 9/12

Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Deadline - 9/17 

Awards Administered by IU Offices

Some of the nationally-competitive awards for undergraduates are administered by Indiana University offices. For all of these awards, there is a designated campus representative who is available to assist students interested in applying. Most of these more selective awards such as the Rhodes, Mitchell, Truman and Luce scholarships limit the number of students that can apply from IU and applicants must participate in a campus-level nomination process to advance for consideration on the national level. Other award programs require applicants to apply via the office of their respective campus representative

The first six awards in this list are for students who want to apply for an award for activity during their undergraduate career. The last eight awards are for post-graduate activities such as graduate study or an internship. All of them have deadlines in the fall and enrolled students apply for them at the beginning of their senior year. Recent graduates and alumni are welcome to apply through the respective IU office if allowed by the award program. For more information about these awards, click on the name of the award.

Awards During Undergraduate Career

Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship

Campus deadline: 11:59pm on Monday, January 22, 2018 

National deadline: Wednesday February 14, 2018

Merit- and need-based award to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Current juniors who are U.S. citizens are eligible.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

National deadline: Next deadline will be late Jan./early Feb. 2019. 

Open for freshmen through seniors to support study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. This scholarship is for U.S. citizens with a broad interst in national security.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

National deadline: January 31, 2018

Scholarship to fund 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.

Gilman International Scholarship

Deadlines occur throughout the year. See website.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This 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 and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Goldwater Scholarship

Deadlines: See webpage here.

One- or two-year awards to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the U.S. Current junior or exceptional sophomore students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens are eligible. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in the research fields of mathematics, sciences or engineering.

Truman Scholarship

Deadlines: See webpage here

One year funding for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. College juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service are eligible. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented non-profit organizations.

Udall Scholarship

Campus deadline: Monday February 19, 2018

National deadline: March 8, 2018

Awards of up to $7,000 for any sophomore or junior committed to a career related to the environment or to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care. Students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents.

Awards for Post-graduate Activities

A selection of post-graduate awards to the United Kingdom and Ireland require applicants to participate in the campus nomination process. Instructions are provided under each award listed below. They can also be found here: Information about Scholarships for Graduate Study 2018 

Boren Graduate Fellowship

National deadline: January 30, 2018 

U.S. citizens enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program. May include domestic language and cultural study with overseas study or all overseas study in a non-western country. Funding for one to six academic semesters.

Churchill Scholarship

Next campus deadline: Monday September 3, 2018

Next campus interview date: Friday September 7, 2018

National deadline: Thursday November 1, 2018

One year of graduate study leading to a degree (generally a master's) in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at Cambridge University, England. Seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. Must complete GRE general test by November. Must be under the age of 26 and a U.S. citizen.

DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants

Campus deadline: Monday October 16, 2017 

National deadline: Saturday November 4, 2017

For graduating seniors pursuing post-graduate activities in Germany. Academic applicants apply for a year of independent research or for a Master's degree at a German university. Arts applicants apply to continue studies and training at German institutions. 

Fulbright Scholarship

Campus deadline: Monday September 3, 2018

National deadline: Tuesday October 9, 2018 at 5:00pm Eastern

One year of study or research or English teaching in any country where there is a Fulbright Commission. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Gates Cambridge

National deadline: TBD - will be mid-October 2018

All applicants apply to Cambridge University as a graduate student and fill out the supplemental portion of the application to the Cambridge Trusts to be considered for the Gates Cambridge scholarship. It is for one to four years of study leading to a degree at Cambridge. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible. Students applying for the Gates Cambridge are advised to contact the IUCARE office for guidance:

James C Gaither Junior Fellows (aka Carnegie Junior Fellows)

Campus deadline: January 8, 2018

National deadline: January 15, 2018

Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment's projects, listed below. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize
briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. Click on link above for application information. Contact campus nominating official Paul Fogleman ( with inquiries. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

National deadline: September 12, 2018

Full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford.

Luce Scholarship

Campus deadline: Monday October 16, 2017

National deadline: November 1, 2017

One-year internship in East or Southeast Asia for those with little significant academic or personal experience with Asia. Young professionals, seniors, and graduate/professional students are eligible to apply. Must be a U.S. citizen under the age of 30.

Marshall Scholarship

Next campus deadline: Monday September 3, 2018

Next campus interview date: Friday September 7, 2018

National deadline: Monday October 1, 2018

One to three years of study leading to a degree at any British university. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply within two years of their undergraduate graduation. Must be a U.S. citizen with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.7.

Mitchell Scholarship

Next campus deadline: Monday September 3, 2018

Next campus interview date: Friday September 7, 2018

National deadline: September 28, 2018

One year of postgraduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Must be under the age of 30 and a U.S. citizen.

Rhodes Scholarship

Next campus deadline: Monday September 3, 2018

Next campus interview date: Friday September 7, 2018

National deadline: Wednesday October 3, 2018

One to three years of study leading to a degree at Oxford University, England. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. Must be under the age of 24 and a U.S. citizen or citizen of Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply from their home country on the basis of degrees from U.S. universities and have earlier deadlines.

Schwarzman Scholarship

Applicants who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao must apply via the China application system.

National deadline for China system is May 31, 2018.

All other applicants - national deadline is Thursday September 27, 2018. 

A year of graduate level study toward Master's degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing for students in Public Policy, Economics, Business or International Studies. The program is open to students of all nationalities. All teaching done in English and Mandarin is not required. 

Students interested in applying can contact campus representative Paul Fogleman (; 812-855-3948) with questions.

Yenching Academy Scholarship - Peking University

Campus deadline is Monday November 20, 2017

National deadline is Monday December 11, 2017 

Fully-funded residential program offering a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Scholarship covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University's campus. Indiana University, Bloomington is a partner university and students interested in applying should contact campus representative Paul Fogleman (; 812-855-3948) about proceeding with an application.