Nominations for the awards listed below require institutional endorsement through the Office of National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities.
In some cases, programs put a cap on the number of nominees each institution can put forward. To be considered for URI nomination, students submit a preliminary application to the Office of National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities. A selection committee then selects the URI candidates, who then complete the official scholarship application with guidance from Kathleen Maher and faculty volunteers.
For awards with no limit to the number of applicants, there is no preliminary application but there is a campus deadline by which you must submit your materials. The Office of National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities provides guidance and advising in the weeks and months leading up to the campus deadlines, and arranges for campus evaluation interviews prior to the national deadline.
Boren Scholarship and Fellowship
Awarded to undergraduates and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East (up to $25,000 for a full academic year). Campus deadline is the first business day in January each year.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Awarded to recent graduates and graduate students for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships in more than 140 countries worldwide (support for 9-10 month grant period). Campus deadline is the Tuesday after Labor Day each September.
Gaither Junior Fellows Program
Awarded to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year, to work as research assistants to senior associates at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The campus pre-application is due each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Interested students should email Kathleen Maher as soon as possible.
Awarded to sophomores and juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering (up to $7,500 per year). Maximum of 4 nominees per year per institution. The campus pre-application is due each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Awarded to recent college graduates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding (support for 1-2 years of graduate study in the UK). The campus application is due the last Monday in August each year.
Designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service (supports one year of postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland). The campus application is due the last Monday in August each year.
Awarded for graduate study at the University of Oxford, on the basis of the candidate’s scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The campus application is due the last Monday in August each year.
Awarded to juniors who want to make a difference: bright, outstanding young leaders committed to a career in public service ($30,000 for graduate study). Maximum of 4 nominees per year per institution. The campus pre-application is due each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Awarded to sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to 1) Native American nations -OR- 2) the environment ($7,000). Maximum of 4 nominees in each category per year per institution. The campus pre-application is due on the first Reading Day of the fall semester.
For more information about any of these awards, and to learn about the URI nomination process, contact the Office of National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities. In addition to scholarships requiring nomination, we encourage applications and offer guidance on many other awards.
External study abroad scholarships requiring institutional verification
The following applications require institutional verification from the Office of International Education and Financial Aid (Enrollment Services). Applicants are encouraged to seek supplemental guidance and feedback on essays from the Office of National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities.
The Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.Program Website
Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Information on the URI verification process is available from the Office of International Education.