Major Fellowship Opportunities

Students interested in any major opportunity should schedule an appointment with a member of the URFM Office. Current students, please visit our service on Starfish to schedule. Recent alumni, please contact us at urfm@psu.edu.

Note: These opportunities are not regular vehicles for paying tuition and fees at Penn State.


Astronaut Scholarship – Funding for undergraduate study in approved STEM field

Beinecke Scholarship – Funding for graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences at any university around the world for Pell Grant recipients

Boren Awards – Funding for long-term undergraduate and graduate study and/or research abroad to learn a less commonly taught language in a non-traditional region; service requirement to work in federal service for one year upon graduation

Churchill Scholarship – Funding for one year of master’s study in select STEM fields at Churchill College, University of Cambridge in the U.K.

Critical Language Scholarship – Funding for an intensive summer program oriented around learning a critical language

DAAD Awards – Funding for undergraduate and graduate study or research abroad in Germany; summer internship available for sophomores and juniors in select STEM fields

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes – Funding for an educational summer experience in the U.K.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Funding for nine to ten months of study, research, or teaching English abroad

Gaither Junior Fellowship – Post-undergraduate employment opportunity as a research assistant to senior scholars of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gates Cambridge Scholarship – Funding for one to three years of master’s and/or Ph.D. study at Cambridge in the U.K.

Gilman International Scholarship – Funding for Penn State-approved study abroad programs for Pell Grant recipients

Goldwater Scholarship – Funding for undergraduate study in an approved STEM field

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship – Funding for graduate or professional study at Stanford University

Marshall Scholarship – Funding for one to three years of master’s and/or Ph.D. study at any university in the U.K.

Mitchell Scholarship – Funding for one year of master’s study in the Republic of Ireland or N. Ireland

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – Funding for up to three years of graduate study at any university in the U.S. in select STEM fields

Rhodes Scholarship – Funding for one to three years of master’s and/or PhD study at Oxford in the U.K.

Schwarzman Scholars Program – Funding for one year of master’s study in Global Affairs at Tsinghau University in China

Soros Fellowships for New Americans – Funding for graduate or professional study at any university in the U.S. for immigrants and children of immigrants

Truman Scholarship – Funding for master’s, Ph.D., or professional study at any university in the U.S. in fields related to public service

Udall Scholarship – Funding for undergraduate study in the environment (students from any background are eligible to apply) or tribal public policy or native health care (Native Americans and Alaskan Natives, only)


Reminder: The last day to submit materials for feedback is two weeks in advance of a deadline (office or national).

If you do not see the opportunity you are looking for or if you are interested in viewing a more comprehensive list of opportunities, browse our Fellowships Search.