Core Fellowships

The Fellowships Office focuses much of its advising on supporting students applying for what we call “core fellowship” programs. These are highly competitive, merit-based awards for which students from institutions across the country apply.

As you learn about these core programs, know that applicants often begin working on their applications three to six months in advance of deadlines. We also talk with students years in advance of when they may actually apply for an award to advise them on how to develop themselves as candidates for these competitive opportunities. For example, we regularly talk with freshmen majoring in the sciences about what they can do throughout their undergraduate careers to have a standout National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship application by the time they apply in the fall of their senior year.

Regardless of your previous knowledge of these awards or when you would apply, we want to have a conversation to help you start thinking about yourself as a potential candidate. Just make an appointment with a fellowships advisor using MU Connect.

What do the various deadlines mean?

Campus Deadline: If an award has a campus deadline, you are required to apply through the MU Fellowships Office. Awards with campus deadlines require that you are endorsed by the University of Missouri. Applicants must turn in a complete application to the Fellowship Office by the posted campus deadline.

Priority Deadline: If an award has a priority deadline, you are not required to seek the advice of the Fellowships Office on your application although we highly encourage you to do so. The priority deadline is a suggested date for when you should have a well developed application.

Final Deadline: This deadline is the time your completed application is due to the program(s) to which you are applying. We sometimes call this date the “national deadline.” If you do not submit your materials to the program by the final deadline, your application will not be considered. Not to fear though. Your fellowships advisor will do everything he or she can to encourage you to submit your application several days prior to a final deadline!

  • Boren Fellowship

    Priority Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

    Campus Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019

    Graduating seniors and current graduate students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for funding for a study abroad program in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The primary aim of the Boren Fellowship is for its recipients to develop critical language skills that prepare them to complete at least one year of work in the federal government.

  • Boren Scholarship

    Priority Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

    Campus Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019

    Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for funding for a study abroad program in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The primary aim of the Boren Scholarship is for its recipients to develop critical language skills that prepare them to complete at least one year of work in the federal government.

  • Churchill Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Sep. 14, 2018

    Final Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

    The Churchill Scholarship funds one year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at the University of Cambridge.

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

    Priority Deadline: Oct. 12, 2018

    Undergraduates and graduate students may apply for funding for overseas study in one of fifteen critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. Eligibility requirements vary by language.

  • Fulbright US Student Program

    Campus Deadline: Sep. 3, 2018

    Final Deadline: Oct. 9, 2018

    U.S. citizens who are graduating seniors, graduate/professional students, or recent graduates (approximately within five years of graduation) are eligible to apply to study, conduct research, or teach English in one of 140+ countries.

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Priority Deadline: Sep. 14, 2018

    The Gates Cambridge Scholarship looks for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others. The scholarship funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge.

  • Goldwater Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

    Final Deadline: Jan. 25, 2019

    The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes excellence in undergraduate research for students majoring in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply.

  • Marshall Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

    Final Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018

    The Marshall Scholarship is for U.S. citizens with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.7. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates within two years of their undergraduate graduation are eligible to apply. The Marshall Scholarship provides at least one year of funding for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

  • Mitchell Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

    Final Deadline: Sep. 28, 2018

    U.S. citizens under the age of 30 may receive funding for one year of postgraduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mitchell Scholars demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

    Priority Deadline: Sep. 30, 2018

    The NSF GRF provides three years of support for graduate study leading to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in the sciences (including social sciences). Graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students in the first or second year of their program are eligible to apply.

  • Payne International Development Fellowship Program

    Priority Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

    The Payne Fellowship seeks to attract young people who desire to pursue careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The award provides funding for a two-year graduate degree program and placement into the USAID Foreign Service upon successful completion of the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements.

  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

    Priority Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

    Final Deadline: Sep. 20, 2018

    The Pickering Fellowship provides the same award benefits and aims to attract the same type of applicants as the Rangel Fellowship: graduating students and college graduates from groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. Like the Rangel Fellowship, Pickering Fellows receive funding for graduate school and direct placement into the Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program.

  • Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

    Priority Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

    Final Deadline: Sep. 17, 2018

    Rangel Fellows receive funding for graduate school and direct placement into the State Department Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program and Foreign Service entry requirements. Rangel encourages applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, graduating seniors, or college graduates with at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

  • Rhodes Trust Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

    Final Deadline: Oct. 3, 2018

    The Rhodes Scholarship is for U.S. citizens or non-citizens under the age of 24 who are graduating seniors, graduate/professional students, or graduate students. The Rhodes Scholarship funds two years of graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. The application deadline for non-U.S. citizens is earlier than the deadline for U.S. citizens.

  • Schwarzman Scholars

    Campus Deadline: Aug. 30, 2018

    Final Deadline: Sep. 27, 2018

    The Schwarzman Scholars program annually selects up to 200 candidates under the age of 28 who are graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students to earn a Master’s of Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, one of the country’s top universities.

  • Truman Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

    Final Deadline: Feb. 5, 2019

    Juniors who demonstrate a commitment to a career in public service and being “change agents” are eligible to apply for the Truman Scholarship. The award provides $30,000 in funding to be used for graduate school and affiliation with the Truman Scholar alumni network.

  • Udall Scholarship

    Campus Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

    The Udall Scholarship awards $7,000 to 60 U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment. The Scholarship also seeks applicants who are Native students interested in tribal policy or health care.

  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

    Priority Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

    Undergraduates with at least two years of undergraduate study remaining and a 3.8 GPA may apply to study in the United Kingdom for three to four weeks over the summer.