Fellowships Office

Junior Year

Selected National Scholarships and Fellowships

Current and Rising Juniors

"Fellowship" is a term equivalent to "scholarship." In the present context, neither should be confused with traditional financial aid. This is a selective list of national and international competitive fellowships opportunities.

The fellowship and scholarship programs described below are open to students of junior standing. The federal government, foreign governments, and private philanthropic organizations sponsor these award programs; they provide funding based on academic merit and other criteria to support undergraduate and graduate study in the U.S. and abroad. See the individual programs' official websites for complete information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, application forms, and exact filing deadlines. Many sites also include profiles of past winners.

Some of these programs are officially coordinated at UR by the Fellowships Office (Dewey 4-209B, 276-5869) and are overseen by the Director of Fellowships, Belinda Redden (fellowships@rochester.edu); others are handled by the Center for Study Abroad (2-147 Dewey Hall, 275-7532, abroad@mail.rochester.edu). Many programs do not require any formal University involvement, but students are encouraged to seek advisement from the relevant office for these competitions as well.

Programs preceded by an asterisk (*) require institutional endorsement of candidates.

Programs preceded by a dagger (†) accept applications from first-year students.

When University nomination or endorsement is required, campus application deadlines are much earlier than the national application due dates; check with the appropriate office at least a semester in advance if you are interested in applying for any of these awards. In most cases, a faculty committee selects nominees based on a complete draft of the official fellowship application; the campus nomination process may also include an interview.

Please note that the campus application process begins in the junior spring for some senior year competitions with early fall deadlines, e.g., Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell.

Please be advised that before we nominate you or endorse your candidacy for a fellowship competition, we will perform a conduct and academic honesty check to confirm that you are in good disciplinary and academic standing. The appropriate release/waiver will be requested from you as necessary. 

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* Beinecke Memorial Scholarship


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* † David L. Boren/NSEP (National Security Education Program) Undergraduate Scholarship


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Critical Language Scholarship Program


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DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service)


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* †Davis Projects for Peace


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* † Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


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† Glamour's Top Ten College Women Competition


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* † Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship


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Humane Studies Fellowship


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Humanity in Action Foundation Fellowship


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† Josephine de Kármán Fellowship


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† McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program


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† National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program


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† New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) Foundation Scholarship


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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program (undergraduate)


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Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship


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SMART Scholarship for Service Program (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation)


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* † Harry S. Truman Scholarship


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† Tylenol Scholarship Program


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* † Udall Scholarship


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* † UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship


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† All-USA Today College Academic Team


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Additional Information

Please check our website periodically for announcements and updates regarding campus application procedures and deadlines. Look ahead to senior-year awards >

Selected searchable fellowships databases>