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Nationally Competitive Awards

Unlike Honors College scholarships, nationally competitive awards are funded by government entities and private agencies. These competitive awards offer students the opportunity to study or conduct research across the United States and around the globe, either in the context of their undergraduate degree or post-graduation. Since there are few of these awards relative to the number of students applying nationwide, they are highly competitive, and therefore, very prestigious. Students who receive such awards demonstrate potential for great success in their postgraduate studies and subsequent careers.

The Honors College is proactive in identifying and preparing students for these opportunities and we take great pride in the number of Honors College students who engage in advanced research and have been successful in their application for these awards. Current students and recent graduates have received Barry M. Goldwater, Harry S. Truman, Woodrow Wilson, NASA, NSF, EPSCoR, NIH, INBRE, Fulbright and many other highly competitive national awards.

If you have an interest in pursuing a competitive national award, complete the preliminary application for nationally competitive awards, submit it to the Honors College, and make an appointment to speak with the Associate Dean. The abridged list below is a selective list of awards for which we prepare students to compete.

The Honors College has internal application deadlines prior to the deadlines published on each of the following web sites. Since application deadlines vary and change each year, please contact the Associate Dean for the most up-to-date information: Dr. Andrew Hanson, Lied Library Rm 3270, 895-2263, andrew.hanson@unlv.edu

(Application date abbreviations: s=start, i=internal, e=external)

Primary Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships Coordinated by the Honors College

  • Rhodes Scholarships – supports graduate study for 2 years at Oxford University; all costs covered.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens; 18-24 years old; must graduate by Oct. 1st; intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service; all-around outstanding students with strong propensity to be future world leaders, GPA’s probably need to be >3.8.
    (s=early July, i=2nd Wed in Sept, e=1st Wed in Oct)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship – full time college Sophomores and Juniors apply for support during their Junior and/or Senior years as undergraduates; math, natural science and engineering majors; covers tuition/fees/etc up to $7.5k/yr for 1-2 years.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens; min. GPA of 3.0 and in the upper ¼ of class is required but realistically only students with a 3.9 or higher should apply; UNLV can only nominate 4 students/yr;
    (s=Sept., i=Jan. 10th, e=Jan. 31st)
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarships – applications are open to college juniors/seniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; up to $30k for grad study.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens; top ¼ of class, university can only nominate 4 students
    (s=Aug 1st2013, i=Jan 14th, 2014, e=Feb 4th, 2014)
  • Marshall Scholars – 1-2 years of grad study at any British University; talented, independent, diverse students from any discipline; African/Am and Hispanics encouraged. Jointly funded awards available for NIH and EPA.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens; min. GPA of 3.7
    (s=late Spring 2013, i=Sept 10,2013, e=Oct 1st, 2013)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships – 3 years of grad funding ($32k/yr stipend + $12k/yr tuition) at any graduate program; must be high achieving STEM major; female, Afr/Am, Native Am, Hispanics encouraged; research experience is important.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens
    (s=early August, i=mid Oct., e=varies by field but generally early-mid Nov)

Secondary Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships Coordinated by the Honors College

  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowships – several different awards, mostly teaching; one award for students in international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management and science policy,
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens (deadlines vary depending on program/school).
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships – full time, full cost scholarship for graduate study at Cambridge University; outstanding intellect, leadership potential, commitment to improving lives of others, good fit with a program at Cambridge.
    Eligible: Non-U.K. citizens; must be academically outstanding
    (October admit: s=Apr 1st, i=June 10th, e=June 30th)(January admit: s=July 1st, i=Sept. 10th, e=Sept 30th)(April admit: s=Oct. 1st, i=Dec 10th, e=Dec 30th)
  • Morris and Stewart Udall Scholarship – $5000 undergraduate scholarship, sophomore or junior applicants committed to environment (policy, sci/eng, education, urban planning/renewal, business, health, justice, econ).
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens; preference to Native American/Alaska Natives committed to tribal public policy or Native health care, min. GPA of 3.0; must be a tribal member if you want to do tribal policy
    (s=Oct 1st, i=Feb. 10th, e=Mar 1st)
  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship – highly-competitive (<3% acceptance), provides recent college and grad school graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security thru 6-9 months in DC as a staffer at an organization of their choice; international relationships; includes salary.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens, non-citizens living in US that can obtain proper work visa; must have graduated by start of fellowship; most fellows major in government, history, international relations, peace studies, political science or related fields
    (Spring 2014 Fellowship s=Aug 1st, i=Sept 10th2013, e=Oct 1st; Fall 2014 Fellowship s=Nov 6th, i=Dec. 15th, e=Jan 6th, 2014)
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – $1000-5000 one time scholarships; development of next generation of Latino leaders; 3 intern sessions in Congress; also have leadership & professional development programs; for college graduates to address public policy challenges. Scholarships are for 2-4 years. Also have 9 month Fellowships/leadership training program. Graduate Fellowships in public policy and STEM fields.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens, resident, asylees, authorized to work in U.S.; full time students, demonstrated financial need, consistent/active participation in public/community service, strong writing skills
    (e=Apr. 16th, 2013)
  • George Mitchell Scholars – U.S.-Ireland alliance; future American leaders; for 1 year of graduate study in an Irish university, any discipline; 3 criteria = scholarship, leadership, sustained community/public service; about 4% acceptance rate; provides tuition, housing stipend, travel.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens, ages 18-30
    (s="spring 2013", i=Sept 10th, 2013, e=Oct. 1st, 2013)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships – up to $50k/yr for up to 3 years to seniors and graduates with financial need, will pursue a graduate or professional degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing.
    Eligible: must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship – up to 2 years of graduate study for “New Americans", Green Card holder or naturalized citizen of child of two naturalized citizens, any discipline, <30 years old, $20k and half tuition wherever you attend
    (s=July 16th, 2013, i=Oct. 20th, 2013, e=Nov 9th, 2013 )
  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships – District, Global and Packaged Grant Scholarships for grad education (1-4yrs of funding) (varies, $30k+, $25k, respectively); 6 focus areas = Peace/conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention/treatment, water/sanitation, maternal/child health, basic education/literacy, economic/community development.
    Eligibility: must be admitted into a graduate program.
  • James Madison – supports students interested in teaching American History, American government, and social studies in secondary schools; Junior Fellowships cover two years of full-time study ($24k) to students who are not yet teaching and will attend grad school full time; requires “pay-back" of one year of teaching for each year of support.
    Eligible: U.S. Citizens/Nationals only; requires demonstrated commitment to civic responsibility, and professional and collegial activities.
  • Michigan State King Scholars – provides 3 years of full tuition in Michigan States law school.
    Eligible: 3.75 GPA, LSAT 162.
  • Fulbright Summer Institute – 3-6 week long summer undergrad programs at one of 9 universities in the U.K.; intended for those who desire to learn in a UK setting; most costs are covered, summer only.
    Eligible: must be at least 18 years old and must have at least 2 more years of undergraduate study.
  • DC internships – unpaid summer internships mostly for sophomores/juniors interested in public policy/economics, political journalism, international affairs and economics, business and governmental affairs, and legal studies; can earn transfer credit; housing is provided.
    Eligible: min. GPA of 3.0 .
  • Phi Kappa Phi – for students with outstanding records of academic recognition and awards, campus and community involvement, and leadership experiences; provides graduate fellowships, some at $15k, and some at $5k; also support study abroad ($1k).
    Eligible: Study abroad students must have GPA of at least 3.5 with 30-90 credits; do not have to be a Phi Kappa Phi member.
  • POINT Foundation Scholarships – supports undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students that are "out" LBGTQ individuals. Looking for very strong academic performance, proven leadership skills, desire to improve the world, involvement in LGBTQ, financial need, marginalization, goals. No citizenship limitations. Initial deadline is Jan. 21, 2014.

Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships Coordinated by the International Programs Office

  • Fulbright Scholars – highly competitive, study abroad
  • NSEP Boren Scholarships and Fellowships – aimed at U.S. national security, study in countries of interest
  • Benjamin Gilman Scholarship – study abroad, demonstrated financial need (as evidenced by Pell Grant support)

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs:

Campus Location: CBC Building B 325
Phone: 702-895-3896
Fax: 702-895-4147
E-mail: international.programs@unlv.edu