Scholarship Information

 Nationally Competitive Scholarships

UAlbany student at work on campusNationally competitive scholarships provide generous funding for graduate or undergraduate study. In addition, they provide students who receive them with a large measure of distinction. Some well-known nationally competitive scholarships are the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, and Truman Scholarships.

Students cannot apply for nationally competitive scholarships on their own. These scholarships require institutional nomination, which means that professors and administrators from UAlbany must work with you on your application and the university must nominate you in order for you to be eligible. Many of these scholarships require careful long-term planning and consultation with a faculty mentor and the scholarship's faculty representative.

The Nationally Competitive Scholarships include:

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Churchill Scholarship

Marshall Scholarship

Mitchell Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship

Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship

Truman Scholarship

Udall Scholarship

For more information about the application process for nationally competitive scholarships, please download our guide for students and faculty mentors:

Nationally Competitive Scholarship Information PDF and Microsoft Word versions

 University Based Scholarships

The University at Albany Foundation offers scholarships through funds endowed by donors, alumni, and friends of The Foundation. Visit The University at Albany Foundation's webpage for Endowed Scholarships, Awards and Prizes for more information about scholarships available through the university.

Irving Harold Losee ’38 Scholarship Fund
This generous fund, established through the Estate of Irving Harold Losee '38, provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students who are enrolled in the University at Albany’s Honor College.

Mary E. Whitney Eager ’48 Scholarship Fund
Generously established through the Trust of Mary W. Whitney Eager '48, this fund provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students who are enrolled in the University at Albany’s Honor College.

James Peter Ioli ’73 and Debbie Wood Ioli ’74 Scholarship
Established by alumni James Peter Ioli ’73 and Debbie Wood Ioli ’74, this scholarship provides support for an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honors College who is from Upstate NY or Long Island, and who demonstrates both academic achievement and financial need.

* These scholarships are only for honors students. However, honors students may also apply to other scholarships throughout the university.

 External Scholarships

External scholarships offer a range of opportunities for funding undergraduate and graduate study. Many of these scholarships are intended for a specific academic area. Consult the undergraduate advisor in your major or intended major for other local and national scholarship opportunities. Please see scholarship websites for more information regarding eligibility, specific due dates, and application procedures.

Click on the name of the scholarship to visit its website.

Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship
Lucent Technologies offers full tuition and an annual stipend of $17,000 to graduating seniors who are interested in pursuing work leading to a Ph.D. degree related to mathematics, science, computer science, or engineering. Applicants must be women and/or of African, Hispanic, or Native American descent, and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Deadline: Mid-January

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This scholarship provides awards for undergraduate students at any academic year level to participate in study abroad programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and receive a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application. Students with financial need, students of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Students interested in studying outside of Western Europe and Australia are also encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Early April

Brain Track Computer Science Degree Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to help students considering computer science related careers by taking advantage of entrants.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited US college or university, currently taking classes in an appropriate computr science degree program, and have completed at least one semester of study.  Winners are selected based on their responses to essay questions asking how students chose computer science, their experiences as computer science students, and their suggestions for prospective students.  One thousand dollars is awarded to the best entry and $500 is awarded to the first runner-up.  Please click on the above link for more details.
Deadlines:  Scholarship competition runs twice per year, once during each semester.  Submission deadlines are November 1st and March 1st. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
The Boren Scholarship provides support for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The maximum award amounts are $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for a year. Award recipients study abroad in their choice of regions listed above. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are U.S. citizens are eligible.
Deadline: Mid-February

Echoing Green Fellowship
Echoing Green, a non-profit organization, supports two-year fellowships for innovative leaders working for social change. The Fellowship requires a full-time, two-year commitment and is best suited to graduating seniors who will complete the Fellowship before pursuing graduate study or a career. Echoing Green offers Individual Fellowships for $30,000 annually and Partnership Fellowships for $45,000 annually.
Deadline: Early December

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics is an annual essay contest. In a 3,000-4,000-word essay, applicants should explore any topic in the domain of ethics, under the direction of a faculty member of the applicant's choosing. Awards include one First Prize - $5,000; one Second Prize - $2,500; one Third Prize - $1,500; and two Honorable Mentions - $500 each. Applicants must be full-time juniors or seniors.
Deadline: Mid-December

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
The Hollings Scholarship offers up to $8,000 annually for full-time study in the junior and senior years. Full-time juniors in majors related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education are eligible to apply. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Deadline: Late January

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
The Hertz Foundation offers varying financial support for graduating seniors who wish to pursue work leading to a Ph.D. in applied physical sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Deadline: Late October

Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship
Javits Fellowships are intended to support graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Fellowship consists of full tuition and a stipend of up to $21,500 for up to four years. Graduating seniors that intend to enroll in a Ph.D. program or terminal Master's degree program are eligible to apply. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
Deadline: Early October

James Madison Junior Fellowship
This Fellowship provides a maximum of up to $24,000 in financial support for graduate study over a two-year period. The award is intended for those who plan to become a teacher of American history, government, or social studies at the secondary school level. Fellowships are available to seniors who wish to pursue master's degrees in the following areas: American history or political science, education with a concentration in American history, American government, political institutions, or political theory, or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history, American government, political institutions, or political theory.
Deadline: Early March

NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship
NASA Graduate Student Research Program awards fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in fields related to NASA research and development. The award includes an $20,000 student stipend, a student allowance of $6,000, a $1,000 health insurance allowance, and a $3,000 university allowance, renewable for up to three years. Graduating seniors who are U.S. citizens and intend to enroll in a graduate program in appropriate fields of study are eligible to apply.
Deadline: Early February

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships support students pursuing doctoral degrees in mathematics, science, and engineering. The fellowship provides full tuition and a stipend of $27,500 during the first year, $28,000 during the second year, and $28,500 during the third year. Graduating seniors that wish to pursue work leading to a Ph.D. are eligible. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals.
Deadline: Early January

National Physical Science Consortium
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) sponsors a graduate fellowship program for graduating seniors intending to pursue a Ph.D. in the physical sciences. The award provides tuition and fees and a stipend of $16,000 for up to six years. Fields of study include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, material science, mathematical sciences, physics, and related engineering fields, including chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering. U.S. citizenship and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 are required.
Deadline: Early November

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Soros Fellowships provide support for up to two years of graduate study in the US for New Americans. The fellowships cover half of tuition plus a maintenance grant of $20,000. New Americans include resident aliens, naturalized U.S. citizens, and the children of two parents who are both naturalized U.S. citizens. Graduating seniors who plan to pursue graduate study are eligible. Fellows may pursue graduate degrees in any professional or scholarly field. Candidates must not be older than 30 years of age.
Deadline: Early November

Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship
The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships was established to inspire the engagement of careers in public service. Two awards of $5,000 for travel and living expenses and an eleven-week summer service opportunity at the U.S. Embassy in London or Paris, or at the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington D.C. are offered annually. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and juniors or seniors.
Deadline: Early November

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is a five-week, academically intensive summer program between the student's junior and senior year that is designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring, and expand academic opportunities for students. Applicants must be juniors who are African American, Latino/a, and/or Native American and who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be majoring in political science or a related discipline.
Deadline: Mid-February

Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program
The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Programs offers renewable scholarships of up to $10,000 annually to college undergraduates who "demonstrate leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values and constitutional principles." Candidates must be full-time sophomores or juniors who are U.S. citizens.
Deadline: Mid-January

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
This award provides $10,000 stipends for graduating seniors to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year, before pursuing graduate study or their career. Applicants may choose to conduct their project in the U.S. or abroad.
Deadline: Early February

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Pickering Fellowship provides financial support to students in study relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, or science policy, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study. Candidates must be sophomores and U.S. citizens, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.
Deadline: Early February

United University Professions Scholarship
Intended for students in any field of study who exemplify "dedication to the goals of the trade/labor-union movements; integrity; a tireless quest for excellence in both academic and personal endeavors; and service to the community." Applicants must be full-time students at any SUNY campus, and have completed at least 16 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75. Chosen applicants will receive a one-time award of $2,000.
Deadline: Early March

USA Today All-USA College Academic Team
USA Today offers a $2,500 award and trophy for outstanding undergraduates. Applicants must be full-time and of at least sophomore standing. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member of their choosing.
Deadline: Early November

Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice
The Villers Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, salaried position in the Health Policy department at Families USA. Applicants must be graduating seniors authorized to work in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate passion for justice in the health care system. In addition, Families USA looks for applicants who have experience working with and on behalf of low-income and other vulnerable constituencies. The fellowship runs from the August after graduation until July of the following year. Candidates must be able to commit to living in the Washington, D.C. area during this time.
Deadline: Mid-January

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
The Wellstone Fellowship offers a year-long, full-time, salaried position in the Minority Health Initiatives program at Families USA. Applicants must be graduating seniors authorized to work in the United States. Families USA looks for applicants who have experience working with and on behalf of communities of color and who have a keen interest in health care policy and the reduction of health disparities. The fellowship runs from the August after graduation until July of the following year. Candidates must be able to commit to living in the Washington, D.C. area during this time.
Deadline: Early February

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship
Woodrow Wilson’s Indiana Fellowship offers rigorous teaching preparation, extensive clinical experience, and ongoing mentoring, as well as a $30,000 stipend. These Woodrow Wilson Fellows will be STEM scholars and experts—outstanding college juniors and seniors majoring in these fields, recent college graduates, and second-career professionals—interested in teaching in high-need secondary schools. Accepted Fellows will begin their studies in summer 2009 in a master’s degree program at one of four participating universities: Ball State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, and the University of Indianapolis. In exchange, Fellows will commit to teach math or science in a high-need Indiana secondary school for three years upon completing the master’s degree and Indiana teaching certification.
Deadline: Mid-December

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
Xerox provides annual scholarships of up to $10,000 to students in technical fields including chemistry, computing and software systems, material science, and physics. Applicants may be of sophomore or junior standing. Graduating seniors may also apply if they are entering graduate school in the appropriate fields. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of African, Asian, Native American, or Hispanic descent.
Deadline: Mid-September