Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Nationally 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:
The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. The Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfil his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.
The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Applicants from more than 320 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.
The Truman is a very competitive national scholarship. Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for our 55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually. These 600 applications do not include the students who compete on their own campus for one of a school's four nominations.Although the award is competitive, we hope that our application process - while challenging - is straightforward. We hope that by providing clear information to all prospective applicants we enable everyone to produce the best application possible.
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
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 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.
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.
Fall applications: July 15 to October 15
Spring applications: December 15 to April 15
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.
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.
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.
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: March 1st
NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship
NASA offers many internships and scholarships throughout the year! Continuously check on the page for new opportunities.
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.
The Fund For Latino Scholarship
Identify promising Latino/a undergraduates and encourage them to enter the profession of political science; provide professional opportunities and financial assistance to Latino/a graduate students in political science programs; support the teaching, research and publishing activities of junior-level, tenure track Latino/a political science faculty; and support activities that advance our knowledge of Latino/a politics.
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.
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
provides funding aid to both undergraduate and post baccalaureate students attending SUNY campuses. Click here for more scholarship information and an applicationas a fillable PDF.
Deadline: Early March
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.
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 Wilsons 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 expertsoutstanding college juniors and seniors majoring in these fields, recent college graduates, and second-career professionalsinterested in teaching in high-need secondary schools. Accepted Fellows will begin their studies in summer 2009 in a masters 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 masters degree and Indiana teaching certification.
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.