Major Scholarships Requiring NAU Nomination

For the following national or international scholarships and fellowships, you must be nominated or endorsed by NAU in order to apply. Contact the coordinator or other listed institutional representative ASAP to express your interest, discuss your competitiveness, and discover internal NAU application deadlines and requirements. 

Most usually, interested candidates will prepare a full or partial application by the NAU internal deadline, including letters or recommendation, and applications will be evaluated by an NAU Scholarship Committee to select candidates for official nomination. Plan to work closely with the coordinator throughout the process, as well as with academic and professional mentors.

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: mid-November
Official Deadline: late January

Boren Fellowships support graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Fellowships are intended to provide or add to the international component of U.S. graduate students' educations, providing support for overseas study, domestic study, or a combination of both. Although study outside the United States is not required, successful applications generally include a significant overseas component. Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two academic years.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

NAU Representative: Zach Tobin, Acting International Internships Coordinator, Center for International Education
NAU Internal Deadline: contact the representative above
Official Deadline: early February

The Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. The NAU National Scholarship Coordinator is available for application feedback.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines:  complete online application September 1.  Campus interviews mid-late September.
Official Deadline: October 6, 2017

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent undergraduate alumni, or master's or doctoral students. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. plus a personal statement. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in the community, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think, thereby promoting mutual understanding. 

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: mid-November 
Official Deadline: mid-January

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., which conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Twelve to 14 graduating seniors/recent alumni are hired annually as Gaither Junior Fellows to work at the Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.

Gilman International Scholarship

NAU Representative: Zach Tobin, Acting International Internships Coordinator, Center for International Education
Official Deadlines: early October; early March

The Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

Goldwater Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines: November 1 (detailed resume, research essay, letters to Melissa)
    Complete online application: December 1
Official Deadline: mid-to-late January 

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship encourages outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, technology, or engineering. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships are sophomores or juniors planning to pursue PhD‘s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at his or her institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or proposed research project related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.

Marshall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines: mid-June essays and a detailed resume; mid-July complete application online; Aug 15 letters to Melissa
Official Deadline:  October 2, 2017

The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship is to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. The scholarships have five main purposes: (1) to enable intellectually distinguished Americans, their country‘s future leaders, to study in the U.K.; (2) to help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; (3) to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, humanities, social sciences, and the creative arts at Britain‘s center of academic excellence; (4) to motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the U.S. to the U.K. and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding; and (5) to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.

Mitchell Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines:  Complete online application mid-July, letters to Melissa by August 15
Official Deadline:  September 29, 2017

The Mitchell Scholars Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in the Republic of Ireland. (No essay feedback allowed.)

Rhodes Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines:  Complete online application mid-July, letters to Melissa by August 15
Official Deadline:  October 4, 2017

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two to three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford in England and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Extraordinary intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person, which in combination offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford University, and the applicant‘s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. (No essay feedback allowed.)

Schwarzman Scholars

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines:  Complete online application July 1, letters to Melissa August 15
Official Deadline:  mid-September

The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to provide future global leaders with firsthand exposure to China and relationships with its people with the hopes of fostering greater cooperation between China and the rest of the world for decades to come. The award provides full funding for a one-year master’s program at the prestigious Tsinghua University in China in the areas of international relations, public policy, or economics and business. For seniors, graduate students, or recent graduates under the age of 29 with high leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship will live in Beijing for a year of cultural immersion and study with top international faculty from across the world, an internship with a Chinese organization, and travel.

Truman Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadline: November 1, including letters to Melissa
    Complete online application: December 1
Official Deadline: early February

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation funds $30,000 toward graduate school for college students preparing for careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit-based aid to some premier graduate institutions and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program. The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public service oriented non-profit organizations.

Udall Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
NAU Internal Deadlines: December 1--Udall Essay and resume 
     Complete draft online:  January 29, including letters to Melissa
Official Deadline: mid- March

The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding college students who intend to pursue careers related to the environment, or Native American or Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in Native American health care or tribal public policy. Award is $7,000 plus Udall orientation long weekend and professional network. The Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields such as policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future American Indian leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.