Office of Undergraduate Fellowships

The University of Nevada, Reno Office of Undergraduate (and Graduate) Fellowships assists students, including undergraduates, graduates, and recent alumni interested in pursuing a national fellowship, grant or award. We provide resources and support throughout the application process, from outreach events on campus, to one-on-one mentoring, to celebrating students' success.

Each year, outstanding University of Nevada students receive generous awards for undergraduate and graduate study, research, teaching and public service in the United States and throughout the world; our students have been successful winners of virtually every nationally competitive award, including the Truman Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, Boren Scholarship and numerous Fulbright awards. In addition to their accomplishments in the classroom, these students further distinguished themselves by engaging in undergraduate research, making a sustained focus on public or community service and their commitment to excellence.

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Current fellowship opportunities

Use the filters to find opportunities that might be right for you. Please note, some opportunities might require preparation a year or more in advance. Filter for the year when you would like to have the opportunity in order to see when to start the process. Come visit our office for more information.

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  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
    • Summary: Funds student research on natural sciences
    • Value: $7,500
    • Duration: One year
    • Due date: January
    • When to talk to our office: Fall
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

    By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the Nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

  • Boren scholarships
    • Summary: Scholarship to be used towards study abroad in select countries. Gives students preferential placement for government positions
    • Value: $8,000-$25,000
    • Duration: Summer to academic year
    • Due date: January
    • When to talk to our office: Fall
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

    Boren Awards funds undergraduate students in their study of foreign languages and cultures abroad. Funds can be used to support study or research abroad opportunities, including qualifying USAC programs

  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals
    • Summary: Students go to Germany for one year to work or intern part-time with international companies or institutions. Award supports travel, language classes, part of lodging. German language knowledge not required but encouraged.
    • Value: approx. $30,000
    • Duration: One year
    • Due date: November
    • When to talk to our office: junior
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

  • Critical Language Scholarship
    • Summary: Summer language courses for study abroad hosted by U.S. State Department. Gives students preferential placement for government positions.
    • Value: approx. $10,000
    • Duration: Summer
    • Due date: November
    • When to talk to our office: September
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

    The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

  • Fulbright: English Teaching Assistant Programs
    • Summary: Teach English internationally in various countries. Fellowship covers costs of travel and pays salary.
    • Value: approx. $40,000
    • Duration: One year
    • Due date: August
    • When to talk to our office: Spring of junior year
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to University level. Applicants for ETA Programs can apply to only one country. Consult the table below for details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards.

  • Fulbright: study/research awards
    • Summary: Conduct research internationally in a foreign country for a year. Select countries (ex. Sweden, Spain) fellowship will support a masters program. Fellowship covers the cost of travel and pays a salary. 
    • Value: approx. $40,000
    • Duration: One year
    • Due date: August
    • When to talk to our office: Spring of junior year
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Opportunities for study and research include the arts, business, and journalism, in addition to STEM and other humanities fields.

  • Gates Cambridge scholarship
    • Summary: Covers the cost of travel and two years of a graduate program at Oxford, including stipend. Highly competitive. 
    • Value: approx. $80,000
    • Duration: Two years
    • Due date: August
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    Each year, Gates Cambridge offers approximately 80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to Ph.D. students, with approximately 25 awards available in the U.S. round and 55 available in the international round.

  • Gilman Scholarship Program
    • Summary: Scholarship to be used towards study abroad in select countries. Gives students preferential placement for government positions.
    • Value: $5,000
    • Duration: Summer to academic year
    • Due date: March
    • When to talk to our office: Fall
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

    The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship
    • Summary: Provides funding for study abroad for U.S. military veterans and their family. 
    • Value: $5,000
    • Duration: Summer to academic year
    • Due date: March
    • When to talk to our office: Fall
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

    The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.

  • Public Policy Leadership Conference - Harvard
    • Summary: Funded conference of public policy and leadership at Harvard over a weekend in October. Students have costs covered. 
    • Value: Approx. $2,000
    • Duration: October
    • Due date: Summer
    • When to talk to our office: Freshman, sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore or junior year

    The PPLC mission is to inspire undergraduate student leaders—particularly those from historically underrepresented and underserved communities—to pursue careers in public service. Participants will learn about what it means to study public policy in a graduate school environment and will have opportunities to connect with current HKS students, faculty and staff as well as other dynamic undergraduate students.

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars: Stanford University
    • Summary: A leadership program at Stanford University that funds 1-3 years of graduate school. Student must also be accepted into a Stanford graduate program.
    • Value: Approx. $60,000
    • Duration: 1-3 years
    • Due date: September
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    Building upon the deep domain expertise that Knight-Hennessy Scholars develop in their home departments, scholars gain exposure to a wide range of disciplines and cultures in the Knight-Hennessy community, and participate in the King Global Leadership Program (KGLP), which is designed to develop transformational leadership capabilities. Within KGLP, scholars collaborate and begin to address important challenges facing the world, such as climate change, healthcare inequity, the future of education and criminal justice reform.

  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
    • Summary: Covers the cost of two years of a master's program to prepare student for international work with U.S. Government. Gives student preferential placement after graduation. 
    • Value: $84,000
    • Duration: Two years master
    • Due date: September
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Senior

    The program provides graduate fellowships to qualified college seniors and college graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service. The fellowship helps finance two-year graduate programs, provides two summer internships, offers mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer, and provides other professional development activities. The program continues to ensure that the Foreign Service reflects the face of America to foreign audiences and provides a source of trained women and men who are dedicated to pursuing Foreign Service careers with the Department of State and representing America’s interests abroad.

  • Payne Fellowship Program
    • Summary: Covers the cost of 2 years of a masters program to prepare student for international work with U.S. Government. Gives student preferential placement after graduation.
    • Value: $104,000
    • Duration: 2 years master
    • Due date: December
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Seniors, recent graduates

    The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $104,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

  • Marshall Scholarships
    • Summary: Covers the cost of travel and two years of a graduate program at select U.K. universities, including stipend. Highly competitive.
    • Value: approx. $80,000
    • Duration: Two years
    • Due date: September
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior
    • Who: Senior

    Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

  • McCall MacBain Scholarship
    • Summary: Covers 1-2 years of a graduate program at McGill University in Canada, including living stipend.
    • Value: approx. $25,000
    • Duration: 1-2 years
    • Due date: September
    • When to talk to our office: sophomore or junior year
    • Who: senior, recent graduate

    The McCall MacBain Scholarships bring together exceptional students who strive to engage in positive change by taking on meaningful leadership roles. McCall MacBain Scholars connect with mentors and participate in an interdisciplinary leadership program and while pursuing a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University.

  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program
    • Summary: Covers funding for one year of graduate school in Ireland or Northern Ireland, including living stipend and travel. 
    • Value: approx. $25,000
    • Duration: One year
    • Due date: September
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former U.S. 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. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • Rangel Graduate Fellowship
    • Summary: Covers the cost of two years of a masters program to prepare student for international work with U.S. Government. Gives student preferential placement after graduation. 
    • Value: $84,000
    • Duration: Two years master's
    • Due date: September
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Senior

    The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
    • Summary: Summer program for students interested in international relations. Cost of travel, lodging and stipend provided. 
    • Value: approx. $6,000
    • Duration: Summer
    • Due date: February
    • When to talk to our office: Fall
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior

    The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

  • Rhodes scholarship
    • Summary: Covers the cost of travel and two years of a graduate program at Oxford, including stipend. Highly competitive. 
    • Value: approx. $80,000
    • Duration: Two years
    • Due date: August
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. The scholarship funds a student in a master's program of their choosing at the University of Oxford.

  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering - Germany
    • Summary: Students go to Germany in the summer for an internship with international company or institution. German language not required but encouraged.
    • Value: approx. $10,000
    • Duration: Summer
    • Due date: November
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Sophomore, junior, senior

    RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students and researchers (only from universities of applied sciences, UAS) – whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year.

  • Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    • Summary: Covers two years of graduate school
    • Value: $90,000
    • Duration: Two years
    • Due date: October
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Senior, recent graduate

    Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States.

  • Truman Scholar
    • Summary: Covers the cost of one to two years of graduate school in public policy or government, including law school. Additionally, offers opportunities for summer workshops and professional development. 
    • Value: $30,000
    • Duration: 1-2 years, plus summer opportunities
    • Due date: January
    • When to talk to our office: Sophomore or junior year
    • Who: Sophomore, junior, senior

    The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate scholarship for students interested in public service. The scholarship provides $30,000 for the graduate school of the Scholar's choice, extensive programming and mentorship opportunities, a directing hiring authority with the federal government and the ability to apply for additional matching funds with our graduate school partners.

  • Udall Foundation
    • Summary: Multiple opportunities, including undergraduate scholarships, summer internships, and professional development. Focus on research on natural resources, indigenous communities, and public health. 
    • Value: $7,000
    • Duration: Summer, one year
    • Due date: March
    • When to talk to our office: Fall 
    • Who: Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior

    The Udall Foundation’s programs promote leadership, education, collaboration, and conflict resolution in the areas of environment, public lands, and natural resources in order to strengthen Native nations, assist federal agencies and others to resolve environmental conflicts, and to encourage the continued use and appreciation of our nation’s rich resources.