Fellowships and Scholarships Listings

Coordinator for National Fellowships: Dr. Nathan Grove, groven@uncw.edu. Feel free to contact him with questions.

Key Nationally Competitive Scholarship Awards (Word DOC)

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Udall Undergraduate Scholarships provides up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, books and supplies, or room and board) to sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated a strong academic record and outstanding potential for leadership. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to two groups of students; those who study the environment or related fields, and those with Native American or Native Alaskan backgrounds who study health care or tribal public policy. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of support per application year on the undergraduate level. Nomination required.

DEADLINE: March 5th, 2020

Learn more about the Udall scholarships and UNCW's own awardee here.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This 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.



Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each and six at $20,000, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2020

Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Study Abroad Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. The competition is open to all undergraduates in all fields and is available for both members and non-members. Students must have at least two semesters remaining at their home institution after completing the study abroad experience.

DEADLINE: March 15th, 2020

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars 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 public service and community. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodation, and a stipend for living expenses and travel.

DEADLINE: September 27th, 2019

British Marshall Scholarships

Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study for two years. Funding including tuition and fees, a living allowance, books, and travel to the UK. Again, applies to any field of study, but preference is given to students who combine high scholastic achievement and leadership qualities. An applicant must have completed a four year college or university degree before starting the scholarship program.

DEADLINE: 2021 application will be available in late spring of 2020.

Rhodes Scholarship

Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, including tuition, fees, and a maintenance allowance for a maximum of three years. Awarded to students with proven intellectual ability and academic achievement. An applicant must be 18 - 23 years old by the application deadline.

DEADLINE: The first Wednesday of October annually (October 7th, 2020).

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Grants fund a full academic year of study or research abroad in all disciplines to students who demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the intended host country. This merit-based grant funds round-trip international travel, a monthly stipend for living expenses, and supplemental insurance. Applicants must complete a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the beginning date of the grant.

Fulbright also offers Summer Institutes for undergraduates to the UK.

DEADLINE: October 9th, 2019; 2021-2022 competition information will be available in spring of 2020.

Fulbright Info Slide Show

Faculty at UNCW who have received Fulbright Scholars awards

Click here to visit our Fulbright Webpage for more information

CONTACT: UNCW Advisor Theodore Burgh (burght@uncw.edu)

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle, Washington, USA announced a donation to the University of Cambridge of $210 million to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust. This benefaction creates in perpetuity an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. Applications start being accepted on September 2, 2019.

DEADLINE: October 9th, 2019

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Created to award study in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, the scholarship will cover eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Applicants must be a matriculated sophomore or junior level student with a GPA of at least a B average. University nomination required. Up to 4 students will be selected by a faculty lead nominating committee. Application materials must be submitted to Honors by the institutional deadline.

UNCW DEADLINE: The last Friday of January (January 31st, 2020)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides selected undergraduate applicants with a scholarship award (up to a maximum of $9,500) for two academic years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time internship ($700/week) during the summer at an NOAA or partner facility. Scholarship funds can be used to further students' academic studies related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

Learn more

UNCW students awarded prestigious NOAA Hollings Scholarships for 2013, 2014, 2015 (and their internships), 2016, 2017, 2018

DEADLINE: January 31, 2020

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of merit to students who will be college seniors and who wish to pursue graduate study in public service fields. Covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $3,000 a year for undergraduate education and $30,000 for graduate studies. An applicant must be a full-time junior-level student at the time of application or a senior-level standing in their third year of college enrollment.

DEADLINE: February 4, 2020

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarships

Awards scholarships to students for the study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP provides undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future of U.S. interests, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. The amount of the scholarship is based on financial need as well as the cost of the study abroad program selected (must be UNCW-approved). 


DEADLINE: February 5, 2020

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

If you're a secondary school teacher (or planning to become one) of social studies or American history, you may be eligible to apply for a graduate fellowship program that emphasizes the study of the U.S. Constitution and offers up to $24,000. Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. for either a Master of Arts, a Master of Arts in Teaching, or a Master of Education, with an emphasis on American history, government, or political science.

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2020

Learn more about the James Madison scholarship here.