For Undergraduate Study

Northwestern students have had previous success with the fellowships below. See scholarships for undergraduate study related to:

This is not an exhaustive list of all the available funding. See Databases & Resources for links to national organizations that feature thousands more opportunities.

Any Field

Critical Language Scholarships

Summer of fully-funded immersive language study abroad in one of 10-12 languages (beginner, intermediate, proficient) deemed critical to US national security. Students of all years and in all fields can apply.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)

Various awards for study in Germany. Sophomores through graduate students may apply.

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship

Student in all fields eligible. Students entering senior year may apply.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Awards for students receiving Pell Grant funding for study abroad. Apply one semester before the study abroad program begins.

Glamour Magazine Top Ten College Women

Awards for women in any field. Must be a junior.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Scholarships for those interested in a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Funding for senior year and first year of graduate study. Juniors may apply.

US-UK Fulbright Commission | UK Summer Institutes

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates, with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme.

Science, Math, Technology & Engineering

American Concrete Institute Scholarships

Stipend for students in the areas of structural design, materials, construction, etc. Full time students may apply.

American Institute of Steel Construction Scholarships & Fellowships

Awards of varying amounts for students studying civil or architectural engineering.

American Society of Civil Engineers Fellowship

Various scholarships for students studying civil engineering. Awards available for undergraduates of any year.

Department of Homeland Security Fellowships

Awards for students studying topics in science, math and technology that can be applied to the DHS mission. No competition in 2012 due to federal budget cuts.

Eckenfelder Scholarship

Awards for students with declared major in civil, chemical or environmental Engineering or one of the environmental sciences. Juniors may apply.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Up to $7,500 for tuition and expenses for students studying math, natural sciences or engineering. Sophomores or juniors may apply.

Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Tuition awards for students wishing to pursue a PhD in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Seniors may apply.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Awards for students studying topics related to the environment, including science and engineering. Sophomores or juniors may apply.

Arts & Humanities

Department of Homeland Security Fellowships

Awards for students studying topics in social science, psychology and selected humanities that can be applied to the DHS mission. No competition in 2012 due to federal budget cuts.

Public Policy/Service

100 Projects for Peace

Northwestern is invited to nominate 2 individuals/teams per year for $10,000 awards to underwrite the costs of original public service projects to promote peace in chosen communities. The internal deadline traditionally falls in January. Contact Amy Kehoe for details.

Blue Engine Fellowship

One-year fellowship teaching in New York City with a team of teaching assistants working under a master teacher in the sciences or humanities.

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Funding for up to a year of undergraduate study in an overseas program. All applicants must be interested in less-commonly taught languages.

CDC Public Health Associate Program

Two-year fellowship working in local or state public health agencies to prepare for graduate study and/or careers in public health.

City Hall Fellows Program

One-year fellowship to work in local government in San Francisco.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program

8 and 12-week leadership training program in Washington, DC for Latino students seeking community service opportunities and professional development.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship

9-month fellowship in Washington, DC for Latino students and alumni seeking policy experience and leadership development through work in Congress.

Global Health Corps

One-year fellowship placements abroad or in the US to work directly on diverse global health initiatives.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Scholarships for those interested in a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Funding for senior year and first year of graduate study. Juniors may apply.

Public Policy and International Affairs

Fellowship for summer quantitative bootcamp for students consider graduate work in public policy or international affairs. Only juniors are eligible to apply.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

Designed to promote diversity in the field of international relations, this fellowship funds participation in a summer of academic pursuits and professional networking for undergraduates of all years interested in careers related to foreign affairs.

Urban Prep Fellows Program

One-year fellowship mentoring and teaching high school students at Chicago's Urban Prep Academies.

Diversity-based/Minority Awards

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grants for Gay-Postive Arts Projects

Awards yearly grants to playwrights who submit full-length plays, screenplays, musicals or operas. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Social Justice

Providing critically needed financial support to lesbian-led, trans, LGBTI and progressive organizations working for the human rights of women and LGBTI people. Primarily funds groups, not individuals. 

Forum Foundation Scholarships

Intended to promote a positive gay identity, to encourage continued academic and career progress and to assist in financing higher education for gay, lesbian and transgender students. Applicants must be residents of the State of Michigan.

Heyning-Roelli Foundation Scholarship

Helps pay for costs of living in Switzerland during study-abroad for students who would not be otherwise able to afford such a study trip without financial assistance.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) Scholarship

Intended for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community. 

Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

Designed to promote diversity in the US Foreign Service, this fellowship funds graduate study and professional development activities leading to a career in the US Foreign Service. Seniors and alumni should apply during the year in which they apply to graduate programs.

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

Designed to promote diversity in the field of international relations, this fellowship funds participation in a summer of academic pursuits and professional networking for undergraduates of all years interested in careers related to foreign affairs.

Point Foundation: National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Pride Foundation LGBT Scholarship

Offering over 50 different types of scholarships for LGBTQ and straight ally students. Must be a resident of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska).

Rainbow Scholarship Fund for Education Abroad

Awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.

American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program

Various awards for underrepresented ethnic-minority students in the geosciences.

Colin Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Awards

Acknowledges remarkable young people who refuse to be silenced by societal norms and demonstrate profound courage in the face of hardship, intolerance and bigotry based on sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program

8 and 12-week leadership training program in Washington, DC for Latino students seeking community service opportunities and professional development.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship

9-month fellowship in Washington, DC for Latino students and alumni seeking policy experience and leadership development through work in Congress.

Gilman International Scholarship

The goal of the Gilman Scholarship is to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad as well as the countries and regions where they go. To this end, the program strongly encourages students of high financial need and/or diverse ethnic backgrounds to apply, choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Awards also available for Native American and Alaska Native students committed to careers relating to tribal public policy or Native health care. Sophomores or juniors may apply.

UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards

Intended to help African American undergraduate students who are interested in science to further their science education and potentially pursue science and engineering careers.