Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Council on Undergraduate Research

Summer Fellowships in Math, Science, and Engineering

The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships provide opportunities for promising science, mathematics, and engineering majors intent on attending graduate school. Established in the summer of 1990, the program facilitates a diverse range of research opportunities that allow students at primarily undergraduate institutions to experience first-hand the excitement and challenge of careers in science, math, and engineering.The program links a student, faculty mentor, and college or university with a sponsor, providing an association not otherwise possible.Fellowships include a student stipend of at least $3,000.Additional funding for travel, faculty honoraria, and equipment expenses may also be available.

Applications are due in January.Dr. Terry Farrell, Department of Biology, is Stetson's CUR representative.Additional information can be found at http://www.cur.org.

Goldwater Scholars in Science and Mathematics

Stetson can nominate up to four of its outstanding students in science and/or mathematics for a Goldwater scholarship.These awards are made on the basis of merit to two groups of students those who will be college juniors in the subsequent academic year, and those who will be college seniors.Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.In awarding scholarships, the Foundation considers the nominee's field of student, career objectives, and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

Students must have a college GPA of at least a 3.0 and be in the upper fourth of their class.They must also be a U.S. citizen, a resident alien, or, in some cases, a U.S. national.Nominees are evaluated on the basis of outstanding academic performance and on demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Applications are due in early February to the Goldwater Foundation.Stetson's faculty representatives are Dr. Michael King, Department of Biology, and Dr. Dan Plante, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.Additional information can be found at http://www.act.org/goldwater/.

Truman Scholarships

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or public service, and who wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers.Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

The Foundation generally awards 75-80 scholarships to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who:

  1. have extensive records of public and community service;
  2. are committed to careers in government or public service;
  3. have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

Students are nominated by each institution's faculty representative.Stetson's representative is Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, Department of Political Science. Application materials must be received by the Truman Foundation by February 1. Additional information can be found at http://www.truman.gov/.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarships

The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to undergraduate students who study the environment and related fields, and to Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students in fields related to health care and tribal public policy.Because environmental issues are often approached in multidisciplinary ways, the scholarship is offered to students in a broad range of disciplines.Past recipients have majored in biology and other natural sciences, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. Review committees evaluate the student's field of study, career objectives, and commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the chosen field.

To be considered as a Udall scholar, a student must be a matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien, or, in some cases, a U.S. national.

Students must be nominated by the university. Nomination materials are sent to Stetson in October; nominations are due in February.Stetson's faculty representative is Dr. Bruce Bradford, Department of Geography.Additional information can be found at http://www.udall.gov/ourprograms/mkuscholarship/mkuscholarship.aspx.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship helps young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential.Applicants must demonstrate high levels of achievement since entering college; intellectual intensity and leadership ability; the potential for significant future contributions in his or her chosen field; demonstrated involvement in volunteerism; and an appreciation for and involvement in the arts.Applicants are nominated by the institution in April.Stetson's faculty representative is Dr. Lori Snook.Additional information can be found at http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships in the United States

National Science Foundation Research Fellowships

The NSF sponsors Graduate Research Fellowships, with additional awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science.The fellowships provide three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science.

Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the U.S. or permanent resident aliens.Each applicant's qualifications are reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers; reviewers consider the applicant's intellectual merit and the broader impact(s) of supporting the individual's graduate study.Fellows receive a stipend ($15,000 per year in 2000-2001).Tuition and fees are covered by the graduate institution, which receives additional funds from the NSF for this purpose.

For additional information, students may contact Dr. Michael King, Department of Biology.Applications are due in early November, and can be submitted either via the internet at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov or with forms available at http://www.her.nsf.gov/her/dge/grfp.htm.

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships for International Study

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John's College at the University of Cambridge. After two years of study, candidates are awarded a Cambridge B.A. degree, often referred to as the Cantab degree, which is the equivalent of a masters degree in the U.S.

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich educational environment of St. John's, which was founded in the 16th century, by reading in one of the following subjects: archaeology and anthropology, classics, economics, English, geography, history, history of art, modern and medieval languages, music, philosophy or social and political sciences.

Applications and scholarship information are available from Dr. Karen Kaivola, Stetson University's faculty representative. Further information is available at the Davies-Jackson Scholarship website.

Fulbright Scholars Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program gives recent graduates opportunities for personal development and international experience.Most grantees plan their own programs of study.Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of the above.Recent projects have involved cancer research in the U.K, free market development in Mauritius, women's rights in Chile, and contemporary artistic expression in India.

Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights.The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Selection is made on the basis of the feasibility of the proposed study project and the applicant's academic or professional record, language preparation, and personal qualifications.Among other factors established by the Fulbright Commission, selections are affected by:

  • The extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the program aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations;
  • The ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange supervision;
  • The requirements of programs in individual countries in many countries, only advanced degree candidates may apply, and in some countries, certain fields of study are closed;
  • The ratio between the number of awards offered in a give country and the number of applications received.(The competition for some countries is especially keen, and many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated.)
  • The desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.

The annual deadline for applications is in October.Dr. David Dysart, Department of Languages, is Stetson's Fulbright representative.Additional information can be obtained at http://www.iie.org/fulbright/.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are intended to fund up to three years of study at the University of Cambridge, England. The Gates Foundation hopes to create a network of future international leaders who will be engaged in addressing global problems related to health, equity, technology, and learning. A "substantial number of scholarships" will be available in the 2002-2003 competition for up to three years of study at Cambridge (and, in rare cases four years' study.) The scholarship covers tuition and fees, and living expenses, and contributes toward travel expenses.

Students from every country except the UK are eligible to apply. Students interested in graduate study or in study for a second Bachelor's Degree may apply. Students must hold a Bachelor's Degree by October 2003, must gain admission to Cambridge and a constituent College, and must be under the age of 30.

Gates Cambridge Scholars are selected on the basis of several criteria: outstanding ability achievement as measured by excellent transcripts and strong GRE scores; scholarly potential; potential for global leadership; and ability to demonstrate the suitability of study at Cambridge for personal goals. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program accepts applications until November 1, 2002.Students must seek institutional endorsement by September 15.Applications are reviewed and students selected for interview will do so in late January or early February of 2003.

For additional information, consult the Gates Cambridge website. Stetson's faculty representative is Dr. Lori Snook, Department of English.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholars receive support to study at a British university for two years, at either the graduate or undergraduate level.The program looks for candidates who demonstrate maturity, self-reliance, and self-discipline.In particular, it seeks those with demonstrated intellectual distinction, leadership potential, strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, an outward-looking disposition and an interest in society in general, good communication skills, and the potential to promote British-American understanding.Well before submitting their applications, students should examine graduate programs in the U.K. and should develop a convincing argument for study with specific faculty at a specific university.

Scholarships include tuition and fees, a personal allowance to cover residence and cost of living expenses, airfare to and from the United Kingdom, an annual grant for approved travel in connection with studies, and an annual book grant.Candidates must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and graduates of an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.They must have maintained, in the final three years of undergraduate study, a GPA of 3.7 or above.

Applications are due in early October.Interested students should contact Dr. T. Wayne Bailey, Department of Political Science. Additional information can be found at http://www.marshallscholarship.org/.

Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships cover up to three years tuition plus a maintenance allowance for study at Oxford University.Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be between 18-24 at the time of application, and be sufficiently advanced in their educational program to ensure completion of a Bachelor's degree by the time study at Oxford begins.Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they are also required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, leadership ability, and the energy to use their talents to the full.

Scholars are selected through a decentralized process.Each year regional selection committees choose Scholars from among those nominated by selection committees in each state.Most years, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution that has not previously supplied a successful applicant.

Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead.Applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to field of academic specialization or career plans, although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field.Selection committees consider literary and scholastic attainments; fondness for and success in sports (or other evidence of the energy required to realize one's ambitions); truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship; and moral force of character and instincts to lead.

Rhodes Scholars are appointed for two years of study at Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year.All educational costs are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for the academic terms as well as for vacations.The Rhodes Trustees cover the costs of travel to and from Oxford.

Application deadlines are in early October. Additional information can be found at http://www.rhodesscholar.org.

Of Special Interest to African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and Native American Students: Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

In an effort to increase the presence of under-represented people on U.S. college and university faculties, to enhance diversity on campuses, and to address the persisting effects of past discrimination, the Ford Foundation offers doctoral fellowships to members of minority groups whose under-representation in the professoriate has been severe and long-standing (Alaskan Natives, African-Americans, Chicana/o Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans).The fellowship program identifies individuals of demonstrated ability and provides them with the opportunity to engage in graduate study leading to the Ph.D. or Sc.D.

Applicants' qualifications are evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars.Evaluations are based on achievement and ability as evidenced by academic records, letters of recommendation, the suitability of the proposed institution for graduate study, and the applicant's ability to present a well-written, thoughtfully-prepared application.Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $14,000; graduate institutions receive an additional $7,500 in lieu of tuition and fees.The program provides three years of support, which must be used within five years.

Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the U.S. They should be enrolled in, or planning to enroll in,a research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. program in an approved discipline; they should aspire to a teaching or research career.Applications are due in early November.Dr. Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is Stetson's faculty representative.Additional information can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/pga_047958.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Established in 1984, the Florida Education Fund's McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program has increased the number of African Americans who have been awarded the Ph.D. in historically underrepresented disciplines and fields of study.Up to 25 fellowships (renewable for up to five years) are granted each year to students pursuing a doctoral degree at one of ten participating institutions in the state of Florida.Eligible fields of study include any discipline in the Arts and Sciences, Business, or Engineering.Fellowships are especially encouraged in, but not limited to, the following:Agriculture, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. (Professional degrees such as the M.D. and J.D. are not covered.)

Applicants must be African-American, U.S. citizens, and they must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.Fellowships consist of $16,000 per year in tuition, fees, and stipends.Applications are due in mid-January.Dr. Leonard Nance is Stetson's faculty representative. Additional information can be found online.