National Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

University of Dayton students may be eligible to apply for fellowships and scholarships that can be used to help with the funding of graduate education, international studies, research projects or even teaching English abroad.

Financial support is only one benefit to applying for these awards; recipients demonstrate success in the classroom, leadership skills and commitment to service, which can be impressive to a future employer or graduate program.

A description of each major fellowship/scholarship program is listed below, and you can also download a comparison chart (.docx) to easily view all information.

Boren Scholarship/National Security Education Program (NSEP)

For undergraduate students interested in working for the U.S. Government following graduation, with an emphasis on languages less typically studied at a university (Arabic, Mandarin, etc.).

  • Field of study:  any (language requirement)
  • Year of application:  freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors
  • Length of study:  semester, one year
  • Geographic location:  global
  • Type of study:  undergraduate, travel, public service
  • UD Deadline:  early February (Fellowships for graduate students); late January (Scholarships for undergraduates)

Note:  A Boren Fellowship is available for graduate students interested in the same opportunities as undergraduate students eligible for the Boren Scholarship.  

Fulbright Grants

For seniors or recent graduates, with emphasis on research projects in any field, gaining a graduate degree or teaching English.

  • Field of study:  any (language requirement)
  • Year of application:  seniors, recent graduates
  • Length of study:  9 to 12 months
  • Geographic location:  global
  • Type of study:  graduate, research, travel, teaching English
  • UD Deadline:  mid October

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

For seniors or recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate study at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.

  • Field of study:  any
  • Year of application:  seniors, recent graduates under 30
  • Length of study:  1 to 5 years, dependent upon degree
  • Geographic location:  England
  • Type of study:  graduate, research, travel
  • UD Deadline:  early September

Gilman Scholarship

For undergraduate students interested in studying abroad and currently studying at the University of Dayton on a Federal Pell Grant or will possess a Pell Grant at the time of the international experience.  Preference is given to students studying outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Field of study:  Any
  • Year of application:  freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Length of study:  28 days or longer
  • Geographic location:  global
  • Type of study:  undergraduate
  • UD deadline:  multiple (contact Office of Fellowship Advising for details)

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

For sophomores and juniors preparing for careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering, with a strong emphasis on research, both in graduate school interests and beyond--must plan to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM field.

  • Field of study:  mathematics, natural sciences, engineering
  • Year of application:  sophomores, juniors
  • Length of study:  1 to 2 years
  • Geographic location:  United States
  • Type of study:  undergraduate
  • UD Deadline:  mid December

Hertz Graduate Fellowship

For seniors or recent graduates interested pursuing a doctoral degree in physics, biology, engineering or related fields.

  • Field of study:  applied physical science
  • Year of application:  seniors, graduates
  • Length of study:  three+ years
  • Geographic location:  United States
  • Type of study:  graduate
  • UD Deadline:  October

James Madison Fellowship

For seniors or recent graduates interested in pursuing a master's degree to prepare for secondary school teaching in American history, American government or social studies, with a particular emphasis on the teaching of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Field of study:  U.S. history, government, political science
  • Year of application:  seniors, graduates
  • Length of study:  two years
  • Geographic location:  United States
  • Type of study:  graduate
  • UD Deadline:  mid February

Marshall Scholarship

For seniors or recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate study in any field in Great Britain.

  • Field of study:  any
  • Year of application:  seniors, graduates
  • Length of study: 1 to 2 years
  • Geographic location:  England
  • Type of study:  graduate, travel
  • UD Deadline:  early September

George Mitchell Scholarship

For seniors or recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate study in Ireland.

  • Field of study:  any
  • Year of application:  seniors, recent graduates under 30
  • Length of study:  1 year
  • Geographic location:  Ireland
  • Type of study:  graduate, travel
  • UD Deadline:  early September

Rhodes Scholarship

For seniors interested in pursuing graduate study at Oxford University in Great Britain. Leadership, scholarship, and outstanding character are emphasized in the application process.

  • Field of study:  any
  • Year of application:  seniors, recent graduates under 24
  • Length of study:  2 years
  • Geographic location:  England
  • Type of study:  graduate, travel
  • UD Deadline:  early September

Soros Scholarship

For seniors or graduates who are either naturalized U.S. citizens or the children of naturalized U.S. citizens. The student must be currently living and studying in the United States and interested in pursuing graduate study.

  • Field of study:  any
  • Year of application:  seniors, graduates
  • Length of study:  2 years
  • Geographic location:  United States
  • Type of study:  graduate
  • UD Deadline:  October

Truman Scholarship

For juniors with strong leadership skills who desire to pursue a career in government or public service at any level (national, state or local) and attend graduate school.

  • Field of study:  any (preparation for public service)
  • Year of application:  juniors
  • Length of study:  dependent upon degree
  • Geographic location:  United States
  • Type of study:  graduate, public service
  • UD Deadline:  mid January

Udall Scholarship

For sophomores and juniors in environment-related natural science fields preparing for careers in environmental science or environmental law. In addition, students with a particular interest in issues related to Native American culture may apply.

  • Field of study:  environmental science
  • Year of application:  freshmen, sophomores, juniors
  • Length of study:  
  • Geographic location:  United States
  • Type of study: undergraduate, public service
  • UD Deadline:  mid February

Whitaker Scholarship

For graduating seniors wanting to pursue research abroad in the fields of biomedical or bioengineering or closely-related fields.

  • Field of study:  biomedical and bioengineering fields
  • Year of application:  Senior
  • Length of study:  9-12 months
  • Geographic location:  International
  • Type of study:  post-graduate research
  • UD deadline:  January 

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

For graduating seniors, recent graduates or mid-career professionals of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field interested in teaching in urban locations within Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey or Georgia.

  • Field of study:  science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • Year of application:  Senior year and beyond
  • Geographic location:  Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia
  • Type of study:  Master’s degree
  • UD deadline:  Early October