Awards with Self-Nomination

The Honors Program offers support for students applying for these scholarships, though students apply directly for these scholarships and do not need institutional endorsement. Students are strongly encouraged to register intent and seek assistance with their applications from the Coordinator for National Scholarships and Fellowships, Dr. Anne Wallen. You may also consult her for support with applying for other academic scholarships and fellowships.

Language Study Abroad | All Levels | 11/15/2013
Critical Language Scholarships cover all costs of attending Intensive Summer Institutes through the United States Department of State. Languages offered include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Students in all fields are eligible to apply after two semesters of college; additional criteria depend on the language being studied. For more information see: National website
Varying programs and deadlines
The German Academic Exchange Service offers a wide variety of scholarships for undergraduates and recent graduates for study in Germany. Please see the DAAD website for a comprehensive list: National website
Graduate Study at Cambridge University | Seniors and Recent Graduates | 10/15/13
Gates Cambridge Scholarships provide full funding for students to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. Students should be a good fit with Cambridge, demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential, and be committed to improving the lives of others. For more information see: National website
Physical, Biological and Engineering Sciences | Seniors and Recent Graduates | ca. 11/2/13
The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award provides a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend for doctoral study in select fields of “applied physical science.” For more information see: National website
Study Abroad | Students with Pell Grants | Deadlines vary
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application. For more information and the online application, visit the Gilman Program website
KU Students should consult with the relevant Program Coordinators in the Office of Study Abroad.
Graduate Study for Secondary Education | Seniors and Recent Graduates |  3/1/14
The James Madison Memorial Fellowships provide $24,000 for graduate study for students committed to teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). For more information see: National website
Science, Engineering, Math | Seniors and Recent Graduates | ca. 12/2013
Awarded by the Department of Defense, these fellowships fully fund up to three years of doctoral study in selected STEM fields. Students must be U.S. citizens or nationals, have excellent academic records, and have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. For more information see: National website
STEM fields, Social Sciences, History/Philosophy of Science | Seniors and Recent Graduates | mid November (deadlines vary by field)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funds U.S.-citizen students in or entering research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. programs in NSF supported fields. Fellowships pay $30,000 per year plus a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. For more information see: National website
The KU Office of Graduate Studies will host a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Workshop on September 6 from 12-1 (brownbag) in the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union; see their webpage for more information and to register (required).
Foreign Service Careers | Juniors | ca. Feb. 2014
From the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Website: “The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.” The fellowship pays up to $40,000 annually for the final year of undergraduate study and the first year of graduate school; the fellowship carries a service obligation. U.S. Citizenship required. For more information see: National website
Foreign Service Careers | Seniors and Recent Graduates | ca. Feb. 2014
The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships are designed to attract excellent students to careers in the U. S. Foreign Service. Fellows must be U.S. Citizens and receive up to $40,000 per year for the first two years of study in graduate degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or in academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. The Fellowship carries a service obligation. For more information see: National website
Graduate Study and Foreign Service | Seniors and Recent Graduates | 1/17/14
Graduate Study and Foreign Service | Seniors and Recent Grads | 1/17/14 The Rangel Fellowship supports outstanding young U.S. Citizens seeking careers in the Foreign Service. It provides approximately $90,000 over two years, including, tuition, stipend, and internship support for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration or related areas. The program is especially interested in students who come from groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. See also: National website.
Graduate Education for New Americans | Seniors and Recent Graduates | 11/9/13
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans pay up to $90,000 over two years for graduate study and living expenses for New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad, or children of naturalized citizen parents. Fellows may study in any field at any university in the United States. For more information see: National website

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9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
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60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
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