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Featured Scholarships and Internships

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is a highly prestigious national program that recognizes and supports the nation's top undergraduates committed to public service leadership. Truman Scholars are future "change agents" and leaders who will make a difference by improving conditions in society or the ways that government, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Recipiets earn $30,000 for graduate school.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time junior-level student at a four year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2017-18 academic year, a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident of American Samoa. Competitive applicants will have an extensive record of public and community service, outstanding leadership and communication skills, and are committed to a career in public service.

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Campus Deadline: November 30, 2018


Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 to outstanding sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have 1-2 years of full-time undergraduate study remaining. Udall Scholars typically have a track record of promoting environmental issues, a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building, leadership potential and a vision for how they're going to make a difference. 

Application to the Udall Scholarship requires a campus nomination from the University of Houston. Current and potential applicants should contact Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.

Campus Deadline: November 30, 2018


Boren Awards

The Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. strategic interests and under-represented in study abroad. As part of its mission, the Boren Awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Boren Scholars can receive $10,000/semester for study abroad and up to $20,000 for a full academic year. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. 

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens and be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting program at the time of application.

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Campus Deadline: November 30, 2018


Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly prestigious national award that recognizes the nation’s top undergraduates in science, math, and engineering fields. Goldwater Scholars receive up to $7,500 annually for their final year or two of undergraduate study, and are well-positioned for graduate school applications and awards.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior planning to pursue a PhD/research-oriented career, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Goldwater Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Goldwater Scholars typically have a 3.9 GPA, strong research experience, a record of publishing and/or presenting their research, plans to pursue advanced degrees (usually the PhD), and the vision and committement to pursue a research career in STEM.

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Campus Deadline: November 30, 2018


DAAD RISE Scholarship

DAAD RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from North American universities. The program offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months. Interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. About 300 scholarships are available.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled at a university/college in the United States as a full-time student who will have completed at least two years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement. Knowledge of German is helpful but not required for most positions.

The DAAD RISE Program welcomes applications from all qualified individuals in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. Women, minorities, international students and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

National Deadline: December 15, 2018


Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice and highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

Eligibility:

Current sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2017 and 2018 are eligible to apply.

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

National Deadline: January 6, 2019