Opportunities

First-years and Sophomores

This is not an exhaustive list of everything first and second years can apply for. These are simply some opportunities that we would like to highlight if you are early in your undergraduate career. Check them out below!

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are unique funding opportunities for students (undergraduate and graduate) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. national security interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students and Fellowships are for graduate students. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government in the field of national security for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility: US Citizen; undergraduate or graduate student; semester or academic year-long language program (or 8+ weeks for STEM majors). You must remain matriculated at USF during the duration of your program.

When is the national deadline? Late January – for study programs the following summer, fall, and spring semesters

When should you come see us? Early October                                            

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays three to five months before the national deadline (after our initial appointment). Students often move at their own pace in the drafting process, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable within the time period. We will review essays up until mid-December to allow time for the required campus evaluation process. Applicants submit the names of two to three recommendation letter writers in early October when they declare their intent to apply, and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in early December.

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen, bartshe@honors.usf.edu

https://www.borenawards.org/

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

The Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes are three-to-four-week programs for rising sophomore and juniors (freshmen and sophomores). Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the U.K. while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Students are eligible to receive academic credit. Depending on the Institute, students will have the opportunity to study alongside leading academics and professionals, develop knowledge in specific fields, experience cultural and social events, and become an ambassador for studying in the UK, for the Fulbright Commission and their host institution(s).

Eligibility: Students must be a US citizen and possess a US passport, have had little or no study/travel outside of the US or North America, have a minimum GPA of 3.7, be at least 18 years old by the start of the program, be able to participate in the program in its entirety, and have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes.

When is the national deadline? Applications are due to the Fulbright UK Commission by early February.

When should you come see us? Students need to meet with Ms. Lauren Chambers and declare their intent to apply for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program in the fall semester (October).

What is the application timeline? Students will declare their intent to apply for the Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program in the fall semester (October), and begin working on their applications in the fall semester (October-December).

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Chambers, lschumac@honors.usf.edu

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/uk-summer-institutes

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

Eligibility: US Citizen, undergraduate, Pell Grant recipient, 3+ weeks credit-bearing program

When is the national deadline?               

-Spring and Early Decision Summer: Early October

-Summer, Fall, and Full Year: Early March

When should you come see us?

-If you are studying abroad in the summer, there are two opportunities to apply for Gilman in October and March, so ideal times to come in would be August/Early September and January.

-Spring study abroad applicants should come see us in August/Early September.

-Fall study abroad applicants should come see us in January.

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays one to two months before the national deadline (after our initial appointment). Students often move at their own pace in the drafting process, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable within the time period. We will review essays up until a week before the national deadline.

ONS Contact: gilmanadvisors@usf.edu

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors (by year of graduation) who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation's next generation of research leaders in these fields. Selected students will receive a stipend for academic and research support for their remaining years as an undergraduate.

Eligibility: Goldwater applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents aspiring toward obtaining a PhD or MD/PHD. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Candidates who are aiming to obtain a master’s degree in a STEM area are not eligible and pre-med candidates are also ineligible.

Undergraduates with one or more years of deep dive research experiences are ideal candidates. Candidates must have a significant role in the research project(s) on which the Goldwater application research paper will be written. Completed research, and not research proposals, are desired. At least a significant study pertaining to the research question being used to apply must be complete at the time of the application. Papers either in submitted or published status, as well as presentations in local, regional or national conferences are preferred. USF can only nominate 4 students plus one student transferring from a 2-year institution. Therefore, there is a campus review process associated with choosing nominees. The review committee meets in December, reviews the application dossiers in its entirety and chooses nominees based on (A) strength and intellectual merit of research (B) preparation and steps taken towards completed research (C) career goals and (D) leadership and Broader impacts of research and extracurricular activities related to STEM.

When is the national deadline? Last Friday of January of every year.

When should you come see us?  ONS will usually recruit and mentor potential Goldwater candidates early in their freshman year. But we realize that we will not be able to reach all students who are involved in research. Ideally the first Goldwater assessment meeting should take place at least a year prior to the application, but it should be no later than the August before the January when the application is due.

What is the application timeline? August through December of every year, Goldwater candidates (pre-nomination) work under the guidance of Dr. Sayandeb Basu and individual PI’s to prepare the application for Internal Competition and Review. In December, the USF Goldwater committee meets to review the applications. Final nominees are chosen first week of January, and in the time remaining, nominees work under the guidance of Dr. Basu and their PI’s to refine and finalize applications for submission.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu, sayandeb@honors.usf.edu

https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

Harvard-Kennedy Public Policy Leadership Conference

Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) is a three-day intensive workshop that aims to inspire talented and driven first- and second-year undergraduate students to pursue careers in public policy and become future leaders in public service. Participants experience what it is like to study public policy in a graduate school environment.

Eligibility: First- or second-year undergraduate student; US Citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient; minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

When is the national deadline? Early November

When should you come see us? September (or start of fall semester)

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays one to two months before the national deadline (after our initial appointment). Students often move at their own pace in the drafting process, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable from August through the national deadline. Applicants submit the name of one recommendation letter writer in early September when they declare their intent to apply, and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in mid-October.

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen, bartshe@honors.usf.edu

https://www.hks.harvard.edu/more/events/public-policy-leadership-conference

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities. The scholarship awards financial assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Applicants must be a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program.

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen

  • Be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories; Community college or transfer students must provide proof of application to a four-year institution when applying for the scholarship and submit proof of acceptance prior to starting the program

  • Earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each term and cumulative, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution

  • Have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission

  • A competitive applicant will have research, or outreach activities pertaining to climate, and ocean science, already started or ongoing at the time of the application.

When is the national deadline? Typically, January 31st unless otherwise advertised on NOAA website.

When should you come see us? For an applicant already involved in research and/or other activities related to NOAA’s mission, a first assessment meeting in October is preferred. Students must declare an intent to apply no later than November 31st. Unless NOAA was suggested by ONS as an avenue and a good fit, we expect that students would have perused the FAQ at https://www.noaa.gov/node/1853/#FAQU2 prior to the first meeting.

What is the application timeline? 3 months working with ONS consistently

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Roberts, robertsl1@usf.edu

http://www.noaa.gov/office-education/hollings-scholarship

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a greater understanding of current trends and career opportunities in international affairs. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. Students attend classes and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals in Washington, DC.

Eligibility: US Citizen; full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status; minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA

When is the national deadline? Early February                                                        

When should you come see us? October

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays three to five months before the national deadline (after our initial appointment). Students often move at their own pace in the drafting process, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable from October through January. Applicants submit the names three recommendation letter writers in early October when they declare their intent to apply, and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in early December

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen, bartshe@honors.usf.edu

http://rangelprogram.org/summer-enrichment-program/

Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate leadership, activities in public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

Eligibility: Be a sophomore or junior in good academic standing with a track record of advocacy and experience in public policy, community engaged work, leadership, and/or research focused on the environment, tribal policy and/or the health care of the Native American nations.

Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country?

Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service? Do you inspire and motivate others to take action? Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building?

Tribal Policy

For Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country

Native Health Care

For Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers

Environment

For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues”

When is the national deadline? Early March

When should you come see us?  An early conversation as a rising freshman or rising sophomore is preferred. This is particularly significant if you have not already had an experience, in research, internship, or service to let ONS shape your trajectory in these areas, through engagement. At least 6 months prior to the application is recommended.

What is the application timeline? Provided you have a track record of service in the frames indicated, crafting an application, which included ONS coordinating with your references, takes about 3 months at the very least.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu, sayandeb@honors.usf.edu

https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx