Opportunities

Scholarships Requiring University Nomination or Endorsement

OVERVIEW: SCHOLARSHIPS REQUIRING UNIVERSITY NOMINATION OR ENDORSEMENT

Several of the opportunities we work with are prestigious, extremely competitive, and require university involvement for a student to apply. Below, we have listed the scholarships and fellowships that require university nomination and/or endorsement. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact ONS as early as possible.

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship Programme was founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to award scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year. Students can nominate themselves. A campus interview held every year the weekend of Spring commencement week will select the final candidates who may go forth to the national competition. Please contact ONS for details.

Eligibility: Gates-Cambridge is open to both US citizens, and international students, as well as recent alums. All disciplines, except business are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship excel in academics and leadership. All nominees must have at least a 3.8 GPA to meet admission standards of the University of Cambridge. Leadership activities must have delivered concrete outcomes and not merely comprise named positions in organizations. Strong preference is given to candidates who demonstrate a focus in their leadership and academic activities and have a strong record of having worked with, and/ or fostered collaborations in communities, both within and outside USF. STEM candidates must have past publications. High ambition and concrete goals for academic pursuits are preferred. Candidates must be able to demonstrate why pursuing higher studies at the University of Cambridge will benefit their lives’ work and how that work will help improve the lives of others. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship should not be thought of as simply a means to fund one’s education at the University of Cambridge. Ideal candidates should have extensive experience across the academic, leadership, and community engagement spectrum.

When is the national deadline? The deadline varies by year. However, typically the deadline for US candidates is in early to mid-October and in December and January for all other candidates. Please check Gates Cambridge website at https://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/deadlines  for year-specific details.

When should you come see us? Pre-applicants who are envisioning applying to the Gates Cambridge Scholarship should set up an appointment with Dr. Sayandeb Basu early in January of the calendar year of application, or earlier the year before for an assessment meeting. However, we strongly encourage extensive and continuing engagement with ONS staff during your journey at USF, as often ONS has played active roles in pipelining students to research and meaningful leadership activities, which in the end play a vital role in the application.

What is the application timeline? A student who has been endorsed to apply for the national competition will begin work in May of the year of the application and engage with Dr. Sayandeb Basu, both for the application to University of Cambridge and to the Gates Trust. Engagement continues till the application deadlines for that year.

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

https://www.gatescambridge.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/

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. As future leaders with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year.  Nominees are screened and promising candidates are interviewed the year of the application on campus the weekend of Spring commencement. Please contact ONS for details.

Eligibility: Applicants must have at least a GPA of 3.8 to qualify for campus interviews. Candidates are nominated, or self-nominate themselves to participate in the campus competition for selection, in their junior year. Degree must be completed by May of the following year at the latest. Candidates are assessed on academic excellence, leadership and ambassador potential. The latter element refers to choices of academic pursuits and post-scholarship plans which has the potential to contribute to strengthening the relationship between the US and the UK. Leadership activities may be focused in one area or varied, but must have delivered concrete and measurable outcomes. An extensive record of civic engagement is preferred. Candidates from Health Sciences must have a research or public health focus and are eligible to apply to the NIH-Marshall Scholarships to complete a PhD. MD candidates are ineligible as the British Medical Degree is an undergraduate and not a post graduate degree.  The Marshall Scholarships should not be thought of as a mere funding source for studies in the UK.

When is the national deadline? Late September

When should you come see us? There is no fixed timeline. Maturing into an ideal candidate for a Marshall Scholar takes the entire duration of a student’s journey at USF. Early engagement with ONS is encouraged, as ONS takes great pride in shaping students’ journeys. These journeys later mature into a competitive edge.

What is the application timeline? Candidates selected at the interviews for nomination work over the summer until the application deadline with Marshall Scholarships Campus Representative, Dr. Sayandeb Basu.

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

http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year. Nominated candidates are screened and successful applicants are interviewed on campus, to further help choose the endorsees for the Mitchell Scholarships.  Please contact ONS for details.

Eligibility: Students will apply as seniors, who will graduate no later than spring of the year following the application. Alums are also eligible to apply provided they are under 29-years-old at the time of the application. Michell Scholars are chosen based on excellence and a proven track record of scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. Previous travel or study abroad to the Republic of Ireland is not necessary. The criteria of selection at USF is similar to that of the Marshall, Rhodes, Gates Cambridge Scholarships. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.8 or higher.

When is the national deadline? Late September

When should you come see us? Similar to the criteria for other scholarships which requires an endorsement by USF, candidates for the Mitchell Scholarships should have thought seriously about pursuing higher studies in Ireland and at the time of the pre-applications and nominations, garnered experience in all three frames as outlined above. With that in mind, early engagement is encouraged and would prove vital to being selected for endorsement.  Conversations about the Mitchell and subsequent engagement should take place at least 6 months prior to the application deadline.

What is the application timeline? Candidates selected at the interviews for nomination work over the summer until the application deadline with Mitchell Campus Representative, Dr. Sayandeb Basu.

ONS Contact: Dr. Sayandeb Basu

https://www.us-irelandalliance.org/mitchellscholarship

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars to read for a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year. Nominated students are screened and potential candidates are interviewed the weekend of the week of Spring commencement.  Please contact ONS for details.

Eligibility: Rising seniors or alums who at the time of the application are younger than the age of 24 at the time of commencement of studies at Oxford (must be under 23 on October 1 of the year of application). A citizen of the US, lawful permanent resident or having DACA status as of April 15th of the year of application.

Rhodes applicants are primarily assessed on academic excellence and must have a GPA of at least 3.8 per guidelines set by the Rhodes Trust. Although the other requirements for selection for Rhodes are open-ended, ideal candidates are campus or community leaders, having already delivered significant outcomes in their leadership or civic engagement activities at the local, regional or national level or have engaged significantly with a specific contemporary social or socio-political issue.  Candidates are also ambitious, and have a vision for their lives and academic pursuits to which pursuing a program at Oxford, they can argue, will play a transformative and pivotal role. The Rhodes scholarships should not be thought of as a funding source for studying at Oxford. International students studying at USF are also eligible to apply. For the complete list of eligible countries please see https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/.

When is the national deadline? Early October

When should you come see us? There is no set time. A potential candidate for a Rhodes scholarship at USF would have an extensive track record of engagement in academics and leadership, and it is likely would have already engaged with ONS for some time prior to the year of application. Interested candidates are encouraged to engage with ONS as early as freshman year.

What is the application timeline? After selection to be endorsed by USF, a typical Rhodes applicant will engage with ONS to finalize reference letters, and supporting documents May through October. The Rhodes Trust explicitly forbids direct feedback on applicant’s personal statement. However, Dr. Basu will guide applicants with program choice, researching potential academic advisers at Oxford, and other nuances of the applicant’s proposed programs to help guide applicants.

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

http://www.rhodesscholar.org

Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship recognizes future "change agents." They have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential that in time should enable them to improve the ways that public entities - be they government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private educational institutions, or advocacy organizations - serve the public good. Eligible applicants are university students with junior-level academic standing and who wish to attend professional or graduate school to prepare for careers in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors where they will improve the ways these institutions work. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their sophomore year.

Eligibility: US Citizen; rising third year student

When is the national deadline? Early February

When should you come see us? Spring of second year

What is the application timeline? Potential candidates are nominated in the spring of their second year and undergo an extensive internal review process to be endorsed to apply for the Truman Scholarship through USF. The following summer and fall semester, applicants undergo a structured process of drafting application essays, learning about public policy, and other professional development. In early fall, applicants submit the names of three recommendation letter writers and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in early November.

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

https://www.truman.gov

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, fully-funded one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China's role in global trends. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring prior to the application deadline.

Eligibility: Rising undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and alumni (any degree in progress must be completed by the start of the program); at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year; no citizenship or nationality requirements

When is the national deadline? Late September

When should you come see us? Spring prior to the national deadline

What is the application timeline? Potential applicants will undergo an extensive internal review process in the spring semester to be nominated to apply for Schwarzman Scholars through USF. Students will work on drafts of application essays throughout the summer, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable from spring through the national deadline. Applicants submit the name of three recommendation letter writers in early summer after the nomination process is complete, and drafts of the letters will be due for feedback in mid-August.

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

http://www.schwarzmanscholars.org

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including the DMA, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

Eligibility: Applications to the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program are encouraged from citizens from all countries. You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program if you are applying to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program(s) at Stanford (for example, but not limited to, DMA, Eng, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, or PhD) or if you plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (for example, but not limited to, MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS). For more information, please visit: https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/admission/eligibility.

To be a competitive Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program applicant, you must have:

  • Independence of Thought
  • Purposeful Leadership
  • Civic Mindset

For more information on these three areas, please visit: https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/admission/criteria.

When is the national deadline? The national deadline is in early October.

When should you come and see us? Pre-applicants who are envisioning applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program should set up an appointment with Ms. Lauren Chambers early in January of the calendar year of application, or earlier the year before for an assessment meeting. However, we strongly encourage extensive and continuing engagement with ONS staff during your journey at USF, as often ONS has played active roles in pipelining students to research and meaningful leadership activities, which in the end play a vital role in the application.

What is the application timeline? A student who has been endorsed to apply for the national competition will begin work in May of the year of the application and engage with Ms. Lauren Chambers, both for the application to Stanford University and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. Engagement continues till the application deadlines for that year.

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

https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/