Study Abroad

Overview and Appointments

National scholarship opportunities support many different facets of your USF education – from study and language learning abroad, to research projects, to internships and graduate study (domestic and abroad).

Candidates for prestigious national scholarships should envision , engage, and excel.

Envision

Research national scholarship opportunities which align with your academic, professional and personal goals.
Create an ONS Student Profile to keep track of opportunities and share your credentials with ONS advisors.

Engage

Schedule an appointment with an ONS advisor to discuss goals and opportunities. Come to the appointment prepared to speak about why you want to apply for the national scholarship: How does your academic background and professional experience coincide with the purpose of the national scholarship? Why is this opportunity the logical next step toward your goals?

Attend the scholarship workshop series for your intended scholarship(s) to learn about the application components and start the process. Applying for a national scholarship is like taking another class – it requires dedicated time commitment and effort to produce quality work.

Excel

Work one-on-one with an ONS advisor on the components of the application, such as: essay writing, selecting recommenders for reference letters, and mock preparatory interviews.

Attend an information session. This will assist in gaining a sense of what national scholarship opportunities exist, and how they match with a student's ambitions and their academic, professional and personal goals. This will help you decide which national scholarship you want to apply for, or which one has sparked your interest to learn more about it, in order to decide whether or not you plan to apply.

Attend an information session series, not just one information session. Preparation is one of the strongest indicators of a successful national scholarships application. Attend an information session series the same way you would attend classes. This is excellent preparation, as applying for national scholarships require significant time commitment to produce quality work.

Schedule an advising appointment with the ONS advisor who works with students on that scholarship application. Since each ONS advisor works with applicants on a specific national scholarship opportunity, they are skilled in facilitating and assisting students with the scholarship application, interviewing techniques, and mentoring throughout the application process. Advising appointments are scheduled via email with a national scholarship advisor. Not sure who to meet with? Click here to view ONS staff bios and scholarship portfolios.

Come to the advising appointment prepared to speak about why you want to apply for the national scholarship. Identify how you see your current academic background and experiences fitting into the purpose of the national scholarship. Schedule your appointment today and begin the process of preparing your national scholarship application!

Complete the required reading for your scholarship, and scholarship application. Required readings may come from a variety of different sources including (but not limited to) books, articles, publications and newspapers, and will be assigned to you by your ONS advisor. This will also include thoroughly reviewing and reading the scholarship's website. The value of completing the required reading associated with national scholarships is often underestimated. Reading requirements are instrumental in preparation for national scholarship essays and interviews.

Develop knowledge on current national and international events. The most competitive national scholarship applicants are well-versed in the current events connected to their required reading.

Complete the required reading for your scholarship as assigned by your ONS advisor.


Begin your ONS Student Profile now!

Follow the steps below to begin your national scholarship search!

1. Review the list below for scholarship opportunities that the Office of National Scholarships advises.

2. Create your ONS Student Profile. In the ONS Profile database, you will find information about additional scholarships.

3. Add the scholarships of interest to your profile. This will serve as the beginning of the mentoring relationship you will have with an ONS advisor.

4. Be proactive and become a scholarship expert by thoroughly exploring the scholarships' website and becoming familiar with each opportunity (basic eligibility requirements, application components, deadlines, etc.)

5. Attend an information session to deepen your interest in the opportunities you have added to your profile, and to help you make a decision about pursuing an application for a specific opportunity. Scholarship specific information sessions will cover nuances of an application, application strategies, and the process of applying for a national scholarship through ONS.

Please see the ONS Calendar for our information sessions.

If you have questions about these steps, or a specific national scholarship, email ONS at nationalscholarships@usf.edu or click on a national scholarship below and email the appropriate ONS contact.

 

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 who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation's next generation of research leaders in these fields.

USF Intent to Apply Deadline: interested applicants should contact Dr. Sayandeb Basu no later than August 15, 2018.

USF Deadline: December

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

https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

 

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. The study abroad program must be a minimum of three weeks. For eligibility, an applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship.

USF Deadline for study abroad programs in the spring or summer semester: October
USF Deadline for study abroad programs in the summer, or fall semester, or academic year: February

ONS Contact: gilmanadvisors@usf.edu

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org

 

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.

USF Intent to Apply Deadline: October 1

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

https://www.borenawards.org/

 

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. Students apply in their last year of undergraduate studies.

USF Intent to Apply Deadline: June 1

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen

 

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an overseas intensive language program and structured cultural enrichment experience designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security.

USF Deadline: October

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

http://www.clscholarship.org/

 

DAAD-Rise

RISE Germany offers undergraduate the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Students must be studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field.

USF Deadline: November

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

https://www.daad.de/rise/en/

 

DAAD Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards scholarships to undergraduate from all academic disciplines as well as from the fields of music, art, and performing arts, to study abroad at German universities or for intensive German-language programs in Germany. There are also scholarships available for graduate study and doctoral research in Germany.

USF Deadline: varies depending on opportunity

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

https://www.daad.org/en/

 

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 academic 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.

USF Deadline: October

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

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

 

Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship

The Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program was created from the belief that the best way to ensure Florida's greatness is to actively educate and cultivate its future leaders. During a nine-month tenure in Tallahassee, this non-partisan program provides Fellows with advanced on-the-job training as well as an invaluable front-line view of the inner workings of government.

USF Deadline: November

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

http://floridafellows.com/

 

Freeman-ASIA Awards

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.

USF Deadline for study abroad programs in the spring semester: September
USF Deadline for study abroad programs in the summer semester: February
USF Deadline for study abroad programs in the fall semester or academic year: March

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

https://www.iie.org/freeman-asia

 

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

The Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programs for rising sophomore and juniors. 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. Must have a 3.7 GPA to apply.

USF Deadline: December

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

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

 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The premier exchange program for U.S. students. Three types of grants are offered – independent research, graduate study (one-year master's degree) or English teaching – in over 140 countries. Applicants choose one grant type, and one country to apply to. Students apply for Fulbright a year ahead of going abroad – an either as a graduating senior, alumni, young professionals, or graduate (Master's or PhD) student. For more information regarding the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, application procedures and deadlines, please contact USF Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) Ms. Lauren Chambers.

USF Intent to Apply Deadline: April

USF Campus Deadline: August

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

https://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program

 

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. Please contact ONS for details.

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

https://www.gatescambridge.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. Please contact ONS for details.

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. Please contact ONS for details.

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

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

 

National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. This program offers access to mentors and resources from three collaborating institutions: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. Applicants from USF must be nominated to apply in spring of their junior year. Please contact ONS for details.

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

https://oxcam.gpp.nih.gov/

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The NIST-SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM through an 11-week research internship. SURF students contribute to research at a NIST facility: the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), or Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML).

USF Deadline: December

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

https://www.nist.gov/surf

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Campus intent to apply deadline: June

USF Deadline: September

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

https://www.nsfgrfp.org

 

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 to 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. Please contact ONS for details.

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

http://www.rhodesscholar.org

 

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, 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 of their junior year. Please contact ONS for details.

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

http://www.schwarzmanscholars.org

 

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.

USF Deadline: November

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

 

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. Students apply in their last year of undergraduate studies.

USF Intent to Apply Deadline: June 1

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

https://pickeringfellowship.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.

USF Nomination: March and April

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

https://www.truman.gov

 

Udall Scholarship

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

USF Deadline: January

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

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