Study Abroad

Scholarships Requiring USF Endorsement

Certain prestigious scholarships and fellowships require a university's endorsement for students to apply.
To qualify for these scholarships a candidate's academic trajectory, record in community service, and global engagement must provide compelling evidence of intention and commitment to a specific calling. At USF, students undergo a nomination and interview process through ONS to compete for USF's endorsement for these awards. The USF Prestigious Awards Committee reviews student nominations each spring. To learn more please contact ONS at

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • Strong academic record (3.8+ cumulative GPA)
  • Substantial experience in research, community engagement, and leadership activities
  • Citizenship Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen (Marshall, Mitchell, Truman)
  • Citizen of any country (Gates Cambridge, Schwarzman)
  • Citizens of: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, United States, Zambia, or Zimbabwe (Rhodes)   

Degree Requirements for Current Application Cycle

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree August 2020 or earlier (Gates-Cambridge, Mitchell)
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree after April 2017 (Marshall)
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree August 2020 or earlier and age 18 to 24 (Rhodes)
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree August 2020 or earlier and age 18 to 29 (Schwarzman)
  • Third-year student in a four-year Bachelor’s degree program with expected graduation December 2020 – August 2021 (Truman) 

See the student spotlights on Michael Calzadilla (Gates-Cambridge Scholar) and Jean Weatherwax (Marshall Scholar) for additional information.

Student nomination forms are found here:

USF Internal Pre-Application and Nomination for United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Scholarships
Rhodes, Marshall, Gates-Cambridge and Mitchell Scholarships

USF Internal Pre-Application and Nomination for the Schwarzman Scholarship

USF Internal Pre-Application and Nomination for the Truman Scholarship

Scholarships Requiring USF Endorsement

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.