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About National Fellowships


What are National Fellowships?National fellowships are an extremely prestigious and competitive group of awards that can offer scholarship funds as well as opportunities for study abroad, postgraduate work, and/or internships. What does LAUNCH do?
 




LAUNCH: National Fellowships facilitates the campus application and nomination processes for select fellowships and provides advising on all fellowships.

Astronaut Scholarship: Campus Deadline Feb. 14, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.
External deadline March 21, 2018

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) was founded in 1984 by the surviving Mercury Seven astronauts. ASF supports undergraduate students in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics who intend to pursue research careers or to advance their fields after graduation.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program: Campus Deadline Nov. 2017
External deadline January 2018

This is an undergraduate scholarship of up to $7,500 per year. Established by Congress, the Goldwater Scholarship is for rising junior and senior STEM students planning careers in research. Texas A&M may nominate up to 4 students per year.

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship: Campus Deadline December 18, 2017 at noon.
This scholarship provides funding for students interested in national security to study less commonly taught languages abroad. 

Carnegie Endowment Gaither Junior Fellows Program: Campus Deadline Nov. 4, 2017
External deadline Jan. 15, 2018

This national fellowship from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace provides a one-year full-time position doing research for senior associates who write policy briefs. The fellowship is paid ($38,000/yr) and a full benefits package is provided.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Campus Deadline Sept. 1, 2017
External deadline Oct. 4, 2017 5:00pm Eastern Time 
This national fellowship provides funding from the U.S. Department of State for students to pursue research, study, and teaching opportunities abroad.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship: no campus deadline, as no nomination is required
External deadline October 2017
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides this scholarship to fund graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the UK. 


George J. Mitchell Scholarship: Campus Deadline August 21, 2017 at noon
External deadline Sept. 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST

This national fellowship, open to students from all disciplines, provides funding for a graduate degree at any university in Ireland. This fellowship is provided by the US-Ireland Alliance in honor of US Senator George Mitchell.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship: Campus Deadline Nov. 2017
External deadline Feb. 2018

This national fellowship provides up to $30,000 for graduate school to students who have demonstrated active involvement – and are planning careers – in public service. 

Marshall Scholarship: Campus Deadline August 21, 2017 at noon
External deadline Oct. 2 2017 5:00pm CST

This national fellowship, open to students from all disciplines, provides funding for a graduate degree at any university in the United Kingdom. The Marshall Scholarship covers the cost of tuition and living expenses and includes grants for books, research, travel, and the thesis.

Rhodes Scholarship: Campus Deadline August 21, 2017 at noon
External deadline Oct. 4, 2017 11:59pm
This national fellowship, open to students from all disciplines, provides funding for a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship: Campus Deadline Nov. 11, 2017
External deadline March 2018
This national fellowship from the Udall Foundation provides up to $7,000 to sophomores and juniors 1) who are committed to environmental issues or 2) who are American Indians or Alaska Natives addressing concerns of tribal policy or health care.


Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship: Currently accepting applications
External deadline Nov. 7, 2017

This national fellowship provides funding from the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States for American students to pursue a one-year Master’s in science, math, or engineering at Churchill College, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK).

Although these are the fellowships with which Texas A&M's LAUNCH office most frequently works, they are by no means an exhaustive list of the opportunities available to A&M students. If you are curious about other options, please contact the National Fellowships coordinator. 

We are delighted to feature stories about our most recent fellowship outcomes! Click any name to read more on our blog.

Astronaut Scholarship

 

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Will Linz (Mathematics) - Astronaut Scholar, 2015
Kristin Maulding (Genetics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Neuroscience) - Astronaut Scholar, 2015

 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Matthew Petty (International Studies & Russian) - Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Tajikistan, 2015

 

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

 

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Erica Gacasan (Biomedical Engineering) - Goldwater Scholar, 2015
Aaron Griffin (Biochemistry & Genetics) - Goldwater Scholar, 2015
Will Linz (Mathematics) - Goldwater Honorable Mention, 2015

 

Marshall Scholarship

 

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Jack Reid (Mechanical Engineering & Philosophy) - Marshall Finalist, 2015

 

Mitchell Scholarship


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Andy Baxter (Physics & Mathematics) - Mitchell Finalist, 2016
 

Rhodes Scholarship


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Andrew Sanchez (Chemical Engineering) - Rhodes Finalist, 2013

 

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship


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Victoria Easton (History & Philosophy) - Udall Scholar, 2014


Most fellowships are nationally competitive, meaning hundreds or thousands of students across the country apply. Many fellowships require that students be nominated by the university, so students should work with LAUNCH: National Fellowships to learn how to be considered for campus nomination. The campus process may include a written or online application, a faculty review committee, and an interview. Students interested in pursuing fellowships should work closely with Honors Advisors and faculty to develop a long-term strategy for personal, professional, and academic development. To learn more about National Fellowships, please attend an information session.
Please note that LAUNCH: National Fellowships does not administer any awards offered by Texas A&M University; students seeking information about academic scholarships should contact Scholarships & Financial Aid.