National Fellowships and Scholarships

As a member of Bowling Green State University’s Honors College, you are challenged to identify your values and broaden your worldview. National fellowships and scholarships offer the opportunity to enrich your academic goals and build upon the foundation set by your undergraduate Honors experience.

As future leaders, researchers and change agents, these experiences expand your knowledge and cultivate cross-cultural conversations. Nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship award committees consider your academic achievement, contributions to the community or field of study, character development, academic/professional goals and for some athletic experience (Rhodes Scholarship).

Start the process early! Advanced planning and clearly defined goals are required to be a successful candidate. Make an appointment with the Honors College (honors@bgsu.edu). It is typical to begin the application process a year before the deadline.

For eligibility, selection criteria and application materials, visit the links below:

Scholarship Who May Apply What’s Funded Link
Goldwater Scholarships Sophomores or juniors, majoring in math, science, or engineering Undergraduate work in math, science, or engineering.  http://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/
British Marshall Scholarships Seniors or graduates with any major Undergraduate or graduate work at a university/research institute in the United Kingdom http://www.marshallscholarship.org/
Rhodes Scholarship Seniors or graduates with any major Graduate study at Oxford http://www.rhodesscholar.org/
Truman Scholarships Juniors in any major Graduate studies leading to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector to improve these conditions http://www.truman.gov/

Scholarships

Purpose:

Encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering.

General Guidelines:

  • Major in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering with the intention of pursuing research in those fields. (a full list of majors is on the website)
  • Full-time matriculated sophomore (4 semesters completed) or junior (a student who has one more year, 2 semesters, of full-time undergraduate study).
  • Grade average of at least a B.
  • Be in the upper fourth of their class
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a U.S. national

Nomination Process:

  • All students must be nominated by their college or university designated Goldwater faculty representative (Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell).
  • Application completed by student.
  • Three faculty recommendations. A student will list three recommendations and their email addresses in the application. Faculty will be contacted via email to complete the online recommendation form.

Requirements:

  • Student essay written by the student relating to the student’s chosen career.
  • University transcript.
  • Copy of the student’s Permanent Resident care and letter of intent to become a U.S. citizen, if student’s citizenship status is permanent resident.

Faculty Support:

  • Faculty Online Recommendations for student’s in their field of study.
  • Faculty Mentorship through the scholarship process.

Award

  • $7,500 Annually

Learn more!   http://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/  

Contact Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, Dean, Honors College, with additional questions.

Purpose:

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American people, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as scholars enhance their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

Criteria:

Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential. Selection committee will be looking for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding

General Guidelines:

To qualify for the award, candidates should:

  • Be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship).
  • Hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States (by the time they take up their scholarship).
  • Have obtained a grade point average at least 3.7 during their undergraduate career. (Exceptions are rarely considered and only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
  • Have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2015.
  • Not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A level qualifications undertaken in the UK.

Candidates are only allowed to apply for either the one year or the two year Marshall Scholarship. Any candidate found applying for both will automatically be disqualified.

Requirements:

  • Application.
  • Endorsement from President, Provost, or Academic Dean.
  • Recommendations.

Faculty Support:

  • Letters of recommendation regarding the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements.
  • Faculty mentorship through application process.

Awards:

  • Funding for undergraduate or graduate work at a University in the United Kingdom. Room and board is included along with traveling expanses.

Learn More!  http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Contact Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, Dean, Honors College, with additional questions.

 

Purpose:

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

Criteria:

The criteria which Mr. Rhodes set forth in his will still guide committees of selection in their assessment of applicants. The will contains four standards by which prospective Rhodes Scholars should be judged:

  • Literary and scholastic attainments.
  • Energy to use one’s talents to the fullest, as exemplified by fondness for success in sports.
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for the protection of the weak kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

General Guidelines:

  • Citizen of the U.S or lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least five years of the application deadline.
  • At least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of the application).
  • Achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of a bachelor's degree by the October following election.
  • Endorsement from college or university.

Nomination Process:

  • All students must be nominated by their college.
  • Application completed by student.
  • Five to eight faculty recommendations.

Requirements:

  • Application.
  • Five to eight letters of recommendation (at least four must be from faculty who have taught them).
  • Personal statement not exceeding 1,000 words. Clear statement of what the applicant wishes to study at Oxford.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume or list of principal activities.
  • Proof of citizenship.
  • Passport sized photo.
  • Certified transcript(s).

Faculty Support:

  • Letters of recommendation regarding the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements.
  • Faculty mentorship through application process.

Award:

  • Rhodes Scholars are appointed for two years of study at the University of Oxford. No restrictions to the field of study.
  • All educational costs – matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain fees – are provided by the Rhodes Trustees. In addition, the scholarship provides a maintenance allowance and traveling expenses to and from Oxford. Additional funds for research needs or study-related travel are available upon application and approval of the Rhodes Trust.

Learn more! http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply

Contact Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, Dean, Honors College, with additional questions.

Purpose:

To support students who plan to have an impact on a particular issue or community.  Whether this impact would best be felt via policy change, direct services or advocacy is up to the individual scholar.

General Guidelines:

  • At the time of application, must be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with junior-level academic standing or senior level standing in the third year of college enrollment.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Career goal to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector to improve these conditions.
  • Students who are committed to work in public service for three of the first seven years after they complete a Foundation-funded graduate degree.
  • Students who would like to get a master's degree, doctorate or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy or Master of International Affairs.
  • Has participated extensively in two or more of the following sets of activities:
    • Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities.
    • Community service-related activities that were not organized by my school or by my fraternity/sorority.
    • Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC.
    • Partisan political activities and campaigns.

Faculty Support:

  • Faculty recommendations for students in their field of study and leadership experiences.
  • Faculty mentorship through the scholarship process.

Award:

  • $30,000 scholarships for graduate work.

Learn more!   http://www.truman.gov/

Contact Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, Dean, Honors College, with additional questions.

Purpose:

Research/study in another country for one academic year or to teach English abroad.  During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things and the way they think. Individuals will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

General Guidelines

  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Seniors and grad students may apply (must have a bachelor’s degree by the time the award starts).
  • May not have extensive experience living in the chosen country.

Nomination process:

Any student may apply; however there is a campus screening committee and interview.

Requirements:

  • Personal essay.
  • Statement of grant purpose.
  • Three references.
  • Transcript.
  • For research/study grants, a letter of affiliation.
  • Foreign language may be required.

Faculty support:

  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Mentorship throughout the application process.

Awards and deadlines:

  • Round-trip airfare.
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses.
  • Accident and sickness insurance.
  • Language study.
  • In-country orientations.

Learn More!  us.fulbrightonline.org

Contact Michelle Ploeger, Coordinator of Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships, with additional questions:
419-372-7680
mploege@bgsu.edu
edabroad@bgsu.edu