Nationally Competitive Fellowships & Scholarships

If you have a strong academic record and a deep interest in a particular area of study or career path, you may be eligible to apply for one or more nationally competitive fellowships. In addition to high academic achievement, applicants for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships should be prepared to showcase the many other aspects that make them a great candidate for a competitive scholarship or fellowship. Substantial experience with research or creative projects, evidence of strong leadership in and out of the classroom, involvement in public service opportunities, and strong, detailed letters of recommendation are all essential components to building a strong application for a prestigious award.

Many national fellowships require official endorsement from WPI, which entails an on-campus selection process.  For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Advising for referral to the appropriate resources and nomination procedures.

Undergraduate Nationally Competitive Scholarships

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Awards

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate awards annually to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs to help support future aerospace professionals. Applicants must be AIAA Student Members. 

Application Deadline
January
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program provides exciting hands-on scientific research opportunities at some of the world's leading educational institutions. There are currently 13 educational institutions in the United States that host the summer research program and each institution has its own application process. Amgen Scholars will have the opportunity to take part in important research projects, gain hands-on lab experience, and contribute to the advancement of science while receiving guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the worlds leading academic scientists.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Medicine
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Purpose
Short-term Research
Long-term Research
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. A Gilman Scholarship enables students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who have been historically underrepresented in study abroad and who may not have otherwise participated due to financial constraints.

Academic Level
Undergraduate
Purpose
Internship
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Boren Awards

The Boren Awards are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO).The Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate (Boren Scholars) and graduate (Boren Fellows) students to acquire language skills and experiences through studying less commonly taught languages in world regions underrepresented in study abroad that are critical to the future security and stability of the United States.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
CyberCorps Scholarship For Service (SFS)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) is funded by the National Science Foundation. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen who is focusing their undergraduate or graduate studies on cybersecurity. Typical majors are CS, DS, ECE, or Mathematics. The scholarship pays the full cost of your education (all tuition and fees) plus a $25,000 stipend per year for undergraduates students and a $34,000 stipend per year for graduate students.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Goldwater Scholarship

Must express interest in applying and meet with the WPI Goldwater Campus Representative, Lakeya Almeida, no later than October 31, 2022. Institutional nomination required. 

Application Deadline
January
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Nomination Required
Yes
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students who have exceptional financial need (EFN) who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program is sponsored by the NIH, one of the world's foremost centers for medical/health research and research training. The NIH UGSP pays for tuition and fees, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses up to $20,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.

Application Deadline
March
Field(s) of Study
Social Sciences
Medicine
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Purpose
Short-term Research
Long-term Research
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities offered in the summer for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of approximately 10 undergraduates who work in the research programs at a host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and to contribute and gain valuable experience in research.

Field(s) of Study
Humanities
STEM
Social Sciences
Business
Education
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Purpose
Short-term Research
Long-term Research
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program is designed to:

Application Deadline
January
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Purpose
Internship
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) STEM Internships and Fellowships

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a variety of STEM internship and fellowship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and federal research facilities across the United States. ORISE provides opportunities for a summer, fall, or spring STEM internship, or a longer-term research opportunity to provide hands-on laboratory experience.

Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Purpose
Internship
Short-term Research
Long-term Research
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
SMART Scholarship Program

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for bachelors, masters, and PhD students to gain technical skills in critical STEM fields and support the national security mission of the DoD. The SMART scholarship provides funding for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, annu

Application Deadline
December
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. All SWE Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend a school with ABET-accredited programs.

Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Eligibility
Women
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Truman Scholarship

Must express interest in applying and meet with the WPI Truman Advisor, Lakeya Almeida, no later than October 31, 2022. Institutional nomination required.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Medicine
Law and Diplomacy
Education
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
Yes
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Each year, the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare for the purpose of supporting those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Applicant must be a graduate student or a college senior who will be enrolling in graduate school as a full-time graduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, and have one or more years of school remaining. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in medical school, nursing, and/or pharmacy.

Application Deadline
July
Field(s) of Study
Medicine
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Udall Scholarship

Must express interest in applying and meet with the WPI Udall Faculty Representative, Lakeya Almeida, no later than December 1, 2022. Institutional nomination required.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Medicine
Education
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Nomination Required
Yes
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes

Graduate Nationally Competitive Scholarships

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Awards

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate awards annually to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs to help support future aerospace professionals. Applicants must be AIAA Student Members. 

Application Deadline
January
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Boren Awards

The Boren Awards are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO).The Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate (Boren Scholars) and graduate (Boren Fellows) students to acquire language skills and experiences through studying less commonly taught languages in world regions underrepresented in study abroad that are critical to the future security and stability of the United States.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
CyberCorps Scholarship For Service (SFS)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) is funded by the National Science Foundation. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen who is focusing their undergraduate or graduate studies on cybersecurity. Typical majors are CS, DS, ECE, or Mathematics. The scholarship pays the full cost of your education (all tuition and fees) plus a $25,000 stipend per year for undergraduates students and a $34,000 stipend per year for graduate students.

Application Deadline
February
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Dissertation Fellowships

The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Application Deadline
December
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Education
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Dissertation Funding
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Postdoctoral Fellowships

This competition year the program will award approximately 24 postdoctoral fellowships. The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Application Deadline
December
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Education
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Postdoctoral
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: Predoctoral Fellowship

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S., show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  

Application Deadline
November
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Education
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Dissertation Funding
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funded grant opportunities for U.S. citizens to design individual study/research projects or to teach English abroad. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. 

Application Deadline
October
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Social Sciences
Law and Diplomacy
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Internship
Nomination Required
Yes
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships enable the brightest of the world's young leaders and scholars to undertake graduate study at the University of Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholars are expected to have outstanding academic records with leadership potential and a commitment to serve their communities as well as reasons for choice of course.  The scholarships support one- to four-years of graduate study, from one-year master's programs to PhD degrees.  The Gates Cambridge Trust offers approximately 80 full cost scholarships annually.

Application Deadline
October
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Law and Diplomacy
Education
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Hertz Fellowship

The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and lifelong professional support for the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology. The fellowship includes up to five years of funding, and the freedom to pursue innovative ideas with real-world impact. Hertz Fellows also participate in ongoing mentoring, symposia, and workshops with the community of more than 1200 fellows, a set of peers who span disciplines, generations, and geography. 

Application Deadline
October
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program (KHS) is a fully endowed graduate fellowship program at Stanford University. Knight Hennessy Scholars brings together a multidisciplinary, multicultural community of Stanford graduate students, provides leadership development that complements their graduate studies, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare graduates to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world. KHS brings together scholars from around the world and from many disciplines.

Application Deadline
October
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Medicine
Business
Law and Diplomacy
Education
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance up to fifty Scholars each year to study at the graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Marshall Scholars strengthen the continuing 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 enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

Application Deadline
September
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
Yes
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a nationally competitive, highly prestigious, post-graduate award which allows future American leaders to pursue one year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, providing them with an understanding about, an interest in, and an affinity for the island of Ireland. Applicants are judged on academic excellence, a record of outstanding leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Application Deadline
September
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
Yes
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of United States citizens receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering (S&E) disciplines of military importance.

Application Deadline
October
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) STEM Internships and Fellowships

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a variety of STEM internship and fellowship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and federal research facilities across the United States. ORISE provides opportunities for a summer, fall, or spring STEM internship, or a longer-term research opportunity to provide hands-on laboratory experience.

Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Purpose
Internship
Short-term Research
Long-term Research
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (PD Soros) supports thirty New Americans— immigrants or the children of immigrants—who are pursuing graduate or professional school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States and each award is for up to a total of $90,000.

Application Deadline
November
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
Language Studies
STEM
Art and Architecture
Social Sciences
Medicine
Business
Law and Diplomacy
Education
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Dissertation Funding
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Rhodes Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarships are awarded for two years of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom with the option of third year funding dependent on degree program. The selection committee seeks candidates that exhibit outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. Rhodes Scholars are people who have a vision of how the world could be better and the energy to make a difference and who are motivated to engage with global challenges.

Application Deadline
October
Field(s) of Study
Humanities
STEM
Social Sciences
Business
Law and Diplomacy
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
Yes
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a scholarship that was created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. Schwarzman Scholars supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion — attending lectures, traveling around the region, and developing a better understanding of China.

Application Deadline
September
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
SMART Scholarship Program

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for bachelors, masters, and PhD students to gain technical skills in critical STEM fields and support the national security mission of the DoD. The SMART scholarship provides funding for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, annu

Application Deadline
December
Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. All SWE Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend a school with ABET-accredited programs.

Field(s) of Study
STEM
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Nomination Required
No
Eligibility
Women
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
The Rotary World Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships to peace and development leaders from around the world to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and development studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace.

Application Deadline
May
Field(s) of Study
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Each year, the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare for the purpose of supporting those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. Applicant must be a graduate student or a college senior who will be enrolling in graduate school as a full-time graduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, and have one or more years of school remaining. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrollment to a graduate program in medical school, nursing, and/or pharmacy.

Application Deadline
July
Field(s) of Study
Medicine
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Graduate
Purpose
Graduate Study
Nomination Required
No
Nationally Competitive Fellowship
Yes