Scholarships & Fellowships
The ASPIRE Office is here to help you achieve your goals of winning one (or more!) of the approximately 20 nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships that we work with! You can start by reviewing our chart of scholarships organized by academic year and discipline. Then, read more about any scholarships or fellowships you are interested in below. Finally, set up an appointment to discuss the ones that interest you!
A Note On Faculty Advisors
Several of the scholarships and fellowships that ASPIRE works with have designated on-campus faculty advisors. We are lucky at WVU to have a group of dedicated, experienced faculty members who work in partnership with ASPIRE staff to help you put forward the best possible application. If you decide to apply for one of these awards after consultation with ASPIRE, we will put you in contact with the proper faculty advisor and will work as a team to support your application.
Boren Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less-commonly-taught languages in the context of international study abroad. These scholarships are available to undergraduate students and are applicable to a variety of world regions. Awards include funds up to $20,000 for study.
Boren Fellowships encourage the same kind of language immersion study for U.S. graduate students. Boren Awards are also valid for nearly every world region and provide support up to $30,000 for language study.
Critical Language Scholarships
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers sponsors scholarships for intensive study of a critical language in a city abroad. Languages include Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Swahili, and Russian. All costs, including travel and orientation, are covered by the program sponsors for this 7 to 10 week summer experience.
The DAAD has several scholarship opportunities available for students to study, research, or gain professional experience at German universities. The grants cover the cost of living during the stay in Germany and often include a travel stipend.
J. William Fulbright Scholarships enable students to spend a year studying, researching or teaching abroad in one of more than 140 countries. In general, transportation, living expenses, language training, and tuition are covered: details vary by country. Senior and graduate students who do not yet hold a doctorate degree are eligible to apply.
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. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships award full tuition and fees, travel, and living expenses for students who are interested in pursuing one and two-year undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Cambridge. Seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides students grant funding for study abroad. The goal of the Gilman Program is to prepare students for a role in the changing global economy. Scholarships are awarded as funds up to $5,000; additional funds for Critical Language Study are available up to $3,000. Financial need is a consideration for applications.
Summer/Fall Academic Year – WVU Internal: TBD Late-Feb., 2020 | TBD Early-Mar., 2020
Barry Goldwater Scholarships provide up to $7,500 for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to students who intend to pursue a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply.
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships are available to students pursuing a Ph.D. degree or students who are planning on Ph.D. work in the future. Applicants are selected based on merit, not financial need, and may select from two fellowship options. The Foundation’s first option includes full tuition funding and a 9 month $32,000 stipend for up to 5 years. The Foundation’s second option allows students to accept a 3 year fellowship from another source and includes full tuition funding and a 9 month $38,000 stipend for 2 years from Hertz.
Knight-HennessyThe Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program fully funds up to three years of graduate study. All students applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford that have received a bachelor's within the last four years are eligible to apply.
George C. Marshall Scholarships provide tuition and personal stipends to students to pursue a graduate degree in any field at any British college or university for two years. Seniors and graduate students with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.7 (after the freshman year) are eligible to apply.
George Mitchell Scholarships award full tuition, travel, and personal stipends for one year to students wishing to pursue graduate study in any field in Ireland. Seniors and graduate students, no older than 30, are eligible to apply.
National Defense Fellowships
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is a program designed for students who will pursue a doctoral degree in fields such as biosciences, engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, naval architecture, physics, and other related fields. The Department of Defense pay fellows’ full tuition and fees, and will provide a stipend each year of study.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
The National Science Foundation provides graduate research fellowships for students enrolled for doctoral or masters work in science, mathematics, and engineering programs. Fellows will receive a $34,000 stipend for 12 month tenures and a cost-of-attendance allowance of $12,000 per year. Fellowships are renewable for 3 tenure years.
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships fund students who are interested in pursuing a foreign service career with the U.S. Department of State. Fellows are selected their senior year of college and receive up to $37,500 annually for expenses for the first two years of graduate study.
One of the nation’s most prestigious awards, Rhodes Scholarships fund tuition, travel, and living expenses for up to three years of undergraduate or graduate study in any field at the University of Oxford. Seniors and graduate students, no older than 24, are eligible to apply. Note: The ASPIRE Office coordinates the Rhodes endorsement process for all West Virginia University schools and colleges.
To learn more, read about WVU's Rhodes Faculty Advisor's trip to Oxford!
Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, the Schwarzman Scholarship is this first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. 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. The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to individuals who retain a sense of commitment to their country of origin, but also who regard the U.S. as their country of primary residence. Students must show the relevance of graduate education to their long-term goals. Fellows will receive a $25,000 grant and a tuition grant of one-half the graduate tuition of a U.S. graduate program.
Harry S. Truman Scholarships recognize students who excel academically and are committed to careers in public service, broadly defined. Scholarships provide $30,000 in funding for graduate study in any field. Juniors are eligible to apply.
Morris K. Udall Scholarships provide up to $7,000 for tuition and expenses to students majoring in fields related to the environment, as well as Native American or Alaskan Native students pursuing health care or tribal policy. Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply.
Note: This is not a conclusive list of nationally competitive scholarships or fellowships, for additional opportunities see our Additional Opportunities page.