Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Memphis Honors College identifies and assists well-qualified students in competing for prestigious national and international fellowships.  As a general rule, successful applicants for these scholarships have a 3.7 GPA or higher.  Depending on the scholarship, an exemplary academic record must be matched by leadership positions in extracurricular organizations or community service (e.g., Truman Scholarship) or ample research experience (e.g., Goldwater Scholarship).

All prospective applicants are encouraged to visit each scholarship's website and carefully read their guidelines and eligibility requirements. Students interested in fellowship opportunities should contact the Honors Office.

Scholarships for Undergraduates

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.  

By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation helps ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields.   Learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship >>

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. For more information about applying for the Gilman Scholarship please contact the UofM Study Abroad Office at tigersabroad@memphis.edu. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship >>

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Created by Congress in 1975, the Foundation was President Truman’s idea. A living memorial that would support future generations who answer the call to public service leadership.

The Truman scholarship provides one year funding for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen college juniors with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools and other public service-oriented non-profit organizations. Each scholar receives $30,000 towards graduate study.  Learn more about the Truman Scholarship >>

NSEP Boren Scholarships 

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) Scholarship provides support to US undergraduates for study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Study of a foreign language must be part of the proposal. Awards are for a minimum of one academic term, including a summer term of six (6) weeks or longer. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing study abroad for a full academic year. Contact the Study Abroad Office for the on-campus application deadline. Learn more about the NSEP Boren Scholarship >>

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad. 75 awards of $1,000 each are awarded annually. Applicants do not have to be members of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society but must have a 3.75 GPA to qualify. Learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant >>

Scholarships for Graduating Seniors & Graduate/Professional Students 

Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Student program is the U.S. governments' most prestigious scholarship program. It provides opportunities for U.S. students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Fulbright applications are highly competitive and students are encouraged to start preparing at least a year before the application deadline. Learn more about Fulbright >>

George J. Mitchell Scholarships

One year of graduate study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. Must be under the age of 30 and a U.S. citizen. Learm more about the Mitchell Scholarship >>

Marshall Shcholarships

Founded by a 1953 Act of the British Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Learn moe about Marshall Scholarships >>

NSEP Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Learn more about Boren Fellowships >>

Rhodes Scholarship Program

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars. The scholarship provides funding for one to three years of study leading to a degree at Oxford University, England. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under the age of 24 and a U.S. citizen. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply from their home country on the basis of degrees from U.S. universities. Learn more about Rhodes Scholarships >>