University of Northern Iowa

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities

The Provost’s Committee for Competitive Scholarship Mentoring provides advice and oversight for UNI undergraduates seeking nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships.  The committee mentors candidates as they prepare, apply, and interview for awards.  Visit the competitive scholarship website for additional information

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships are for sophomores and juniors studying and planning a research career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomore scholarship recipients receive $14,000 and junior scholarship recipients receive $7,000 towards expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Boren Scholarship Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

British Marshall Scholarships cover two years of study at a British university. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni who are 26 or younger (35 if you wish to read business studies) and are citizens of the United States. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.7 excluding your freshman year is required. Recipients receive funds to cover tuition, room, board, books, travel, and expenses. A supplemental grant is available towards the support of a dependent spouse.

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service Explore the fellowships that are offer for anything from a three-week summer course to the entire year after you graduate.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States are welcome to enter the Essay Contest.

Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study For summer 2011, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer fellowships for up to 15 advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Bogaziçi University* in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

Fulbright Grants (U.S. Student Program) are for graduate study or research abroad. Grants are awarded to seniors and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts who are citizens of the United States. One year English teaching assistantships are also available. Fulbright full grants provide: round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition (in some cases), book and research allowances, maintenance for the academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, funds for spousal support.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships provide full scholarships for 160 graduate students from all over the world to study at the University of Cambridge in England.  The scholarships will cover tuition, room, board, travel and stipend for study at Cambridge.  Between 60 and 80 awards will be made each year to students resident in the United States.  The scholarships may be held for 1 to 4 years, depending on the course of study and are conditional on the student gaining admission to Cambridge by the University's regular application process. 

GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program provides financial support and leadership development to talented undergraduate students enrolled in engineering, technology or business management programs. Receive financial support for the last three years of your program, and join a global network of peers and professionals working in your field of study.

Google Policy Fellowship The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer (June-August)

Humane Studies Fellowship Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates planning academic careers and engaged in liberty-advancing research. The fellowships support students in variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. Awards range from $2,000 to $15,000 and fellowship winners may re-apply for each year of their studies. In 2010, the Institute for Humane Studies awarded more than $650,000 to 180 students. The program is open to full-time graduate students, including law and MBA students, and undergraduate juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest in pursuing an academic career.

James Madison Fellowship Provides up to $24, 000 for various master’s degree programs (MA, MAT, or MEd) focusing on American history or government. Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Recipients are obligated to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 on a full-time basis. Senior Fellowships are awarded to experienced teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. 

Ninja Essays Writing Contest is a competitive essay writing competition.  Awards are given to those who place first, second, and third.  Deadlines are November 1st, 2014 and finalists would receive an email by November 5th, 2014.  For more details, click on the link in the title.

Rhodes Scholarships cover two or three years of study at Oxford University. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni between the ages of 18 and 25. Candidates must be citizens of one of the following countries or regions: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, United States, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Scholarships provide: tuition, stipend, round-trip airfare, insurance, books, and travel allowance.

Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Offered by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at Columbia University's Earth Institute, SEE-U provides undergraduate students of all majors from all colleges and universities across the country with a global understanding of ecology and environmental sustainability through lectures, labs, and fieldwork carried out in unique natural settings. Students can earn 6 academic credits in just 5 weeks. There are no prerequisites required to enroll. Fellowship funding is available through CERC.

Taiwan Scholarship Program - Established by the Republic of China (Taiwan) -- the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. In addition to provide study opportunities for a wide range of disciplines at Taiwan's universities and colleges.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2011-12 competition. Awards are made in all fields. Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.

Udall Scholarship The Foundation awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.