Fellowships & Scholarships
This list is by no means exhaustive. Students should actively seek fellowships related to their academic interests through conversations with faculty mentors, Internet searches, and appointments with the Director of NIFS.
Rhodes Scholarship – Seniors and recent graduates may apply for institutional endorsement for the Rhodes Scholarship, which recognizes students with demonstrated literary and scholastic excellence, strong moral character, and leadership. Approximately 32 scholars each year receive funding to pursue DPhil, MPhil, or MSc degrees at Oxford. UAB’s preliminary deadline is April 5 of the junior year.
Marshall Scholarship – In recognition of the special relationship between the US and UK, the British government funds approximately 40 Marshall Scholarships each year in a variety of academic disciplines at institutions throughout the UK. Students are selected based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential. UAB seniors and recent graduates/master’s students must express interest by the preliminary deadline of April 5.
Fulbright Scholarship – Fulbright awards scholarships for Research/Study, English Teaching Assistantship, Fulbright-mtvU, Public Policy, and Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health. Students may apply as seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students. UAB’s internal deadline is September 1; all applicants must undergo a campus evaluation interview. Due to the highly specialized nature of the Fulbright, students interested in the Research/Study grants should begin preparing their applications during the spring term.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship – The Gates Cambridge funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge in any academic discipline. Selection criteria include outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and a match between the student’s interests and qualifications and Cambridge’s programs. Institutional endorsement is not required, but seniors and graduate students are strongly encouraged to work with the Director of NIFS in preparing this award.
Mitchell Scholarship – Sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, this scholarship funds twelve students for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher education in Ireland and Northern Ireland. UAB students must receive institutional endorsement.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – Designed for New Americans (green card holders, naturalized citizens, or a child of naturalized citizens), this scholarship funds two years of graduate study in any field up to a total of $90,000. Selection criteria include creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. Seniors and first-year graduate students may apply.
Goldwater Scholarship - Sophomore or junior STEM majors with a 3.7 GPA or higher who intend to pursue careers in research science (PhD or MD/PhD) may seek institutional endorsement for this scholarship. UAB’s internal deadline is November 15. *Note: Students intending to pursue the MD only are not eligible for this award!
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship – Seniors and first-year doctoral students in engineering and in physical, computer, mathematical, or life sciences are eligible to apply. Selected students receive a $36,000 yearly stipend, full tuition and fees, $5,000 first-year academic allowance, $1,000 academic allowance each subsequent year, a 12-week research practicum, and access to yearly conferences.
Hertz Graduate Fellowship Awards – Seniors applying to one of the thirty schools identified by the Hertz Foundation may wish to apply for this award. Hertz seeks students with exceptional academic ability who also have strong moral character and are interested in using their scientific research for the common good.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship – Designed for students pursuing masters or doctoral studies in STEM fields, this fellowship offers a $30,000 yearly stipend, $12,000 annual cost-of-education institutional allowance, and international research and professional development opportunities. Students should apply as seniors or near the beginning of their graduate studies.
NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program – Selected students are paired with research mentors at NIH and either Oxford or Cambridge, spending approximately two years studying in each location. The program provides a $24,000/year stipend as well as tuition fees. Both a PhD and MD/PhD option are available.
National Sea Grant College Program John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship – Graduate students focusing on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and interested in the policy issues that impact those resources can receive a one-year paid fellowship to intern in legislative and executive branches of government in Washington, DC.
Foreign Language Acquisition
Critical Languages Scholarship – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, CLS scholarships provide intensive summer language institutes in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Students may begin applying as early as their freshman year.
Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (with critical languages supplement) – Pell-eligible students who apply for and receive a Benjamin Gilman international study scholarship may also be eligible for a Critical Need Language Award of up to $8,000 to fund instruction in critical languages.
William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai – This undergraduate scholarship provides students with full tuition for one semester and housing at the American University in Dubai dormitories. Students may take a variety of courses related to Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures, including language courses in Arabic.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships – These awards of up to $20,000 are open to students in all academic disciplines wishing to acquire less commonly taught languages. While studying away, students may take courses related to their disciplines in addition to their foreign language coursework.
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships – Graduate students may receive up to $30,000 to study away in parts of the world critical to U.S. interests (Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). In addition to language study, students may conduct research or take courses related to their master’s or PhD program.
Public Service and International Affairs
Harry S. Truman Scholarship – This scholarship is designed for students who want to be “change agents” in public service roles and who care deeply about civic engagement. Juniors with a 3.7 GPA or higher are eligible to seek institutional endorsement. UAB’s internal deadline is October 1.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship – Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, this scholarship specifically encourages women and minority students to apply. Juniors can receive up to $40,000 towards the cost of their senior year and first year of graduate school. (See also the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.)
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program – The Rangel Fellowship funds graduate study and professional development opportunities for minority students and students with financial need interested in careers in US Foreign Service.
Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program – This program provides up to $90,000 in graduate school funding for students interested in careers within the Foreign Service U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Successful applicants are passionate about issues such as poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict, and violent extremism. Winners can attend graduate school throughout the U.S. and will work for the USAID upon completion of the program.
American Physical Therapy Association – The APTA maintains a central website with information on scholarships and financial aid available to physical therapy students.
AMBUCS Scholarship Program – Juniors and seniors or graduate students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and hearing audiology.
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship – Tylenol funds 40 scholarships each year for students pursuing a variety of health-related professions, including medical school.
Few prestigious scholarships apply towards medical school costs. That being said, honors societies often allow their graduate scholarships to be using towards med school. If you’re a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, or disciplinary honors societies, check into their graduate scholarships.