Getting Started

The first step in applying for national fellowships and grants is identifying the fellowship programs and funding organizations to which your research interests are best suited. In order to assist you in identifying these programs, we have created a list of some of the most well-known National Fellowships and Scholarships, as well as a list of databases for searching for Tuition Grants and Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities. These lists also include links to each program’s website which will provide the most specific information for guiding you through the application process.

Once you have determined the fellowships, grants, or other opportunities for which you consider yourself to be best suited, it might be helpful for you to discuss your particular research interests and possible proposal with one or more faculty members within your field as they will be best equipped to alert you to the “do’s and don’ts” of the field. Conversations with faculty will likely be the most helpful tool in guiding you to refine your proposal and to employ the most precise language possible in the articulation of your intended project. Check out our tips for getting Faculty Assistance.

Tuition Grants

The CURF database contains a short list of undergraduate tuition funds. Though we are continually updating the database, it is far from complete at the moment. The Financial Aid Office and these links are alternate sources of such information. We do, however, own many reference books listing thousands of grants and scholarships which we invite you to read at your leisure. There are more awards listed in these books than we could ever post on a web page. Please also read the Finding Funding page for additional ideas, and, as always, talk with your professors and advisors.

Several prestigious national scholarships provide undergraduate tuition funding. Please visit the National Fellowships page for more information on these awards.

Information Meetings

Two to three times a year, our office conducts informational meetings for students curious about applying for national scholarships and fellowships. Students are told about the various awards, the application procedures, and most importantly, how applying for a national fellowship or scholarship can

Meetings are generally held in August, December, and April. In the meantime, please feel free to visit the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships to talk with us about your plans and questions.

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