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External Scholarships

What is an external scholarship?

External scholarships are major, nationally and internationally competitive scholarships that can help you attend graduate school at some of the best universities in the world. Awarded by organizations that are independent of specific universities, these scholarships often pay full tuition and other costs for students seeking graduate degrees. These scholarships are highly desirable; as such, they are very competitive.

Should I apply? 

Have you ever considered applying for an external cholarship? Not sure what opportunities are out there and if you might be competitive? The Honors College can help UW students think through and prepare an application for major national scholarships (whether you are in the Honors College or not). For each of the following scholarship, you must consult with us at to initiate timely support to complete an application.  

Are you interested and want to learn more? Fill out our External Scholarship Interest Survey to receive follow-up support from the Honors College.

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External Scholarship Opportunities

The Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (first awarded in 1902) international scholarship programme, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. 

 Are you competitive?
 Check out the Selection Criteria and key details for applying this year.

 Deadline: October 4, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern Time

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: September 20, 2023

The Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

 Could this be you? Check out profiles of past recipients.

 Deadline: TBA (generally in September)

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: Two weeks prior to the official Marshall deadline

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders.

 Is public service in your future? Check out the application process.

 Deadline: 2024 Deadline TBA

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: TBA

The Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. 

 Are you eligible? Check out the eligibility criteria.

 Deadline: October, 5, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Time


George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

 Does Ireland intrigue you? Check out the application process.

 Deadline: September 28, 2023, 5:00 PM Eastern Time

The 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 by providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

 Are you interested in research and leadership?  Check out some guidelines for applicants.

 Deadline: January 26, 2024, 5:00 PM Eastern Time

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: January 12, 2024

The Boren Awards

The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students with both scholarships and fellowships available. 

 Do you have interest in a foreign language?  Learn more out the Boren language component.

 Boren Fellowship Deadline:  2024 Deadline TBA

 Boren Scholarship Deadline: 2024 Deadline TBA

Churchhill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship is for one year of study at the University of Cambridge for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or MASt (Master of Advanced Study). 

Want to study at Cambridge?  Read more about the areas of study.

 Deadline: 2023-24 Application Deadline TBA

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: 2023-24 Application Deadline TBA


Databases and Resources

Other National Scholarships and Opportunities

Check out UW's Major Scholarship Self-Guided Course and Listserve to explore these and other scholarship opportunities that may align with your educational goals and professional pursuits. To access the course, click the link, and use the left-hand navigation to navigate to the Modules section (i.e. click Badages and then Modules depending on your view). Please reach out to to learn more.

Other institutions have robust databases of national scholarships as well that you could be eligible and competitive for.

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