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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 scholarship? 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 honors@uwyo.edu 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.

 Deadline: October 3, 2023

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: September 19, 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. Applicants should be in their Junior year.

In 2023, one scholarship will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

Are you in your Junior year? Check out the application process.

Deadline: February 6, 2024 by 11:59 PM in applicant's time zone

UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: January 23, 2024

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: March, 9, 2023


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: TBA (generally in September)

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: Last Friday in January

 UW Endorsement Required | Deadline: January 18, 2023

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:  January 25, 2023

 Boren Scholarship Deadline: February 1, 2023

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: November 1, 2023

UW Endorsement Required | October 18, 2023


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 honors@uwyo.edu to learn more.

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

Contact Us

The Honors College

Guthrie House

1200 Ivinson St.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-4110

Fax: 307-766-4298

Email: honors@uwyo.edu

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