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External Scholarships

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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. The Honors College serves all students at UW in helping them navigate the application process.

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 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.



Featured External Scholarships

  • The Boren Awards

    Boren Fellowship Deadline: January 25, 2024, 5:00 PM ET Boren Scholarship Deadline: February 1, 2024, 5:00 PM ET

    Do you have an interest in a foreign language?


  • Churchill Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2023

    Want to study at Cambridge?

    • The Churchill Scholarship is for one year of study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or MASt (Master of Advanced Study). Read more about the areas of study.
    • UW Endorsement is required. The deadline for a completed application for UW endorsement review is October 18, 2023.
  • Fulbright US Student Program

    Deadline: October 10, 2023, 5:00 pm ET

    Interested in other cultures?

    • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue.
    • Meet our UW Fulbright Liaisons to help suppport your application.
    • UW Endorsement is required. The deadline for a completed application for UW endorsement review is September 26, 2023
  • The Gilman Scholarship

    GILMAN-MCCAIN APPLICATION Deadline: August 1, 2023, 11:59 pm PT GILMAN & GILMAN-MCCAIN APPLICATION Deadline: October 5, 2023, 11:59 pm PT

    Want to travel abroad?

  • The Barry Goldwater Scholarship

    Deadline: Last Friday in January

    Pursing a career in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering?

  • Luce Scholars Program

    Deadline: October 15, 2023, 5:00 pm ET

    Want to learn more about Asia?

    • The intent of the Luce Scholars program is to provide an in-depth experience in Asia to young Americans who would not otherwise have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the country where they are placed. 
    • Applicants must be graduating seniors, recent graduates, or young professionals.


  • The Marshall Scholarship

    Deadline: September 26, 2023, 5:00 PM (in applicant's time zone)

    Could this be you?

    • 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. Check out profiles of past recipients.
    • UW Endorsement is required. The deadline for a completed application for UW endorsement review is September 12, 2023.
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship

    Deadline: September 28, 2023, 5 pm ET

    Does Ireland intrigue you?

  • The Rhodes Scholarship

    Deadline: October 3, 2023

    Are you competitive?

    • 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. Check out the Selection Criteria to learn more.
    • UW Endorsement is required. The deadline for a completed application for UW endorsement review is September 19, 2023.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship

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

    Are you interested in public service?

    • The Truman Scholarship is for applicants in their junior year interested in public service.
    • 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. 
    • UW Endorsement is required. The deadline for a completed application for UW endorsement review is January 23, 2024.
  • Udall Scholarship

    Deadline: Typically March 1st

    Committed to issues related to Native American nations?

    • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
    • UW Endorsement is required. The deadline for a completed application for UW endorsement review is February 1, 2024.
  • The Voyager Scholarship

    Deadline: 2024-25 Application TBA

    Are you a leader?

    • The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-founder and CEO, to help shape leaders in an increasingly globalized world who can help bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges.
    • Applicants can be enrolling in their junior or sophomore year of study.



Advising Support

Are you interested in external scholarships and want to learn more? Do you need support and assistance with building your application? Or are you unsure how insitutional endorsements work? Meet with our external scholarships advisor to learn more. Honors and non-honors students welcome.

Daniel Gray

Guthrie House 211 |

Schedule an appointment with Daniel

In person or Zoom appointments available.

 Daniel Gray

Student Resources


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. To assist your application check out UW's tips for nationally competitive scholarships.

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

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