Fellowships and Scholarships

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The Dean's Office and the Honors Advisory Committee offer special advising for national and regional fellowships such as Rhodes scholarships, Fulbright scholarships, National Science Foundation fellowships, McElroy fellowships, and Goldwater scholarships.

Luther students have been very successful in competing for these awards. Take a moment to look at the profiles of recent winners, listed under the scholarship name.

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities for First-Years, Sophomores, and Juniors

  • ACM Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) - This fellowship opportunity provides support, research experience, and mentoring for students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in college or university teaching in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and the arts.  Open to current sophomores.
  • Boren Scholarship - Provides funding for undergraduate study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad; applicants, for applicants interested in working in the federal government or public service following graduation.
  • Goldwater Scholarship - Provides support for undergraduate students in mathematics, science, computer disciplines, and engineering. (Profiles)
  • Peace Scholars - Seven-week educational summer experience in Oslo and Lillehammer, Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding peace, justice, democracy, and human rights. (Profiles)
  • Rossing Scholarship - Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are majoring in physics may apply for up to three years of scholarship support, funded by the ELCA.
  • Truman Scholarship - For college juniors with exceptional leadership potential intending to pursue graduate study to prepare for a career in government or public service.
  • Udall Scholarship - Open to to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or the environment. (Profiles)
  • Wigeland Scholarship - Provides financial support for current students to spend a semester or year of study in Scandinavia.

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

  • Boren Graduate Fellowship - Provides funding for study abroad to students enrolled in graduate study related to areas of the world critical to U.S. interests, in exchange for two-year commitment to work in the federal government following graduation.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program - One year full-time position as research assistant in international affairs, globalization, nonproliferation, and security in Washington, DC; Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.
  • Davies-Jackson Scholarship - Unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records who are first in their families to graduate from college to study at St. John's College, Cambridge University.
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship - Seeking to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, provides three years of support for study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.
  • Fulbright Program - For graduating seniors and recent graduates, the Fulbright Program offers one-year grants for research, study, or teaching abroad for one year. (Profiles)
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship - Awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge.
  • Lilly Graduate Fellows Program - Supports students who intend to enroll in a Ph.D. program in the humanities or arts who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • James Madison Fellowship - Graduate school funding for seniors or graduates intending to become teachers of American history, American government, or social studies.
  • Marshall Scholarship - For two years of graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline.
  • McElroy Fellowship - Open to graduating seniors intending to enroll in a Ph.D. program in any field of the liberal arts. (Profiles)
  • Mitchell Scholarship - For one year of masters-level graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland in any discipline.
  • National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSE) Graduate Fellowship - Open to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in engineering, biosciences, computer sciences, mathematics, or physics.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship - For students pursuing research- based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Rhodes Scholarship - For two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, in any discipline. (Profiles)
  • Torrison Scholarship (ELCA) - For graduating seniors with membership in the ELCA who are pursuing careers in medicine.

Some fellowships that fund undergraduate or graduate research are available directly from particular institutions, while others are national programs open to any student. The honors office is available to help honors students with all fellowships, whether or not the fellowships require college nomination.

Some dates in the downloadable fellowship/scholarship reference guide are approximate. Check the listed websites or sponsor-provided print material for precise dates.