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Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Major Awards

What are Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Major Awards?
Nationally competitive opportunities are fellowships and programs that are available to high achieving students throughout the U.S. They are academically competitive and are often geared toward students who plan to pursue advanced degrees and who are making a difference in their field. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards is available to assist students applying for these awards and programs.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships
The awards listed on the left are nationally competitive scholarships that require University nomination. Review the eligibility requirements, and contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards, or the UH representative listed, for more information on the awards. Be sure to also refer to our scholarship calendar for specific deadlines — many of these scholarships have internal deadlines for UH candidates as well as national deadlines.

Awards that Require
University Nomination: 

Awards that Do Not Require
University Nomination: 
Rhodes Scholarship  Soros Fellowship              
Marshall Scholarship  NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
George J. Mitchell Scholarship  NDSEG
Gates Cambridge Scholarship  Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Boren  Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship
Barry Goldwater Scholarship  James Madison Graduate Fellowships
Harry S. Truman Scholarship  Critical Language Scholarship Program
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship  Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Fulbright  Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows
Phi Kappa Phi  Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Women
Fulbright Summer Institute  Chevening Scholarship (for Non-U.S. Citizens)
 Donald M. Payne International Development Program
 AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India
 Humanity in Action Fellowships
 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Nationally Competitive Research Opportunities 
The programs listed below are a few of the many competitive research opportunities available to motivated UH undergraduates. 

Frontiers in Science  Summer Fellowships at UH and Rice University; 2020 Application Closed
CPRIT  Summer Fellowships through the Gulf Coast Consortia; 2020 Application Closed
NIST-SURF  Summer Fellowships in Boulder and Gaithersburg; cancelled for summer 2020
Amgen Scholars Program Summer research experiences at 17 institutions across the U.S.; cancelled for summer 2020
Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program Summer biomedical research experience; 2020 Application Closed
Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UTMB Interdisciplinary summer research experience in the area of neuroscience; 2020 Application Closed
MD Anderson Cancer Center Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Purdue University Pathways and Summer Undergraduate Research Program Conduct summer engineering research at Purdue University; 2020 Application Closed
Summer Neuroscience Internship Program at University of Florida  2020 Application Closed


If you have any questions, or would like more information on these awards please contact Ben Rayder at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.