Skip to main content

Nationally Competitive Scholarships Advising

The Honors College is committed to helping students make the move from student to scholar and will advise any Georgia Southern student in their pursuit of nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.

There is value in the process of developing an application.  Every student who embarks on this task will examine themselves, take stock of what they know, and plan for their future.  It is a process that helps prepare an application, and it is a process that helps prepare the individual getting ready for the next step after college.

In the past several years, over 60 Georgia Southern University students have received recognition from various prestigious programs. The majority of scholarship winners have received U.S. Department of State awards such as the U.S. Student Fulbright Grant, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Critical Language Scholarship, and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Other students have received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (and honorable mentions), the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, the Boren Scholarship, the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, and the Fund for Education Abroad. One student received three awards in three consecutive summers from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  One student received Honorable Mention from the Udall Scholarship. Several students have also won Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarships.

The Honors College is the central office on campus for all students applying for any nationally and internationally competitive scholarship. Honors College staff will discuss these opportunities in classes, with student groups and organizations, and in individual meetings. Honors College staff also will work with students as they prepare application materials, arrange for campus committee interviews as needed, and facilitate campus recommendations (if required).

Many fellowships and scholarships require that applicants be nominated by participating institutions. These nominations come through the Honors College, though a student need not be in the program to be nominated. Students requiring nomination must adhere to the campus deadlines to be considered. Also, students applying for fellowships and scholarships where no nomination is needed but who request support from the program must also adhere to the deadline. (Some fellowships and scholarships do not require a campus nomination and students may apply directly, if they so choose.) Campus deadlines are designed to help students prepare the best application possible.

Students interested in learning more should review the lists of opportunities in the links below and then contact Dr. Francis Desiderio with any questions at francisdesiderio@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-7926.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants

  • Campus deadline: September 12

Boren Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program

  • Campus deadline: September 12

Fund for Education Abroad

  • Campus deadline: December 5

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst

  • Campus deadline: September 12 for deadlines in fall; December 5 for deadlines in spring

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: September 12 for October deadlines; January 31 for March deadlines
  • NOTE: Students may now apply for summer awards at the fall deadline!  Early applications are accepted, and decisions are announced in time for students to apply again at the March deadline, if needed.

Humanity in Action Fellowships

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

  • Campus deadline: February 15

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst RISE Scholarships

  • Campus deadline: September 12 for final deadlines in fall; December 5 for deadlines in spring

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

  • Campus deadline: September 12

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Campus deadline: September 12

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST-SURF)

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: September 12

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

Humanity in Action Fellowships

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

  • Campus deadline: September 12

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

  • Campus deadline: September 12

The Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

  • Campus deadline: September 12 for fall semester deadline; December 5 for spring semester deadline

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

Boren Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Fulbright

  • Campus deadline: September 12
  • Requires campus endorsement

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: September 12

George C. Marshall Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: September 12
  • Requires campus endorsement

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: September 12
  • Requires campus endorsement

National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

  • Campus deadline: December 5

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships

  • Campus deadline: March 1
  • Requires campus endorsement

Rhodes Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: September 12
  • Requires campus endorsement

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • Campus deadline: September 12

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

  • Campus deadline: December 5
  • Requires campus endorsement

Last updated: 8/10/2022