Prestigious Scholarships


Prestigious scholarships support undergraduate and graduate study, education abroad, research, and other academic endeavors. These awards are nationally-competitive, and some require institutional nomination.

The FIU Office of Prestigious Scholar Development supports undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni applying for these awards and also oversees institutional nominations for awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall. 

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Read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship. Selected applicants should prepare for candidacy by reviewing the application process. Students must attend Prestigious Award Information Sessions to learn more about the opportunities they are interested in and may be eligible for. Events will be posted on FIU’s Event Calendar.

Endorsement-required Scholarships

Please schedule an appointment with the Office of Scholarship for more detailed information on the programs offered and specific requirements or email for further assistance. You can also follow @fiuprestigious on Instagram for more updates. 

  • International Scholarships
    • Boren Awards
      • Boren Awards are study-abroad scholarships of up to $25,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens studying less commonly taught languages, such as Arabic, Korean, Russian, Swahili, and many more.
    • Critical Language Scholarship
      • The Critical Language Scholarship is an 8 to 10-week international intensive summer language program open to U.S citizens. Both undergraduates and graduates are eligible. Languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
    • Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai
      • The Clinton Scholarship supports semester-long study abroad at the American University in Dubai and is open to undergraduates in all fields of study. Clinton scholars receive a full tuition waiver for fall or spring term and on-campus housing.
    • Freeman-ASIA Scholarship
      • The Freeman – ASIA Scholarship awards up to $7,000 for U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study a semester, summer, or full academic year in East or Southeast Asia. The goal of this program is to increase the number of US citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
    • Fulbright Scholarship
      • The Fulbright Scholarship is a 9 to 11 month study abroad program that provides funding for U.S. citizens with a bachelor’s degree to earn a graduate degree, teach English, or conduct research in one of more than 140 countries. Award benefits vary but all Fulbright Student grants include accident & sickness health benefits, 24/7 support for urgent and non-urgent situations, and 12 months of non-competitive eligibility hiring status within the federal government.
    • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
      • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides full funding for graduate study at Cambridge University. The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others by selecting outstanding scholars and providing them with support.
    • Gilman Scholarship
      • The U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program awards up to $5000 for U.S. undergraduates of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3000. Gilman scholars are also eligible for 12 months of Noncompetitive Eligibility hiring status within the federal government.
    • Marshall Scholarship
      • The Marshall Scholarship provides full funding for US citizens to pursue 1-2 years of graduate-level coursework at universities in the UK. The award covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, travel grant and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
    • Mitchell Scholarship
      • The Mitchell Scholarship provides full funding for U.S. citizens to pursue one-year of postgraduate coursework at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
    • Rhodes Scholarship
      • The Rhodes Scholarship provides two or more years of full funding for citizens of many countries to study at the University of Oxford in England.
    • NALCAP
      • The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain promotes diverse educational outreach programs in the United States, including its flagship program, the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP). American college students and graduates - who are native-like speakers of English - partner with elementary and secondary schools in Spain as language assistants (TAs) under the supervision and guidance of teachers in Spain. As a language assistant, you will be fulfilling the role of a cultural ambassador as you advance English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange.
  • STEM Scholarships
    • Goldwater Scholarship
      • The Goldwater Scholarship awards up to $7500 a year for sophomores and juniors majoring in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics intending to pursue research careers in these fields. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.
    • National Defense Science & Engineering Grants
      • The National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship awards full-cost scholarships and an annual stipend of $38,400 for up to three years to US candidates pursuing a doctoral degree in science and engineering. The degree must be in one of fifteen supported disciplines relevant to the Department of Defense’s mission at a US based institution.
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
      • The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is a five-year program for NSF-supported STEM graduate students. It includes an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 for three years. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
    • NOAA Hollings Schoalrships
      • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers two undergraduate scholarship programs. Hollings Scholars receive up to $9500 a year and a 10-week paid summer internship with NOAA. EPP/MSI Scholars receive up to $45,000 in financial support, including two summer internships with NOAA and professional development funding.
  • Public Service
    • Charles Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program
      • The US Department of State’s Rangel Program awards $42,000 for graduate study in fields relevant to the U.S. Foreign Service. Fellows participate in two summer internships, one in Capitol Hill working on international issues for members of Congress and an overseas internship in a US embassy or consulate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
    • Payne International Development Fellowship
      • The USAID Payne Fellowship awards $48,000 annually for graduate study in fields relevant to USAID Foreign Service. Fellows participate in two summer internships, one in Washington D.C. and another overseas with a USAID mission. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
    • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
      • The US Department of State’s Pickering Fellowship awards $42,000 annually for graduate study in fields relevant to the U.S. Foreign Service. Fellows participate in two summer internships, one in Washington D.C. working at the U.S. Department of State headquarters and another at an overseas placement in a U.S. embassy or consulate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
    • Truman Scholarship
      • The Truman Scholarship awards outstanding undergraduate student leaders with $30,000 for graduate study in fields relevant to public service. Only college juniors who are U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible to apply.
    • Udall Scholarship
      • The Udall Scholarship awards up to $7000 to sophomores and juniors committed to the environment or Native American healthcare/policy. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the environmental scholarship. Applicants for the Native American healthcare or policy awards must be members of an American Indian or Alaskan Native tribe.
  • Non FIU-endorsed