National Scholarships

Welcome to our National Scholarship database.  The prestigious national and international scholarships featured on this page have rigorous and highly competitive application processes.  More than simply providing financial support, national scholarships can open up doors to a variety of academic, career, and research opportunities.  They also require UCSB campus endorsement, a process which is coordinated by our office at UCSB.

See the individual scholarship pages below for details, and the Scholarships & Awards page for additional info.  Students may contact scholarships@ltsc.ucsb.edu with questions or to make an appointment to discuss their interest in a specific national scholarship.

Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Goldwater Scholarship supports developing science, mathematics, and engineering students who demonstrate exemplary academics and potential in research.

Eligibility: Sophmores or Juniors; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; GPA 3.8 or higher; mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering

Award amount: $7,500 annually

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Beinecke Scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students with a demonstrated history of financial need-based support who plan to pursue graduate school opportunities in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Eligibility: Juniors; U.S. citizens; plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanties, or social sciences; documented history of receiving need-based financial aid; GPA of 3.7 or higher

Award amount: $4,000 immediately and additional $30,000 for attending graduate school

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Junior
Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Boren Scholarship provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students with an interest in national security careers to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; U.S. citizens;  all majors; plan to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national security; interest in national security career

Award amount: up to $20,000 depending on duration of study abroad program

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Estimated annual campus deadline: Early December

The Junior Fellows Program is designed to provide a substantive work experience in the form of one-year fellowships for uniquely qualified students who are graduating or have recently graduated and who possess a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

Eligibility: Seniors or students who have graduated within the past academic year; serious career interest in international affairs; significant amount of course work completed related to the student's disciplines of interest; permission to work in the United States for a full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation.  

Award: Up to $38,000 and benefits.

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Monday, September 25, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Late September

The Churchill Scholarships offers outstanding American students the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or science at Churchill College, the University of Cambridge.

Eligibility: Seniors or students who have graduated within the past academic year in mathematics, engineering, or sciences; U.S. citizens and nationals; GPA 3.7 or higher; must have attained a BA upon taking up the scholarship, and not have received a doctorate

Award: Up to $50,000 to pursue graduate study at University of Cambridge.

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-January

The Strauss Scholarship Foundation supports college students interested in public service, providing funds to use toward the expenses for a public service project during their senior years.

Eligibility: Sophmores or Juniors with 1-2 years before graduating; strong commitment to public service; GPA in the upper 1/3 of the class 

Award: $10,000 to support public service projects

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
Campus Deadline:
Monday, August 21, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-August

The Mitchell Scholarship Program selects exceptional undergraduates for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Eligibility: Seniors or recent graduates; U.S. citizens between the age of 18 and 30; must be interested in graduate-level studies in Ireland.

Award amount: $11,000 plus tuition and room

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-December

The Truman Scholarship supports exceptional junior standing students who will attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service.

Eligibility: Juniors; U.S. citizens or nationals; GPA 3.5 or higher; committed to public service careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors

Award amount: up to $30,000 for graduate study

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Junior
Campus Deadline:
Monday, August 21, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-August

The Marshall Scholarship offers intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to attend graduate school for two years in any discipline in the United Kingdom, while being introduced to the British way of life and British social and academic values.

Eligibility: Seniors or students who have recently graduated; U.S. citizens; GPA 3.7 or higher; have not studied for or earned a degree or qualification from a British University, GCSE, or A-Levels taken at a school in the UK.

Award: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Early February

The Udall Scholarship provides financial support to sophomores and juniors who either have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment or are Native Americans or Alaska Natives interested in fields related to Native health care or tribal public policy, and who show, through their areas of study and public service activities, a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions in their fields.

Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors who either 1) have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or 2) are Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to Native health care or tribal public policy; GPA of 3.0 or above.

Award amount: up to $5,000 for educational expenses

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

Campus Deadline:
N/A

Estimated annual campus deadline: Late April

Awarded to an upper-division student, preferably a graduating senior in the social sciences, involved as a volunteer in community and/or campus-related activities who has written a course-related paper which applies learning theories to real-world contemporary issues.

Established by UCSB alumni, Louise and Stephen Pahl, the "Making a Difference" Award will be given at commencement to honor an upper-division student, preferably a graduating senior in the social sciences, who is involved as a volunteer in community and/or campus-related activities, and who has written a course-related paper which applies learning theories to real-world contemporary issues.

NOTE: This is a UCSB-run award.

UCSB campus application information

Website:
  • Junior
  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid-August

One of the most well-known and prestigious scholarships available, the Rhodes Scholarship funds two-or-three years of post-bachelor study at Oxford University in England, and seeks students who can demonstrate outstanding scholarly achievement, a commitment to others and to the common good, and the potential to be leaders in their chosen field.

Eligibily: Seniors or recent graduates under age 24; U.S. citizens; GPA 3.9 or higher; all majors

Award amount: all costs for one, two, or three years of study at the University of Oxford; maintenance allowance; travel and research grants

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Mid August

The Schwarzman Scholarship gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China.  Schwarzman Scholars will develop a greater understanding of China’s role in global trends while pursuing degrees in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies.

Eligibility: Seniors or recently graduated students; 18 to 29 years of age; bachelor's degree either completed or to be completed by start of Schwarzman program; English language proficiency; for institutional endorsement, have demonstrated academic excellence (3.80 GPA or above).

Award amount: tuition fees, room and board, program related travel and expenses

Campus nomination: required for currently enrolled students at UCSB. Not required for former students.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior
Campus Deadline:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Estimated annual campus deadline: Early November

The Yenching Academy enrolls students from both China and abroad, to study, live, and learn together at one of China’s top universities.  The scholarship supports a 12 month residential program for international students, and is aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators.

Eligibility: Seniors or students who will have their degree by the start of the program, who demonstrate an outstanding academic record (3.80 GPA or above for UCSB nomination), extracurricular achievement, and leadership potential, and who wish to study in China and explore the country and its surrounding cultures.

Award amount: tuition, accommodation, a round trip to and from home, medical insurance, living stipend to cover expenses at Peking University, costs related to field studies.

Campus nomination: required for all UCSB applicants, both current and former students.

UCSB campus application information

  • Senior