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The College of Natural Sciences offers assistance to students in identifying and applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship opportunities. This page is designed to help you begin your search for these prestigious awards. Listed below are nationally competitive awards that are relevant for students in the sciences, along with summary information for each award. Full details are available at the funding organization web sites.

Read all application instructions carefully. Many of these national scholarships and fellowships require a campus nomination or endorsement before student applications are forwarded to the final levels of competition. The campus deadlines are listed below, when applicable.

In the CNS Honors & Scholarships Office, we offer advising and workshops to help students prepare competitive applications. Meet with us at any point in your college career to learn about the steps you can take to prepare for these prestigious opportunities.

Please also be sure to visit the Office of Distinguished and Postgraduate Scholarships (ODPS).  ODPS is a newly created office offering support to high-achieving students interested in the types of scholarship and fellowships listed below. 

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) award is for outstanding students in the fields of engineering, mathematics and natural or applied sciences who have shown initiative, creativity and excellence.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have the intention of pursuing research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree.  Those intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for the Astronaut Scholarship.  However, students intending to perform biomedical research are eligible to apply.  Special consideration is not given to students majoring in aeronautical/astronautical engineering or those intending to pursue careers as astronauts.  A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition.  The Astronaut Scholarship is worth up to $15,000.

CNS students interested in applying must complete the CNS preliminary application processs.  Students can find more information about the preliminary application process used for the ASF 2021 application cycle here. Questions can be sent to scholarships@cns.utexas.edu.

College of Natural Sciences Deadline: February 26, 2021
Campus Deadline:  March 22, 2021
National Deadline:  March 29, 2021


Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship offers U.S. citizens of exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or sciences at the University of Cambridge, Churchill College. The scholarship covers all tuition and fees, and offers generous travel and living allowances. A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the Churchill Foundation.  Students should submit a draft of the official application and letters of recommendation to the CNS Scholarship Coordinator (scholarships@cns.utexas.edu), by the campus deadline listed below.  For more information about the Churchill Scholarship, please visit the Winston Churchill Foundation scholarship page.

Campus Deadline:  October 12, 2020
National Deadline:  November, 2, 2020


Fulbright Grants – Student Program

The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students aims to foster international cooperation in education, research and cultural exchange. The program supports a student’s work abroad for one academic year (typically nine months), and operates in more than 140 countries. Scholarships are available to support research and training in nearly all disciplines, including sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, professional fields, and performing and creative arts. There are also English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants that allow students to work with English teachers in a number of different countries. The program provides funds for travel to and from the host country, a stipend for living expenses, and some additional support. A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition.  Please the Texas Global - Fulbright for more information.

Campus Deadline:  September 4, 2020
National Deadline:  October 13, 2020

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly-competitive, full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Students apply directly to the funding organization. No UT Austin campus nomination is required. More information can be found here.

Application Deadline:  October 14, 2020 (for applicants who are both US citizens and normally resident in the United States)

Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition.

Information on the CNS preliminary application process for the Goldwater 2021 can be found here. Students should not complete the Pre-Application on the Goldwater site.  Only students officially nominated by CNS will be required to complete the Goldwater Pre-Application.  The Goldwater Pre-Application cannot serve as a substitute for CNS’ preliminary application and it will not be available to CNS during the nominee selection process.

College of Natural Sciences Deadline: October 30, 2020
Campus Deadline:  January 22, 2021
National Deadline:  January 29, 2021

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships support U.S. citizens of high ability for one or two years of graduate study in any discipline at a college or university in the United Kingdom. The scholarship aims to strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. The award covers educational costs, living expenses, and provides support for travel. The Marshall Scholarship seeks applicants with outstanding intellectual, personal and public service accomplishments. A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition.  Please see the Marshall Scholarship site for more information on this award.

Campus Deadline:  August 29, 2020
National Deadline:  September 25, 2020

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution they choose. Students apply directly to the NSF. No UT Austin campus nomination is required. Visit the NSF GRFP website for more information.

Deadline: October 19 - 22, 2020 (depending on discipline)

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. A Rhodes scholarship offers the opportunity to study at Oxford University for one or two years, with all tuition and fees paid and a living allowance provided. Intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be expected to demonstrate integrity of character, interest in and concern for others, leadership ability, and the energy to fully use their talents. A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition. Please visit the Rhodes website for more information about this award.

Campus Deadline: August 28, 2020
National Deadline: October 7, 2020

Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholarship provides full funding to pursue a one-year master's degree - Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Relations - at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  The University representative will write one of your letters of recommendation, so you will need to be in close touch.  The application will be open from April through September.  See the Schwarzman Scholarship website for more information.

Deadline: September 22, 2020

Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based scholarship awarded to undergraduate students who wish to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service at a leadership level. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Truman Scholarship has a service requirement. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds. A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition. More information about the Truman Scholarship can be found at their website.

Campus Deadline:  October 30, 2020
National Deadline:  February 2, 2021

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.  Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on policy issues in Indian Country or pursuing health-related careers, as well as undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues are strongly encouraged to apply.  The Udall Scholarship is worth up to $7,000.  A campus committee selects UT Austin’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition. Visit the Udall Scholarship website for more information about this award.

Campus Deadline: February 1, 2021
National Deadline:  March 2, 2021

University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence

The University of Texas at Austin, with the generous support of the University Co-op, recognizes up to seven UT undergraduates each Spring for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Three students receive awards of $2,000 each, three students receive awards of $5,000 each, and one student is awarded the grand prize of $20,000. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provides a concurrent award of half the value of each student's award to the academic department in which the scholarly work was supervised. Recipients are chosen by the Co-op Awards Selection Committee composed of University faculty. More information can be found on the Provost's website.