Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships

USC Academic Honors and Fellowships supports applicants for the following competitive national and international scholarships and fellowships.



















Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major.

Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences (Ph.D. or terminal degree such as MFA).

Boren Scholarship for International Study

Boren Scholarships for International Study, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship provides tuition and funding for 14 students each year toward graduate work in engineering, mathematics and the physical and natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program*

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program*

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides full funding for an academic year of research, english teaching, or internship abroad in over 140 countries for graduating seniors, graduate students and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is for one year of study as an affiliated student or graduate student at the University of Cambridge. The foundation seeks students to support intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go.

Goldwater Scholarship

Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to outstanding undergraduates who are studying mathematics, natural sciences or engineering and who intend to pursue a research career.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will identify a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford University.

Luce Scholarship*

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to develop a new level of understanding of Asia among future leaders of American society. The program is aimed at students with varied academic backgrounds who demonstrate leadership and have had no prior experience in Asian affairs. The scholarship funds a one-year internship placement in the following countries in East, Southeast and South Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarships are available for one or two years of graduate study in most universities in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland). Desired qualities are demonstrated social concern and evidence that a candidate will be a leader both within his or her profession and within the broader community.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The George Mitchell Scholarship is a competitive program for individuals wishing to pursue one year of study at one of nine institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Desired qualities are demonstrated academic distinction, leadership activity, unselfish service to others, and extra-curricular activity, including potential for future leadership and contribution to society.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship brings students from eighteen countries and five continents to the University of Oxford in England. Study is funded for a one- two- or three-year period. The most important desired quality of a Rhodes Scholar is excellence in the overall academic record, complemented by qualities of leadership, writing ability, social concern, and athletic activity.

Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholars Scholarship is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give the best and brightest young leaders from around the world the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is a competitive and prestigious program for individuals pursuing careers in public service.

Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

*These programs also welcome applications from recent alumni and/or graduate students.

Beyond this list of opportunities supported by USC AHF, many more competitive scholarships and fellowships are available.

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