From: James Duban, Director
Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Dear UNT Students (Undergraduate and Graduate):

Many nationally competitive scholarships can help fund your educations and bring added distinction to you, your résumés, and UNT. Thanks to the Internet and to the sharing of websites, highly advanced search engines are at your disposal. Still, finding an opportunity is just the beginning.

The UNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships stands ready to work with you and your faculty mentors by offering feedback on style, tone, and organization on any essay you plan to submit for competition. You will enhance your writing skills and arrive at a better sense of your future plans and commitments. Moreover, undergraduates will find that they can adapt national-scholarship narratives to graduate-school admissions essays, with better chances of garnering internal fellowship support. Graduate students, in turn, end up transforming their scholarship proposals into the theoretical introductions to their master's theses or doctoral dissertations. Stated otherwise, the process of applying for a nationally competitive scholarship is a "no lose" scenario, relative to the writing you will undertake and refine.

Here's how to proceed in a way that will let you know what's "out there," and how my office can assist you in this process. You can start by visiting the home page of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors to see some of the higher-profile opportunities. There are, however, many more external scholarships and fellowships than these, and here's a quick way of accessing those through multiple Internet sites. (While you are at liberty to visit these sites, including those of other universities, kindly address any questions you have about these awards to me, at Other universities must attend to their own students.) This search may well take several days; don't let that deter you. In days before the Internet, the search would have taken several months or years.

  1. Visit my home page ( for an overview of high-profile scholarships.
  2. Graduate students should start with Both graduate students and undergraduates should then consult
  3. The following website (U. Maryland) allows you to search by multiple categories, with hypertext links to the scholarship sponsors: Regardless of what is on the right side of the screen, click on the categories to the left, and then click on the optimal sub-category. Study those opportunities, scholarship-by-scholarship, before moving on to any of the sites below. If you try to do too much at once, the search will appear overwhelming./li>
  4. Then visit
    a. Search by field of study, etc., clicking on the hypertext of each fellowship
    b. Click on each hypertext to view a description of the award, the amount of award, and deadlines.
    c. Copy the title of the award
    d. Paste the title into a Google that title to obtain application forms or upload instructions.
    e. If applicable, also search, in the category box, for scholarships for "International Students," "Scholarships for Women" --or "Scholarships for Minorities."
  5. For more scholarships for women and minorities, please check: (awards for women in science)

    An additional resource for International Students is the following:

    Visit, as well, the following links, where you can search for opportunities under multiple categories:

    Kansas State
    U. Arkansas
    Yale University:
    U. Illinois, Chicago
    Notre Dame:
    Smith College:
    North Dakota:
    Michigan State Univ.:

  6. . Note, as well (on my web page, the link "UNT Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources." It will lead you to numerous hard-copy and many more Internet library resources that will prove helpful in searching for scholarships.

  7. For graduate students applying for a highly specific grant (to fund a special project) rather than for a general scholarship or fellowship: SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network):
    COS Funding Opportunities - Grants, fellowships, prizes, and other types of funding in multiple disciplines

    For assistance with either of these two grant sites, please contact Ms. Jo Monahan, UNT Reference Librarian: Matthews Hall, room 119B. 940/565-3955. Please enter door by the elevator. (Please call in advance for an appointment.)

  8. Make sure, as well, to check out the following:

  9. For graduate students in psychology:

  10. For students in political science:

  11. For study-abroad scholarships:

  12. For graduate study in Germany:

  13. For specifically Japanese study, in context:
    (the last being for engineering study and research).

    Also, to the future, if he decides to enroll in a grad program, the NSF has their East Asian and Pacific Summer Institutes, through which he can apply to go to Japan for engineering study and research.

  14. For international research fellowships:

  15. For students interested in public policy (Google the following):

    Truman Scholarship
    Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
    Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
    Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
    Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program
    Payne International Development Fellowship
    The Autry Fellowship Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
    Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
    Humanity in Action Internship
    Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service
    Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

  16. For students who have excelled in sports and now intend to attend graduate school:

  17. Data preservation for medieval studies:

  18. For PForaid Summer Internships/Fellowships in the STEM disciplines (cut and paste the following into your internet search): Research Opportunity&ft=&submit=y&dhub=SummerResearch_Summer Research Opportunity

  19. For other internet possibilities: (click on the "Undergrad Students" box; choose "internship" and "summer term" from drop-down boxes).

If you access UNT sites off campus, you will need to use your EUID. If you have any problems with this procedure, please contact Ms. Jo Monahan at the Willis Library Reserve Desk.


I look forward to working with you on these opportunities.

As publicized in my prior Eagle Connect messages, several scholarships require UNT endorsement. To compete for those opportunities, UNT students must complete the application in hard copy and secure hard-copy letters of recommendation before uploading anything online. Students who bypass the hard-copy submission deadlines (for the seven scholarships below) will forego UNT nomination. If you plan to complete for any of the following scholarships, you must, by the specified campus-level deadline (below), deliver all application materials to me, in hard copy. Please arrange an appointment by emailing Please do not begin working on these applications unless we have met in advance to discuss your eligibility (nearly all require 3.8-4.0 GPA, along with extensive records of research and leadership):


Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships: August 6 (;;

Goldwater Scholarship: October 6 (

Truman Scholarship: Nov. 15 (

Morris K. Udall Scholarship: January 18 (

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship in the Arts and Creative Writing: January 18

Please let me know which scholarships you deem appropriate for you. When you send an email to me, kindly place the name of the scholarship at the front of the "subject" line, with the added words, "will apply, need feedback." For example, your subject line might read as follows: "Rotary Scholarship, will apply."

I look forward to working with you on these opportunities.


James Duban
Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships