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Opportunities for Undergraduates

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Purpose: The David L. Boren Foundation provides resources for undergraduate and graduate study. "It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security." For the Graduate Fellowship applications, applications must be submitted to the Student Fellowship Program office.

Eligibility: A U.S. citizen and enrolled in or applying to an accredited graduate program in the U.S.

Awards areas: The maximum stipend for graduate fellowships is $30,000. Awards are provided to add an international and language component to their graduate education through specialized area study, language study or language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Study Abroad Scholarships: visit SUNY Potsdam’s International Education office or the Financial Planning and Scholarships website.


Campus deadline: Varies by year. A campus nomination and interview are required.

Gilman International Scholarship

Purpose: Offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia, although programs in these countries are also considered. The Gilman Scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, with diverse ethnic backgrounds, with disabilities, and of nontraditional age.

Eligibility: Undergraduates who are receiving a federal Pell grant funding are eligible to apply. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a (fall and/or spring) study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Students must also propose a Follow-on project to promote International Education after the return from their study abroad experience.

Award areas: All, up to $5000 for study abroad. Critical need languages may receive up to an additional $3000 (Arabic, Chinese, Turkic, Indic, Persian, Korean, and Russian).


Campus Deadline: The Fall deadline for spring programs early October (for the following year’s award). For a Gilman application, visit SUNY Potsdam’s International Education office.

Application: Online at

Goldwater Scholarship

Purpose: To foster and encourage excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, and to protect U.S. leadership in science and technology by educating and training new generations equipped to meet ever-increasing challenges. Goldwater Scholars are expected to have a strong commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, to display intellectual intensity in science, mathematics, or engineering, and to have the potential for a significant future contribution in their chosen field.

Strong candidates for the Goldwater Scholarship will have participated in a research opportunity (which may be ongoing at the time of application) or can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of an issue related to their field of interest. The student will have significant involvement in science-related organizations and accomplishments outside the classroom.

Eligibility: Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior, and in the top 25% of the class. Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or a U.S. national. See the web site for more details.

Award areas: Mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Up to $15,000 to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board.


Campus Deadline: A completed application and all letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Student Fellowship Program Director by early October (for the following year’s award). A campus nomination is required.

Application: Online at

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Purpose: The Morris K. Udall Foundation is dedicated to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through studies in the environment and Native American health and tribal public policy. The Udall Foundation is also committed to promoting the principles and practices of environmental conflict resolution.

Eligibility: Applicants must be college sophomores or juniors pursuing a bachelor's degree, have a "B" average, and be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident. The award amount is for up to $5000 in tuition, room and board or other education related expenses. Udall Scholars are required to attend a four-day orientation in Tucson, Arizona.

Award Areas: Environmental Studies and related fields, such as policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future leaders in the areas of Native-American Healthcare, and Tribal Public Policy.


Campus deadline: Varies by year. A campus nomination and interview is required.

Application: Materials can be downloaded online

Study Abroad Scholarships

Visit SUNY Potsdam’s International Education office website for scholarship opportunities open to undergraduate students planning to study abroad.