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Opportunities for Undergraduates

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

Application Instructions

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is designed to attract outstanding students into careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to students who are sophomores or juniors during the current academic year and who have excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in and potential for careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Goldwater Scholars intend to pursue higher education and a career in the STEM fields. Nearly all recent Goldwater recipients intend to obtain a Ph.D.

The scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year.

Note: The Goldwater scholarship is intended for students planning careers in research (Ph.D.), rather than careers as practicing medical physicians.


On average, ~ 200-215 scholarships are awarded annually out of a pool of ~ 1,100-1300 applicants (~ 15-20 % success rate). However, due to a partnership with the National Defense Education Programs, the number of awarded Goldwater scholarships has increased this 2019/2020 to almost 500 college students from across the United States (~ 40% success rate).
Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science.


To be considered for nomination, a student must:

  • be a current sophomore or junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis.
  • have an average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • have a demonstrated interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.


SUNY Potsdam may nominate up to four students to compete for this national scholarship. Students with a strong academic and research background are encouraged to apply. A faculty selection committee will identify the nominees whose applications are most likely to fare well in the national competition.

Application Timeline

First Tuesday in September: Barry Goldwater Scholarship application available online
Mid-November: SUNY Potsdam internal deadline for nominations
Late November: SUNY Potsdam committee meeting (review of and nominee selection)
Last Friday in January (Goldwater deadline at 5:00 p.m; Goldwater nominations are uploaded by Campus Representative)
Last Friday in March: Goldwater Scholarships and Honorable Mentions announced.

How to Apply

October and November, 2019

  1. Visit the Barry Goldwater Scholarship website to register and read the website’s scholarship information and nomination procedure:
  2. Complete a Student Profile and Pre-Application
  3. Complete the Online Goldwater Application
  4. Goldwater Campus Representative (GCR) uploads the application on line.

Note: students are highly encouraged to work with their research mentor to prepare a 2-page research proposal, fill out a Student Profile and Goldwater Scholarship Pre-Application. For any questions, please contact your Goldwater Campus Representative (Dr. Fadi Bou-Abdallah 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