Fellowships and Scholarships

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Each year, Boston University students apply for a number of prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. These fellowships may provide funding for portions of undergraduate study, for graduate study, or even for travel and/or independent research not tied to a specific academic program.

The Office of the Provost provides information, outreach, and support to high-achieving Boston University students who may be candidates for these nationally competitive scholarships.  Opportunities requiring the University’s endorsement, such as the Rhodes, British Marshall, George Mitchell, Fulbright, DAAD, Luce, Merage, Carnegie Jr. Fellows, Goldwater, Truman, Madison, and Udall scholarships and fellowships are supported and vetted through this office. We also provide advice to students applying for prestigious competitions that do not require institutional nomination such as the Gates Cambridge and others.


Spotlight Opportunities:

The NLC Menino Fellowship provides one Boston University undergraduate student – especially rising juniors – with the opportunity to explore an interest in public service, city-level programs and policies, and municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth, and families through an on-campus Directed Study and semester-long paid internship in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the National League of Cities. Fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $300-325 per week, depending on hours worked. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2015.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships The applications for the 2016-2017 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.


For Boston University students and alumni:

General queries can be sent to: bufellow@bu.edu

For those scholarships requiring official institutional nomination, an initial application must be submitted to Director of National and International Scholarships Diane Flynn by an internal deadline that may be several months before the external deadline. Applicants will generally be interviewed in order for the Provost’s Office to prepare the letter of nomination, or in case the number of nominees is limited, as part of the internal selection process. The Director can also be contacted for advice on competitions that do not require institutional nomination.

Many other opportunities exist and may be available through Deans’ offices, department offices, and the Office of Financial Assistance.

Undergraduate research opportunities are announced by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

For Boston University Faculty:

Faculty opportunities are announced through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For Incoming or Prospective Students:

Boston University’s Office of Financial Assistance or your department of study can provide advice.