Distinguished Scholarships

Distinguished scholarships are nationally competitive and prestigious awards; some support undergraduate students studying abroad, while others support graduating seniors and graduate students pursuing international study or research.

A good application for a distinguished scholarship often requires planning, multiple drafts, and consultation with advisors. The work is definitely worth it. Distinguished scholarships are robust awards and they represent a significant accomplishment for recipients. Note: most distinguished scholarships require US citizenship.  


Got Questions?
Want to learn more about distinguished scholarships?
Luis Ruiz, Assistant Director for Student Success and Analytics, and Holly Lakey, Assistant Director, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies 
will be available on from 4-5:30pm every Monday on Microsoft Teams via dsinfo@uoregon.edu
Walk-ins welcome, or email lruiz1@uoregon.edu or lakey@uoregon.edu to set up an appointment.



Distinguished Scholarships for Studying Abroad

Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards of up to $5000 for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship is available to students who are currently receiving the Pell Grant as part of their Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The Gilman scholarships also embraces diversity and encourages students to participate in study abroad programs that are connected to their academic/career goals and to consider traveling to non-traditional locations.  

Boren Scholarship
NSEP Boren scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students interested in studying abroad to learn a critical language through immersion. Preference is given to those studying in world regions that are important to US interests. Applicants must be US citizens and selection is based on academic merit. The maximum award amount is $8,000 for summer, $10,000 for one semester, and $20,000 for a full academic year. Award recipients must fulfill a service requirement upon graduation, working for selected federal departments and agencies.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The FEA is committed to diversifying education abroad and will award scholarships each in amounts ranging $1,500 - $10,000 for participation in study abroad programs. Preference is given to underrepresented students in education abroad with demonstrated financial need who are applying to study abroad programs known for their academic rigor and immersion elements, sustainable service-learning or volunteering component, non-traditional destination, and who are studying the language of the host country (not English).

DAAD RISE Scholarship
RISE Germany is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering and computer science. RISE Germany offers unique opportunities for bachelor degree students to work with graduate students at German universities for a period of two to three months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students who serve as their mentors in collaborative research projects.


For assistance for undergraduate study abroad scholarships like Gilman, Boren, FEA, and DAAD, contact geoinfo@uoregon.edu or Luis Ruiz. You can also schedule an advising appointment by calling (541) 346 3207.  



Distinguished Scholarships for Graduating Seniors and/or Graduate Students


The US Student Fulbright program promotes mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. Fulbright offers opportunities for students and young professionals to pursue international graduate study, advanced research, creative arts, and teaching English. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Alumni are eligible to apply through the UO unless they have subsequently matriculated at another US university.

Boren Graduate Fellowship
The Boren Fellowship provides unique funding opportunities for graduate students to add an important international and language component to their research and/or professional development. These awards can support international research, internships, and language study for graduate students. Boren awards focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study critical to US interests.

DAAD Graduate Scholarships
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships to highly qualified graduate students and PhD candidates for study and/or research at universities or institutes in Germany. These scholarships provide funds for ten months. In general, student applicants must be US citizens enrolled full-time in a degree program. Foreign nationals may be able to apply if they have been full-time graduate students at the UO for more than one academic year at the time of application. Available for students in all fields except medicine.


For assistance for with Fulbright, Boren Fellowships, and DAAD Graduate Scholarships, contact Luis Ruiz or Holly Lakey. You can also schedule an advising appointment by calling (541) 346 3207.



Distinguished Scholarships in Specific Areas, Research or Interests

Critical Language Scholarships
The CLS Program is a program of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Note: this is not a scholarship that can be used for a study abroad program of your choice. Instead, the CLS is a full-funded and fully defined language program itself.    

Schwarzman Scholars
This is a fully funded, one-year master’s program, at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare students for global leadership roles. Students live and study together on the Schwarzman College campus where they spend a year immersed in an international community of innovators and leaders in business, politics and society. The program is taught entirely in English and is ideal for students interested in public policy, business and economics and international studies.

Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the US Department of State. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically under-represented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the US Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge, and understanding about US foreign policy.

Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring, and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Up to 12 Mitchell scholars who may be seniors, alumni, and graduate students no older than 30, are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Award covers tuition, housing, a $12,000 living expenses stipend, and international travel.

Rhodes is one of the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as recipients not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the UK  

Gates Cambridge
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate's academic excellence, a good fit between the scholar and the university, evidence of leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. The scholarship allows the scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers, and decision-makers in their own countries, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. Each scholarship is held for two years. Award covers university fees, tuition, books, a thesis grant, research, and daily travel, plus fares to and from the United States.


For all other distinguished scholarships listed above, contact Kevin Hatfield and the Office of Distinguished Scholarships at dsinfo@uoregon.edu.