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Upcoming opportunities in September and beyond

OSD Tea: Mon, Sep 9, 7.30-9am
Get FREE donuts, FREE tea, and a FREE chat with Ms. Kirby-Stokes to set-up your appointment to discuss all the great scholarships you will be able to apply for this academic year. The event will be held in the breezeway between the Honors Building and the Honors Annex.

Day of Workshops: Thu, Sep 12
Held in Helm 100, within the Chinese Learning Center, “Day of Workshops” provides an opportunity for students to quickly learn about the programs and application processes while interacting with WKU’s fellowship advisors. The schedule of “Day of Workshops” was devised to address scholarships with upcoming deadlines and fit the schedules of the many successful students of the university who are taking numerous courses and are involved many extra-curricular activities. It is not necessary to stay for the entire event; each 15-minute session provides a full discussion of the topic at hand.

Rotating 15-minute workshops will be held from 9-4

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program – at the top of the hour
  • Summer research opportunities in the sciences – on the 15s
  • Postgraduate international service fellowships – at the halves
  • Opportunities for Critical Language study abroad – at 45 minutes past

Lifetime Experience (LTE) Grants
The Lifetime Experience Grant program is open to students in all majors across all campuses. It is designed to help students become more competitive for national scholarships by supporting life-changing opportunities to engage in research, international study, creative activities, student-led engagement efforts, or other scholarly activities. Students may apply for up to $3,000. Applicants wishing to use the funds for Winter or Spring 2013 must apply by November 1, 2013. Updated applications will be available after September 15.

International Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving a Pell grant to pursue academic studies or internships abroad on programs that are 28 days or longer. Students apply in the semester before they wish to study abroad. Applications for students planning to study abroad in spring are due on October 1. Applications for summer or fall study abroad funding are due March 1.

Critical Language Scholarships provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction in Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Hindi, and other critical languages for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Applications are due November 15.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards grants in nearly all fields and disciplines for recent graduates to spend a full year abroad, conducting research, teaching English, or engaging in a wide range of academic activities. Benefits for Study/Research and English Teaching Assistantships include round-trip transportation to the host country; maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; and limited health benefits. Students should begin the application process in March of their junior year.

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes are special summer programs for first and second year college students (US citizens) to spend four to six weeks studying at UK universities and participating in cultural enrichment activities. The program covers round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university, accommodation and meals and a small daily allowance. Students should begin the application process in January.

NSEP/Boren Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in language acquisition and issues concerning national security, broadly defined. This scholarship provides up to $10,000 for one semester and $20,000 for an academic year. Study abroad must be in a country that is critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The internal deadline for the Boren Scholarship is December 6.

Public Service

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields who have demonstrated leadership and service as undergraduates. Students must be U.S. citizens and college juniors at the time of selection. The internal deadline for the Truman Scholarship is November 1.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses for students seeking further education in fields related to the environment or tribal policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and college sophomores or juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment or who are Native Americans and Alaska Natives who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or careers related to Native health care. The internal deadline for the Udall Scholarship is November 15.

Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology

The Goldwater Scholarship, for sophomore- and junior-level science, mathematics, and engineering students, provides up to $7,500 for tuition, fees, books, and/or room and board. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The internal deadline for the Goldwater Scholarship is the first day of winter term each year.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides a $32,000 annual stipend for up to three years of research-based graduate study at any accredited U.S. academic institution. U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are graduating seniors or early-stage graduate students may apply. Funding is available for the following fields: chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, psychology, and social science fields are eligible to apply. Deadlines are field specific, but all are in November.

The Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship pays for tuition and education-related fees and provides a stipend of $25,000 – $41,000, depending on prior educational experience, paid summer internships, a health insurance reimbursement allowance, and employment after graduation in a government lab. Undergraduate and graduate students in the STEM fields are eligible to apply. Applications are due on December 16, 2013.

(Source: OSD)

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