MSU National / International Fellowships and Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Michigan State University students have successfully competed for the most prestigious national and international fellowships and scholarships. The National/International Fellowship & Scholarship (NIFS) office helps interested students (graduate and undergraduate) to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the fellowship application process for over 20 competitive awards, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Beinecke, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Boren, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall competition.  

What is a national or international fellowship or scholarship?

These prestigious awards are offered by international organizations and governmental entities to be used for advancing a student's studies - either for research or graduate education; they are among the most well-known and most lucrative awards available to students. They are also the most competitive and are national or international in scope. Winning one of these awards marks you with a stamp of excellence that can open doors in the future. Some of these awards require nomination by the university and do not accept applications directly from students.

Why compete for a major national/international fellowship or scholarship?

Applying for a fellowship is a time-consuming, demanding process. But, the rewards of applying are numerous. First, it is an opportunity to learn about yourself and formulate your personal vision and your plans for the future (education and career). You will also learn to write the kinds of essays you will be writing for future graduate school, scholarship, or job applications. The process also will encourage you to develop professional relationships with your faculty mentors - the better they know you, the better your letters from them will be! Finally, and most importantly, someone will win these awards – awards that provide funding for undergraduate and graduate education and recognition at a national or international level that may open doors in your future – why not you?

NIFS is committed to helping you produce a competitive application while providing exceptional opportunities for learning and personal development.

Interested in applying for one of these awards?

You should contact your faculty mentors, as well as the directors of NIFS at  The NIFS office is open weekdays and is located at 186 Bessey Hall. Or the office can be reached at 517-884-7650.


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