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Major Fellowships

This page contains a list of fellowships and scholarships available to UMass Lowell students – both undergraduate and graduate. The major, nationwide awards are listed first and are followed by others that are often more specific in nature.

UMass Lowell Fellowship Coordinator 

An enormous amount of funding is available to students these days and we hope you will take the time to apply for one of these awards. And you can apply for more than one if you want to!

Why Apply?

If you are awarded a Fellowship or Scholarship in addition to funding your education you have a prestigious experience that will help with career and graduate school applications. You will gain access to an extended network of peers and past recipients. The application process also develops valuable skills applicable to grant writing and project management. Scholarships and Fellowships provide essential funds for your education that, unlike student loans, you do not need to pay back. Most Scholarships and Fellowships are tax-exempt as well.While the application process is lengthy-budget at least two months to gather your references and transcript materials and to craft your personal statements and application essays, the experience is enriching and the result is worthwhile. We hope you consider applying for these opportunities!

UMass Lowell has an official Fellowship Coordinator, Rachel Mansfield, who is available to:

  • Help you find the scholarship that best fits your academic interests;
  • Make sure you satisfy the requirements for the award that interests you – before you apply;
  • Initiate the application, if necessary – some awards require a nomination by a student’s university;
  • Keep you informed about the application materials you need to collect and the deadlines by which all of your materials must be submitted;
  • Provide help with your personal statements or project proposals and proofread your materials – before you submit them!

Having someone with expertise to talk with about these funding opportunities often clarifies the application process and helps you think through the best way to approach your personal statement. Rachel’s contact info is below, so feel free to email or call to make an appointment with her.

Rachel Mansfield, Ph.D.
UMass Lowell Fellowship Coordinator
O’Leary Library 333A

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program, established in 1999, is a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

  1. Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.
  2. Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented.
  3. Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
  4. Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the Nation and finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Marshall Scholarships

Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a nationally competitive award for U.S. citizens sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell Scholarship is designed to introduce and connect future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to public service.

Rhodes Scholars

Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen 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 or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors.

Truman Scholarship Program

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.

Fellowships below fund study abroad experiences for Pell Grant recipients only

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

TheGilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.