External Scholarships and Fellowships

For information about the following scholarships, contact:

Laure Pengelly Drake
Coordinator for Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising
(406) 243-6140; LA144


Our Application Writing Workshop series will help you with applications for graduate/professional school, scholarships, and more. Click here for the schedule.


Graduate Students: For graduate scholarships (see databases above), students should begin working on their application at least a year before the applications are due, which could be as early as late September for graduate school the following fall. The qualifications vary, but all require excellent academic, service, and leadership records. One test is that applicants should be strong candidates for top graduate programs in the US.



Click here to read about the achievements of some of UM's outstanding scholarship students.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a national freshman honor society for students who have achieved a 3.5 or above cumulative grade point average during freshman year. The society offers many scholarships and leadership opportunities to members.
Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is a national honor society for juniors and seniors. Members and nonmembers with a 3.75 GPA may apply for a study abroad scholarship. Only active dues-paying members may apply for the fellowship for graduate and professional school and for the Love of Learning Award for post-baccalaureate study. Members may also apply for a Literacy Grant.
The Goldwater Scholarship Foundation awards up to $7,500 per year to outstanding sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue careers in math, science or engineering.  UM deadline:  Usually early October.
The Udall Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue careers in an environmental field, or are Native Americans or Native Alaskans who plan to pursue careers in health care or tribal policy.  UM has the highest total number of Udall Scholars in the nation. UM deadline: Usually the end of November.

Graduate Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship awards graduate study at Cambridge. The application for the scholarship is tied to the application for study at Cambridge.
The Marshall Scholarship awards up to two years of graduate study at any British university.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship awards one year of graduate study in any discipline at an institution of higher learning in Ireland.

The Rhodes Scholarship awards outstanding seniors and recent graduates up to two years of study at the University of Oxford. 
Apply as a junior for a Truman Scholarship for graduate school. The Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to juniors with one year of undergraduate education remaining who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service (up to $15,000 for the first year of graduate study and up to $15,000 for the final year of graduate study).  UM deadline for selection to apply:  Usually the beginning of November.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides a number of types of grant funding for Dental School students. Click here to read more about these oppurtunities.
This fellowship will award up to $24,000 to students planning to pursue “master’s degree level graduate study of the framing and history of the U. S. Constitution.”  College seniors and graduates who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and/or social studies are eligible for this scholarship.  UM deadline for assistance: Early February.