Welcome to ONSF!
The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships is an office at the University of Michigan that recruits and prepares U-M undergraduates, graduate and professional students and recent alums for major national scholarship and fellowship competitions. Read about our Mission Statement.
We work with students from every school and college at U-M.
Here you will find a number of opportunities for external funding. Some of these provide financial support for degree-based programs.
We have listed these under the “Scholarships” tab. Many of the opportunities that you find there are for postgraduate study, such as the Rhodes Scholarship which provides full support for 2-3 years of study at the University of Oxford. A few, however, such as the Goldwater, Astronaut, and Udall Scholarships provide money for junior or senior year.
Other programs provide support for postgraduate experiential programs that do not result in a degree. We have listed these in the “Fellowships” tab. Examples include U-M’s Wallenberg Fellowship, which provides $25,000 to a graduating senior each year to complete a self-designed fellowship year anywhere in the world.
Finally, you’ll find a number of funded summer programs including opportunities for language study and STEM research. These programs can also provide valuable building blocks for later scholarship and fellowship applications.
Opportunities by Academic Year:
Explore the various programs below arranged by eligible academic year. This is NOT a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point and a way to begin taking advantage of all ONSF has to offer. Enjoy!
First or Second Year Students
If you are a 1st or 2nd year student, you’re in the planning stages. You might want to use some of our resources such as the “Heroes and Mentors” blog post to think about what you want to do in the future.
Think about how various parts of your U-M education - not just your curriculum, but also your co-curriculars like research, leadership activities, volunteering, internships, and global experiences - are preparing you for those future plans.
It may be helpful to “look down the field” at some scholarships and fellowships you might apply for in junior or senior year.
- What are the selection criteria?
- What would you want to say about your academics, leadership, and service activities at that point?
Look at the Summer Opportunities tab, including Funded Summer Research, and think about how some of these opportunities might provide building blocks or “prototype activities” for your future plans and applications.
Finally, look at the STEM Research Career Award and Udall Scholarships which are open to sophomores as well as juniors. Even if you don’t win in sophomore year, completing an application may help you prepare to be more competitive in junior year.
If you’re a rising junior, you should consider applying for one of the following scholarships. They are not only valuable experiences in themselves, but will also help you plan and prepare for applications in your senior year.
If you’re interested in public service careers:
Look at the Truman and Udall Scholarships. “Public service” can be construed either narrowly as working for local, state, or federal government; or broadly as working for the public good in any field.
- The Truman Scholarship for students who want to pursue public service careers in any field.
- The Udall Scholarship is for any students who want to pursue careers related to sustainability and the environment; or for students with Native American heritage who want to work in tribal policy or healthcare.
If you’re interested in STEM research careers:
You should look at the U-M STEM Research Career Award.
- We use the U-M STEM RCA application to select a recipient for the U-M award as well as our nominees for the Goldwater and Astronaut Scholarships. Note, these are for career researchers (PhDs and MD-PhDs) rather than for practitioners (MD, MPH, and engineering master’s students).
If you’re interested in humanities or social science research careers:
Look at the Beinecke Scholarship.
- This is the humanities and social science research equivalent of the Goldwater. Highly-motivated humanities and social science researchers are encouraged to apply! Note: To be eligible, you must qualify for need-based financial aid.
If you’re a rising senior, you can look at the postgraduate scholarships and fellowships. ONSF works closely with most of the scholarships on our website, especially those that require university endorsement in order to apply. We only work with a select number of fellowships. Many other options are listed to help you fill out an appropriately diversified “portfolio” of postgraduate options.
If you’re interested in graduate study in the UK or Europe:
- Look at the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge, Churchill, Mitchell, Michel David-Weill, Fulbright study awards, and Roger M. Jones Fellowship (Engineering students only).
- Contact ONSF to be added to our UK Scholarship Prep Canvas site.
If you’re interested in China or Asia:
- Look at the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Yenching Academy, Luce Fellowship, Princeton in Asia, and Fulbright.
If you’re interested in STEM research:
- Look at the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, NIH OxCam, NIH Postbacc Intramural Research Training Award, and Churchill Scholarship.
If you’re considering applying to Stanford for graduate or professional school:
- Look at the Knight Hennessy Scholarship.
If you want to teach internationally or domestically:
- Look at the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships, Princeton in Asia, CityYear, and many more teaching fellowships.
If you’re interested in international travel or service:
- Look at the Bonderman Travel Fellowship (LSA only), Peace Corps, Princeton in Asia, Africa or Latin America.
- Check out the Global Scholarships and International Programs pages for more programs!
If you want to design your own fellowship year anywhere in the world:
- Look at U-M’s unique Wallenberg Fellowship that offers $25,000 for a self-designed, humanitarian focused and immersive year-long experience.
There are many more postgraduate opportunities that we haven’t listed above!
You should aim for a good mix of highly competitive programs, moderately competitive programs, and at least one or two safety options. These do not need to all be national scholarships and fellowships, but may also include postgraduate employment opportunities and/or graduate and professional school applications. Note also that not all of these opportunities are administered by ONSF. However, our ONSF pages will direct you to the correct U-M office for more information.
If you’re a graduating senior, many of the options above are still open to you!
ONSF works with programs in nearly every post-graduate capacity whether you're looking for a service opportunity, public policy internship or graduate degree.
ONSF Four Year Plan
Take a look at what ONSF has to offer, spend a little time asking yourself, “Where do I want to go in the future? What do I want to do? And what do I need to prepare myself to get there?”
Then make an advising appointment with Henry Dyson, Director of ONSF, to talk more specifically about your future plans and how ONSF opportunities might play a role.