Office of National Scholarship Advisement

The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) assists eligible students in the pursuit of distinguished nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. We also assist students who wish to apply for certain University scholarships available to undergraduates.


To help you with your application, we will give you advice on application information, recommendations, study and research proposals, personal statements, curriculum vitae, and interviews. We recommend you begin by scanning the list of scholarships and then, if you are interested, please click here with instructions on how to send us an email.


Start exploring scholarships early in your college career! Preparing for these opportunities requires work well in advance of submission deadlines. Look for fellowships that match your interests and experience. Get started by checking out our Preparation Tips


Current UMass students, faculty, and staff can gain more detailed application information on the scholarship process by clicking here. Also, please follow us on Facebook to get announcements and information meetings throughout the year, and visit ONSA to tell us about yourself, your interests, and your vision for the future.


This brief summary chart displays the major scholarships for which we advise. Click on the scholarship link to find out more details about the scholarship, including the amount of funding for each. Additional scholarship and fellowship information can be obtained on the website of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors.



Areas of Study

Who should apply

Campus deadline

National deadline

Beinecke Scholarship: For current juniors pursuing graduate school in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts


January 3, 2016

February 20, 2016

Boren National Security Education Fellowships: For current undergrads pursuing language and cultural study in areas vital to U.S. security interest.

Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages

All undergraduates

December 12, 2015

February 5, 2016

Churchill Scholarship: One year award to study at the University of Cambridge.

Science, Engineering, Mathematics

Seniors, recent graduates

October 17, 2015

November 11, 2015

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Science Graduate Fellowship. For students applying to graduate school 

Relevant topics include Materials under Extreme Conditions and Hydrodynamics, High Energy Density Physics, Nuclear Science

Seniors and graduate students in their first or second year of study.

No internal deadline, but students should consult their advisors regarding supporting documents.

January 14, 2016

Fulbright Grants: Study, research or teach abroad.


Seniors, graduate students

September 11, 2015

October 14, 2015

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship: (Note- students must apply to Cambridge and list Gates-Cambridge as a funding choice; Prof. Whitbourne would then be selected as the personal reference).


Seniors, graduate students

September 12, 2015

October 14, 2015

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: For current undergraduate students pursuing careers as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. 

Please be sure to check our Preparation Tools Goldwater link before you begin your application.


Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Science

Sophomores and juniors

November 14, 2015

January 30, 2016

James Madison Fellowship: The James Madison Fellowship Program is for college graduates who wish to teach American history, American government, and social studies—as well as experienced teachers who wish to teach those subjects—master the contents of American constitutional history through study for a master’s degree.

American History, Education, Political Science


February 13, 2016

March 1, 2016

Mitchell Scholarship: The Mitchell Scholarship Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.


Seniors, graduate students

September 18, 2015

October 1, 2015

Marshall Scholarship: One year of post-graduate study at a British University


Seniors, graduate students

September 18, 2015

October 1, 2015

Rhodes: Study at Oxford University


Seniors, graduate students

September 18, 2015

October 7, 2015

Soros Fellowship: Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field, including the visual and performing arts, and at any graduate degree-granting institution in the United States, with the exception of online programs. In addition to funding, Fellows join a community of over 500 New Americans with family origins in over 75 different countries.


Seniors, graduate students

October 16, 2015

November 1, 2015

Harry S. Truman Scholarship: Post-graduate scholarship for students interested in public service. 

Any, with focus on public service.


December 14, 2015

February 3, 2016

Udall Scholarship: The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

Environmental Science, Healthcare, Tribal Public Policy

Sophomores, Juniors

February 13, 2016

March 4, 2016








Director: Professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne 

Administrative Assistant: Shirley E. Archambault 

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