The National Scholarship Office will present information sessions on the following awards throughout the fall semester. Click on the name of the award to go to the award program’s website and click on “Register here!” to register for our sessions. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. 

Opportunities for undergraduates are notated in green text and those for graduate students are notated in red text below.

Please email natlscholar@vcu.edu with any questions!

AUGUST

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)Wednesday, August 17 @ 11:00 am (Zoom)
Current graduate students and recent graduate alumni are encouraged to join us for information on the PMF, which prepares future government leaders through a two-year appointment within a federal agency. Register here!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramThursday, August 18 @ 3:00 pm (Zoom)
Juniors, seniors, and first- and second-year graduate students in STEM fields are encouraged to join us to learn more about the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which funds up to three years of graduate study in non-medical STEM disciplines. Register here!

NSO General Information Session for Graduate Students: Friday, August 19 @ noon (Zoom)
This session is geared towards VCU grad students in all disciplines. Join us to learn more about external funding opportunities and how the NSO can support you through the application process. Register here!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramWednesday, August 24 @ 1:00 pm (Hybrid)
Juniors, seniors, and first- and second-year graduate students in STEM fields are encouraged to join us to learn more about the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which funds up to three years of graduate study in non-medical STEM disciplines. Register here!

Critical Language Scholarship/Boren AwardsTuesday, August 30 @ 12:30pm (Hybrid)
The Critical Language Scholarship and the Boren Awards, which each fund the study of a critical language abroad, are open to all undergraduates and graduate students. This session will provide an overview of both programs. Register here!

Truman ScholarshipWednesday, August 31 @ 11:00am (Hybrid)
Sophomores and, especially, juniors interested in careers in public service are encouraged to join us to learn about the Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 in funding for graduate studies. Register here!

Goldwater ScholarshipWednesday, August 31 @ noon (Hybrid)
Intended for sophomores and juniors intending to pursue graduate research in the STEM fields, this session will provide information on the Goldwater Scholarship, which awards its scholars with up to $7500 for educational expenses and a mentoring network. Register here!

SEPTEMBER

NSO General Information Session for Graduate Students: Wednesday, September 7 @ noon (Zoom)
This session is geared towards VCU grad students in all disciplines. Join us to learn more about external funding opportunities and how the NSO can support you through the application process. Register here!

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)Wednesday, September 7 @ 2:00 pm (Zoom)
CLS is a fully funded, intensive summer study abroad for the study of a critical language, open to undergraduates and graduate students in all disciplines. Register here!

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)Friday, September 9 @ 3:00 pm (Zoom)
Current graduate students and recent graduate alumni are encouraged to join us for information on the PMF, which prepares future government leaders through a two-year appointment within a federal agency. Register here!

Truman ScholarshipWednesday, September 14 @ 2:00 pm (Hybrid)
Sophomores and, especially, juniors interested in careers in public service are encouraged to join us to learn about the Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 in funding for graduate studies. Register here!

Goldwater ScholarshipThursday, September 15 @ 11:00 am (Hybrid)
Intended for sophomores and juniors intending to pursue graduate research in the STEM fields, this session will provide information on the Goldwater Scholarship, which awards its scholars with up to $7500 for educational expenses and a mentoring network. Register here!

OCTOBER

RISE/SMART/NDSEGThursday, October 20 @ 3:30 pm (Zoom)
These identical sessions are intended for undergraduates beyond their first year and current graduate students in STEM-field majors. Learn about RISE, a three-month research internship in Germany (working language is English!), and SMART, a Department of Defense scholarship that provides funding for tuition and educational fees as well as summer research internships. The Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a prestigious fellowship awarded annually to U.S. citizens pursuing doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines. Register here!

Boren AwardsTuesday, October 25 @ 12:30pm (Hybrid)
Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines, the Boren Awards fund up to $25,000 for students to study a critical language abroad.  Register here!

Ford Fellowship: Tuesday, October 25 @ 2:00 pm (Zoom)
The Ford Foundation provides fellowships to graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees (Ph.D. and Sc.D.) in all fields. These awards are intended to increase the diversity of U.S. college and university faculties, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Register here!

RISE/SMART/NDSEGTuesday, October 25 @ 2:00 pm (Hybrid)
These identical sessions are intended for undergraduates beyond their first year and current graduate students in STEM-field majors. Learn about RISE, a three-month research internship in Germany (working language is English!), and SMART, a Department of Defense scholarship that provides funding for tuition and educational fees as well as summer research internships. The Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a prestigious fellowship awarded annually to U.S. citizens pursuing doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines. Register here!

NSO General Information Sessions: Friday, October 28 @ noon (Hybrid)
These two general information sessions are geared towards all undergraduates who are new to VCU this fall–first-year and transfer students–but all are welcome! Learn about the NSO, the (inter)nationally-competitive awards we advise for, and how to make yourself a great candidate. Register here!

NOVEMBER

Boren AwardsThursday, November 1 @ 2:00 pm (Zoom)
Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines, the Boren Awards fund up to $25,000 for students to study a critical language abroad. Register here!

NSO General Information Sessions: Tuesday, November 1 @ 3:30 pm (Hybrid)
These two general information sessions are geared towards all undergraduates who are new to VCU this fall–first-year and transfer students–but all are welcome! Learn about the NSO, the (inter)nationally-competitive awards we advise for, and how to make yourself a great candidate. Register here!

Point Scholarship: Wednesday, November 2 @ 1:00 pm (Hybrid)
The Point Flagship Scholarship empowers LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students to access and succeed in their education at accredited four-year institutions in the United States. Flagship scholarship recipients receive financial support, access to multiple leadership development programs, mentorship or coaching, and the support of a community of scholars and alumni. Register here!

Udall ScholarshipThursday, November 10 @ 3:30 pm (Hybrid) & Friday, November 18 @ 2:00 pm (Hybrid)
Aimed at sophomores and juniors interested in tribal policy, the environment, or Native American healthcare, the Udall Scholarship provides its scholars with up to $7,000 and leadership development training. Register here!

Fulbright UK Summer InstitutesWednesday, November 30 @ 2:00 pm (Zoom)
This session is intended for first- and second-year students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher and little travel experience outside of the US. The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are 3- or 4-week study abroad programs at prestigious universities in the UK, funded by the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Register here!

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