Whether you’re in your first year or your fifth, there’s an opportunity here for you. Use the navigation toolbar above to explore relevant awards opportunities, but look ahead a few years as well. The most prestigious national awards that you might apply for during your Senior year–think Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall–take years of strategic preparation and planning, so it helps to create an action plan as early as possible.
In addition to the major awards listed under each category, make sure you check out opportunities for international and underrepresented students in addition to the supplemental search resources to take your search to the next level.
Applying for a competitive opportunity takes incredible effort, and with tons of excellent candidates out there the odds are tight. But if you make yourself truly competitive for one of these awards, and spend the necessary time sharpening your ability to tell your back story and clarifying your long-term goals, you’ll find success at the end of the process whether or not you actually win. To put it another way: if you’re competitive for one of these awards, you’ll be competitive for so much more in your professional and academic pursuits.
Good luck, and happy hunting!