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Scholarship Opportunities

 Be sure to check links for specific deadlines for each academic year!

1) College of Natural Sciences Scholarships are open to all CNS majors

Qualifications: based on a variety of factors - scholastic achievement, community involvement, leadership abilities, a particular area of study or particular biographical criteria; both need-based and merit-based.

Award: amounts vary

Deadline: March 15 each year for current CNS students

Contact Adrianne Chacon-Posey, Scholarship Coordinator at (512) 232-1631; scholarships@cns.utexas.edu



2) The Astronaut Scholarship is for outstanding students in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and natural or applied sciences who have shown initiative, creativity and excellence. Ideal candidates will have exhibited motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in their fields, as well as intellectual daring and a genuine desire to positively change the world around them, both in and out of the classroom.

Qualifications: students must:

  • be a U.S. citizen (birth certificate, US passport or naturalization papers required)
  • have completed two years of full time study at the University of Texas at Austin (sophomores nominated to receive the award as juniors must demonstrate truly exceptional accomplishments during their first three semesters)
  • be a junior or senior at UT Austin at the time their scholarship begins
  • be majoring in Natural or Applied Science, Engineering or Mathematics
  • be a full-time student during both terms of the ASF-supported academic year (one-semester students are not eligible)
  • have conducted a considerable amount of research in their field
  • have been nominated for consideration by a professor at UT Austin who knows the student well enough to identify a special drive or talent that foreshadows a creative career leading to the advancement of scientific knowledge and technology

Award is up to $10,000

Deadline is March 1

Contact Lydia Cornell at 512-232-3312; lydia.cornell@austin.utexas.edu



3) The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation provides scholarships to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.


Award: $7500 per year.

Deadline: Mid-October

Contact: CNS students apply through the college.




4) The School of Human Ecology administers many scholarships that are both need-based and merit-based.  Human Ecology majors submit one application to be eligible for all SoHE scholarships.

Qualifications: varies

Award: amounts vary

Deadline: Early April

Contact Mei Lai at Mei.lai@austin.utexas.edu



5) The Texas Exes is the premier scholarshp administrator at the University of Texas at Austin. Every year, hundreds of entering freshmen and current students receive scholarships. Current students can apply for “Named Scholarships” and “Chapter Scholarships”. Clicking on the “APPLY” button takes you to the full list and descriptions of over 350 scholarships.

Qualifications:    varies

Award: amounts vary from $500 to $10,000; most one time scholarships are in the $1, 000 - $2000 range

Deadline: March 1 each year

Contact TexasExesScholarships@texasexes.org; 512-840-6495



6) Study Abroad: If you intend to go abroad, this site lists a variety of scholarships. Deadlines and eligibility vary depending on the source of funds. Funds are available from UT as well as from off-campus sources, for general study, by specific country, and on financial need.

Contact the International Office at 512-471-1211



7) The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is an undergraduate grant program for US citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad. Open to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.


Deadline: Early March for Summer and Fall/Spring Academic Year




8) Fulbright Programs are for students to study, research or work abroad during or after their undergraduate education.

Deadline: usually in early September for the next academic year

Contact Dr. Lindsay Hale at fulbright@austin.utexas.edu for more information



9) Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Provides support for specific scholarly research projects conducted by full-time undergraduates doing research. Award goes into an account that the sponsoring department can access to cover costs associated with projects, including travel .

Deadline: Mid January

Awards include Hamilton Book Author Awards, Deadline: Early January and the University Co-op Research Awards, Deadline: Early March



10) University Co-op George H. Mitchell Award, recognized up to five undergaduate students for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Two awards of $2500, two awards of $5,000 and one award of $12,000. Nomination is by faculty members only.

Deadline: Mid March

Contact Lydia Cornell at lydia.cornell@austin.utexas.edu



11) Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship: Advisors and professors in all majors submit nominations. Requires a professional resume and well-written personal statement and recommendations from two professors. $2500 per year.

Deadline for all application materials is Mid March



12) The Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Glenn’s years of service to UT Austin, the last seven as Associate Dean of Students.

Five scholarships of $1000 each.

Deadline: Early February



13) The UT Office of Financial Aid awards scholarships for Continuing and Transfer Students. It is available in November of each year





1) President’s Leadership Awards were created in 1985 to recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within the student community at The University. One sophomore, two juniors and three seniors receive the award each year.

Qualifications: University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff are eligible to nominate undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors. Finalists for this recognition will be required to attend an interview in person in early December.

Deadline: Nominations are due by last Friday in October at 5 pm

Contact: michelle.guzman@texasexes.org (512) 840-5632



2) The Guleke Student Excellence Award was established by the Friar Society in partnership with the Texas Exes in 1977 and honors the memory of Edward S. Guleke, a dedicated University of Texas at Austin student and leader. Each year, the award recognizes an individual at the junior or senior level of undergraduate studies who has distinguished academic credentials and has made a significant contribution to The University of Texas at Austin.

Qualifications: nominations by faculty

Deadline: February 1

Contact michelle.guzman@texasexes.org (512) 840-5632



3) Mike Wacker Award was established to honor former Longhorn basketball player, Mike Wacker. This award is a symbol of courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Not always given each year. The recipient receives a plaque and is recognized at the Texas Parents Ambassadors Council luncheon.

Deadline: Early February

Contact TPAwards@austin.utexas.edu; 512-471-2353


4) J.J. “Jake” Pickle Citizenship Award is an annual endowed student award of $5000 for a UT Austin student whose cumulative, notable contributions to campus life over a period of time exemplify the high standards of leadership and service that were the hallmarks of the life and career of Congressman “Jake” Pickle. A certificate and an autographed copy of his autobiography are included.

5) Pal-Make a Difference Award is an annual endowed student award of $1000 for a UT Austin student whose individual program or initiative has made a significant contribution to campus life or the broader community.

Deadline: Early March

Contact Megan McMillin at megan.mcmillin@mail.utexas.edu



6) Outstanding Student Award. Each year, Texas Parents proudly honors a male and female Outstanding Student recipient and four finalists (2 males and 2 females) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service. The Award recipients receive a plaque, a brick paver laid at the Student Services Building in their honor and a $1000 grant given in their names to the registered student organization or campus program of their choice.



Other Opportunities


1) Archer Fellowship Program provides UT undergraduate students the opportunity to live, learn and intern in Washington, DC for a fall or spring semester.

Deadline: Mid February

Contact Melva Harbin at mharbi@austin.utexas.edu



2) Health Professions Summer Programs. For all majors, not necessarily declared pre-med students. Read each description for eligibility. Not all programs are paid – look for “fellowships” in the description



3) Research Week is the annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity at UT Austin. The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Senate of College Councils host Research Week. The week of events showcases undergraduate research going on across campus, introduces students to the possibilities for participating in the research mission of the university, and connects them to opportunities to get involved in research in virtually any field of study. The Longhorn Research Bazaar is a festive event where colleges, departments, research units, programs, and student organizations from across campus provide information for students about their undergraduate research activities and opportunities. Refreshments, free t-shirts, and other fun giveaways will be provided. Includes a poster session and exhibition of creative work. There are many events throughout the week.

Dates: various activities second week of April

Contact call 512-471-7152


4) CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program and the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship (Ferguson Fellowship)

Learn about programs that provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities and see what past program participants have to say about their experience.

CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for eligible undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings.


5) The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Each year the Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in funding to 30 outstanding New Americans—immigrants or children of immigrants—who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The Fellowship celebrates the immense achievements and contributions of continuing generations of New Americans to our country. Learn more here.