University of Iowa

Conducting your funding search 

First step: If you are a prospective or current undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, start your search with the University of Iowa Scholarship Portal . The portal has hundreds of scholarship opportunities available, including general scholarships (open to all students) and departmental scholarships (restricted to students within a specific major or field of study). Scholarships may be recommended to you at different times throughout the year as applications become available, so I suggest visiting the Iowa Scholarship Portal often. Please keep in mind this section lists scholarships available regardless if you are eligible or not, so be sure to start with the eligibility criteria to see if you are a good fit for the opportunity.

Next thing: Take a look at our starter search guide below for direction on where to find more information on funding opportunities across Iowa's campus, as well as national resources for both undergraduate and graduate fellowships. To view the list of fellowship opportunities managed by UI Undergraduate Fellowships, click here.

Please note: All of our opportunity guides are provided as a courtesy and are meant to serve as a jumping off point for prospective applicants.  The information and links provided in each document may not be current.  If a link is not working as expected, we recommend that students use their search engine of choice to investigate whether the funding source still exists and/or if it is a good fit for their professional goals and personal experiences.

University of Iowa Resources for Undergraduate Funding & Support

  • The University of Iowa's Scholarship Portal is a resource which allows prospective, admitted, and current students to search our database of available scholarships.

After completing the required general scholarship profile, you may be presented with “Recommended” opportunities for which you MAY be eligible.  Recommended opportunities are typically going to be a combination of general scholarships (open to all students) and departmental/collegiate awards (restricted to students within a specific major, field of study or who belong to distinct academic communities on campus).

While many of the opportunities listed in the portal only ask prospective applicants to complete a general scholarship profile to be matched with and considered for an award, others  require that students complete supplemental application   PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to read the criteria and instructions for each award thoroughly before submitting any supplemental application materials through the ISP. 

Trusted Search Engine Resources for Prospective Fellowships Applicants

Many scholarships and fellowships require US citizenship or residency. Below are lists of resources available for undocumented or international students interested in pursuing scholarships or national fellowships while attending the University of Iowa as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Resources for Undocumented Students

Resources for International Students

Scholarships for International Students • National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) PDF iconscholarships_for_international_students_2012 - Cutchins.pdf

*A big thank you to Doug Cutchins, NYU's Director of Global Awards and the generous group of professionals from the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, who put so much time and energy into the support of international students on their own campuses and who are willing to share their knowledge with the rest of us.