"Where do I start?" is the question I hear most often from students who are looking for funding. The range of scholarship and grant resources available to undergraduates at the University of Iowa can be overwhelming. To help students narrow the field and shake off the paralysis that so often happens at beginning of any funding search, I've pulled together a list of resources to help applicants kick start their search. To view our downloadable search guide, click here.
The University of Iowa's Scholarship Portal (ISP) is a new 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 ISP 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.
Featured opportunities for current students
Stanley Undergraduate Awards for International Research│ For undergraduates, these short-term awards can be a "first step" to international experiences abroad that can help you get valuable contacts for Fulbright, Boren, DAAD, and other awards! Students need not be U.S. Citizens to be eligible. These awards support independent research or fieldwork projects on international topics that require travel abroad (may in some cases be used in conjunction with a Study Abroad program) │Visit the Stanley Undergraduate Awards for International Research for more information.
The Carver Scholarship Program │ The Carver Scholarship program centers on providing substantial scholarships to students who struggle to overcome significant social and economic obstacles in the pursuit of their education or who may be living in circumstances that may not normally be taken into account by other financial aid programs.│ Applicants apply in the spring of their sophomore year │ For more information about this opportunity, visit https://www.carvertrust.org.
Featured opportunities for graduating seniors
The Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize │The award ($5000) is for an outstanding graduating senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students must plan to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa or at any other university beginning the summer or fall following graduation. Candidates must be United States citizens who were born in the United States. In addition to strong academic qualifications, award recipients must show evidence of school and/or civic leadership in high school and/or college.│ Graduating seniors must be nominated by a faculty member or department. │ For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/joseph-e-and-ursil-i-callen-prize
The Sanxay Prize │The Sanxay Prize is a $1,000 award presented to an outstanding graduating senior in the University of Iowa's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students must plan to attend graduate school at the UI or any other university in the summer or fall following graduation. │ Graduating seniors must be nominated by a faculty member or department. │ For more information about this opportunity, visit http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/sanxay-prize