University of Iowa

UI Undergraduate Fellowships assists passionate, self-directed, high-achieving students at the University of Iowa in their pursuit of university, national, and international scholarship, fellowship, and grant opportunities.  Our Director of Scholar Development works directly with students as they consider how specific scholarship and fellowship opportunities can support their larger intellectual, professional, and creative goals.

The nationally-competitive fellowship opportunities listed below are open to or designed for students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  

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University of Iowa students who would like to know more about applying for one or more of these awards should contact Kelly Thornburg, Scholar Development Director (SDC) at the University of Iowa Honors Program at 319-335-1874 or at

Undergraduate Opportunities

Graduating Seniors & Alumni

More information for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships Second & Third Year Students
Awards undergraduate scholarships to outstanding sophomores and juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Requires university endorsement

DAAD RISE – Research Internships in Science and Engineering Second & Third Year Students

Gives students in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology and Physics the chance to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on serious research projects. Coordinated by UI International Programs

Winston Churchill Scholarship Graduating Seniors
Encourages the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of ideas in science and technology between the US and Great Britain. This program enables outstanding American students to do graduate work in engineering, mathematics and the physical and natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University. Requires university endorsement

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Graduating Seniors & Recent Alumni
Assists students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise for whom advanced study at the University of Cambridge would be particularly appropriate. The awards are based on intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. Open to International student applicants.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowships Graduating Seniors

For graduating seniors planning full-time study toward a PhD in the physical, engineering, computer, mathematical or life sciences.

NIH-OXFORD Scholars in Biomedical Research Program Graduating Seniors & Recent Alumni
An interdisciplinary program designed to train outstanding students in various areas of biomedical research leading to a PhD awarded by Oxford. Up to six individuals are awarded a stipend of $23,100 per year.

Rhodes Scholarships Graduating Seniors & Recent Alumni
Cecil Rhodes hoped to improve “the lot of humankind through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own.” Thirty-two Americans are among more than 90 scholars chosen each year to study at the University of Oxford based on four criteria: scholastic attainment; athleticism; devotion to duty to others; and moral force of character. Requires university endorsement.

Marshall ScholarshipGraduating Seniors & Recent Alumni

Supports graduate study for 1 to 2 years at any university in the UK in any discipline. Selection is based on distinction of intellect and character as well as a potential to make a significant contribution to one’s own society. Candidates are evaluated on academic achievement, leadership potential, social commitment, and communication skills. Requires university endorsement

NSF Graduate Research FellowshipsGraduating Seniors & Recent Alumni

Funding for research-based study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to ensure the vitality of the scientific and technological workforce in the US and to reinforce its diversity.