The Director of Scholar Development serves as the University of Iowa's nominating official for the following fellowship opportunities:

Applying for Campus Nomination at the University of Iowa

Many national scholarship and fellowship opportunities require that prospective applicants participate in a campus nomination competition before they may be chosen and endorsed by their institution for consideration by the sponsoring funding organization.  At the University of Iowa, this process is coordinated by our Director of Scholar Development and supported by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the UI Undergraduate Scholar Development Committee (USDC), a diverse group of faculty, staff, community experts, and past scholars whose relevant knowledge and experience shape selection and strengthen the preparation of our national and international fellowship nominees.

Each of the opportunities listed above requires that the University of Iowa conduct a preliminary campus nomination process to screen prospective fellowship applicants prior to making our official nominations.  Interested candidates MUST work with the DSD and submit their complete campus application and in some cases, participate in practice interviews or social events to allow us to appropriately assess and support applicants.  Each opportunity has its own timeline, eligibility requirements, and application components, which are outlined in greater detail on the funder's website and in complementary resources listed below.

Students who move forward from the first stage of applying as campus applicants to the next stage of representing the University of Iowa as institutional nominees are expected to work closely with the Director of Scholar Development and select UI USD committee members, as well as with their own community of support – including faculty or research mentors, past scholars, and professional staff – to develop their ideas, build the strongest application package possible, and prepare for interview experiences.  

National Fellowship Opportunities Supported by the Director of Scholar Development

Students are able to apply directly to the fellowship programs listed below, but are strongly encouraged to connect with the Director of Scholar Development and utilize available application development resources and support opportunities like peer review workshops and one-on-one application review. 

Interested students at the University of Iowa should contact Kelly Thornburg, Director of Scholar Development at 319-335-1874 or kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu to schedule a conference.


Opportunity Profiles - National Fellowships

Beinecke Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Winston Churchill Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Humanity in Action Fellowship: Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

James C. Gaither Fellows Program (Carnegie Jr. Fellows) at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12-14 students will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Marshall Scholarship: Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Rhodes Scholarship

Schwarzman Scholars Program

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Udall Scholarship