Major Scholarships and Fellowships

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The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement (OMSA) provides advisement and application assistance for Southern Illinois University Carbondale honor students interested in pursuing major nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.  We have a thriving community of high-achieving students as well as a solid foundation for those students who are looking for the support to realize their full potential. 

A strong academic record is a minimum requirement for becoming a candidate for a major scholarship or fellowship. In addition to an excellent academic record, you should have an outstanding record of service, leadership, research, or all of the above. These scholarships are extremely competitive. Each scholarship will require strong letters of recommendation by faculty members at SIUC to be competitive for these awards.

Many of the major scholarships and fellowships require nomination from SIUC, which will require an on-campus selection process. To begin the process to become a major scholarship candidate, the preliminary Honors Program Application must be completed and returned to Pam Gwaltney, Director of Major Scholarship Advisement, University Honors Program, in Morris Library, Room 110C.

All of the major scholarships and fellowships listed on this site require an extensive period of preparation before a student will be able submit an application. Accordingly, students should contact the SIU Office of Major Scholarship Advisement well in advance of the campus deadlines.

Be sure to take advantage of the many tips and resources given on this site to assist in preparing successful scholarship and fellowship applications.

For Sophomores and Juniors

Scholarship Field

Goldwater

Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

NSEP Boren

Foreign Languages and Cultures

Truman

All Fields Dedicated to Public Service

Udall

All Fields, Environmental

 For Seniors and Recent Graduates

Scholarship Field

Ford

All Fields for Minority Students

Fulbright

Study Abroad in All Fields

Gates Cambridge

All Fields at Cambridge University

Hertz

Applied Physical Science

Madison

Teacher Education, Social Science, and Humanities

Marshall

All Fields at a University in the UK

Mellon

Humanities and Arts

Mitchell

All Fields at a University in Ireland

National Science
Foundation

Sciences and Engineering

NSEP Boren

Foreign languages and cultures

Rhodes

All Fields at Oxford University

Paul and Daisy
Soros

All Fields, in the US, for "New Americans"