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The following are the most commonly asked questions about national scholarships and fellowships. Questions about specific awards or application processes can be directed to

Generally speaking, the distinction is arbitrary.  Both types of awards provide some degree of financial support for continued study, travel, or research; however, a "fellowship" typically has an experiental component.

The Scholarship Database contains listings of awards.  Each entry will list a deadline, general eligiblity requirements and a URL for the program's official site.

The database is not completely comprehensive; there are many new awards created each year, and some established awards may not be listed. The awards listed on the Scholarship Database are ones to which ASU students are likely to apply and about which ONSA can provide advising.

Many scholarships require that applicants receive the endorsement or nomination of the University before applying. If an institutional endorsement is required, then the scholarship applicant will follow a set of campus application procedures before submitting final application to the funding agency. Some scholarships permit only a limited number of applicants from each university, and in many cases request formal letters which nominate those applicants as representatives of the school.

No - many scholarships and fellowships accept applications directly from students and do not require official endorsement or nomination.  Students are still encouraged, however, to work with the LWFONSA staff to prepare their application materials.

The amount of time required to prepare a competitive application varies from fellowship to fellowship, but most will require a significant investment of time and effort.  In the case of the Rhodes and Fulbright, students often spend several months revising their application materials.  It is important to consult with ONSA staff throughout the process.

Absolutely! In fact, it often makes sense to apply for multiple scholarships if you are already lining up letters of recommendation, drafting a personal statement, and gathering other materials.

Certainly - most of the application process is conducted electronically. Students will need, however, to plan with LWFONSA staff prior to departure about the timing of their applications and, if necessary, interviews. Students should understand that finalist support like mock interviews and workshops cannot always be arranged for them while they are abroad, and they should to take this into account while making their own preparations.

Eligibility lays out the bare bones requirements of an application. While many applicants might be eligible to apply, they may not be strong candidates. After checking that you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, you should next consider whether or not your particular interests, experiences, and professional aspirations make you a good fit for a particular scholarship. One way to assess "fit" for a scholarship is to look at the previous winners (their websites typically provide brief bios of previous scholars), and to meet with ONSA staff.

Yes. The majority of scholarships listed on our website are for US citizens, but you should check the requirements for eligibility. Some scholarship programs like the Rhodes and Fulbright will accept applicants through their home countries.  Contact the LWFONSA office for further information.