Scholarships Fellowships and Grants

The fellowships and scholarships listed below provide support for students to finish their undergraduate education, participate in undergraduate research, and to study abroad. The post-baccalaureate fellowships provide funding for graduate study, post-graduate research, and other professional development.

Most of the fellowships are competitive and are awarded on the basis of merit. While the application process is different for each fellowship, most require:

  • The completion of a detailed application form
  • A proposal and/or a personal statement
  • An institutional endorsement from Gonzaga University

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants contact the Provost’s Office well in advance of application deadlines. 

Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships provide awards for students to study abroad in areas that are underrepresented in typical programs and that are critical to US interests.

With Fulbright scholarships students can apply for either research/study grants or for English Teaching Assistantships in countries located across the globe. Fulbright awards are extended to graduating seniors and to recently graduated students. 

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are available for students interested in graduate study at the University of Cambridge.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.

Marshall Scholarships are highly-competitive awards that support students who are pursuing a graduate degree at any British university. The field of study is open.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship program seeks to promote leadership and public service. Successful candidates will receive tuition, room/board, travel expenses, and a stipend for study in Ireland.

The Rhodes Scholarship supplies competitive funding for students to study at Oxford University after graduation. These scholarships are highly competitive and open to U.S. citizens. While Gonzaga University is not allowed to nominate non-U.S. citizens for the Rhodes, there are Rhodes scholarships available to citizens from some select countries around the world.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Scholarships provide support for students interested in a career in foreign service. The scholarship funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including' tuition and living expenses during the senior year, domestic or international internships, and post-graduate support for the pursuit of a master's degree.


How to Apply

All interested students are invited and encouraged to submit a preliminary expression of interest in applying. Please prepare the items as below as a "first screen" for potential applicants. These are designed to become the basis for the full-fledged, final applications:

  • Unofficial College Transcript
  • An outline of a first draft 1,000 word personal essay - This should be a rough outline setting forth the key elements of a personal statement that, in time and with pluck, will become a painstakingly prepared and economically eloquent statement on "who you are, what makes you tick, your passions, your aspirations."
  • Curriculum Vitae - A rough draft of a list of principal accomplishments, extra-curricular activities, community service, religious or spiritual activities, awards, commendations, hobbies, athletic pursuits, and all other noteworthy items that define you as a person.
  • Brief statement of proposed course of study and why you are qualified - If possible, explain which university you are interested in and, if relevant, with which professor or department.
  • Names of Referees for Letters of Recommendation - Provide the names and titles of at least 3 and no more than 5 potential referees whom you believe would be willing to write letters of reference for you. Typically the best array of letters is diverse - with ample representation of sources who know the candidate well in many different contexts ranging from academic to extra-curricular.

For the Fulbright opportunity, reach out to the Fulbright co-advisors Dr. Caoimhin De Barra and Dr. Julie Weiskopf

For all other opportunities, students are encouraged to reach out to O. Ray Angle, Assistant Vice President, Career and Professional Development. Please take note that each candidate must procure a Letter of Endorsement from Gonzaga University. Participation in the process described here is a prerequisite to the University's decision to grant this endorsement.