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Office of Merit Awards Operating Updates

In response to COVID-19, the Office of Merit Awards will be operating remotely for the foreseeable future. We are conducting advising appointments and events virtually. If you would like to request an advising appointment, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Access information about the University's response to COVID-19 here

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Check out a complete listing of graduate and undergraduate scholarship deadlines. 

Undergraduate Info Sessions for Boren Scholarship (1/13/2021 AU deadline; 2/3/2021 national deadline)
9/23 | 12-1:30 p.m. ET | General Information Session
10/22 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Scholarship: Getting Started
11/5 | 12-1 p.m. ET| Workshop: Essay 1 (Framing Your National Security Argument)
11/11 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 2 (How to Write About Your Motivations and Career Plans)

Graduate Info Sessions for Boren Fellowship (1/27/2021 national deadline)
9/24 | 12-1 p.m. ET| General Information Session
10/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Fellowship: Getting Started
11/5 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 1 (Framing Your National Security Argument)
11/11 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 2 (How to Write About Your Motivations and Career Plans)

11/17/2020 national deadline

Undergraduate Info Sessions
9/22 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Zoom info session
10/21 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom info session

Graduate Info Sessions
9/21| 12-1 p.m. ET | Zoom info session 
10/21 12-1 p.m. ET | Zoom info session

Writing Workshops
10/29 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom workshop
11/6 | 6-7 p.m. ET |  Zoom workshop
11/12 | 12-1 p.m. | Zoom workshop

Fulbright Kickoff: March 24, 2021

First Assignments Due: June 2021

Campus Deadline: Early September 2021

National Deadline: Mid-October 2021

9/21 | 4-5 pm ET | Info Session

10/1| 4-5 p.m. ET | Writing Workshop

(Charles B.) Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program | National Deadline: February 2021 (TBD)
11/5 | 4-5 p.m. EST | Zoom Info Session

(Thomas R.) Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship | National Deadline: October 21, 2020
2/24/21 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST | Zoom Info Session

(Donald M.) Payne International Development Fellowship Program | National Deadline: November 1, 2020 (11:59pm EST)
2/24/21 | 5:30-6:30pm EST | Zoom Info Session

Udall Scholarship | National Deadline: March 2021 (TBD)
AU Campus Deadline (for 2021-2022 competition cycle): November 6, 2020 (10am EST)
10/22 | 4-5 p.m. EST | Zoom Info Session

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) | List of REU sites and deadlines
10/26 | 4-5 p.m. | Zoom Info Session

Killam Fellowship Program | AU Campus Deadline: November 8, 2020 (10am EST)| National Deadline: January 31, 2021
10/27 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship | National Deadline: January 2021 (TBD)
11/11 | 6-7 p.m. | Zoom Info Session

Truman Scholarship | National Deadline (for 2020-2021 competition cycle): February 2, 2021
AU Campus Deadline (for consideration for nomination for the 2021-2022 competition cycle): March 15, 2021
2/17/21 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST | Zoom Info Session (for 2021-2022 application cycle)

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Rising Senior Anthony LoPrete Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Anthony LoPrete (BS physics and computational science ’21) was selected from a pool of 1,343 university-nominated candidates for a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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American University School of Public Affairs Student Mitchell Lenneville Selected as a Truman Scholar

School of Public Affairs Student is selected as a 2020 Truman Scholar

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American University Named a Top-Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Students

American University was named one of the nation’s leading universities and colleges for Fulbright U.S. Students.

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Fulbright Filmmaker: SOC Grad to Study Disability Advocacy in the UK

Meredith Bartley, who graduated from American University School of Communication (AU SOC) in 2018, is the latest of many AU students to be selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholar program.

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For Boren Fellow, Language Is a Labor of Love

Kayla Tolbert has worked full-time through grad school and she’s now studying immersive Arabic in Jordan.

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Alumna Mackenzie Kelley Wins Fulbright to Study Type 2 Diabetes

Alumna Mackenzie Kelley (Magna Cum Laude, BS biochemistry ’18) has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Award for Research.

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2018-19 Award Recipients, Alternates, & Finalists

Nationally competitive awards help candidates accomplish their goals.

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Early Identification Program (EIP)

EIP is an academic enrichment initiative for academically outstanding second-year & transfer students.

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number 2 for Boren Scholars & Fellows combined

55 Fulbright Scholars since 2013

127 recipients, alternates, and finalists for nationally competitive scholarships (2017-18)

Winner of a Rangel Fellowship

I wanted to pursue a career in public service as a Foreign Service Officer.

"Growing up in the Virgin Islands, I experienced firsthand how climate change impacts the most susceptible individuals. Experiencing these environmental pressures fostered my dedication to environmental activism and my desire to help those who are similarly affected. The Rangel Fellowship presented an amazing opportunity to finance graduate school and an avenue into an impactful career working to prevent environmental degradation. The Office of Merit Awards helped me prepare a competitive application and provided continuous support during the process."