Opportunities for Undergraduates

Note: internal deadlines designate when an application is due to the Undergraduate Dean's Office. If applicable, external deadlines refer to the date all application materials are due to the awarding institution — be aware that most institutions do not accept late applications.

Institutional Nomination Required

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser.

Awarded to sophomores and juniors in the top quarter of their class who plan to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences. Provides $7,500 for the last year or two of undergraduate studies. Bryn Mawr is allowed to nominate four students. Eligible candidates notified at the beginning of the fall semester. U.S. citizenship required.

Beinecke Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to juniors with superior scholastic achievement in the humanities and social sciences and with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship provides $34,000 during graduate school. Bryn Mawr nominates one student. Application is by invitation only. U.S. citizenship required.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Awarded to juniors often, but not always, in the top quarter of their class, who have records of leadership and public service and a demonstrated interest in a career in government or public service broadly defined. Provides up to $30,000 during graduate school. Bryn Mawr nominates up to four students. U.S. citizenship required.

NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad

Awarded to current undergraduates (including seniors willing to defer officially receiving their degree) committed to the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security and that are not widely studied in the U.S. Only freshmen and sophomores may apply for funding for summer programs. The Boren may also be used to fund a semester of study abroad during the junior year. Recipients are required to seek employment with an agency or office of the federal government involved in national security affairs. U.S. citizenship required.

St. Andrew's Foundation Scholarship

Provides grants of up to $20,000 to U.S. citizens enrolled in colleges or universities in the Philadelphia area planning a full year of study in Scotland. Applicants must be in the top quarter of their class. Bryn Mawr is allowed to nominate one student. U.S. Citizenship required.

Udall Scholarship

Awarded to current sophomores and juniors with outstanding potential in the field of environmental studies. Also eligible are Native American students studying fields related to health care and tribal public policy. Minimum GPA: 3.0. The fellowship provides $5,000 toward college costs. Bryn Mawr is allowed to nominate six students. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required.

No Institutional Nomination Required

Critical Language Scholarship

  • Deadline(s): External: mid-Nov. 2024

Awarded to current undergraduates for summer study overseas in one of fourteen critical languages. Depending on the language, candidates may apply with no previous study (for example, Swahili, Indonesian, Hindi and Korean) or are required to have some previous study (for example, one year for Arabic, two years for Chinese, Japanese and Russian). U.S. citizenship required. Application requires two letters of recommendation, transcripts, answers to four short essays and a statement of purpose. Applicants are evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • Academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting.
  • Ability to adapt to a different cultural environment.
  • Plan for continuation of study of the language.
  • Plan to use the language in future career.

There is no internal nomination process, but applicants with questions should contact relevant language faculty in the Bi-Co or Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser, in the Dean's Office if they are applying in a language not taught in the Bi-Co. 

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser.

Provides scholarship support for study in Germany. Also available to fund senior thesis research and/or internships, preferably based at a German university. Period of study must be at least four months and no more than ten. International students are eligible.

Davis Projects for Peace

Provides $10,000 to a Bryn Mawr student or group of students to design a grassroots summer project to promote peace.

Elizabeth Gray Vining Scholarship

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): Internal: Feb. 12, 2025

Provides up to 1 million yen for those seeking direct contact with Japanese culture. It can be used to fund summer study abroad in Japan. Although in general preference will be given to those with at least basic knowledge of Japanese, exceptions may be made depending on the nature of the project or program proposed. 

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): Feb. 1, 2025

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three- to four week-programs for US undergraduate students, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Funding includes travel, tuition, and room and board. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Open to first-years and sophomores with a 3.7 GPA or higher. U.S. citizenship required.

Gilman International Scholarship Program

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): External: Early Match for Fall, Full-Year and Summer; October 10, 2024 for Spring and/or Summer

Provides grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. citizens receiving Pell Grants for study abroad. Study outside of Western Europe and Australia is especially encouraged. Recipients must undertake a follow-on project upon their return from abroad that helps to promote international education and the Gilman International Scholarship.

Global Bryn Mawr Student Fellowship

  • Billie Jo Ember, Grants Associate; Department Coordinator, Russian; Co-Director of the Russian Language Institute.
  • Rolling Deadline

Bryn Mawr students can apply for funding of up to $1,500 to support overseas-related travel in the form of study abroad, internships, or organization-led projects. 

Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowships

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): Internal: Feb. 5, 2025

Up to 15 students are selected each summer and have the opportunity to spend the summer conducting independent research. Students receive fellowships of $4,500 while they do research that can either be the beginning of the senior thesis or a project that stands alone, but is relevant to their intellectual interests.

Impact Center Summer Research Fellowship

  • Adviser: 
  • Deadline(s): Internal: March

Provides a $4,500 stipend for an 8-10 week research or project period. The project must be related to The Impact Center's mission of promoting diversity, inclusion and community development.

Judy Loomis Gould Scholarship

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): Internal: Feb. 12, 2025

Bryn Mawr summer study abroad grant.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Adviser: 
  • Deadline(s): Internal: TBA

Awarded primarily to current sophomores. Applications accepted from underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing a research project in one of the Mellon designated fields of study and any student, regardless of race or ethnicity, who has a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in academia and who wishes to pursue research in one of the designated areas.

Noyce Partnership Teacher Scholarship

Bryn Mawr College, as a partner in the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership, offers a number of $15,000 scholarships to science and math majors who have been accepted into the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program as a post-baccalaureate student pursuing secondary teacher certification. Students receiving this award must commit to teaching in a high-need school district for two years. 

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Provides scholarship support for the last two years of undergraduate study and the first year of graduate study to students in in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Fellows commit to a summer institute, graduate study in international studies at an approved program, and four years of employment in the Foreign Service. Must apply during the junior year. 3.2 GPA required. U.S. citizenship required.

Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarship (PPIA)

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): Early November

Fully funded Junior Summer Institutes at various colleges and universities for students committed to pursuing a career in public service such as government, nonprofits, and humanitarian and international organizations. Open to juniors U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA recipients. Several Summer Institutes are also open to international students. 

Thomas Raeburn White Scholarship

  • Adviser: Eleanor (Ellie) Stanford, Fellowship Adviser
  • Deadline(s): Internal: Feb. 12, 2025

Provides funding for summer language instruction, usually abroad.