National Undergraduate Fellowships

The Office of National Undergraduate Fellowships (ONUF) at SMU assists both current undergraduates and recent graduates in pursuing competitive, external fellowships and scholarships. National undergraduate fellowships present valuable opportunities for international education, support in graduate studies, and professional growth.

Our staff works with undergraduate students and alumni applying for competitive honors and awards.

Through information sessions, we provide increased awareness about prestigious awards, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, Gilman, and many more. Additionally, we offer personalized one-on-one guidance throughout the application process. National fellowships are accessible to all Mustangs, and we highly encourage interested candidates to apply!

Recent Successes

We have hundreds of success stories dating back to 1918. If you would like the full list, visit the awards recipients page.

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Isabelle Galko

Marshall Scholarship

A prestigious opportunity to pursue graduate studies in the UK for distinguished young Americans with leadership potential.


Nia Kamau

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this fellowship provides graduate education in preparation for a career in the foreign service.

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Mushfequr Rahman

Boren Scholarship

A competitive scholarship that funds study abroad by U.S. students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

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Saavni Desai

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue in more than 140 countries.

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Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

SMU coordinates applications and nominations for major national programs. Click to view the many opportunities.

Students in the News

SMU graduate receives prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Austin Hickle ('22) has been named one of only 51 Marshall Scholars for 2024. He will use this award to study international education, social intervention and policy evaluation at a university in the UK.

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SMU undergraduate researcher earns Goldwater Scholarship

SMU second-year Joshua Ange received a 2023-24 Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national science awards presented to undergraduate students.

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Two Dedman College students win Critical Language Scholarship

Undergraduate students Rodney Johnson and EJ Rorem received the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS).  The CLS covers all expenses for an eight-to-ten-week immersive summer abroad experience for undergraduate students to learn one of 14 languages important for American national security and economic prosperity.

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SMU senior awarded prestigious Marshall scholarship

SMU senior environmental science major Isabelle Galko is one of just 41 American university students named a Marshall Scholar for 2022, a prestigious opportunity to pursue graduate studies in the UK for distinguished young Americans with leadership potential.

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