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Office of Major Scholarships

Study Abroad:

Critical Languages Scholarship

Deadline: November 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM, EST

Killam Fellowship

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student at a Canadian university.

The program provides students with a scholarship of $10,000 USD, awarded in two portions ($5,000 USD each semester). The program also offers an allowance to offset the cost of health insurance in the host country. 

Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (applying for and registering at the host university, and paying host tuition fees).

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Killam Fellowship Website

George J. Mitchell Graduate Scholarship

Early September, 2020: Campus Deadline

End of September, 2020: External Deadline

Who should apply?

  • Raising Seniors, Seniors or Graduate students
  • Any majors
  • U.S. citizen

University of Maine Advisors
Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler (

George J. Mitchell Graduate Scholarship website

The Churchill Scholarship

Mid-September 2020: Campus Deadline

Late October, 2020: External Deadline

Who should apply?

  • Raising Seniors, Seniors or student who graduated within the past 12 months
  • science, mathematics, and engineering
  • U.S. citizens

University of Maine Advisor
Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler (

The Churchill Scholarship website

National Security Education Program (David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships)

NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. As a student of another culture and language you will begin to acquire the international competence you need to communicate effectively across borders, understand other perspectives and analyze increasingly fluid economic and political realities. NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security.

The national deadlines for the 2021 Boren Awards are:

Boren Fellowships: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Boren Scholarships: February 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

Who should apply?

  • Undergraduate students — all years
  • Wide variety of majors
  • Students interested in studying abroad in certain countries
  • US citizens

University of Maine contact
Orlina Boteva (

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship website

George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarships

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship is an annual exchange and scholarship to University College Cork in Ireland. The award consists of either one full-year scholarship or two one-semester scholarships. Each scholarship will provide the opportunity for a student to study full-time at University College Cork. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, books, room and board, a living stipend and a travel grant to cover airfare.

March 1, 2021: Application deadline

Who should apply?

  • Be age 18 or older and be eligible for international travel at the time of the exchange.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be a Maine resident for at least one year by the application deadline (paying in-state tuition).
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to community service.
  • Be a full-time, matriculated, undergraduate student at the University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias, or University of Maine at Farmington.
  • Have successfully completed 24 credits in residence at a UMS institution by the application deadline. AP, early college and transfer credits are not considered.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

University of Maine contact
Orlina Boteva (

George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship website

HERE is an article on a George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship 2019 recipient.

Gilman International Scholarship

Deadline: Early March, 2021

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity.

Gilman Program Overview


Gilman Scholarship Informational PowerPoint

This PowerPoint was first presented at the Gilman Scholarship Informational Session in September of 2020. The presentation covers a wide variety of information about the scholarship and its requirements. Please direct all remaining questions to


Degrees Abroad:

Marshall Scholarships

These scholarships were established in 1953 by the British government as an expression of gratitude to the U.S. for economic aid under the Marshall Plan after World War II. Typically awarded for two years, the scholarships enable postgraduate study of a wide range of subjects at any of Britain’s universities and business schools; there are up to forty awards each year. Applications indicating interest in study at universities other than Cambridge or Oxford are especially welcome. The awards cover university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Early September, 2020: Campus Deadline

Early October, 2020: External Deadline

Who should apply?

  • Seniors or graduate students
  • Any majors
  • Students with a 3.7 GPA
  • US citizens

University of Maine Advisor
François Amar (

Contact Person
Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler (

Marshall Scholarship website

Rhodes Scholarships

Established in 1903 by the will of Cecil J. Rhodes, a British colonial pioneer and statesman, this scholarship program seeks to promote international peace and understanding through education. Mr. Rhodes directed the administrators of his bequest to search for those qualities of excellence in young people that contribute to the “world’s fight.” Rhodes Scholars are appointed for two years of study at the University of Oxford in England, with possibility of renewal for a third year. While applications are sought from highly talented students without regard to academic discipline, the student’s desired course of study must be available at Oxford. All educational costs (tuition, laboratory fees and other set charges) are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, each scholar is provided a “maintenance allowance” to cover necessary expenses, including travel to and from Oxford.

Early September 2020: Campus Deadline

Early October 2020: External Deadline

Who should apply?

  • Seniors or graduate students
  • Any majors offered at Oxford University
  • US citizens

University of Maine Advisor
Mac Hunter ( or

Contact Person
Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler (

Rhodes Scholarships website

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Created by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program seeks to promote mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Today, the program provides opportunities for over 900 Americans to conduct graduate study and research in more than 140 countries around the world. Most Fulbright awards are for programs of study and research requiring an academic year for completion. A “full grant” generally provides round-trip transportation; language or orientation courses (where appropriate); tuition, book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year (based on local cost of living); and health and accident insurance. Also offered are English-language teaching assistantships in several countries.

Deadlines: For 2021-2022 awards, the online application deadline will be on October 13th, 2020. However, the University of Maine’s internal deadline is August 31st, 2020. It is recommended that you contact Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler in early Summer about applying for the 2021-2022 award year.

August 31st, 2020: Campus Deadline

October 13th, 2020: External Deadline

Who should apply?

  • Raising Seniors, Seniors or Graduate students
  • Any majors
  • U.S. citizens

University of Maine Primary Advisor: Professor Christine Beitl (

Contact Person: Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler (

Fulbright Official website

Study at UMaine:

Goldwater Scholarships

The Goldwater Scholarships are awarded exclusively for undergraduate study. Each year around 240 scholarships are given to rising juniors and seniors with the ability and commitment to pursue research careers in mathematics and the natural sciences, as well as many engineering fields. The scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Students awarded scholarships as juniors are eligible for two years of support. Seniors may receive one year of support. It is expected that students selected as Goldwater Scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Those who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan research careers rather than a career in medical practice.

Application Process and Internal Deadlines

  • Campus application deadline: November 30th by 5 PM 
  • Campus Review: Week of Dec. 14th 
  • National Deadline: Last Friday in January (January 29th 2021)
  • Last Friday in March: Scholars/Honorable Mentions Announced (12:00 PM EST)

Who should apply?

  • Sophomores or juniors
  • Natural science, mathematics, or engineering majors
  • Students with 3.0 GPA and in top 25% of class are eligible to apply
  • US citizens or resident aliens

However, the average GPA of successful applicants is around 3.95. We recommend a GPA of at least 3.85 and some significant prior experience with research.

University of Maine faculty advisor
Professor Robert Wheeler (

Official Goldwater Website

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2021

NOAA Hollings website 

Madison Fellowships

The James Madison Fellowship honors the fourth president of the United States and “Father of the Constitution.” The program is designed to improve instruction of the U.S. Constitution in the nation’s secondary schools (grades 7-12). Awards are made to support graduate studies emphasizing the history of Colonial America leading to the framing of the Constitution; the Constitution itself, including the principles upon which it is based; the evolution of the American constitutional system throughout history; and interpretations of the Constitution by the courts and other branches of government. The maximum amount of an award is $24,000 pro-rated over a two- to five-year period of graduate study. Successful applicants must agree to teach in a secondary school at least one year for each year of fellowship support.

March 1, 2021: Complete application due.

Who should apply?

  • Seniors
  • Students planning to teach American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12)
  • US citizens or US nationals

University of Maine contact
Mark Brewer (

Madison Fellowship website

Phi Kappa Phi Awards 

PKP is an honor society that started right at Maine. Students are invited to become members by the local chapter and gain access to a number of scholarship opportunities.

Who should apply?

  • members of PKP (except for the Study Abroad Award, open to all) 

Upcoming opportunities and deadlines 

Study Abroad Award;

  • Due to the continuing worldwide uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has made the decision to place its Study Abroad program on an indefinite hiatus. The Society will continue to monitor public health and travel advisory guidance to determine when to reopen the program in the future.

Literacy Grant;

  • Dec. 15, 2020: Application portal opens
  • April 1, 2021: Deadline for applications
  • June 1, 2021: Recipients will be notified


  • Dec. 15, 2020: Application portal opens
  • Late March/Early April 2021: Applicants must apply through their local chapter. Chapter deadlines vary, typically two weeks prior to the national deadline. Check with your chapter.
  • April 30, 2021: National deadline
  • Summer 2021: Recipients will be notified

Contact Person
Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler (

PKP Website

University of Maine, PKP chapter

Truman Scholarships

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Recipients are selected on the basis of intellectual strength, leadership potential and commitment to careers in public service, defined as “government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purpose is to help the disadvantaged or to protect resources.” The Truman Foundation stresses that a wide variety of disciplines, not just traditional liberal arts fields, can lead to careers in public service. They award 60 scholarships yearly, and they require scholarship recipients to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

  • Internal deadline: October 26th 2020
  • Campus interview: November 2020, date TBD 
  • Truman Application Deadline: February 2, 2021
  • Finalist Confirmation Due: February 18, 2021
  • Finalist Posting: February 19, 2021
  • Regional Review Panels: March 2021 through early April 2021
  • Scholar Posting: April 14, 2021

Who should apply?

  • Juniors
  • Students committed to a career in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector
  • Students with high grades and a sufficiently strong curriculum to gain admittance to a first-rate graduate institution
  • Students with a strong community service record
  • US citizens or US nationals

University of Maine contact
Mark Brewer ( )

Truman Scholarships website

Udall Scholarships

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service: The Udall Foundation furthers Congressman Udall’s legacy by awarding scholarships of up to $5,000 to undergraduate students who study the environment and related fields, and to Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students in fields related to health care and tribal public policy. The Foundation is supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and contributions from the private sector. The Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students: Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields. Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy.

Application deadline: March 2, 2021

Who should apply?

  • Sophomores or juniors
  • Students with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents
  • Students studying the environment or related fields or
  • Native American students studying health care or tribal public policy

University of Maine contact
Darren Ranco (

Udall Scholarship website