Major National Awards

The College of Engineering encourages all students that meet the high academic standards for the following scholarships to strongly consider applying for one, or more of the scholarships.

Astronaut Scholarships

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Astronaut Scholarship is Monday December 4, 2017.

Created in 1984 to honor the Mercury 7 astronauts, the Astronaut Scholarship is not just for students in aerospace engineering. Like the Goldwater Scholarship, its mission is to promote future US scientists in all STEM fields.

Students apply in either their sophomore or junior years. The scholarship offers $10,000 and an invitation to network with other scholarship winners at an induction ceremony at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.  Winning nominees typically have a 3.8 or better GPA, extensive research experience, and plan to pursue a career in scientific research.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and receive nomination by a U-M faculty member with whom they have extensive research or academic experience before completing an application.  .

The deadline for faculty nominations to be received and considered is the first Monday in December

To apply for this scholarship:

1. Talk with a faculty member about nominating you for this award
2. Submit letter of recommendation from a faculty member to Henry Dyson at

Nominations and questions should be directed to Henry Dyson at

Churchill Scholarships

The application deadline for 2017-2018 Churchill Scholarships is Monday, September 25, 2017.

The Churchill Scholarship is for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Applicants must be US citizens between the ages of 19 and 26 who will hold a bachelor’s degree but have not yet earned a doctorate in the fall of 2017. Interested candidates should contact Henry Dyson ( as soon as possible and should take the GRE general exams if they have not yet done so. Information at: and You can read about one of our Churchill Scholars here:

University of Cambridge UM Nomination Deadline: October 12, 2017.

Fulbright Scholarships

The online application is typically open between late March and early October each year. Please check back soon for official dates.

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
    • Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.
    • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright website.

Goldwater Scholarships

The 2017-2018 application will open on September 5, 2017 and close on December 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

The Goldwater Scholarship is for up to $7500/year for students in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering who will be juniors and seniors in the 2017-2018 academic year. Eligible candidates are US citizens or permanent residents who are planning to apply for US citizenship. Successful candidates have outstanding academic records, excellent recommendations, extensive research experience or other hands-on experience in their fields, and should be planning on pursuing a career in scientific research.

Interested students should:

1. Fill out the online application on the Goldwater Scholars Foundation’s website
2. Submit letters of recommendation from faculty to Henry Dyson at  (The committee will forward letters of recommendation only for the selected U-M nominees.)

Please contact Henry Dyson at with any application-related questions.

You can find more about the competition on the Honors webpage, and the Goldwater Foundation website. Candidates must be nominated by their institutions.

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Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships

To be nominated by the university, students must submit their applications for the 2017-2018 Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships by Monday August 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

If you have an exceptional record of academic achievement and leadership and an interest in studying in England or Ireland after graduation, you may want to learn more about the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships. You don’t have to wait until you are a junior or senior to begin thinking about these opportunities. In fact, it helps to plan ahead. To find out how to apply for the Rhodes, Marshall, or Mitchell scholarships, please go to the Provost’s Council on Student Honors web page for more information.

In 2009, the Provost’s Council on Student Honors modified the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell application process at U-M. Candidates are urged to take advantage of mentoring by the Provost’s Council on Student Honors by submitting preliminary application materials (draft essays and resumes) beginning the first week of April. Materials should be emailed to Assistant Vice Provost Gretchen Weir. Faculty members of the Provost’s Council on Student Honors will provide guidance during the summer, and applicants should use that time for communicating with recommenders and redrafting their essays.

The official institutional deadline for applying for the University’s endorsement is the last Monday in August, by noon.  Essays, resumes, and recommendations (4 for the Marshall and Mitchell and 5–8 for the Rhodes) are submitted by email to the Assistant Vice Provost’s Office.

Although the national deadlines for these scholarships vary slightly each year, they are usually the first week of October.

Please contact Henry Dyson at with any application-related questions.

Truman Scholarships

To be nominated by the university, students must submit their 2017-2018 application by Monday November 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

Truman Scholarships of up to $30,000 are awarded to juniors and third year seniors who are planning graduate study to prepare for careers in public service, broadly defined.

To be eligible, you must be nominated by the university. Interested first and second year students are welcome.  

For more information, see the Honors Scholarship website, and the Truman Foundation website,

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