Types of Awards

Featured Awards for Graduate Study

The awards listed below represent excellent opportunities to fund graduate school, whether that be at UTSA, in the United States, or abroad. Opportunities with an asterisk (*) are featured awards that align well with UTSA's strength as a research institution, the academic disciplines and courses that UTSA offers, and the backgrounds of UTSA's student population.    

*Department of Defense SMART ScholarshipThe SMART award aims to create a STEM workforce that competes with dynamic trends and innovation in the interest of national security. This award can be used to fund undergraduate or graduate education, and also places students in summer internships. 3000+ students each year are awarded $28,000-$40,000 toward tuition. 

*Ford Predoctoral Fellowship: The Ford Fellowship aims to increase the diversity
of doctoral candidates and future faculty members in all disciplines by funding three years of graduate study for students in PhD programs. Around 70 awards are available each year. Students apply in their final year of undergraduate study or during their graduate program.

*Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship: This two-year need- and merit-based fellowship program, administered in cooperation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), is intended for talented and diverse students in an IT-related degree programs who are also interested in global affairs. The award provides up to $37,500 in tuition and provides internship placement in the US and overseas.

*Fulbright Student Program: Awards to enroll in a one-year Master's degree program, do research, or teach English abroad in any of 140+ countries. 

Gates Cambridge Scholarship: Awards to study in graduate programs at University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply, as 2/3 of awards are for study at the PhD level. 

Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program: A cohort scholar program that gives funding for graduate and professional degrees at Stanford University. Open to international students.    

Marshall Scholarship: Awards to spend 1-2 years at select universities in the United Kingdom, enrolling in Master's degree programs. Up to 50 Marshall Scholars are named each year. 

Mitchell Scholarship: Awards to spend 1 year in the Republic of Ireland at one of eight designated University. 12 Mitchel Scholars are named nationally each year. 

*National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Awards support up to 2,000 students each year entering or in their first year of PhD programs in select STEM fields.   

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards 54 Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.  

Rhodes Scholarship: Awards to study in postgraduate degrees at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. 32 Rhodes Scholars from the US are named each year, with 2 Scholars from Texas' district. International students may be able to apply from their home country as well.   

Rangel, Pickering, and Payne Fellowships: Awards support two years of funding in Master's Degree programs in International Affairs, International Development, or related degrees. 

Featured Awards for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

*Department of Defense SMART ScholarshipThe SMART award aims to create a STEM workforce that competes with dynamic trends and innovation in the interest of national security. This award can be used to fund undergraduate or graduate education, and also places students in summer internships. 3000+ students each year are awarded $28,000-$40,000 toward tuition.  

*Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship: This two-year need- and merit-based fellowship program, administered in cooperation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), is intended for talented and diverse students in an IT-related degree programs who are also interested in global affairs. The award provides up to $37,500 in tuition and provides internship placement in the US and overseas.

*Goldwater Scholarship: UTSA nominates 5 students each year to compete nationally for the Goldwater Scholarship, the nation's premier STEM award for undergraduates. Students must be in their 2nd or 3rd year at UTSA. 

*Truman Scholarship: Awards support future generations dedicated to public service leadership across academic disciplines and career trajectories. UTSA can nominate 4, 3rd year students and an additional 3 transfer students. The foundation selects 55-65 students annually. 

Udall Scholarship: Awards for students in their 2nd and 3rd year with demonstrated leardership or research related to the environment (broadly defined, any discipline) or to Native American nations.  

*United Nations Association Millennium Fellowship: The Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program where a team of UTSA students take social impact to the next level.  Students gain access to leadership training and networking connections as they develop a service project or advocacy campaign.

*8VC Fellowship: The 8VC Fellowship is a unique, immersive three-month internship program that places undergraduate students in contributing roles at some of the world's most innovative startups. Each 8VC Fellow will spend the summer in San Francisco as an intern at an 8VC portfolio startup company, working closely with world-class founders and engineers on meaningful technical problems.

Awards for Study Abroad, Research Abroad, and Foreign Language Learning

*Gilman Scholarship: 3,000+ scholarships each year of up to $8,000 to support study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship supports Pell-Grant eligible students with the goal of increasing access to study abroad. This is an entry-level scholarship that first year students should definitely consider! There is no minimum GPA and the application does not require a letter of recommendation.  

*Boren Scholarship/Boren Fellowship: Funding for 6-10 months to study critical languages abroad. 

*Critical Language Scholarship: Funding for summer programs to study critical languages abroad.

*DAAD-RISE Germany: Paid research internships in Germany during summer. Open to international students.

*Fulbright MITACS Globalink Program: Paid research internships in Canada during summer.

Fulbright US/UK Summer Institute: Funding for themed summer institute at select universities in the United Kingdom.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: Funding for study abroad programs of $1000 for undergraduate students who have a 3.75 and above GPA.

All Awards

Please also see the Full Award List, which is categorized by class-year, academic discipline, primary activity (research, study, service) and location (domestic or international).