Internal and External Deadlines

Many national scholarships and prestigious fellowships require University nomination or endorsement in order to apply. In these cases, GVSU establishes campus deadlines for Declaration of Intent to Apply and, later, Internal Submission of Materials, that are several weeks or months in advance of the submission deadline posted by the awarding organization’s website. The tables below list the fellowships that have preliminary campus deadlines for Declaration of Intent to Apply and Internal Submission of Application.

Students or recent graduates who seek nomination for any of these awards should schedule an individual meeting with the Fellowships advisor. Students who enter the nomination pipeline for these awards will be added to a mailing list with specific guidance and instruction on the application processes.

June Intent to Apply Deadline
For best feedback students should complete the Declaration of Intent to Apply Form by the end of June for: 

  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Marshall Scholarship
  • Mitchell Scholarship
  • Fulbright Program
  • Yenching Academy Scholarship

October Intent to Apply Deadline
For best feedback students should complete the Declaration of Intent to Apply Form by mid-October for:

  • Boren Awards
  • Gaither Junior Fellowship
  • Truman Scholarship              
  • Udall Scholarship

Goldwater Scholarship
Students interested in the Goldwater Scholarship should contact the OURS Office in CUSE for information about the application process and deadlines, or review the information on the GVSU Goldwater Scholarship page.

Phi Kappa Phi
Students interested in the Phi Kappa Phi should contact the GVSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi for information about the application process and deadlines.

The following national scholarships and fellowships require GVSU endorsement

Name of Opportunity

Internal Submission  Deadline(s)

External Submission Deadline(s)

Marshall Scholarship

August 16

Late September/Early October

Mitchell Scholarship

August 16


Fulbright US Student Program

August 16 (best to inform us that you intend to apply by late May)

Early October

Rhodes Scholarship

August 16

Late September/Early October

Yenching Academy Scholarship

October 1

Early December

Boren Scholarship and Boren Fellowship

November 15

Late January/Early February

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

December 1 (best to inform us that you intend to apply by mid-October)

Early February

James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship

December 1 (best to inform us that you intend to apply by mid-October)


Udall Scholarship

January 1 (best to inform us that you intend to apply by mid-October)

Early March

Other Deadlines

The following major awards do not require a nomination. Students who intend to apply for the following awards can work with our office to prepare their applications. We recommend that students begin working on their applications 6-8 weeks BEFORE the deadlines listed on the sponsoring organization's website. This allows students to receive multiple rounds of feedback on their essays and prepare their applications. It also provides faculty and staff adequate time to write letters of recommendation. 

 Fellowships that require application essays for which students should seek feedback repeatedly throughout the drafting process from the Fellowships Office and the Writing Center include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Payne, Rangel, Pickering
  • Rangel Summer Seminar
  • Schwarzman Scholars
  • Knight-Hennessy
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
  • IIE Gilman International Scholarship
  • IIE Freeman-Asia Scholarship
  • PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Summer Fellowships
  • Critical Languages Scholarship Program
  • Amgen Scholars
  • NOAA Hollings
  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes
  • Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Peace Corps

If you're interested in applying for any of these opportunities, please complete our Interest Form and we will be in touch with next steps. 

Declaration of Intent to Apply

The Declaration of Intent online form will jumpstart the brainstorming/drafting process for the following awards: Boren Scholarship and Fellowship, Fulbright US Student Program, Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Rhodes, Truman Scholarship, Yenching Academy Scholars Program, Gaither Junior Fellows Program (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), and Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. This online form serves to provide a point of departure for the application advising process with GVSU Fellowships staff. We will provide feedback and make suggestions as you move forward with developing drafts of your application essays and other materials.

* denotes a required field

Select all scholarships for which you are considering applying *

Signature *

By signing here, I affirm that the foregoing statements are my own work and that my statements above are true and accurate representations.