Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Please note that some of these opportunities are for undergraduates and some for graduate students.  You’ll want to double check the information on each one carefully to determine eligibility, deadlines and other important matters.  Opportunities are grouped according to the month in which the deadline typically falls, but you'll want to verify deadline information with the organization posting the opportunity.

Both prospective and continuing students can apply to UW-Madison scholarships at  Additional scholarship opportunities are posted below.

An external (non-UW-related) site you may also check is Computer Science Online, which maintains a scholarship page. The same site also offers information tailored to women regarding scholarships, colleges and careers in computer science. (Note: we do not endorse or verify content on external sites; we provide links simply as a resource. Search results on Computer Science Online may be sponsored.)


Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience (for persons with a bachelor's degree; this is not a fellowship for graduate study)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships


Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship and Holstrom Environmental Scholarship

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members.  Each provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $1,000 to the faculty/staff mentor to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will continue to sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision-based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). Directions for accessing the online application, eligibility and selection criteria, and FAQs can be found here (for Hilldale) and here (for Holstrom).

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship: Deadline

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a stipend of up to $3,000 to a student ($5,000 for a group of up to five students) and up to $2,000 to help offset project related costs. The online application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website.

Sophomore Research Fellowship: Deadline

Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Approximately 15 awards are available, funded by grants from the Brittingham Fund and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. Directions for accessing the online application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found here.

Thermo Fisher STEM Scholarship

The Thermo Fisher Scientific STEM Scholarship provides $5,000 per year for four years to 4 outstanding incoming freshmen. Eligible students must be planning on studying and majoring in one of the following areas: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics or Molecular Biology. More details / eligibility information via the link above.


Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards (open to Letters & Science undergrads only)

This award for leadership, service and scholarship recognizes students who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the University and/or the surrounding communities while maintaining a record of academic excellence. Requires essay, 2 recommendations, and resume. Award is for $1,000.

National Institute of Justice: Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce the release of the FY2018 solicitation, Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  
The Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) program provides awards to accredited academic institutions to support graduate research leading to doctoral degrees in topic areas that are relevant to preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.  Through the GRF-STEM program, NIJ supports research by promising doctoral students as they train to become the creators of future innovation.  Each fellowship provides up to three years of support usable within a five-year period.  For each year of support, NIJ provides the degree-granting institution a stipend of $35,000 usable toward the student’s salary and related costs, and up to $15,000 to cover the student’s tuition and fees, research expenses and related costs.  NIJ expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $150,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1,500,000.
Download the solicitation (pdf, 41 pages):

Submission Process: Information on applying for these and other NIJ awards on our funding page at

University Book Store Academic Excellence Award: Deadline

University Book Store Academic Excellence Awards provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the academic year (December graduates may apply).  Directions for accessing the online application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found via the link above.


Collegiate Inventors Competition (outstanding innovations and discoveries)


Marshall Scholarship (July is campus deadline)

Rhodes Scholarship (July is campus deadline)


Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award

Hertz Fellowships (for Ph.D. students or those intending to pursue the Ph.D; open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents)

IBM PhD Fellowship Nominations:  "Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member and must be a full-time student in a PhD program over the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit their fellowship." Nominations for the annual PhD Fellowship program begin the third week of September and are accepted for 5 weeks.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (U.S. citizens or permanent residents)

Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships (graduate study at Cambridge University, U.S. citizens)

National Physical Science Consortium: Graduate Fellowships (U.S. citizens)


Women Techmakers Scholars Program (formerly known as the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship; for undergraduate or graduate women).

Science Ambassador Scholarship (full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering or math; funded by Cards Against Humanity).

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) (U.S. citizens and nationals)

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Summer Internship Program (U.S. citizens)