Scholarship & Award Opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarships

January deadline

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship Program
This internship is for U.S. citizens only.

Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship

The Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian scholarship provides a one-time award recognizing humanitarian achievement and service, encouraging excellence and commitment in the application of humanitarian ideals, and affirming the moral obligation to provide for human welfare.

Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience
College graduates who will have received a bachelor’s degree by July 2021 are eligible to apply. This fellowship is not offered concurrently with graduate studies.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
The Goldwater Scholarships support undergraduate study.

February deadline

Merlin E. Silverthorn Scholarship

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the College of Letters & Science who are pursing majors in the physical sciences, biological sciences, computer sciences, or mathematics.

Phil and Kit Blake WI Idea Scholarship for Computer Sciences

A multi-year award for exceptional students from rural Wisconsin who are majoring in computer science.

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship and Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowship
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).

Wisconsin Idea Fellowship
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 faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three 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.

Thermo Fisher STEM Scholarship
Open to incoming freshmen students, the Thermo Fisher Scientific STEM Scholarship provides $5,000 per year for four years to four 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.

Scholarships for Nontraditional, Adult, & Single Parent Students

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at UW-Madison and have had a significant cumulative break in their education.

March deadline

Louise Troxell Award

The Louise Troxell Award provides a one-time award to an outstanding female junior or senior undergraduate after nomination by faculty or academic staff.

Liberal Arts Essay Competition

This annual competition is open to all undergraduates and requires submission of an essay through the WiSH system on a different topic each year related to the liberal arts. There is a $1,000 prize to the winning entry and $500 prize to a runner-up.

Edna Kerngood Glicksman Award

The Edna Kerngood Glicksman Award provides a one-time award to an outstanding female junior or senior undergraduate after nomination by faculty or academic staff.

Ginsberg Family Awards
Open to Letters & Science undergraduates 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 an essay, two recommendations, and a resume. The award is for $1,000.

Sophomore Research Fellowship
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.

Promega International Scientific Internship Scholarship

Provided through a grant from Promega Corporation, this scholarship supports undergraduate students undertaking an international internship aimed at improving the quality of life in the world. Students from all science fields are eligible but a preference will be given to students whose internships use molecular biology techniques to better the world.

April deadline

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

McBurney general scholarships are available to UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate and professional students whose disabilities have been verified through the McBurney Disability Resource Center.

David Dewitt Undergraduate Scholarship

Each year, the CS Department awards multiple David DeWitt Scholarships to recognize academic excellence among undergraduate Computer Sciences Majors. Students must be continuing in the UW undergraduate CS program next year (not graduating or transferring in the current semester). The primary criteria for this award is academic excellence.

Hina and Faisal Mushtaq Scholarship

The CS Department is pleased to offer the Hina and Faisal Mushtaq Scholarship to support undergraduate CS majors who demonstrate an interest in healthcare.  This scholarship is intended for students in their junior year.

Paul D. Salmon Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate computer science majors. The fund was established to support majors and students from under-served populations. This scholarship is intended for students in their junior year and who identify with a underrepresented group as defined by the National Science Foundation. 

Wai Ying Yick and Dr. Chiu Wai Yuen Endowment

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate Computer Sciences students with financial need.

May deadline

Continuing Education (CE) Grant

The Continuing Education tuition grant supports adult students who have experienced a significant break in their formal education and are attending school part time.

June deadline

Collegiate Inventors Competition
The Collegiate Inventors Competition was founded in 1990 to encourage and drive innovation and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level. The Competition brings together the nation’s brightest college minds to showcase, recognize, and award their cutting-edge research and discovery.

July deadline

Marshall Scholarship
This prestigious awards gives high-achieving young Americans the opportunity to study at any university in the United Kingdom. It is open to any senior undergradutae or recent graduate at the time of application.

Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarships bring outstanding students from countries around the world to the University of Oxford. Eligible candidates will have earned a bachelor’s degree before scholarship begins.

August deadline

PixelPlex Scholarship
The $2000 PixelPlex Annual Scholarship was established to help support and inspire students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, and business. One student will be chosen from the applicant pool and will be awarded based on the strength of their written essay. The selected student will receive 2,000 USD for the 2021-2022 school year.

October deadline

Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award
This award recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding potential in an area of computing research. While it is expected that successful nominees will have excellent academic records and will have engaged in some form of service (e.g., club leadership, teaching, peer tutoring), excellence in research is the primary consideration.  

November deadline

Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships
This award provides graduate study at Cambridge University, for U.S. citizens only.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
For U.S. citizens and nationals.

December deadline

Women Techmakers Scholars Program
Formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program,  Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging undergraduate women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field.

Science Ambassador Scholarship
A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math, open to high school seniors or an undergraduate college student.

National Physical Science Consortium
Graduate fellowships for U.S. citizens only.

Other Scholarships


Room 8 Studio Game Design Scholarship
Room 8 Studio’s Game Design Scholarship was established with a goal to help aspiring game designers excel in the gaming industry and become leaders in the field and community.The authors of the winning submissions will receive a money prize plus a possibility for a job offer.


Apriorit Computer Science Scholarship
Open to first year computer science or computer engineering students residing in the US.