A list of scholarship opportunities to which our office devotes significant attention and for which Colgate has formalized application processes.

Many of the opportunities on this page require the student to be nominated by Colgate. 

There are numerous awards open to underclassmen and those looking for post-baccalaureate experiences. It is possible, and often desirable, to apply for multiple scholarships during your college years and beyond.

Click any individual opportunity to see information about its requirements, deadlines, and benefits, including a link to the foundation website.

Advising on the Application Process

Getting carefully considered and comprehensive advising is very important when deciding which of these opportunities are a good fit for you and your interests, so please be sure to contact the Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships to start the conversation and application process early.


Please note that Colgate's campus deadlines are earlier — often months earlier — than the foundations' deadlines, so interested applicants should prepare well in advance.


Application Deadline
Current Year Of Study
Term of Award
  • Churchill Scholarship

    Provides full tuition plus living stipend, travel allowance, and potential additional research funding toward one year of graduate study in the physical or natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

    Preliminary deadline: June 1

    Final Colgate deadline: September 15

    Candidates must:

    • Be a US citizen
    • At the final deadline, be a current senior or recent graduate between the ages of 19 and 26
    • Submit a separate application to the University of Cambridge, which is due by Oct. 15
    • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our UK/Ireland Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews.
  • Critical Language Scholarship

    Provides funding for intensive overseas summer language institutes in 14 critical foreign languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu (beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels); Arabic and Persian (advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels); Chinese, Japanese, and Russian (intermediate and advanced levels).

    Final deadline: November 23

    Candidates must:

    • Be a US citizen
    • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be in good health
  • DAAD Scholarships and Grants

    A German government program, DAAD has dozens of available grants (examples below) to enable North American undergraduate and graduate students to study in Germany — from 3-week summer internships to a full year of study/research. These are available to students in all fields, including the natural sciences. 

    Deadlines vary, though many fall in January.

    • Undergraduate Scholarship: 4-10 months of study
    • Study Scholarship: for graduating seniors to spend the next year in Germany
    • University Summer Course Grant: summer courses at German universities
    • Study & Internship Program: coursework plus internship
    • German Studies Research Grant: short-term research in Germany
    • EMGIP-Bundestag Internship: 2 months in the German Bundestag