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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Check out a complete listing of graduate and undergraduate scholarship deadlines. 

Undergraduate Info Sessions for Boren Scholarship (National deadline: February 2, 2022)
9/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Scholarship Info. Session
10/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Scholarship: Getting Started
11/4 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET| Workshop: Essay 1 (Framing Your National Security Argument)
11/9 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 2 (How to Write About Your Motivations and Career Plans) 

Graduate Info Sessions for Boren Fellowship (National deadline: January 26, 2022)
9/23 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Fellowship Info. Session 
10/20 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Boren Fellowship: Getting Started
11/4 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 1 (Framing Your National Security Argument)
11/9 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 2 (How to Write About Your Motivations and Career Plans)
11/30 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Preparing Your Boren Budget

National deadline: November 16, 2021 

Info Sessions
9/29 | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session
10/18 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Writing Workshops
10/26 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Zoom Workshop
11/4 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Workshop

The following dates apply to the 2022-2023 Fulbright competition cycle.

3/15 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Fulbright Kickoff: Zoom Session  

3/24 | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET | Fulbright: ETA Grants: Zoom Session

3/29 | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET | Fulbright: Research Grants: Zoom Session

4/7 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Fulbright Special Topic Session: Zoom Session 

4/12 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Fulbright: Study Grants: Zoom Session

4/19 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Final Fulbright Info. Session: Zoom Session

First Assignments Due: June 2022

Campus Deadline: Early September 2022

National Deadline: Mid-October 2022

Princeton in Latin America*, Princeton in Asia, and Princeton in Africa

*Note: Due to issues surrounding the pandemic, Princeton in Latin America will not be accepting applications in Fall 2021. Read more here about the program's COVID-19 information and updates. 

National deadlines: October 27, 2021 (Princeton in Africa); November 1, 2021 (Princeton in Asia)

"Princeton in" Programs Sessions:

9/22 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Session
9/30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | Zoom Writing Workshop

Rangel Graduate FellowshipPickering Fellowship, and Payne Fellowship 

National deadlines: Fall 2021 (exact dates vary by program)

Info. Session (for all three programs, for the 2022-2023 competition cycle):

2/22/22 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info. Session 

Gilman Scholarship | National deadline(for 2022-2023 study abroad): October 5, 2021 
9/9/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session
9/20/21 | 1-2 p.m. ET | Zoom Writing Workshop
9/28/21 | 10 a.m -12 p.m. ET | Zoom Drop-in Advising 
10/4/21 | 12 - 2 p.m. ET | Zoom Drop-in Advising 

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship | National deadline: November 2021 (exact date TBD)
9/23/21 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Leadership Awards for Sophomores Info. Session 
10/18/21 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Udall Scholarship | Campus deadline: November 5, 2021, 10 a.m. ET | National deadline: March 2022 (exact date TBD)
10/21/21 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Science Scholarships Info. Session
10/25/21 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session 

Killam Fellowship | Campus deadline: November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET | National deadline: January 31, 2022
10/26/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Policy, Politics, and Public Health Scholarships
10/28/21 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program | National deadline: February 2022 (exact date TBD)
11/4/21 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

NOAA-Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship | National deadline: February 2022 (exact date TBD)
11/10/21 | 6-7 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates | Deadlines vary by program
11/17/21 | 3-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

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Achievements

Two SIS Students Receive 2021 Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowships

Following their completion of the Rangel Graduate Fellowship program, Zizhan Luo (SIS/BA, CAS/BS ’19) and Tammy Nguyen (SIS/BA ’21) will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers in the US Department of State.

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Achievements

AU Celebrates Fulbright Scholars

The highly competitive Fulbright US Scholars Program honored 11 American University alumni and one PhD student with awards to carry out self-designed research projects or teach English during the 2020–2021 academic year.

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Anthony LoPrete

Science

Rising Senior Anthony LoPrete Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Anthony LoPrete (BS physics and computational science ’21) was selected from a pool of 1,343 university-nominated candidates for a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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Mitchell Lenneville

Announcement

American University School of Public Affairs Student Mitchell Lenneville Selected as a Truman Scholar

School of Public Affairs Student is selected as a 2020 Truman Scholar

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Announcement

American University Named a Top-Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Students

American University was named one of the nation’s leading universities and colleges for Fulbright U.S. Students.

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Communications

Fulbright Filmmaker: SOC Grad to Study Disability Advocacy in the UK

Meredith Bartley, who graduated from American University School of Communication (AU SOC) in 2018, is the latest of many AU students to be selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholar program.

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International

For Boren Fellow, Language Is a Labor of Love

Kayla Tolbert has worked full-time through grad school and she’s now studying immersive Arabic in Jordan.

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Alumni

Alumna Mackenzie Kelley Wins Fulbright to Study Type 2 Diabetes

Alumna Mackenzie Kelley (Magna Cum Laude, BS biochemistry ’18) has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Award for Research.

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I wanted to pursue a career in public service as a Foreign Service Officer.

"Growing up in the Virgin Islands, I experienced firsthand how climate change impacts the most susceptible individuals. Experiencing these environmental pressures fostered my dedication to environmental activism and my desire to help those who are similarly affected. The Rangel Fellowship presented an amazing opportunity to finance graduate school and an avenue into an impactful career working to prevent environmental degradation. The Office of Merit Awards helped me prepare a competitive application and provided continuous support during the process."