Montana State University

Department of Cell Biology
& Neuroscience

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173148
Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

Tel: (406) 994-5120
Fax: (406) 994-7077
Location: 510 Leon Johnson Hall

Department Chair

Frances Lefcort, Ph.D.

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Scholarships & Awards

A list of scholarships for students enrolled in college with a leadership background can be found at the MSU Leadership Institute's website:

Other scholarship opportunities include:

Letters & Science Student Scholarships

Schoarships at Montana State University


DESCRIPTION: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application. Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. Must be an undergraduate student in good standing at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States. Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia. Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.


DESCRIPTION: Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. At a minimum, Fulbright grants provide funds for international transportation, a living stipend, a small book/research allowance, and medical insurance. If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you must apply through the Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) on your campus. This program allows students to design their own programs.

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

DESCRIPTION: Applicants may come from any country of the world except the United Kingdom. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded only to students who gain admission to the University through the University's regular procedures. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship will cover: University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate, a maintenance allowance for a single student , a further discretionary allowance, one economy one-way airfare from the scholar's normal country of residence to the UK at the beginning of the course of study or research; and one economy one-way airfare from the UK to the scholar's normal country of residence at the end of the course of study or research. MSU nomination not required.


DESCRIPTION: 20 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.

IIE Rocky Mountain

DESCRIPTION: The IIE Rocky Mountain Regional Center offers competitive scholarships for outstanding students at IIE Educational Associate member institutions in the 16-state Rocky Mountain region. The scholarships are awarded annually. In addition, IIE administers scholarship programs and exchange opportunities open to students nationwide. Scholarships are offered for undergraduate and graduate levels of academic study.


DESCRIPTION: This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment and a stipend. Award is open to undergraduate students about to enter graduate school and graduate students who have not yet completed their first year of graduate study and who intend to pursue a doctoral or master's degree. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States.


DESCRIPTION: The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12), possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying, and wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying for a James Madison Fellowship.


DESCRIPTION: Twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

NSEP Undergraduates

DESCRIPTION: The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application, a high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards, and are planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

DESCRIPTION: The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Applications are encouraged from women, persons with disabilities, and members of ethnic and racial minority groups. To be eligible, applicants must either be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or have completed no more than the equivalent of one year of academic full-time graduate study as a part-time or full-time student. The DoD will pay the fellow's full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board). In addition, fellows receive a stipend for 12-month tenures.

National Science Foundation

DESCRIPTION: Awards are granted to those in computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Other eligible disciplines now include the biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields), physical sciences, mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences, the geosciences, and engineering, as well as technology areas associated with the preceding fields. The maximum scholarship amount is increased to $10,000 per student per year, still limited by a student's federal financial need. The maximum NSF grant size is increased to $500,000 in total or $125,000 per year for up to four years, with an optional initial period of up to one year for planning.


DESCRIPTION: Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of US $23,000 for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies. There are also additional scholarships available on the website. Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club.


DESCRIPTION: The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year. Those that are eligible are "New American," an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card, or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year).

All-USA College Academic Team

DESCRIPTION: Each February, USA TODAY awards 20 undergrads named to the All-USA College Academic Team with national recognition, a trophy and $2,500. Any full-time undergraduate of at least sophomore standing at a four-year institution in the United States or its territories is eligible. U.S. citizenship is not required.

Elie Wiesel

DESCRIPTION: The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US are welcome to enter the Essay Contest.

University Honors College Contact Info
Phone: (406) 994-4110

Please submit all requisite materials to the University Honors College Office in Quad D.