The information on this page is primarily for major scholarships and fellowships for study abroad; for Cal Maritime-specific and maritime industry scholarships, please see the Cal Maritime Office of Financial Aid's scholarships page

Major Scholarships and Fellowships

This page lists a number of major scholarships and fellowships that ISS students as well as other students at Cal Maritime may be interested in applying for at some point. Many of these have multi-essay applications and most are quite competitive, so preparing for these by carefully reviewing the program websites before writing and rewriting application materials is strongly encouraged. Plan to have your application materials ready at least two weeks before the overall deadline. 

Feel free to contact Prof. Chiego at if you have any questions or for assistance in applying for these opportunities. 

Scholarships to Study Abroad

These are generally for current students who are interested in studying abroad while currently enrolled at Cal Maritime, especially if you are interested in learning a language.

  • Gilman Scholarship

    Up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad (can be used for Cal Maritime International Experiences). No minimum GPA requirement. Only students on Pell Grants for financial aid are eligible
    Deadline: October 5th, 2023 [with another deadline in March 2024]

  • Critical Language Scholarship
    Fully-funded summer opportunity to study a critical need language. No minimum GPA requirement. Any currently-enrolled student is eligible (including graduating seniors). Also includes a remote learning option (CLS Spark). 
    Deadline: November 15th, 2023 

  • Boren Scholarship
    Fully-funded opportunity to study a language critical to national security for up to a year. No minimum GPA. All students who have not yet graduated are eligible. Has a post-graduation public service obligation.  
    Deadline: January 31st, 2024 

Post-Graduate Fellowships

These generally provide funding for graduate school or living abroad after graduation. 

  • Fulbright Award (English Teaching Assistantship)
    Fully-funded year-long opportunity to teach English and serve as a cultural ambassador abroad. No GPA requirement. For graduating seniors and graduates. 
    Deadline: October 10th, 2023

  • Rangel, Pickering, and Payne Fellowships
    Fully-funded Master's degree program and fast-track to careers in the Foreign Service or USAID. 3.2 minimum GPA requirement. For graduating seniors and graduates. 
    Rangel Deadline: September 28th, 2023 
    Pickering Deadline: September 21st, 2023  
    Payne Deadline: October 26th, 2023  

  • Truman Scholarship 
    Up to $30,000 for graduate school and an array of networking and professional development opportunities. For students with exemplary records in public service and interested in public service careers after graduation.
    Deadline: February 6th, 2024 [Internal deadline for materials: Jan. 15th] 

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Scholarships
    A wide array of interdisciplinary programmes at multiple European universities with full scholarship funding available. Check the programme catalogue for specific opportunities and more information as these may change yearly. 
    Deadline: Varies by programme [Check for exact dates]

Other Opportunities

  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 
    Fully funded summer opportunities to work on research projects and receive training and professional development in academic research. Many different topics from many different majors. 
    Deadline: Varies by specific REU site [Generally Early Spring]

  • Udall Scholarship 
    Up to $7,000 to support students showing leadership and a commitment to public service on issues concerning Native American nations or the environment. 
    Deadline: March 2nd, 2024 [Exact Date TBA]