Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships

Funding and Opportunities for Research, Study, and More

For information on financial aid internal to KSU, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.



Kennesaw State students and alumni have, for years, explored the world through nationally competitive programs, including the Boren Awards for International Study, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia, Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and the Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship. Our staff is dedicated to facilitating access to funded opportunities for study, experiential learning, and research in the United States and around the world. We serve all Kennesaw State students – undergraduate, graduate, honors, and non-honors - as well as alumni. 
Composing a competitive application takes several months of thoughtful and active preparation. Contact us well in advance of posted deadlines to construct a personalized application timeline.  


Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships 
Dr. Michelle Miles, Director 
Dr. Carson Bay, Program Manager
KSU Journey Honors College 
Kennesaw State University 
Academic Learning Center 
480 Bartow Ave., Suite 5525 
Kennesaw, GA 30144 
P : 470-578-2364 
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Scholarship 101: Q&As

A Q&A with Dr. Michelle Miles, Director of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships.

  • There are a variety of national and international scholarships and fellowships for which KSU students are eligible to apply. These prestigious awards include such notable mentions as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, and Goldwater awards. A comprehensive listing of scholarships can be found below. While many of these scholarships are for graduate study, there are also some awards available for undergraduates.

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  • While these scholarships are indeed highly competitive, KSU students – and in particular, KSU Honors students – are certainly viable candidates. Often, scholarship foundations are looking to diversify their student bodies, and as such, when an outstanding candidate applies from a university that has had few (or no) successful applicants (such as KSU), that student captures the attention of the scholarship committee(s). Since 2013, KSU has produced five Fulbright scholars and Gilman and Goldwater scholarship winners.
  • Most scholarships require a personal statement, a statement of grant purpose (or other scholarship-specific essay), a curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation from at least three faculty members. Often, there will be an initial internal review of applicants prior to the national application submission. A select panel of KSU scholars and administrators will review the candidate’s materials, schedule an on campus interview, and decide whether or not to endorse the applicant. A letter from the institution will then formally nominate the student for the award.
  • While many scholarship applications will not be submitted until the fall or spring semesters of the student’s senior year, the most successful applicants begin working on their application long beforehand. Ideally, a student should identify the award(s) for which she plans to apply at least six months ahead of time and meet with Dr. Miles early in order to learn more about the specifics of the award as well as to create a timeline towards completion.
  • Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Miles (preferably, by email at to discuss their interest in applying for scholarships/fellowships. If the student has a good sense of his or her field, area of interest, etc., that’s more than enough to begin! During your first meeting with Dr. Miles, students will discuss their talents, aspirations, etc. This information will be used to determine the best possible application fits. Dr. Miles also has some print materials that she is able to lend students that will allow for their extended perusal of available opportunities. In addition, Dr. Miles periodically offers university-wide workshops to anyone interested in learning more about scholarships and fellowships.