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Office of Merit Awards Operating Updates

The Office of Merit Awards is operating in a hybrid modality with team members working in the office and remotely.  

  • Our office in Letts Hall Lower Level, Suite 6, is open for in-person visits Monday to Wednesday from 10am-4pm. You may schedule either an in-person or a virtual appointment on these days.
  • On Thursdays and Fridays you can find us at the Career Center, 5th Floor, Butler Pavilion.
  • For scheduling and other queries please email meritawards@american.edu or call 202-885-1854 Monday-Friday between 9am to 5pm
  • Information about scholarship information sessions and workshops can be found here and on our instagram (@auofficeofmeritawards)
  • Questions? Contact us at meritawards@american.edu or 202-885-1854.

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Upcoming 2022-2023 Events and Deadlines

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

Undergraduate Info Sessions for Boren Scholarship (National deadline: February 1, 2023 at 5:00pm ET)

Boren Scholarship Info Session | POSTPONED

Boren Scholarship Getting Started | Wednesday Oct 19th at 12:30-1:30pm ET | Zoom Link 

Graduate Info Sessions for Boren Fellowship (National deadline: January 25, 2023 at 5:00pm ET)

Boren Fellowship Info Session | POSTPONED 

Boren Fellowship Getting Started | Wednesday, Oct 19th at 4:00-5:00pm ET | Zoom Link

Boren Fellowship Budget | Wednesday, Oct 30, 4:00-5:00pm ET | Zoom Link

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information 

National deadline: TBD (likely November 2022)

Info Sessions
Tuesday, Sept 27th, 12:30-1:30pm EST | Mary Graydon 245

Tuesday, Oct 18th, 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link 

Writing Workshops
Monday, Oct 24th, 2:00-3:00pm EST | Zoom Link 

Thursday, Nov 3rd, 9:30-10:30am EST | Zoom Link

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information 

The following dates apply to the 2023-2024 Fulbright competition cycle. 

Check back in Spring 2023 for finalized dates and locations of info sessions. 

Fulbright Kickoff Info Session | Wednesday, March 8, 2023 

Fulbright ETA Grants | Wednesday, March 22, 2023 

Fulbright Research Grants | Tuesday, March 28, 2023 

Fulbright Special Topic | Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Fulbright Study Grants | Tuesday, April 11, 2023 

Fulbright Info Session | Wednesday, April 26, 2023 

First Assignments Due: June 2023

Campus Deadline: Early September 2023

National Deadline: Mid-October 2023

 

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information 

Luce ScholarsPrinceton 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 11, 2022 (Luce Scholars); October 26, 2022(Princeton in Africa); November 1, 2022 (Princeton in Asia) 

Princeton in Writing Workshop | Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022 at 10:00-12:00pm EST| Zoom Link 

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information 

Rangel Graduate FellowshipPickering Fellowship, and Payne Fellowship 

National deadlines: Fall 2022 (exact dates vary by program)

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

Foriegn Fellowships Info Session | Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 at 12:30-1:30pm | Zoom Link 

Email meritawards@american.edu for more information. 

Goldwater Scholarship Info Session | Monday, Oct 3rd at 3:00-4:00pm | Zoom Link 

Gilman Scholarshp Drop-In Advising 

Thursday, Sept 29th at 12:00-2:00pm EST | Zoom Link 

Monday, Oct 3rd at 2:00-4:00pm EST | Zoom Link 

Udall Scholarship Info Session | Monday, Oct 24th at 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link

Killiam Fellowship Info Session | Tuesday, Oct 25th at 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link

Public Policy, Politics, and Public Health Info Session | Wednesday, Oct 26th at 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link 

Leadership Awards for Sophomores | Tuesday, Nov 1st at 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link  

Opportunities in STEM | Tuesday, Nov 1st at 4:00-5:00pm EST | Zoom Link

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program Info Session | Tuesday, Nov 8th at 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link

NOAA Hollings Scholarship Info Session | Wednesday, Nov 9th at 4:00-5:00pm EST | Zoom Link  

National Science Foundation - Undergraduate Research Fellowship Info Session | Tuesday, Nov 15th at 12:30-1:30pm EST | Zoom Link 

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Announcement

Two American University Alumni Win 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

American University alumni have been awarded prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

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Zizhan Luo and Tammy Nguyen.

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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2021-2022 Award Recipients, Alternates, & Finalists

Nationally competitive awards help candidates accomplish their goals.

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Early Identification Program (EIP)

EIP is an academic enrichment initiative for academically outstanding second-year & transfer students.

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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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number 2 for Boren Scholars & Fellows combined

55 Fulbright Scholars since 2013

127 recipients, alternates, and finalists for nationally competitive scholarships (2017-18)

Winner of a Rangel Fellowship

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."