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Scholarships and Fellowships

 National Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships


Physics Departmental Scholarships


In order to qualify for a Physics Departmental Scholarship you must

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Dallas.
  2. Schedule an interview with the faculty of the Physics Department during your campus visit.
  3. Complete the Physics Scholarship Exam. Click here to download the exam.
  4. Request a letter of recommendation from your physics teacher.
  5. Provide a copy of your transcript to the Physics Department with your application.


If you receive a Physics Scholarship, you are not required to major in physics. However, you must take four courses in Physics before your junior year. Those courses are

You must also maintain a B average or better in all your coursework.


Recipients of a Physics Scholarship may receive up to $3,000 per year for four years. The scholarship may be combined with other scholarships at the University of Dallas.


The Scholarship Exam consists of 10 conceptual multiple choice items and five physical description questions. You may take the exam only once. When you are ready to take the exam, download it, open it with Adobe Reader, then follow instructions. To download click here. Best wishes!

Science Specific Scholarships and Fellowships


National Science Foundation Fellowships and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

For information on graduate fellowships offered by the National Science Foundation for senior physics majors, click here.  Applications for the NSF Fellowship are due in November of your senior year and are submitted directly by the student.

For information on Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for sophomore and junior physics majors, click here. The Goldwater application is due to the UD Faculty Representative by December 1 each year. There is an internal competition since UD can forward the names of only four applicants.  

SMART Scholarships and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships


Scholarships are available from the Department of Defense for science students beginning in the freshman year and extending through graduate school.  These science, mathematics, and research for transformation (SMART) scholarships are quite nice, especially if you would like experience working for the Department of Defense.  To find out more, click here.

Each year the Department of Defense awards approximately 200 fellowships for graduate study in areas considered important for national need.  These awards are for up to three years and are quite competitive.  To find out more about NDSEG Fellowships, click here.

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