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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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm. You may schedule either an in-person or a virtual appointment on these days.
  • Virtual appointments and responses to emails and calls also occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm. For scheduling inquiries, please email or call 202-885-1854.
  • Scholarship information sessions and workshops are hosted virtually over Zoom. Please see below for details.  

Visit AU’s COVID-19 Resources page for the latest information. Questions? Contact us at or 202-885-1854.

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Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

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

Undergraduate Info Sessions for Boren Scholarship (National deadline: February 2, 2022)
9/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Scholarship Info. Session
10/21 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Scholarship: Getting Started
11/4 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET| Workshop: Essay 1 (Framing Your National Security Argument)
11/9 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 2 (How to Write About Your Motivations and Career Plans) 

Graduate Info Sessions for Boren Fellowship (National deadline: January 26, 2022)
9/23 | 12-1 p.m. ET | Boren Fellowship Info. Session 
10/20 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Boren Fellowship: Getting Started
11/4 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 1 (Framing Your National Security Argument)
11/9 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Workshop: Essay 2 (How to Write About Your Motivations and Career Plans)
11/30 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Preparing Your Boren Budget

National deadline: November 16, 2021 

Info Sessions
9/29 | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session
10/18 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Writing Workshops
10/26 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Zoom Workshop
11/4 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Workshop

The following dates apply to the 2022-2023 Fulbright competition cycle.

3/15 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Fulbright Kickoff: Zoom Session  

3/24 | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET | Fulbright: ETA Grants: Zoom Session

3/29 | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET | Fulbright: Research Grants: Zoom Session

4/7 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Fulbright Special Topic Session: Zoom Session 

4/12 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Fulbright: Study Grants: Zoom Session

4/19 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Final Fulbright Info. Session: Zoom Session

First Assignments Due: June 2022

Campus Deadline: Early September 2022

National Deadline: Mid-October 2022

Princeton 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 27, 2021 (Princeton in Africa); November 1, 2021 (Princeton in Asia)

"Princeton in" Programs Sessions:

9/22 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Session
9/30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | Zoom Writing Workshop

Rangel Graduate FellowshipPickering Fellowship, and Payne Fellowship 

National deadlines: Fall 2021 (exact dates vary by program)

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

2/22/22 | 4-5 p.m. ET | Zoom Info. Session 

Gilman Scholarship | National deadline: March 1, 2022
2/2/22 | 2-3 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Graduate School in the United Kingdom | National deadlines: Fall, 2022 (varies by program) | AU nomination deadline (for UK awards): February 21, 2022 (10 a.m. ET)
2/7/22 | 2-3 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session
Repeat Session: 2/9/22 | 1-2 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Schwarzman Scholars & Soros Fellowship | National deadlines: Fall, 2022
2/17/22 | 2-3 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

Truman Scholarship | National deadline (for 2022-2023 cycle): February, 2023 | AU nomination deadline: March 21, 2022 (10 a.m. ET)
2/17/22 | 12:45-2:15 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship | National deadline: Fall, 2022 (varies by program) 
4/5/22 | 4-5:30 p.m. ET | Zoom Info Session

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