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Attention Students: This page contains important information on how to apply for scholarships and fellowships in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Please take time to read each section thoroughly.

The College of Social and Behavioral Science provides merit-based and need-based scholarships and fellowships for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, thanks to the generosity of many individuals and families. As noted below, consideration is only given for those who have declared their major in the college, not pre-majors.

Scholarships and fellowships are primarily in the form of tuition reduction, and typically range from $1,000 - $5,000. Often the amount of a scholarship/fellowship depends largely on the competitiveness of the pool of the applicants and the amount of available funding.


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University General Online Application Available
(Please note that the CSBS online application must be filled out separately)

January 1

Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship Online Application Portals Open

February 7

Graduate Fellowship Online Application Portal Closes

March 1

Undergraduate Scholarship Online Application Portal Closes

March 7

Graduate Fellowship Offers Issued

April 15-20

Undergraduate Scholarship Offers Issued

May 1

Acceptance Materials Due

Undergraduate Information:


Apply to the University of Utah by December 1 and meet with your advisor to declare your major ASAP to be eligible to apply for scholarships in the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

Graduate Information:

10 Steps to a Successful Application


Completely explore this webpage, its active links and sorting features. Undergraduate students will find one application for each major, with description of each scholarship opportunity available within that major. Note, there are several applications at the college-level.

Note: There are several undergraduate applications at the college-level. Click the red database button above for more information. Graduate students will find one application for the CSBS fellowships, for application information regarding department fellowships inquire within your specific department or program.

You must be declared in one of the following departments to be eligible to apply for scholarships/fellowships offered by the college:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • Family and Consumer Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Society and Policy
  • International Affairs & Global Enterprise
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Haven't declared your major yet? Meet with your advisor!

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We have a number of scholarships/fellowships by our donors that are need-based. If you haven’t already filled out your 2019-2020 FAFSA, use the button below to fill out your application.

fafsa application

DREAMers interested in need-based donor scholarships/fellowships will be asked to fill out as much as possible on a FAFSA paper application.

download fafsa paper application

All of the scholarship opportunities offered through the College of Social and Behavioral Science are accessed through department scholarship applications. College fellowship opportunities are accessed through the CSBS Graduate Fellowship Application. 

To access the scholarship/fellowship application within your major or the CSBS Fellowship application, you must first complete the University's Scholarship Application through the online application portal.

complete university scholarship application

Once you complete the online University’s Scholarship Application you can access scholarships offered throughout the college and university. For example, if you are majored in Political Science, you will scroll through to the Political Science Scholarship Application.

Come in and out of your application by selecting the “save and keep editing” button at the bottom of the application.

Undergraduate Students: You can edit your scholarship application until the application closes at 11:59 PM on March 1, 2019.

Graduate Students: You can edit your fellowship application until the application closes at 11:59 PM on February 7, 2019.

There are essay question(s) in each application and your essay matters! Each essay question will guide you to topics to consider as you write. Be thorough and thoughtful. We recommend that you prepare your answers in Word and paste them into the application keeping in mind that most essays have 300-500 word limits.

A personal statement or essay is not an autobiography. Instead you may be asked to describe:

  1. Why you’ve chosen your area of study
  2. Your academic achievements or awards
  3. Professional interests
  4. Demonstrated community service and leadership opportunities
  5. Your motivation and capacity to succeed or unusual or extraordinary circumstances regarding your situation which you feel should be known in considering your application and
  6. Why you feel you are a viable candidate

The University Writing Center can be a great resource.

You may be asked to upload your degree dashboard (Formerly DARS) or an unofficial transcript with grades depending on your major. If you have been at the University of Utah for less than two semesters, you’ll be asked to submit a transcript from other schools attended.

All of our scholarship/fellowship applications are required to have two letters of reference. At least one MUST be an academic reference, a current or former professor/teacher. The other can be an employer, volunteer supervisor, but not a friend or family member.

how to ask for letters of reference


  1. Your reference must agree to write a letter BEFORE you put their contact information into your application because the very moment their contact information is input, an auto notification will be sent to them. If your reference did not agree to write a reference letter for you, they have every right to reject the system’s request!
  2. Once your reference has agreed to write a letter for you, it is up to YOU to check your application to make sure the letter was submitted. You cannot see the letter but will be able to tell if it was received.
If you have any questions about your application or scholarship/fellowship opportunities in the college, etc., please submit them to or utilize the online chat feature when it is open.
Before you submit your application, ask yourself the following:
  • Have both of my letters of reference been submitted?
  • Have I checked spelling, grammar, and punctuation throughout my application?
  • Have I attached all of the required documents?
Last Updated: 12/12/18