OSFA: What we do and how we do it

1. What We Do

The Office for Scholarship and Fellowship (OSFA) advising assists current students interested in applying for an external award. OSFA does not disperse institutional awards to either current or perspective students. To apply for institutional scholarships and aid, please the Office of Financial Aid.

2. What is an External Award?

An external award is any local, national, or international opportunity that enables current students to pursue academic or professional growth. External awards promoted by our office support students as they pursue undergraduate study, graduate study, internships, leadership development, education abroad, and more.

3. External Awards Promoted by CSU

There are thousands of external awards available to students, and our office cannot promote every award to every student who may be qualified. Therefore, our office priorities opportunities that we feel are the best fits for CSU students. By prioritize, we mean that we recruit, advise, and in some cases, nominate students for awards. However, our office will review any application for an external award upon request.

For some external awards, an applicant must be nominated (or endorsed) by Colorado State University. For these awards, our office sets an internal campus deadline, and candidates must submit applications to our office by this date to be considered for an award. University committees then meet, review applications, and determine which candidates to nominate. Our staff advises candidates throughout this process.

There are also external awards that our office promotes that do not require a campus endorsement. Our office support candidates for these awards and candidates are strongly encouraged but not required to work with our office to apply.

Our office promotes the following awards (starred opportunities require a university nomination):

  • Astronaut Scholarship*
  • Boren Fellowship*
  • Boren Scholarship*
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
  • DAAD RISE Internships
  • DAAD Study Scholarships
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
  • Fulbright US Student Award*
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award
  • Humanity in Action Fellowship
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship*
  • Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
  • James Madison Graduate Fellowships
  • Marshall Scholarships*
  • Mitchell Scholarships*
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Payne Fellowship
  • PEO Scholar Awards*
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA)
  • Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
  • Rotary Global Grant*
  • Rhodes Scholarship*
  • Schwarzman Scholarship
  • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship
  • Truman Scholarship*
  • Udall Undergraduate Scholarship*
  • Yenching Academy of Peking University

Discover Awards and Contact Us

Each semester, our office hosts a series of information session and workshops on these awards. To view our current session offerings, please visit site. We also welcome students to set up individual meetings with us to discuss opportunities that may be good fits for them. You can contact us at: .

Program Director
Mary Swanson

Program Coordinator
Eliz Hale