Office of Prestigious External Scholarships

The Office of Prestigious External Scholarships mentors all University students who apply for national, merit-based scholarships and fellowships. These prestigious fellowships include the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall. In addition, our office regularly advises students who compete for other awards and scholarships such as the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), short-term summer Fulbright awards to the UK, Fulbright Fellowships, Boren, and Critical Language Studies Scholarship.

Over the last five years, Mississippi State has had a Rhodes Scholar, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, two Truman Scholars, two Fulbright Fellows, and three Goldwater Scholars. The University has been recognized by the Washington, D.C.-based Truman Scholarship Foundation for "sustained success" in helping students both to win the $30,000 competitive awards and to prepare for public service careers. And most recently, the Goldwater Foundation, which recognizes the most promising undergraduate researchers across the nation in science, math, or engineering, awarded the Goldwater Scholarship to a Shackouls Honors student in the Bagley College of Engineering.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Office of Prestigious External Scholarships are unable to offer in-person advising at this time. However, we are offering students the opportunity to receive advising via video-conference or telephone.


Dr. Anderson is available for individual advising for the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, and Knight Hennessy Scholarships . Please contact him via email ( to set up an advising time and determine the manner in which you will communicate.


Dr. Hoffman will be holding open office hours for Fulbright, Boren and CLS advising on WebEx every Tuesday from 1 PM to 3 PM for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. Here is the link to the required information to join Dr. Hoffman’s personal meeting room:

Dr. Hoffman is available if you cannot meet during those hours, but arrangements must be made via email ( to determine a mutually agreeable time.


Upcoming Scholarship Information Sessions:


  1. Dr. Hoffman will be hosting a Fulbright, Boren and Critical Language Scholarships information session on Tuesday, April 14th at 3:00-4:00 PM via WebEx. More information (login details, password) on this session will be coming soon. These scholarships are for post-undergraduate (Fulbright & Boren) and undergraduate (Boren / CLS) international research, language and cultural exchange experiences sponsored by the U.S. Government.

For more information, see:



  1. Dr. Anderson will be hosting a Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, and Knight Hennessy Scholarship Information Sessionon April 15 at 3:00-4:00 via WebEx. More information on this session (login details, password) will be coming soon. These scholarships are for graduate study at Oxford, Cambridge, and other UK universities, and the Knight Hennessy is for graduate study at Stanford.


For more information, see



We must convey that video-conference advising does make ensuring FERPA privacy difficult. Advisors will conduct video advising in a private location, and recommend that students do the same to limit the amount of information which could be overheard by others in the vicinity. By agreeing to videoconference-advising, students are confirming they understand this situation.






David M. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator

Department of Anthropology & Middle Eastern Cultures

Mississippi State University

P.O. Box AR

Mississippi State, MS 39762



Fulbright Program Adviser / Boren Campus Representative /

Critical Language Scholarship Advisor

Office of Prestigious External Scholarships

Shackouls Honors College 

Mississippi State University