Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA) supports UC students and recent alumni interested in applying for external fellowships. Our goal is to support students as early as possible in their college careers, helping them to develop as strong candidates for fellowships. We serve all UC undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as UC alumni.

We provide comprehensive advising and support for a set of core awards that require UC endorsement. We also provide advising and application assistance for a select group of priority awards that do not require UC endorsement. We've also curated a number of other awards that meet the needs of the diverse student population at UC.

Upcoming Learning Series Registration


Registration is now open for the sessions listed below. You may register now by clicking below or review details for each of the sessions to learn more. 

Email nca@uc.edu with questions.

Upcoming Learning Series Sessions

September 21 at 12:30pm: Scholarship and Session Details

Are you committed to pursuing a career in public service? This award supports the next generation of change agents by providing $30,000 for graduate school. Come learn more about the award and application process.

September 29 at 12:30pm: Scholarship and Session Details

Are you interested in going abroad to study languages that are less commonly taught in the U.S.? Boren Awards representative Kyle Fox and the NCA Director will discuss scholarship opportunities and how to apply. 

October 5 at 12:30pm: Scholarship and Session Details

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America's engagement with the world. 


Upcoming Award Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: August 20, 2021
  • National Deadline: October 12, 2021
  • National Deadline: October 13, 2021
  • National Deadline: October 6, 2021 @10AM ET
  • National Deadline: October 28, 2021 @2PM ET
  • National Deadline: September 21, 2021


Congratulations 2020–2021 Award Winners!

  • Caleb Akers, International Affairs; Political ScienceBoren Scholarship
  • Haley BertramClassical Archaeology, Fulbright Study/Research (France)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Boren Scholarship
  • Mahesh Gowda, Business AdministrationForeign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
  • Nicholas Marx, French; Mathematics, Boren Scholarship
  • Annie McAllister, Voice Performance, Fulbright Study/Research (Ireland)
  • Matthew Raj, Medical Sciences; SpanishFulbright ETA (Mexico)
  • Sanjeeth Rajaram, Medical Sciences, Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Austin Snider, Cybersecurity, Boren Scholarship

2020-2021 Award Alternates & Finalists

  • Chinmay Bakshi, Neurobiology; Liberal ArtsRhodes Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Matthew ClaytonPolitical Science, Fulbright Study/Research (Alternate)
  • Marcus McDowellInterdisciplinary Studies, Schwarzman Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Camryn Morrow, Human Development & Community, Truman Scholarship (Finalist)

Please Fill out our Intake Form

If you are interested in being added to our database to be kept up-to-date on all info sessions and resources for the awards that interest you, please fill out our Intake Form.

Come to an Intro to Fellowships Session

Open to all students! Get an overview of the awards and how our office can help you apply!

  • Email nca@uc.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Sessions can be held either on Zoom or in-person.