Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards supports UC undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni interested in applying for major external fellowships. NCA fosters the intellectual and personal development of UC’s student-scholars by facilitating a rewarding application process that encourages them to engage in rigorous self-reflection, cultivate strong writing practices, and define meaningful connections among their personal commitments, academic pursuits, and future goals.

This office administers UC’s nomination processes for awards like Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Goldwater; it also provides support for major awards that do not require endorsement. 

Upcoming Learning Series Registration


The Boren Awards - Monday, September 26th @ 12:30 PM via Zoom.

The Critical Language Scholarship - Tuesday, October 4th @ 12:30 PM in Swift 708.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship - Wednesday, October 12th @ 12:30 PM via Zoom.

Email nca@uc.edu with questions.

Upcoming Learning Series Sessions

October 4th at 12:30PM: Scholarship and Session Details

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. The Truman Foundation nurtures and supports future generations who answer the call to public service leadership.

October 12th at 12:30PM: Scholarship and Session Details

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, this two-year Fellowship program is a path to a career in the Foreign Service by providing academic funding for an IT-related degree, internships, professional development and mentorship – culminating in an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist (IMS).


Upcoming Award Deadlines

  • National Deadline: September 30, 2022 @5PM EST
  • National Deadline: October 3, 2022 @11:59PM EST
  • National Deadline: October 11, 2022
  • National Deadline: October 12, 2022
  • National Deadline: October 12, 2022
  • National Deadline: October 15, 2022
  • Campus Deadline: October 19, 2022
  • National Deadline: January 23, 2023
  • National Deadline: October 27, 2022


Congratulations 2021–2022 Award Winners!

  • Chinmay Bakshi, Neurobiology; Medical Sciences, Samvid Scholar
  • Kylie Boyer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Critical Language Scholarship (Korean)
  • Stephanie Cuyubamba KongFine ArtsFulbright Study/Research (Peru)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Truman Scholarship Recipient; Critical Language Scholarship (Arabic)
  • Regina KazanjianIndustrial Design, Fulbright Aalto University Graduate Award (Finland)
  • Lynn PickeringAerospace Engineering, Fulbright Ghent University Award (Belgium)
  • Nicholas ShawMedical SciencesGoldwater Scholarship
  • Isabel SlonnegerInternational Affairs; Environmental Studies, Fulbright ETA (Spain)
  • Mariam SolimanMiddle Childhood Education, Fulbright ETA (Turkey)
  • Lily Stiefel, Asian StudiesCritical Language Scholarship (Japanese)
  • Will Thompson, Business Analytics, Boren Fellowship (Jordan)
  • Andrew Van Dyke, Musicology, Critical Language Scholarship (Russian, declined)

2021-2022 Award Alternates & Finalists

  • Thomas CrokeMusicologyFulbright Study/Research Poland (Semi-Finalist)
  • Jack Fogle, Biology; Psychology; NeuroscienceFulbright Study/Research Slovenia (Semi-Finalist)
  • Maya GulaniPolitical Science; International Affairs; German Studies, Fulbright ETA (Semi-Finalist)
  • Joyner HornVoice Performance, Fulbright John Wood LAMDA Award in Classical Acting (Alternate)
  • Daniel PosmikBusiness Economics; Business Analytics, Schwarzman 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.