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 Sessions

February 27th at 12:30PM via Zoom

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) are partnering to host a Foreign Service panel. Join us virtually to learn more about the Foreign Service, how to prepare yourself for that career, and what life is like serving as a Foreign Service Officer.

February 27th at 12:30PM in 539 Steger

Intercultural competence is a skill that today’s employers all want--but what is it? And, just as importantly, how do you develop it? In celebration of WorldFest, join UC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA) and the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services for an interactive session on intercultural competence. We will discuss what it is and why it might matter to you professionally and personally. We will then explore some of the fully funded scholarships that can help you develop this essential skill through cultural exploration and exchange. 

March 5th at 12:30PM in Swift 708

This info session will discuss teaching English abroad programs, what they are looking for in applicants, and why you should consider teaching abroad after your time at UC.

March 26th at 12:30PM and March 27th at 12:30PM in Swift 708: Scholarship and Session Details

For students interested in earning a fully funded graduate degree in the United Kingdom; an overview of the Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Gates Cambridge scholarships.

April 8th at 12:30PM in Swift 702: Scholarship and Session Details

Join the NCA Director to discuss application preparation for the Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Gates Cambridge scholarships. This session is for students who attended the Intro to the UK Awards Session and have decided to apply.


Upcoming Award Deadlines

  • National Deadline: October 2024
  • Campus Deadline: July 29th 2024
  • National Deadline: September 2024
  • Campus Deadline: July 29th 2024
  • National Deadline: September 2024
  • National Deadline: February 2024
  • Campus Deadline: July 29th 2024
  • National Deadline: October 2024

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Lindner student named to Schwarzman Scholars class of 2024-25

December 7, 2023

Carl H. Lindner College of Business student Lance Entsuah, BA ’24, recently earned admission to the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars program that offers a one-year, fully funded master’s degree program in global affairs from Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.

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With UC, you see the world

September 19, 2023

Study abroad is back to 75% of pre-COVID levels at the University of Cincinnati, and a wide variety of international study options is available to students in any program. Where do you see yourself in the world?

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UC alum wins Samvid Scholarship

October 3, 2022

Samvid Scholarship recognizes Chinmay Bakshi, A&S ’21, as future changemaker after an extraordinary undergraduate career that focused on both research and public service

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Congratulations 2023-2024 Award Winners!

2023-2024 Award Alternates & Finalists

  • Maria Adams, English-Creative Writing, Fulbright/Durham University Award (Semi-Finalist)
  • Solomon Carr, Arabic Language and Culture, Critical Language Scholarship Arabic (Semi-Finalist)
  • Mallika Desai, Medical Sciences, Truman Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Rhodes Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Marshall Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Olivia Haines, Neurobiology; Psychology, Fulbright Study/Research Germany (Semi-Finalist)
  • Kellie Hannan, Business Economics, Gaither Junior Fellowship Program (Finalist)
  • John Hodges, Secondary Educations, English LCS, Fulbright/Athens College-HAEF ETA (Semi-Finalist)
  • Nicholas Marx, French; International Business, Gaither Junior Fellowship Program (Finalist)
  • Claire McMahon, Counselor Education & Supervision, Fulbright Study/Research Switzerland (Semi-Finalist)
  • Daniel Posmik, Economics; Data Analytics, McCall MacBain Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Annah Saladonis, Urban Studies; Spanish, ETA Spain (Semi-Finalist)
  • Raghib Shahid, Architecture, Fulbright Study/Research Turkey (Türkiye) (Semi-Finalist)
  • Trinity Shaya, Psychology, Fulbright/Cardiff University Award (Semi-Finalist)
  • Nosagie Sherman, Intern'l Business; Information Systems; Accounting, Fulbright National Taiwan Normal University Award in International Human Resource Development (Semi-Finalist)
  • Carrie Vennefron, Business Analytics, Fulbright ETA South Korea (Semi-Finalist)
  • Joyce Zheng, Architecture, Fulbright Study/Research Singapore (Semi-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.