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.

Learning Series- Schwarzman Scholarship


Tuesday, April 13 @ 4:00pm

This session will be held on WebEx.


Upcoming Awards and Deadlines

  • Intent-to-apply Deadline: August 4, 2021
  • Campus Deadline: August 20, 2021
  • National Deadline: October 12, 2021
  • National Deadline: September 2021

Leadership Essay Webinar

Prestigious scholarships often ask for a leadership essay, but what does such an essay entail? NCA has recorded a webinar full of tips to help you craft a compelling leadership narrative for your application. Please watch our 30-minute Leadership Essay Webinar (be sure to view as a Slide Show for audio narration). Closed captions are available.



Congratulations 2019–2020 Award Winners!

  • Mia Turnbull, Early Childhood EducationFulbright ETA (Spain)
  • Jeff BanksClassics, Fulbright Study/Research (Greece)
  • Dylan DavidImmunology, Fulbright Study/Research (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Erika Nguyen, Medical SciencesFulbright ETA (Vietnam)
  • Morgan DentMedical Sciences, Fulbright UK Summer Institute (Northern Ireland)
  • Parker CelluraPolitical Science, Humanity in Action (The Netherlands)
  • Rishi Mehta, Medical SciencesBarry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Zachary Thomas, Biomedical Engineering, Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Mohamed Elzarka, Public Health, Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

2019-2020 Award Finalists

  • Anna Armao, Business EconomicsMarshall Scholarship
  • Chinmay BakshiChemistry; Neuroscience, Truman Scholarhsip
  • Isabel SlonnegerEnvironmental Studies; International Affairs, Boren Awards

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!