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.

Mandatory Fulbright Meeting for All 2021 Applicants

NCA is hosting a mandatory meeting via Webex on Wednesday, August 4 at 12-1:30 PM. If you are applying for a Fulbright grant this year through UC, you are expected to attend. We will be going over final steps for submitting by the campus deadline (August 20), including what all we need to have by that date. We will also be talking everyone through the campus review process (what to expect, how to prepare, etc.). This meeting helps ensure that everyone is on the same page, so please make it a priority to attend. Pllease email to obtain the WebEx link.

Please note that August 4 is also our Intent-to-Apply deadline: this is the latest date by which you can notify us that you are applying and still expect to be accommodated by the campus review process. 

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Upcoming Awards and Deadlines

  • Intent-to-apply Deadline: August 4, 2021
  • 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

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 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!