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 NCA Information Sessions

Thursday, July 25, 2024 @ 12:00-1:30 PM

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 @ 3:30-5:00 PM

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding STEM graduate students who have demonstrated the potential to be high achieving research scientists and engineers. This fellowship provides three years of financial support, including an annual stipend of $37,000. Application opens in late July/early August. To learn more, register for one of two identical information sessions led by Dr. Jenny Hyest (NCA Director).

Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents intending to pursue a research-based Master’s or PhD program in a GRFP-supported field. Rising & graduating seniors can apply, 1st- and 2nd-year graduate students may apply.

Email with questions.

Upcoming Award Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: August 23, 2024
  • National Deadline: October 8, 2024 @5PM ET
  • National Deadline: October 2024
  • Campus Deadline: July 29th 2024
  • National Deadline: September 24th 2024
  • National Deadline: October 2024
  • National Deadline: October 2024
  • National Deadline: September 2024
  • National Deadline: September 19th 2024
  • Campus Deadline: July 29th 2024
  • National Deadline: October 4th 2024
  • National Deadline: September 12th 2024


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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Congratulations 2023-2024 Award Winners!

2023-2024 Award Alternates & Finalists

  • Maria AdamsEnglish-Creative Writing, Fulbright/Durham University Award (Semi-Finalist)
  • Samuel Dell, English, Boren Scholarship (Alternate)
  • Mallika Desai, Medical Sciences, Truman Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Rhodes Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Marshall Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Olivia HainesNeurobiology; Psychology, Fulbright Study/Research Germany (Alternate)
  • Kellie Hannan, Business Economics, Gaither Junior Fellowship Program (Finalist)
  • John HodgesSecondary Educations, English LCS, Fulbright/Athens College-HAEF ETA (Semi-Finalist)
  • Greta KaroscikPsychology, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program (Finalist)
  • Nicholas Marx, French; International Business, Gaither Junior Fellowship Program (Finalist)
  • Claire McMahonCounselor Education & Supervision, Fulbright Study/Research Switzerland (Semi-Finalist)
  • Greg Muha, Electrical Engineering, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) Program (Honorable Mention)
  • Daniel PosmikEconomics; Data Analytics, McCall MacBain Scholarship (Finalist)
  • Annah SaladonisUrban Studies; Spanish, ETA Spain (Semi-Finalist)
  • Raghib ShahidArchitecture, Fulbright Study/Research Turkey (Türkiye) (Semi-Finalist)
  • Trinity ShayaPsychology, Fulbright/Cardiff University Award (Semi-Finalist)
  • Nosagie ShermanIntern'l Business; Information Systems; Accounting, Fulbright National Taiwan Normal University Award in International Human Resource Development (Semi-Finalist)
  • Lucas StewartIT-Cybersecurity, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program (Finalist)
  • Joyce ZhengArchitecture, Fulbright Study/Research Singapore (Alternate)

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 to schedule an appointment.
  • Sessions can be held either on Zoom or in-person.