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

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Wednesday, May 10th @ 12 PM via Zoom.

Email with questions.

Upcoming Learning Series Sessions

May 10th at 12:00PM via Zoom: Scholarship and Session Details

This five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000. Register for this session, led by Dr. Jenny Hyest (NCA Director), to learn more.

Upcoming Award Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: August 18, 2023
  • National Deadline: October 10, 2023 @ 5PM ET
  • National Deadline: November 2023
  • National Deadline: October 2023
  • Campus Deadline: April 21, 2023
  • National Deadline: September 26, 2023 @ 5PM
  • Campus Deadline: April 21, 2023
  • National Deadline: September 28, 2023
  • National Deadline: October 2023
  • Campus Deadline: April 21, 2023
  • National Deadline: October 4, 2023 @ 11:59PM ET
  • National Deadline: September 19, 2023 @ 11:59PM ET


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


UC students awarded critical language scholarships

April 4, 2022

Three students from the University of Cincinnati were announced as finalists for the Critical Language Scholarship this year. The CLS Program is a study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.


Rebecca Smith is here to empower men in nursing

October 21, 2021

UC College of Nursing senior Rebecca Smith is this year's American Association of Men in Nursing Outstanding Student Award winner for her far-reaching contributions to the organization.

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Congratulations 2022-2023 Award Winners!

  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Fulbright Study/Research (Jordan)
  • Connor HerbertPolitical Science; International Relations, Fulbright-Durham University Award (United Kingdom)
  • Greg Muha, Electrical Engineering, Goldwater Scholar
  • Saba RehmanPolitical Science, Critical Language Scholarship (Arabic)
  • Katherine Schlaak, Materials Science, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP)
  • Lily StiefelAsian Studies, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program 

2022-2023 Award Alternates & Finalists

  • Kabelo ChirwaMusicology, Fulbright Study/Research Nigeria (Alternate)
  • Jane Cox, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Fulbright ETA Brazil (Semi-Finalist)
  • Anna Guan, Physiology, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Study/Research Mexico (Semi-Finalist)
  • Riley OwensPhysics; Astrophysics, Fulbright Study/Research United Arab Emirates (Semi-Finalist)
  • Ria ParikhNeuroscience; English, Fulbright-Imperial College London Award (Alternate)
  • Lily Stewart, English RPW; English LCS, Fulbright ETA Montenegro (Semi-Finalist)
  • Erin Tedtman, Political Science, Fulbright-University of Turku Graduate Award (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.