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

Udall Scholarship - Tuesday, November 29th @ 12:30 PM in Swift 708.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes - Wednesday, November 30th @ 12:30 PM in Swift 708.

Email with questions.

Upcoming Learning Series Sessions

November 29th at 12:30PM: Scholarship and Session Details

Honoring the legacy of U.S. Representative Morris Udall and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, the Udall Foundation awards up to $7,000 to 50 college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

November 30th at 12:30PM: Scholarship and Session Details

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-four week programs for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. There are several UK Summer Institutes available every year, each hosted by a different university, and each focuses on a specific historical or cultural context, or a subject or topic. 

Upcoming Award Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: December 1, 2022
  • National Deadline: January 17, 2023
  • Campus Deadline: January 3, 2023
  • National Deadline: January 25, 2023 (Fellowships) and February 1, 2023 (Scholarships)
  • National Deadline: February 3, 2023
  • National Deadline: February 7, 2023


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 2021–2022 Award Winners!

  • Chinmay Bakshi, Neurobiology; Medical Sciences, Samvid Scholar
  • Kylie Boyer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Critical Language Scholarship (Korean)
  • Stephanie Cuyubamba KongFine ArtsFulbright Study/Research (Peru)
  • Adam ElzarkaMedical Sciences; Liberal Arts, Truman Scholarship Recipient; Critical Language Scholarship (Arabic)
  • Regina KazanjianIndustrial Design, Fulbright Aalto University Graduate Award (Finland)
  • Lynn PickeringAerospace Engineering, Fulbright Ghent University Award (Belgium)
  • Nicholas ShawMedical SciencesGoldwater Scholarship
  • Isabel SlonnegerInternational Affairs; Environmental Studies, Fulbright ETA (Spain)
  • Mariam SolimanMiddle Childhood Education, Fulbright ETA (Turkey)
  • Lily Stiefel, Asian StudiesCritical Language Scholarship (Japanese)
  • Will Thompson, Business Analytics, Boren Fellowship (Jordan)
  • Andrew Van Dyke, Musicology, Critical Language Scholarship (Russian, declined)

2021-2022 Award Alternates & Finalists

  • Thomas CrokeMusicologyFulbright Study/Research Poland (Semi-Finalist)
  • Jack Fogle, Biology; Psychology; NeuroscienceFulbright Study/Research Slovenia (Semi-Finalist)
  • Maya GulaniPolitical Science; International Affairs; German Studies, Fulbright ETA (Semi-Finalist)
  • Joyner HornVoice Performance, Fulbright John Wood LAMDA Award in Classical Acting (Alternate)
  • Daniel PosmikBusiness Economics; Business Analytics, Schwarzman 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!

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