Additional Opportunities

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards strives to increase awareness of a variety of awards in which a diverse population of students may be interested. This includes both awards requiring endorsement and awards requiring direct application. 

The awards contained in the subcategories to the left and below are awards that do not require university endorsement. Any student who meets the eligibility requirements of the award is encouraged to apply. The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is happy to work with applicants to build competitive applications in any and all of these awards. Please contact us if you are interested in one or more of these awards.

Highlighted Awards

This is a list of the Highlighted Awards the NCA office assists with, however this list is not exhaustive. All the awards are for U.S. Citizens unless otherwise stated. Though you are not required to work with NCA in order to complete an application for a Highlighted Award, we strongly encourage you to do so.

To learn more about what awards might be a good fit for you, email to schedule an Intro to Fellowships session. 

Eligibility: Indian citizens holding a Bachelor's degree between the ages of 27 and 35 with three years of relevant experience in the social sector.
National Deadline: January 

By facilitating exchange and collaboration between young professionals from India and the US, the American India Foundation Banyan Impact Fellowship program aims to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive and sustainable change and creating a lasting US-India relationship by broadening the existing constituency of future leaders, civil society and other stakeholders.

Eligibility: Fourth year undergraduate students with eligibility to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship.
Deadline: February

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact that includes focused professional development. Fellows work at high-impact nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. 

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or nationals accepted or enrolled full-time pursuing eligible primary care health professions training.
Deadline: May

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

Eligibility: College seniors graduating from a U.S. institution.
Deadline: January

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides $30,000 stipends for graduating college seniors to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Eligibility: Recently completed Bachelor's or Master's Degree with eligiblity to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship.
Deadline: October and January

to recruit and train the next generation of policy and advocacy leaders on a range of international peace and security issues. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington, DC working full time at the participating organization of their choice. 

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen college seniors or recent graduates seeking admission to a two-year graduate program  in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service at a U.S. university with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Deadline: September

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.  It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with a demonstrated financial need for graduate school.