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 additional fellowships that do not require UC endorsement. 


Congratulations, 2017-2018 Finalists & Winners!

Ishan Anand, 2019 Schwarzman Scholar

Mohamed Elzarka, 2018 Rhodes Finalist

Andrew Emmert, Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Issac Stamper, Barry Goldwater Honorable Mention

Anna Layman, Truman Finalist

Mary Siskaninetz, Truman Finalist

Grace Sprockett, Fulbright ETA (Slovak Republic)

Katherine Paul, Fulbright Study/Research (Germany)

Mariah Cain, Fulbright ETA (Greece)

Madeline Perry, Fulbright Study/Research (Guatelmala)

Eastman Johnson, Fulbright Study/Resesarch (Morocco)

Stacy Grover, Critical Language Scholarship (China)

Madelyn Leembruggen, Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

John Myers, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

Malory Gooding, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

Miguel Nunez, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship


Our Vision:  

To embolden students to view themselves as award winners.

Our Mission: 

NCA supports students to aspire towards and successfully compete for prestigious national and international fellowships and awards by:

  • Facilitating students’ ability to identify, articulate, and advance their strengths, experiences, and goals
  • Cultivating a campus culture in which students are empowered and prepared to apply for external awards


Upcoming Deadlines 

Marshall, Mitchel, Rhodes, Knight Hennessy:

Campus Deadline: 7/30/19


Campus Deadline: 8/4/19