Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines (Endorsed and Selected Non-endorsed Awards)

Please notify the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ods@unc.edu) if you wish to apply for one or more of these awards. Note that some of the dates (endorsement deadlines in particular) may change or be updated. We encourage you to check this page regularly and reach out to our office!

Endorsed Awards          Other Awards

UNC Endorsement Required

Endorsement includes a campus application and selection process, and endorsement application deadlines are at least several weeks before the final award deadlines.

Marshall Scholarships

Open to fourth year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Mitchell Scholarship

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Rhodes Scholarships

Open to fourth year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline (US competition only): Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Other competitions have final deadlines that may be much earlier than the US competition; check with ODS regarding endorsement for non-US competitions

Schwarzman Scholars program

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • China competition (Final Application Deadline has passed): Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)
  • US/Global competition, undergraduate applicants only–institutional letter of recommendation request deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)
  • US/Global competition (Final Application Deadline): Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boren Awards | National Security Education Program

Open to undergraduates (Scholarship) and those applying to or in graduate school (Fellowship)

  • Email nomination deadline (optional): Thursday, September 14, 2017 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Endorsement application deadline (optional; guarantees feedback and evaluation; can apply independently by final deadline): Monday, December 4, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Final Application Deadline for Graduate Fellowship: January 2018
  • Final Application Deadline for Undergraduate Scholarship: February 2018

Luce Scholars Program

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Churchill Scholarship

Open to fourth year students and alumni from the previous academic year

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Goldwater Scholarship

Open to second and third year students

  • Email nomination deadline: Thursday, October 5, 2017 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Truman Scholarship 

Open to third year students

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Udall Scholarship

Open to second and third year students

  • Email nomination deadline (optional): Thursday, November 9, 2017 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, January 25, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Junior Fellows Program

Open to fourth year students and alumni from the previous academic year

  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Beinecke Scholarship

Open to third year students

  • Application Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Final Application Deadlines For Selected Awards (No UNC Endorsement Required)

You may apply independently for these and other non-endorsed awards listed on our website. ODS can provide assistance and feedback upon request.

Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: September 2017; October 2017; January 2018; and March 2018 (rolling deadlines; early application encouraged)

Scoville Fellowships

Open to fourth year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline(s): October 2, 2017

Gilman International Scholarships

Open to undergraduates

  • Application Deadlines: Early October 2017 (Spring 2018 and early application for Summer 2018) and early March 2018 (Summer 2018 and both Fall 2018 and the 2018-2019 academic year)

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: October 11, 2017 (U.S. applicants) or December 6, 2017 or January 4, 2018 (non-U.S. applicants depending on student’s course)

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Humanity in Action Fellowships

Open to second, third & fourth year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: Early January 2018

John Lewis Fellowships

Open to second, third & fourth year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: Early January 2018

Ertegun Scholarships

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: Early and late January 2018 (deadline depends on degree program)

Rangel International Affairs Program

Open to undergraduates (summer enrichment program) and to fourth year students and alumni (graduate fellowship program)

  • Application Deadlines: Mid-January 2018 (Graduate Fellowship Program) or February 2018 (undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program)

Payne Fellowship Program

Open to fourth year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Mid-late January 2018

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to third year students (Undergraduate Fellowship) and to fourth year students and alumni (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Application Deadlines: Mid-late January 2018 (undergraduate and graduate fellowships)

Hollings NOAA Scholarships

Open to second year students

  • Application Deadline: Mid-late January 2018

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

Open to second year students

  • Application Deadline: Early February 2018