Application Deadlines

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.

Beinecke Scholarship

Open to third-year students

  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 14, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Boren Awards | National Security Education Program

Open to undergraduates (scholarship) and those applying to or in graduate school (fellowship)

  • Endorsement application deadline (optional: guarantees feedback and evaluation): Monday, December 17, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Final Application Deadline for Graduate Fellowship: Late January 2019
  • Final Application Deadline for Undergraduate Scholarship: Early February 2019

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Junior Fellows Program

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

  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 26, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Churchill Scholarship

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

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Goldwater Scholarship

Open to second- and third-year students

  • Faculty nomination deadline: Thursday, October 4, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 12, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Luce Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Monday, September 24, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Marshall Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Mitchell Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Rhodes Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline (US competition only): Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (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

  • US/Global competition, undergraduate applicants only–institutional letter of recommendation request deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)
  • US/Global competition (Final Application Deadline): Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • China competition (Final Application Deadline): Thursday, May 31, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Truman Scholarship 

Open to third-year students

  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 5, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Udall Scholarship

Open to second- and third-year students

  • Email nomination deadline (optional): Thursday, November 8, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Yenching Academy

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 29, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

UNC Endorsement Not Required

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

Ertegun Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: January 2019 (deadline depends on degree program)

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline for U.S. applicants: October 2018
  • Application Deadlines for non-U.S. applicants: December 2018 or January 2019 (depending on student’s course)

Gilman International Scholarships

Open to undergraduates

  • Application Deadline for Spring 2019 programs and early application for Summer 2019 programs: October 2, 2018
  • Application Deadline for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-20 programs: March 2019

Hollings NOAA Scholarships

Open to second-year students

  • Application Deadline: January 2019

Humanity in Action Fellowships

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

  • Application Deadline: January 2019

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

Open to second-year students

  • Application Deadline: Early February 2019

Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: March 2018 (must apply for master’s and MBA programs separately)

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: Mid-September 2018

Rangel International Affairs Program

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

  • Application Deadline for Graduate Fellowship Program: September 2018
  • Application Deadline for Undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program: February 2019

Scoville Fellowships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2018