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

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 (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): Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Final Application Deadline for Graduate Fellowship: January 27, 2021.
  • Final Application Deadline for Undergraduate Scholarship: February 3, 2021.

Churchill Scholarship

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

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

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

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Goldwater Scholarship

Open to second- and third-year students

  • Faculty nomination deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (4:00 pm ET)

Luce Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Marshall Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, August 3, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, September 28, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students

  • Endorsement Application: Thursday, October 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Mitchell Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, August 3, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Rhodes Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, August 3, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline (US competition only): Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (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

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, September 7, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Truman Scholarship 

Open to third-year students

  • Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 2, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Udall Scholarship

Open to second- and third-year students

  • Application Deadline: The 2021 deadline has not been decided yet. (Last year, the deadline was March 5, 2020)

Yenching Academy

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Endorsement Deadline: October 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: December 4, 2020 (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 2020 (deadline depends on degree program)

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline for U.S. applicants: October 2020 (exact deadline will be set in late summer).
  • Application Deadlines for non-U.S. applicants: December 2020 or January 2021 (depending on student’s course)

Gilman International Scholarships

Open to undergraduates

  • Application Deadline for Spring 2021 programs and early application for Summer 2021 programs: October 2020
  • Application Deadline for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Academic Year 2021-22 programs: March 2021

Hollings NOAA Scholarships

Open to second-year students. Application opens September 2020.

  • Application Deadline: January 2021 (exact date will be determined in late summer).

Humanity in Action Fellowships

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

  • Application Deadline: January 2021 (application will open in fall 2020)

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

Open to second-year students

  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Will be made available August 1, 2020. (Students 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: October 29, 2020

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: Mid-September 2020

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 2020 (exact date not yet determined)
  • Application Deadline for Undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program: February 2021 (exact date not yet determined)

Scoville Fellowships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: October 2, 2020