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 13, 2020 (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 16, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Final Application Deadline for Graduate Fellowship: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Final Application Deadline for Undergraduate Scholarship: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Churchill Scholarship

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

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

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

  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 25, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Goldwater Scholarship

Open to second- and third-year students

  • Faculty nomination deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Luce Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Marshall Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, August 1, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Mitchell Scholarship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, August 1, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Rhodes Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline (US competition only): Thursday, August 1, 2019 (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: Friday, September 13, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)
  • US/Global competition (Final Application Deadline): Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • China competition (Final Application Deadline): Saturday, June 1, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Truman Scholarship 

Open to third-year students

  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 4, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)

Udall Scholarship

Open to second- and third-year students

  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 27, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)

Yenching Academy

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 28, 2019 (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 2019
  • Application Deadlines for non-U.S. applicants: December 2019 or January 2020 (depending on student’s course)

Gilman International Scholarships

Open to undergraduates

  • Application Deadline for Spring 2020 programs and early application for Summer 2020 programs: October 2019
  • Application Deadline for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020-19 programs: March 2020

Hollings NOAA Scholarships

Open to second-year students

  • Application Deadline: January 2020

Humanity in Action Fellowships

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

  • Application Deadline: January 2020

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

Open to second-year students

  • Application Deadline: Early February 2020

Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarships

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadline: March 2020 (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, 2019

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Deadlines: Mid-September 2019

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 2019
  • Application Deadline for Undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program: February 2020

Scoville Fellowships

Open to fourth-year students and recent alumni

  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2019