Awards With Optional UNC Endorsement

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

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): Wednesday, December 14, 2022 (5:00 pm ET)
  • Final Application Deadline for Graduate Fellowship: Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
  • Final Application Deadline for Undergraduate Scholarship: Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to gain knowledge of languages and cultures in areas of the world that are less frequently studied (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). All recipients of NSEP awards must attempt employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs. Duration of study may be a summer, semester or a full academic year; maximum awards range from $8,000 to $20,000 for a full academic year. UNC endorsement is optional.

Luce Scholars Program

Open to fourth-year students and alumni

  • Application Review Deadline: There is no endorsement for the Luce Scholarship (email ODS to discuss optional review)
  • Application Deadline: Saturday,October 15, 2022

The Luce Scholars Program provides for students with an internship in Asia arranged individually for each scholar based on his or her specific interests, background and qualifications. The scholarship provides travel and living expenses plus salary, which varies with the country of placement. The program is designed to give young leaders with no prior experience of Asia a chance to become acquainted with Asia and their Asian counterparts. Applicants must be under 30 years of age, be able to show clear evidence of leadership in their chosen field, and may not have had significant exposure to Asia. Applicants must be endorsed by UNC before applying.

Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

Open to seniors and alumni. Only students studying full-time in a doctoral program are eligible to receive a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

Each year, the Foundation awards up to fifteen scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, and People and their Natural Environment. Fellows must be nominated by their universities.