Scholarships

This is a comprehensive list of all 21 prestigious scholarships that SOP staff currently support through strategic advising, draft review, and/or campus endorsement consideration.

  • * = Requires UCI endorsement (nomination) & campus screening process; deadlines must be met in order to qualify.
  • world icon = Available to international students.
  • All applicants are required to self-enroll in and complete all requirements of the SOP-PREP Course to receive access to Pre-Application materials. More details about the application process are available under each scholarship's detailed sections.

Explorer's 11 (Fall/Winter)
U.S. Research Awards
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Intend to Graduate By
Citizenship Requirements
Pre-App Opens
Pre-App Deadline
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Beinecke Scholarship*Summer 2022U.S. CitizenEarly OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view Beinecke Information

- $34,000 for graduate study in the arts, humanities & social sciences.
- Must have exceptional academic record & demonstrate financial need.
- Must be U.S. citizen.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 20 Awards.
- UCI may nominate 1 student.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship*Summer 2023U.S. Citizen or Perm. Res.Early OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view Goldwater Information

- $7,500 per year for undergraduate study toward a research career in math, science, or engineering (not clinical medicine).
- Have research experience, especially publication(s) or presentation(s).
- Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 250-260 Awards.
NIH Undergraduate ScholarshipSummer 2023U.S. Citizen or Perm. Res.Early OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view NIH Information

- $20,000 per undergraduate year for biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
- Offers paid training during summer and paid employment after graduation.
- Must demonstrate financial need.
- 3.3+ GPA OR within top 5% of class; 15 Awards.
NOAA Hollings Undergraduate ScholarshipSummer 2023U.S. Citizen or Perm. Res.Early OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view NOAA Information

- $9,500 per undergraduate year for 2 years, and paid summer internship.
- Provides hands-on experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education.
- Cumulative and major 3.0+ GPA; 18 Awards.
Department of Defense SMART Scholarship-for-ServiceSummer 2023U.S., AU, CA, NZ, or U.K.Early OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view SMART Information

- Full tuition and educational expenses, $25,000 - $38,000 stipend per year
- Must pursue science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree and complex research.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA; around 300 Awards.
U.S. Service & Leadership Awards
Harry S. Truman Scholarship*Summer 2022U.S. CitizenEarly OctoberNovember 9, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view Truman Information

- $30,000 for senior year as well as graduate study at any U.S. Institution.
- Must have exceptional service & leadership experience & intend a career in public service (government, nonprofit, or education).
- Must be U.S. citizen.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 60-65 Awards.
- UCI may nominate 4 students.
Donald A. Strauss Scholarship*Summer 2023NoneEarly October November 9, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view Strauss Information

- $15,000 for service projects & undergraduate educational expenses.
- Must show commitment to public service & leadership.
- No citizenship restrictions.
- 3.5+ GPA recommended; 10-15 CA Awards.
- UCI may nominate 3 students.
Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship*Summer 2023U.S. Citizen or Perm. Res.Early OctoberNovember 9, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view Udall Information

- $7,000 for junior or senior year with environmental leadership interests.
- Or be a Native American tribe member pursuing tribal policy or healthcare.
- Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 2 CA Awards.
- UCI may nominate 4 students for environment; 4 students for tribal issues.
Abroad Awards
Killam Fellowships (Canada)Summer 2023U.S. CitizenEarly OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click here to view Killam Information

- $5,000-10,000 for undergraduate study abroad at a Canadian university through UCEAP.
- Must have a strong academic record; interest in cultural exchange between U.S. and Canada.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- 3.5+ GPA recommended; 15-20 Awards.
- UCI may nominate 3 students.
Postgraduate Internships
California Capital FellowsSummer 2021Eligible to work in U.S.Early OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click to view California Capital Information

- $2,964 monthly stipend and paid enrollment
- 10-11 months working in a Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Branch office
- 2.5+ GPA.
- 64 fellowships awarded.
Carnegie Junior FellowsSummer 2021Eligible to work in U.S.Early OctoberOctober 26, 2020 (12 noon)Click here to view Carnegie Information

- Funds year-long research assistant position (approx. $39,500) at the Carnegie Endowment global think tank.
- Must have research experience; some tracks require quantitative or foreign language skills.
- Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 12-14 Awards.

Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer)
U.S. Research Awards
Scholarship
Intend to Graduate By
Citizenship Requirements
Pre-App Opens
Pre-App Deadline
Information
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramSummer 2022U.S. Citizen or Perm. Res.Mid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click to view NSF Information

- Funds 3 years of graduate study ($34,000/yr) toward research-based M.S. or Ph. D. (NOT M.D.) in science, engineering, or social science in the U.S.
- Have research experience, especially publication(s) or presentation(s).
- Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- 3.2+ GPA recommended; 1,500-2,000 Awards.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New AmericansSummer 2022See detailed information.Mid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click to view Soros Information

-$20,000 per year plus stipend for graduate study in any major.
- Must exhibit creativity, initiative, & record of accomplishment.
- Both parents must have been born abroad as non-U.S. citizens.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 30 Awards.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars*Summer 2022NoneMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click to view Knight-Hennessy Information

- Funds 3 years in any graduate program at Stanford University.
- Requires demonstrated leadership & vision for large-scale positive change.
- Must have a specific, ambitious career goal.
- No citizenship restrictions.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 100 Awards.
Abroad Awards
Fulbright U.S. Student Program (140+ countries)*Summer 2022U.S. CitizenMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Fulbright Information

- Funds 1 academic year of graduate study, independent research, or special grants in arts, music, or teaching English in 140+ available host countries.
- Must be U.S. citizen.
- 3.5 + GPA recommended; 1,000+ Awards.
Churchill Scholarship (UK)*Summer 2022U.S. CitizenMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Churchill Information

- Funds 1 year of Master's study at Cambridge in the sciences.
- Have research experience, especially publication(s) or presentation(s).
- Must be U.S. citizen.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 15 Awards.
- UCI may nominate 2 students.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship (UK)Summer 2022NoneMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Cambridge Information

- Funds up to 3 years of graduate study at Cambridge.
- Must have exceptional academic merit, demonstrated leadership, & community service record.
- No citizenship restrictions.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 90 Awards/40 from U.S.
Rhodes Scholarship (UK)*Summer 2022NoneMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Rhodes Information

- Funds 2 years at Oxford.
- Must be aged 18-23 with exceptional academic merit, demonstrated leadership, & community service record.
- No citizenship restrictions.
- 3.7+ GPA required; 95 Awards/32 from U.S.
British Marshall Scholarship (UK)*Summer 2022U.S. CitizenMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Marshall Information

- Funds 1-3 years at any U.K. university.
- Must have exceptional academic merit, demonstrated leadership, & ambassadorial potential.
- Must be a U.S. citizen, graduating after April 2018.
- 3.7+ GPA required; 45-48 Awards.
George Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland)*Summer 2022U.S. CitizenMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Mitchell Information

- Funds 1 year of graduate study at institutions in the Republic of Ireland.
- Must be aged 18-29 with exceptional academic merit, demonstrated leadership, & community service record.
- Must be U.S. citizen.
- 3.7+ GPA recommended; 12 Awards.
Schwarzman Scholars (China)Spring 2022NoneMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Schwarzman Information

- 1-year Master's study in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in China.
- Must be aged 18-27 with strong academic performance & demonstrated leadership record.
- No citizenship restrictions.
- 3.5+ GPA recommended; 200/Awards/90 from U.S.
Postgraduate Internships
Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching AssistantshipSummer 2022U.S. CitizenMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Fulbright Information
Fulbright U.S. Student Binational Business InternshipSummer 2022U.S. CitizenMid-FebruaryApril 12, 2021 (12 noon)Click here to view Fulbright Information

Looking for other opportunities? We have carefully selected the following list of additional scholarships and post-graduation experiences for UCI undergraduates and recent alumni. They do not require campus endorsement or nomination, so please apply directly to these on your own. We wish you success!

Domestic Students: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

International & AB 540 Students world icon