Pre-App Information

The 2018-2019 cycle has begun with the opening of our annual Big 10 Pre-Application – the first step in applying for the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Knight-Hennessy, Gates Cambridge*, Schwarzman Scholars*, Soros*, and/or NSF* scholarships!

All juniors, seniors and recent alumni (within one year of graduation) applying for any of these awards must enter the campus-level advising, evaluation, and endorsement (nomination) process by submitting this online Pre-Application:

SUBMIT THE PRE-APP  BY APRIL 9, 2018 at 12 NOON. No late applications will be accepted.

If you are a citizen of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau and applying for Schwarzman Scholars, please submit your pre-application by March 12 at NOON.

All Big 10 scholarships support enrolling in graduate study or going abroad after graduation, but each scholarship is unique. Please read the specific scholarships page(s) before completing the Pre-Application. The scholarship description will answer many of your questions and provide specifics on these ten prestigious scholarships, including eligibility guidelines and the purpose and details of the award.

*4 scholarships do not require campus selection & endorsement (Gates, Schwarzman, Soros, NSF). As such, advising for these scholarships is optional, though strongly recommended.

Pre-Applicant FAQs

What items will I need to fill out my pre-application correctly?

Please see a sample Pre-Application here to help you prepare. You will need:

  • A brief, rough-draft statement of your interests in graduate study, research projects, or English teaching
  • A brief, rough-draft personal statement, relating your experiences and career/personal goals
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Names of other colleges/universities you have attended and your GPA for each

Tips for preparing these items are available under Handouts.

This seems like a big step. Should I submit a pre-application?  What if my essay isn’t perfect? What happens next?

Please note that your pre-application is intended to start a conversation with SOP staff about your goals and interests. You do not need to be sure of which scholarships fit you, nor are we expecting complete and perfected essays, and your professors will not be asked to provide recommendations yet.

What year of graduate school entry is applicable?

Submit your pre-application now if you want to enroll in graduate school or go abroad in Fall 2019. If you have any other timeline in mind, then do not submit this pre-application; please book a personalized advising appointment instead.

I’m in my 2nd year and considered a junior by units, but graduating in 4 years total. Do I apply now?

No. Please apply one year before graduating.

I’m still not sure if I am eligible for the Big 10 awards due to X special circumstance.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or have questions, please come to walk-in hours, book an advising appointment, or contact as soon as possible before the deadline to ensure we receive your accurate pre-application!

Why is the application timing out while I work on it?

Please note that your session will time out after 60 minutes of inactivity. If you feel you will take longer than 60 minutes to complete the Pre-Application, you may prepare your answers in Word, and then copy and paste them in the Pre-Application form.

Why is some of my information disappearing when I save?

If you press SAVE and EXIT on the pre-application, you will have to re-answer the first two questions only and re-upload any attachments. All other responses will be saved. Please note that your saved draft will not be submitted to SOP staff until you press the Submit Pre-Application button at the end.

I’m having other technical problems; how do I get help?

If you experience any issues, we encourage you to provide details about your computer/tablet/phone, browser software, and screenshots to to help our technology staff diagnose the issue.


For more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program (SOP) at 824-0189. We are located in the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, on the first floor of Ayala Science Library (Building 520).

SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.