U.S. Research Awards

For these awards, the Scholarship Opportunities Program seeks undergraduates with the ambition to become intellectual leaders in specific academic or artistic fields. Potential applicants should have demonstrated the potential to achieve the highest levels of academic merit and accomplishment, including sustained participation in original research or creative projects. These scholarships are often restricted to students pursuing research or equivalent forms of excellence in specific majors or academic fields. The formation of close relationships with faculty mentors (especially professors) is also essential to building a competitive profile toward these awards.

Please note that external scholarship agencies will consider all of your credit-bearing coursework from any college or institution as part of the review process (including CSU, community colleges, private colleges, and other UC campuses/Extension programs, as well as units earned while in high school or studying abroad). Grades from other colleges will be included in the calculation of your cumulative (overall) undergraduate GPA for eligibility purposes.

Application Procedures

  1. Phase 1: Exploration to self-enroll in SOP-PREP.
  2. At the completion of SOP-PREP, you will meet with a Student Advisor and receive links to appropriate Pre-Application forms based on your academic interests and goals.
  3. If your Pre-Application is deemed eligible for personalized advising and endorsement (nomination) services, you will work on your application materials for 3 to 6 months under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Completion of both SOP-PREP and the correct Pre-Application form for the specific scholarship by the UCI Pre-Application deadline constitutes the mandatory first step in the personalized advising and campus evaluation and endorsement process (where endorsement is required).

SOP is able to advise competitive UCI undergraduate candidates only. 

UCI graduate students: contact the Graduate Division for advising.

Explorer's 11: October Deadlines

Sophomores & Juniors: Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Research

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: October 26, 2020 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to late October annually.

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Explorer’s 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Sophomores & Juniors: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: October 26, 2020 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to late October annually.

  • Campus Endorsement is not available.
  • Students may apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP optional advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Explorer's 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Sophomores & Juniors: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: October 26, 2020 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to late October annually.

  • Campus Endorsement is not available.
  • Students may apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP optional advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Explorer's 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Sophomores & Juniors: Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship-for-Service

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: October 26, 2020 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to late October annually.

  • Campus Endorsement is not available.
  • Students may apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP optional advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Explorer's 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Juniors: Beinecke Scholarship

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: October 26, 2020 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late September to late October annually.

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Explorer's 11 (Fall/Winter) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Trailblazers 10: April Deadlines

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: April 12, 2021 at 12:00 Noon*.

Pre-Applications are available from late February to early April annually.

  • Campus Endorsement is not available.
  • Students may apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP optional advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Questions about the campus advising and endorsement (nomination) process may be directed to the Scholarship Opportunities Program at sklrship@uci.edu or 949-824-0189.

 

SOP is able to advise competitive UCI undergraduate candidates only.