Abroad Awards

For these awards, the Scholarship Opportunities Program seeks undergraduates with the ambition to become intellectual leaders in specific academic or artistic fields, or practical leaders in government, nonprofit, or international business contexts. Applicants should have at least two, and hopefully all three, of the following desirable qualifications.

 

Academic Excellence 

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. The formation of close relationships with faculty mentors is also essential to building a competitive profile toward these awards.

 

Record of Service and Leadership 

Potential applicants should have demonstrated the capacity and vision for original public or community service and organizational leadership achievements. Practical leadership may take many different forms; such capacity and vision may be demonstrated through some or all of the following:

  • Founding roles in new organizations or entrepreneurial ventures; 
  • Rising, within an existing organization, from the entry level of member or volunteer to a position of significant responsibility and influence; 
  • Sustained participation and dedication to achievement of increasingly challenging objectives related to a particular project or cause; 
  • Significant, progressively-responsible work or internship experience. 

Whatever form your practical leadership may take, you must be able to articulate how you made a unique and measurable impact, separate from other members of the project or organization and others who have held the same or similar roles. The formation of close relationships with supervisors and mentors is also essential to building a competitive profile toward these awards.

 

Cross-Cultural Engagement Skills. 

Potential applicants are able to describe their participation in coursework and/or extracurricular activities that develop intercultural fluency, including but not limited to foreign or second language learning, study abroad program participation, peer mentoring or conversation partner experience, or membership and volunteer service (and preferably, leadership roles) in cross-cultural campus or off-campus organizations.

 

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 or other UC campuses/Extension programs, and including units earned while in high school or studying abroad). Grades from other colleges will be included in calculation of your cumulative (overall) undergraduate GPA for eligibility purposes.

Application Procedures

  1. Potential undergraduate applicants must first complete the SOP-PREP virtual advising course to become elligible for SOP Pre-Application advising services. Follow the instructions under 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 should contact the Graduate Division for advising.

Explorer's 11: October Deadlines

Sophomores & Juniors: Killam Fellowship (Canada)

UCI Pre-Application Deadline: October 25, 2021 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.

Trailblazer's 10: April Deadlines

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Fulbright US Student Study/Research Program (140+ host countries)

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

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

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required for enrolled undergraduate juniors.
  • Graduating seniors and recent alumni may seek campus endorsement or apply directly to the program on their own.
  • SOP advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Churchill Scholarship (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)

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

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

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required for enrolled undergraduate juniors.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Gates Cambridge Scholarship (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)

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 advising services are provided on a space-available basis during the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process.
  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: British Marshall Scholarship (United Kingdom)

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

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

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland)

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

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

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Campus Endorsement is required.
  • Application to this scholarship requires mandatory participation in the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Rhodes Scholarship (Oxford University, United Kingdom)

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

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

  • *Completion of SOP-PREP is required.
  • Application to the U.S. or Global Rhodes constituencies require mandatory participation in the Trailblazer's 10 (Spring/Summer) advising process, under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor.
  • Campus Endorsement is required for applicants to the U.S. and Global Rhodes constituencies only.
  • Endorsement is not available for applicants from the following Rhodes constituencies: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, East Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Southern Africa, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, West Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. A constituency is a country, a group of countries, and/or territories, and/or states for the purposes of administering scholarships. The list of Rhodes constituencies and the countries they cover (where relevant) can be found here.

Juniors & Graduating Seniors: Schwarzman Scholarship (Tsinghua University, China)

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 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.