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Nationally Competitive Opportunities

What are Nationally Competitive Opportunities?
Nationally competitive opportunities are fellowships and programs that are available to high achieving students throughout the U.S. They are academically competitive, and are often geared toward students who plan to pursue advanced degrees, and who are making a difference in their field. The Office of Undergraduate Research is available to assist students applying for these awards and programs.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships
The awards listed on the left are nationally competitive scholarships that require university nomination. Review the eligibility requirements and contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, or the UH representative listed, for more information on the awards. Be sure to also refer to our scholarship calendar for specific deadlines—many of these scholarships have internal deadlines for UH candidates as well as national deadlines.

Awards that Require
University Nomination: 

Awards that Do Not Require
University Nomination: 
Rhodes Scholarship  Soros Fellowship              
Marshall Scholarship  NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
George J. Mitchell Scholarship  NDSEG
Gates Cambridge Scholarship  Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Boren  Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship
Barry Goldwater Scholarship  James Madison Graduate Fellowships
Harry S. Truman Scholarship  Critical Language Scholarship Program
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship  Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Fulbright  Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows
Phi Kappa Phi  Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Women
Fulbright Summer Institute  Chevening Scholarship (for Non-U.S. Citizens)
 Donald M. Payne International Development Program
 AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India
 Humanity in Action Fellowships
 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Nationally Competitive Research Opportunities 
The programs listed below are a few of the many competitive research opportunities available to motivated UH undergraduates. 

Frontiers in Science - Summer Fellowships at UH and Rice University; Deadline March 1, 2018
CPRITSummer Fellowships through the Gulf Coast Consortia; Deadline February 9, 2018
NIST-SURF - Summer Fellowships in Boulder and Gaithersburg; Campus Deadline January 29, 2018
Amgen Scholars Program - Summer research experiences at 17 institutions across the U.S.; Deadline February 1, 2018
Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program - Summer biomedical research experience; Deadline January 10, 2018
Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UTMB - Interdisciplinary summer research experience in the area of neuroscience; Deadline February 19, 2018
MD Anderson Cancer Center Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Purdue University Pathways and Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Conduct summer engineering research at Purdue University; Deadline March 7, 2018 (11:59PM, EST)
Summer Neuroscience Internship Program at University of Florida - Deadline March 15, 2018


If you have any questions, or would like more information on these awards please contact Dr. Ben Rayder at the Office of Undergraduate Research.