Nationally Competitive Scholarships

The Prestigious Scholarship program in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships administers the application process for the prestigious scholarships described in the menu above. Most of these awards require a campus endorsement before the applications can be forwarded to the final levels of competition. To help students prepare competitive applications, Alicia Hayes, the Program Manager and Advisor, offers individual advising and occasional workshops on selecting recommenders, preparing compelling personal statements, interviewing, and developing project proposals or proposed programs of study.

Advance preparation for these awards is essential. Eligible candidates should arrange an advising appointment early in the process.

Please note: Although every effort is made to not change a published deadline due to staffing and budget constraints, all campus deadlines may be subject to change. Please check periodically to learn whether a deadline has changed. 

Other prestigious scholarships, such as the Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad and Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, are administered in UC Berkeley's Graduate Division Fellowships Office in 318 Sproul.

Other Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program will select 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and help support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. Although open to all students, this program specifically encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available. Rangel Fellows are committed to serving their country and promoting positive change globally. Individuals who have successfully completed the Rangel Program are now making a difference in countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Spain, and Ireland.

Deadline: TBA
For more information, visit http://www.rangelprogram.org


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge scholarship fully funds graduate study at Cambridge University, especially programs leading to an academic career. The student must have sound academic reasons for wanting to study at Cambridge and should intend to use the benefits of higher education for the common good.

Deadline for U.S. citizens resident in the United States: October 13, 2021
For more information, and deadlines for all other eligible applicants, visit