National and International Merit Scholarships (Prestigious Scholarships) are awards with numerous and wide-ranging benefits. In order to qualify for most of these scholarships, you must be nominated by a UCLA selection committee. Therefore, the UCLA deadline for nomination is typically ONE MONTH prior to the official scholarship deadline. Please see below for more detailed information about each scholarship, including important deadlines, as well as eligibility and application criteria.

Other prestigious scholarships, such as the Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad and Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, are administered by UCLA’s Graduate Division.

Award Description
Beinecke Memorial Scholarship For Juniors planning graduate study in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.
Churchill Scholarship For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in graduate study in Engineering, Mathematics, or Science at Cambridge University.
Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) grants scholarships to talented students interested in fashion and facilitates internships, mentorships, and career programs in the fashion industry. Open to students in any major who have a demonstrated interest in fashion.
Fulbright Program For research or study abroad. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is for all graduating seniors and graduate students, and it is facilitated by the UCLA office of Fellowships and Financial Services.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
Goldwater Scholarship For Sophomores and Juniors planning graduate study in Mathematics, Engineering, and the Sciences.
James Madison Memorial Fellowship For Seniors or Recent Graduates who desire to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Award is to complete an MA, MAT, or Med in American history, political science, government, or related studies.
Marshall Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to outstanding UCLA Seniors or Recent Graduates to study for a graduate degree in any discipline at any British university in the United Kingdom.
Michel David-Weill Scholarship For outstanding UCLA Seniors to study for two years for a Master’s degree at Sciences-Po in Paris. Open to students in any field of study.
Mitchell Scholarship For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in graduate study in Ireland.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans honor and support the graduate educations of 30 New Americans (permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents) each year. Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States. Selection is based on creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment.
Rhodes Scholarship For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in graduate study at Oxford University.
Schwarzman Scholars Program For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in a one year MA program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Focus can be on Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. However, students with any undergraduate major are invited to apply.
Schwarzman Scholars Program For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in a one year MA program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Focus can be on Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. However, students with any undergraduate major are invited to apply.
Strauss Scholarship Foundation Award For Sophomores and Juniors interested in pursuing a new or continuing public service project.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.
Truman Scholarship For Juniors planning graduate study leading to careers in government or public service.
Udall Scholarship For Sophomores and Juniors interested in careers in Environmental Public Policy or Tribal Public Policy or Native American Health Care.