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.
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.
Goldwater Scholarship For Sophomores and Juniors planning graduate study in Mathematics, Engineering, and the Sciences.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars- Stanford University The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will annually identify a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.
Luce Scholars The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Applicants must be nominated by UCLA (the SRC is the nominating department). Campus deadline: October 4.
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.