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
Churchill Scholarship For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in graduate study in Engineering, Mathematics, or Science at Cambridge University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.