National Scholarships

(Rhodes, NSF, Goldwater, etc.)

Top HSSEAS students are encouraged to apply for the following National and international Scholarships. These prestigious science and engineering scholarships allow students the opportunity to distinguish themselves both at the university and the national level, and can assist in establishing a successful future career.

Although many of these awards are designed for upper-division students, freshmen and sophomores interested in pursuing them can benefit greatly by learning now about the criteria and time-lines for these awards. Early understanding of the criteria can help you select activities that can greatly strengthen your application.

Below is a list of national scholarships. To apply for scholarships marked that require Nomination by UCLA, please visit the Honors Program Website (click on Scholarships/Opportunities):

Some of the applications requiring UCLA nomination have campus deadlines as early as late September during the year in which applicants must apply. Therefore, if interested in applying for one of these scholarships, students
must contact the Honors Programs well in advance – significant time is necessary for assisting with applications prior to the nomination deadlines!

Please note that for planning purposes, deadlines are very similar and around the same time from year to year.  Be sure to check the individual scholarship source websites regularly.

Scholarship Requires UCLA Nomination
(see note above)
Yes Seniors.  1 year of graduate study starting F13 at Churchill College, University of Cambridge October 9, 2014
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young
Professionals (CBYX) 
 No Variable.  Summer program in Germany  December 1, 2014
 Yes Seniors.  Study for 2 years for a Masters degree at Sciences-Po in Paris. Inactive
Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
 No Seniors.  November 19, 2014
 Yes Sophomores & Juniors.  Plans for Graduate study in STEM.  December 8, 2014
Yes Seniors.  Graduate study at any British University.  September 15, 2014
 Yes Seniors.  1 year of graduate study at any Irish or Northern Irish Institution. September 15, 2014
National Defense Science & Engineering
Graduate Fellowship
 No Seniors December 12, 2014
National Science Foundation (NSF)
No Variable. Various
Yes Seniors.  Graduate study at Oxford University  September 15, 2014
Strauss Scholarship Foundation
Yes Sophomores & Juniors.  Public Service. January 28, 2015
Yes Juniors.  Graduate study in government or public service.  December 8, 2014
Yes Sophomores & Juniors.  Environmental Public Policy.  February 4, 2015


The following resources are available to assist you with applying to these scholarships:

  • Scholarship Resource Center: The SRC is an excellent resource to assist students with their applications. They offer individual counseling appointments, one-on-one writing assistance for personal essays, etc., as well as workshops on various topics. Please visit their website for information on how to schedule an appointment.
  • UCLA Honors Programs: When applying to National Scholarships which require nomination by UCLA, in addition to taking advantage of the SRC, students should contact the Honors Programs in A-311 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-1553.  The Honors office offers one-on-one counseling and assistance with the application. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, you must contact them well in advance – significant time is necessary for assisting you with your application prior to the nomination deadlines!

Specific questions may be directed to the .

Best of luck with your application!