How to Apply

Review Your Eligibility.
To ensure that you are eligible to apply for the Udall Scholarship and that you can meet all deadlines, please visit Who Can Apply and Award Conditions & Benefits, and browse our Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Your Faculty Representative.
Students are nominated by their college or university's faculty representative, who is the liaison between the institution and the Foundation. Interested students should contact their FacRep as soon as possible for information on their university’s nomination process. Many universities have institutional deadlines several months in advance of the Foundation’s application deadline.

Obtain Your University's Nomination.
Each university may nominate up to six candidates for the Udall Scholarship. The Udall FacRep oversees the selection of the institution's nominees, registers nominees for the online application, helps nominees prepare for the competition, and electronically submits the application materials to the Foundation so that they are received by .

Review the Application.
The Udall Scholarship online application will be available . A sample application is available for reference only. To access the online application, your FacRep must register you as a potential nominee. All applicants must use the online application; the Foundation will not accept paper applications.

The application consists of:

  • An institutional nomination form from your faculty representative;
  • An 11-question application form;
  • An 800-word essay on a speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
  • Transcripts for all college coursework taken within the past 10 years, excluding courses taken prior to high school graduation. Transcripts need not be official because the faculty rep uploads them;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

In addition, Native American and Alaska Native students in tribal public policy or health care must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation (for more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions). Members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. U.S. permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent resident ("green") card and a letter of intent to declare U.S. citizenship (First Nations members excepted).

Prepare Your Application.
The Udall Scholarship is a highly competitive award. Please review Advice for the Application, Insight from a Reader, and Frequent Problems with Applications so that you can prepare the best application possible. We also advise that you work closely with your FacRep as you revise your application.

Your faculty representative must electronically submit your application and all supporting documents to the Foundation by . Institutional deadlines may be up to 6 months earlier, so be sure to contact your faculty representative.

Dates to Watch

  • October
    Faculty representatives can register students for the online application beginning October 1

  • March 3, 2015
    Deadline to register students for the online application

  • March 4, 2015
    Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MST (Note: institutional deadlines may be earlier. Please check with your faculty representative.)

  • April 1
    Faculty reps notified of their applicants' status. Faculty reps can notify Scholars and HMs as soon as they like

  • April 6
    Scholars are notified of application status directly

  • April 15
    Deadline for Foundation receipt of Scholar Award Reply form

  • May 1
    Udall Scholars announced on website

  • May 15
    Deadline for Foundation receipt of Scholar Travel Reply form

  • August 5-9, 2015
    Udall Scholar Orientation, Tucson, Arizona