Privately Endowed Fellowships

Program Description

Division of Graduate Education Privately Endowed Awards have special eligibility requirements. For a listing of the various awards and their requirements, please see the Graduate Student Financial Support publication. All awards are open to UCLA graduate students. Awards are not automatically renewable; students must apply yearly.


February 16, 2024

Applications that are not submitted on time, fail to follow the submission procedures listed below or submitted as an incomplete application will be disqualified and not reviewed.  Applicants/departments will not be notified.  Revisions to applications after submission are not allowed; no exceptions.

How To Apply

Continuing students will use the Continuing Student Award Application to apply for all DGE merit-based awards, including the Privately Endowed Awards. Students will submit one application for all awards. Students will select the awards they would like to be considered for and upload all pertinent application materials to the different sections of the application.

  1. To get started, visit
  2. Select the award application option.
  3. Review the instructions entirely prior to starting the application.
  4. Complete each section in order. The application sections are dynamic, so the application modifies the sections according to the entries.
  5. Basic Information, Citizenship & UID, Major & GPA must be filled out for all awards.
  6. Review the Privately Endowed section closely for specific instructions and required materials, especially for details about the awards and eligibility statements. Be sure to include all materials in their designated spaces on the application portal.
  7. Statement of Eligibility. Each privately endowed award requires a statement of eligibility that illustrates how the student fulfills the requirements of the award. Some awards require specific documentation, information about the applicant, or research requirements to be eligible. Review the award guidelines in the Graduate Student Financial Support. The statement is maximum one page for each award, double spaced, no less than 11 pt font and 1” margins.
  8. Upload an unofficial copy of your Graduate Transcript with Fall 2023 grades posted to the Transcript section. The transcript printed from MyUCLA is acceptable. Do not submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR).  If Fall Quarter is your first graduate term at UCLA, you must include an unofficial transcript from the last college/university attended (even if the last college/university was UCLA).
    1. Students who have incomplete grades that remain unresolved (i.e., “I” grades) must provide a statement explaining the reason for the incomplete(s), the steps that will be taken to resolve the incomplete(s) and the timeline for doing so.
  9. A Personal Statement is required. The statement must include the student’s goals, completed coursework and research activities (two pages maximum, double spaced, no less than 11 pt font and 1” margins).
  10. Provide an updated Resume or Curriculum Vitae in the Resume/CV section. Include a list of all extramural, departmental and Division of Graduate Education awards you have received, including the year and amount awarded.
  11. ONE letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor, signed and on department letterhead. Enter the faculty mentor information in the Letter of Recommendation Section for ONE letter of recommendation. This will generate an automatic email from the application portal to the faculty recommender.
    1. A supportive recommendation will describe the circumstances under which the faculty member has come to know about the student’s work. It will detail unique academic strengths, degree progress to date, plans for graduate training at UCLA and career goals after receiving the degree.  It will also refer to scholarly publications and professional accomplishments.
    2. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the letter has been submitted on time. Be sure to follow up with the recommender as needed.  The online site will provide information about the status of the letter’s upload.  The Division of Graduate Education is not involved whatsoever in contacting recommenders.
    3. The letter of recommendation is due on or before the application deadline.  Applications missing the letter of recommendation or with letters not submitted on time will be disqualified and not reviewed. Applicants/departments will not be notified. Applications with missing letter(s) of recommendation or with letter(s) submitted past the deadline will be disqualified and not reviewed
    4. Advise faculty reviewers that their letters of recommendation should incorporate references to each award opportunity.
    5. Finally, the Applicant Agreement and Review sections are also required for all opportunities.
    6. Refer to the Award Deadline Calendar ( for the application deadline and decision notification timeframe.

Submitted applications will be reviewed by the department. The department will submit their nominations to DGE.

Applications that are not submitted on time, fail to follow the submission procedures listed above or forwarded as an incomplete application will be disqualified and not reviewed.  Applicants/departments will not be notified.


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