Udall Scholarship

Deadline 02/09/2024
Eligibility Sophomores and Juniors
Contact [email protected]
Website https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx


Congress established the Morris K. Udall Foundation in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall’s thirty years of service in the House of Representatives. Udall had a rich career distinguished by civility, integrity, and consensus, as well as a commitment to preservation of the nation’s natural environment. Consistent with these values, the Udall Foundation is committed to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through studies in the environment, Native American health and tribal policy, and effective public policy conflict resolution. The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, careers in fields related to the environment, Native American health care, and tribal public policy.


The Foundation will award up to 60 Udall Scholarships to students who will be college Sophomores or Juniors during the 2020-2021 academic year. In addition, fifty honorable mention recipients will be named. The awards will be made to two groups of students: 1) those who study the environment and related fields; and 2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Applicants must have a college grade point average of at least “B” and must be U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or U.S. nationals; sophomores or juniors intending to pursue careers in environmental public policy, health care, or tribal public policy as defined above; Native American or Alaskan Native sophomores or juniors intending to pursue a career in health care or tribal public policy. The selection criteria includes: a strong commitment to pursue a career related to improving or preserving the environment; for Native American or Alaska Native candidates, a strong commitment to pursue a career in any area of health care of tribal public policy; potential for significant future contribution in his or her chosen field. The Scholarship is offered to students from a wide range of disciplines. Typical majors or areas of study include natural resource management, environmental engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and Native American public policy. Candidates’ plans of study will most likely include course work in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in the areas of the candidates’ career fields.


Each award covers eligible expenses, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,000. Udall Scholars are eligible for one year of support; however, sophomore recipients may be re-nominated during the next year’s competition.


Brown is allowed to nominate up to eight candidates each year: four applicants in conversation and related environmental issues, and four applicants who are Native American or Alaska Native working in health care or tribal policy. Candidates must submit one copy of the following to UFunds, Brown's online application system.

Please use the sample application  on Udall's website for Brown's Internal Process

  • The complete application
  • The 800-word essay
  • Official Brown University Transcript. 
  • Three letters of recommendation. Please have letters addressed to Joel Simundich, Assistant Dean of the College for Fellowships.

Instructions for applying: Applicants will upload application materials to UFunds, Brown's online application system by the campus deadline of February 9, 2024. UFunds will open in early November for students interested in applying.

Nominees will be notified in mid-February with next steps for submitting their applications by the national deadline: March 6, 2024.

For questions regarding the Udall Scholarship contact: [email protected]


Ma'iingan Wolf Garvin, '25
Melissa Lopez, '21