Deadline NYU internal deadline - January 7, 2019
Final deadline - March 7, 2019
Eligibility U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national
Award $7,000 for undergraduate expenses

Candidates must:

  • be a college sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • have a college grade-point average of at least "B"
  • be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national
  • demonstrate commitment to the environment and plan to pursue careers related to the environment; or
  • be Native American or Alaska Native students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • be Native American or Alaska Native students who demonstrate commitment to careers related to Native health care


Udall Scholars receive up to $7,000 towards tuition and other college expenses. They also attend a Udall Scholars Orientation in August in Tucson, AZ, and will gain access to a nationwide network of environmental, Native American health, and tribal policy professionals.

NYU Endorsement Process

The University is allowed to submit six nominees for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. Current sophomores and juniors wishing to apply must first be registered by the Office of Global Awards. Then after being registered in the system, the student must submit a completed application by the NYU internal deadline: January 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Registration Process

In order to be registered you must send an email to including the following details:

  1. Full legal name
  2. Address of permanent residence
  3. Address where notification should be sent in April (may be the same as your permanent residence)
  4. Best telephone number
  5. Best email address
  6. Field in which you are applying (environment, Native American public policy, or Native American health care [only Native American students may apply in the final two categories])
  7. Nationality (US citizen, national, or permanent resident)
  8. Grade level (Sophomore or junior)

Application Materials  

After being registered, students must submit items (1) and (2) via the online application system. Items (3) and (4) must be submitted to the Office of Global Awards via  

  1. A complete 6-page online application form, which includes several short-answer essay questions
  2. An 800-word essay in which you “discuss a significant public speech, legislative act, book, or public policy statement by Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your field of study, interests, and career goals.”
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Unofficial transcript (an official transcript will be needed prior to the final deadline)


Nominees selected to represent NYU in for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship competition will work with a fellowship advisor in January and February to further develop their application. Students studying abroad can work with a fellowship advisor via Skype.

Advice from NYU Udall Scholarship Recipients

Davis Saltonstall (2015): 

Advice: When I was applying for the Udall scholarship I was challenged to express and illuminate aspects of my character that I had not previously through an application before. Jenni and Kris, two of the scholarship advisors here at NYU, were essential in my application's development. They provided really meaningful insight into questions that I was unsure of answering.