Morris K. Udall Fellowship Program

To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K.

Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to
Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.

Agency - Morris K. Udall Foundation

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

As of fiscal year 2007, 24 fellowships were awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is intended for the use of Fellows only.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be full-time candidates about to enter the final year of writing their dissertation in the area of environmental public policy and environmental conflict resolution and anticipate receiving their doctoral degree at the end of the fellowship year.

The competition is open to United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States.

Beneficiary Eligibility

United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States.


Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary exams and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved. Dissertation fellowships are open to scholars in the area of environmental public policy and environmental conflict resolution. Applicants must be full-time candidates in the final year of writing their dissertation and anticipate receiving their degree at the end of the fellowship year. Applicants attending any accredited institution of higher education in the United States will be eligible to apply.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Each September, the Udall Foundation will distribute the program announcement to advertise the Udall Dissertation Fellowship Program.

This mailing will be sent to deans and directors of 600 graduate schools and departments throughout the United States.

The program announcement will include a telephone number, website, and mailing address for students to download an application or call to request an application.

Application forms will be sent directly to the doctoral student who will be responsible for completing the material and returning them to the Udall Foundation by February 3.

This program has been excluded from E.O.


Application Procedures

The following items constitute a complete application package and must be submitted in a single packet: (1) Application Form, (2) narrative autobiography not to exceed 500 words, including a statement of career plans and goals and should discuss any special circumstances that have affected the chronology of the applicant's career and the achievement of his/her goals, (3) curriculum Vitae listing all published books, papers and reports of investigations (date, publisher, and page number), (4) statement of project, (5) transcripts, (6) three letters of recommendations, (7) Institutional Certification Form certifying the completion of all required course work and qualifying examinations for the doctorate and approval of dissertation research prospectus signed by an appropriate graduate school official, and (8) Office Record Card.

Award Procedures

The Morris K. Udall Foundation will select three individuals from the academic and professional community to serve as the Udall Review Committee. The Foundation will initially verify the contents of the nomination packets for completeness and then assemble the information for review by the selection committee. The selection criteria includes (1) Quality of project design, (2) originality of project, (3) scholarly significance of project to the discipline, (4) feasibility of project and proposed schedule, (5) qualifications of applicant, (6) potential of applicant to make a significant contribution to the field, and (7) applicant's commitment to environmental public policy and conflict resolution. The Selection Committee will recommend two Fellows and two Alternates.


February 21, for all applications.


Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992, Public Law 102-259, 106 Stat. 78, 20 U.S.C. 5601-5609.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

February 21, of each year for receipt of applications; March of each year for selection of Fellows by Udall Selection Committee; April of each year for announcement of Udall Fellows.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

A Udall Dissertation Fellow is expected to pursue his/her project full-time during the fellowship year, July 1 - June 30. No partial fellowships are awarded. Acceptance of any concurrent funds must have prior approval from the Foundation. Any major changes in plans for the fellowship year must have prior written approval from the Foundation. The Foundation must be notified promptly of any change in the status of an application resulting from acceptance of another award. Stipend checks are made payable to fellows, not to institutions. Dissertation Fellowships fund living and educational expenses for a period of twelve months while a fellow pursues full-time writing of the dissertation. Fellowships do not fund; research assistants, laboratory supplies and equipment, purchase of computer equipment, publication costs, travel to professional meetings, conferences or seminars, tuition for additional course work, repayment of loans or other personal obligations (fellowships are not retroactive), tuition for a dependent's education. The first stipend payment will be deposited by July 1 and the second January 15.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not required.


Not required.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $48,000; FY 08 est $48,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average is $24,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None. Information bulletins are available upon request.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Contact: Christopher L. Helms, Executive Director, 130 S. Scott Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701. Telephone: (520) 901-8500. FAX (520) 670-5530; or Jane Curlin, Senior Program Manager. Telephone: (520) 901-8565. FAX (520) 670-5530.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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