Gold Shield Ethnic Studies Fellowship

UPDATE: Deadline extended to 11:59PM Sunday, June 2, 2024. (References must also be received by this deadline, so please confirm they are able to meet this time-frame before requesting one.)

The Gold Shield Ethnic Studies Fellowship was established in 2000 to support Graduate Fellowships for students in masters, doctoral, or professional programs to promote social justice and inclusion through research, scholarship, art, and activism grounded in experiences of diverse racial and ethnic communities.

For more than 80 years, Gold Shield Alumnae has supported UCLA undergraduate and graduate students in their quest for higher education, and has fostered enduring relationships between students, Gold Shield members, alumni, and the University. During this time, Gold Shield has awarded nearly 900 scholarships and fellowships, totaling more than $2 million in the last 30 + years at a current average of $159,500 annually. For more information about Gold Shield, please visit their UCLA Alumni Association website.


  • Students should demonstrate a commitment to promoting social justice and inclusion of historically marginalized peoples through research, scholarship, art, and activism grounded in the experiences of diverse racial and ethnic communities
  • Students selected for this prestigious fellowship must be (at the time of the award) a graduate student whose work focuses on a topic relating to ethnic communities in the United States

The Fellowship is intended to support one continuing student in each of UCLA’s four ethnic studies master’s/doctoral programs below, but is open to all graduate and professional students:

  • African American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chicana/o and Central American Studies
  • Joint degrees, such as the M.A./J.D for Law & Ethnic Studies and similar programs

Four awards of $5,000, paid as stipends, which are applied to standard tuition, unless awardee has another tuition-payment source

Applicants must receive a letter of reference from a UCLA Faculty member in a Center, Institute, Department, Individual Development Plan (IDP), or related area from the disciplines above.

Recipients will be notified by early July each year, with awards paid out in the upcoming academic year.

Supplemental Questions
  1. CV/RESUME: Please provide a CV or Resume.
  2. Please upload official or unofficial copies of all your college transcripts.
  3. LETTER OF REFERENCE: Provide a letter of support from a UCLA faculty member