Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) is a program dedicated to assisting new generations of educators who are committed to academic excellence, access, opportunity, and equity for underrepresented and underserved communities. The program seeks students who wish to pursue careers in educational research or the following areas within K-16:

  • Teaching
  • Student Affairs
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Educational Policy

Under the guidance of a graduate mentor, EFT Scholars develop research skills and design their own research project informed by an educational internship site. In addition, EFT Scholars explore and learn about graduate degree programs in Education. Upon the completion of the program, students present their final work at UCLA Undergraduate Research Week and are prepared to apply to graduate school.

Eligibility Criteria

EFT applicants must:

  1. Be AAP students
  2. Have junior or senior year standing at the time of applying
  3. Plan to apply to graduate/professional programs within the field of Education
  4. Have interest in conducting independent research
  5. Demonstrate commitment to  social justice

Program Timeline


  • Apply to the EFT Program


  • Enroll in the EFT weekly 2-unit honors seminar (HC 193A)
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the EFT Program Coordinator
  • Learn about graduate programs in Education and required entrance exams


  • Enroll in a 4-unit departmental 199 Independent Studies course (e.g., EDUC 199)
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the EFT Program Coordinator
  • Complete an internship at an educational site related to their EFT research project
  • Students present their work at the annual UCLA Undergraduate Research Week

How Do I Apply to the EFT Program?

APPLICATIONS DUE: November 13, 2019 at 12noon

Complete the TWO part application.

Part I
Submit EFT program application


Part II
Submit application packet:

  • Research Topic Statement (500 word max)
  • Personal Statement (500 word max)
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Recommendation (1) or a list of academic references (3)
  • Current Electronic Financial Aid Notification (e-FAN)
  • Unofficial Transcript


To learn more about the EFT program, application process, and meet past scholars, please join us for an information session in the Fall Quarter. You can RSVP on MyUCLA. Appointments for more information are welcome year-round in 1202 Campbell or by calling 310-794-4186.

Information Session Dates:

Thursday, October 24th, 2-4PM; 1224 Campbell
Monday, November 4th, 3-5PM; 1224 Campbell

Contact Us

For more information and assistance with the application, please contact:

EFT Coordinator

Larry McDaniel Jr., M.S.Ed.


T: (310) 794-4186