Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship


In 1930 Louise Foucar Marshall, ex-university professor, businesswoman and philanthropist, and her husband, Thomas Marshall, created a foundation that would, in Louise’s words, “carry on our work when we are gone.” It was the first private foundation in Arizona. Her goal was to create a permanent scholarship fund to aid deserving women who wanted to attend the University of Arizona and to help those less fortunate in the community. She was following the example of her mother who believed in supporting charitable causes, especially “aid to young men and women seeking an education.”

Today the Marshall Foundation, continuing Louise’s legacy, seeks to enhance the lives of the citizens of Tucson and Pima County through its support of charitable and educational institutions.

To that end, The University of Arizona Graduate College with assistance of the Louise Foucar Marshall Foundation offers the Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to help Arizona graduate students complete their doctoral dissertation.

A Fellowship is provided annually for up to six students by the Marshall Foundation and a Graduate Registration Scholarship that offers in-state tuition is provided by the Graduate College.

UA doctoral candidates whose dissertation proposals have been approved by their doctoral committee, have advanced to Doctoral Candidacy, and expect to complete and defend their doctoral dissertation within the one-year period of the award are eligible. Other requirements include U.S. citizenship, legal Arizona residency*, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, and demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA or by the student's own statement of financial support needed to carry out the dissertation.

A call for applications is issued annually as funds become available from the Marshall Foundation.

Contact Cynthia Ann Bjerk-Plocke at for questions.

Spring 2015 Application

Please download, complete, and return the Fellowship cover sheet with all requested materials. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 7, 2014.

* Applicants must be listed as Arizona residents in the UA system of record at the time of application to qualify for the award. To verify your residency, please log into UAccess Student > Personal Information > Demographic Data > Residency Information. If this is incorrect, please contact the Residency Office. There are no exceptions to the residency requirement.