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Graduate Access Fellowship

At a glance
Amount Awarded: 
$4000 - $8,000 depending on degree type
Application Period: 
Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
Process: 
By Application
Eligibility Category: 
Incoming Doctoral Students
Incoming Master's Students
About

The UA Graduate College's Graduate Access Fellowship is intended to broaden the access of U.S. students to graduate education and to promote the diversity of our graduate student body. Eligibility for these fellowships is restricted to incoming domestic graduate students who are newly admitted for summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018 terms and who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic or educational obstacles. Each fellowship provides up to $4,000 to students admitted to a Master's program or $8,000 to those admitted to the PhD. The latter includes PhD-bound master's students in programs that require completion of the Master's before admission to the PhD, those pursuing an MFA requiring a minimum of 60 units, and those pursuing an MLA. UA Online students and Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) students are not eligible to apply. Graduate Access Fellowships may be supplemented by other financial support provided by the academic program. Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

 

Eligibility

University of Arizona Master’s or Doctoral graduate students who:

  • Are newly admitted for summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018 terms, with a 3.0 GPA or higher admitting GPA,
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • Are admitted to and enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral degree granting program on the University of Arizona main, UA South or Phoenix campuses (UA Online students and Accelerated Master's Program students are not eligible),   
  • Have filed the FAFSA form, and
  • Have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic or educational obstacles by meeting 2 of the three following criteria:
  1. Documented financial need as an undergraduate, e.g., Pell Grant eligibility, Work Study.
  2. First-generation student, i.e., having parents or guardians who have not earned a baccalaureate degree, or who did not earn one until the applicant was already in college.
  3. Other significant or serious challenges in gaining access to higher education or personal experiences with disadvantage.
Instructions

Admitted students for the eligible terms may apply directly: The student must be officially admitted and have a UA netID. They should login with their UA netID and complete the Graduate Access Fellowship application form. They will need a letter of recommendation from the academic unit on University letterhead stating why the Graduate College application review committee should honor the request for funding and what funding, if any, is being provided by the program. Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

Academic units nominating an applicant: The applicant must be targeted for admission regardless of whether the applicant receives the Graduate Access Fellowship. The nomination may be submitted by the Academic Program Head, Director of Graduate Studies, or the Program Graduate Coordinator. Please login with your UA netID and complete the Graduate Access Fellowship application form. Please upload a letter on University letterhead that states why the Graduate College application review committee should honor the request for funding and what funding, if any, is being provided to recruit the applicant. Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

Contact

For any questions please contact Cynthia Bjerk-Plocke or Dorian Voorhees via email.