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Graduate Access Fellowship and Tuition Awards

At a glance
Number Awarded: 
varies
Amount Awarded: 
Up to $4000 ($2,000 per semester) for Masters and $8,000 ($4,000 per semester) for Doctoral track
Application Period: 
Spring 2021 new admits - UA Online students and Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) students are not eligible to apply.
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
Tuition Award
Process: 
By Application
Eligibility Category: 
Incoming Doctoral Students
Incoming Master's Students
About

The UA Graduate College's Graduate Access Fellowship/Tuition Award 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 will be newly admitted  for the term of award and who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic or educational obstacles. Each fellowship/tuition award provides up to $2,000 per semester to students admitted to a Master's program or up to $4,000 per semester 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.

Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding.

Deadline to apply for Spring 2020: November 1, 2019

Deadline to Apply for 2020-21: July 15, 2020

Eligibility

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

  • Will be newly admitted for the term of award and who will be 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 (AMP) students are not eligible to apply.)
  • have a 3.0 GPA or higher admitting GPA,
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • 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

Newly admitted students may apply directly OR the academic unit may nominate:

  • Complete the Graduate Access Fellowship application form,
  • Have an email of recommendation from the academic unit Department Head or Director of Graduate Studies address the following and send to contact below:
    • Why the Graduate College should honor the request for funding,
    • What funding is being provided by the academic unit to recruit the new admit for the Graduate Access Fellowship term of award, and
    • A description of what the funding plan will be to support the admit during the terms subsequent to the first year.

 

 

Contact

For any questions please contact Dorian Voorhees, Associate Dean, Graduate College