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Graduate Access Fellowship and Tuition Awards

At a glance
Amount Awarded: 
up to $4000 ($2,000 per semester) for Masters; up to $8,000 ($4,000 per semester) for Doctoral
Application Period: 
Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019
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 summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019 or summer 2019 terms and who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic or educational obstacles. Each fellowship/tuition award provides at least $2,000 per semester for the first year to students admitted to a Master's program or $4,000 per semester for the first year 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.  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:

  • Will be newly admitted for summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019 or summer 2019 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 applying directly: The student must be officially admitted and have a UA netID. The student should login with their UA netID and complete the Graduate Access Fellowship application form. A letter of recommendation from the University of Arizona academic unit on University letterhead should be emailed to Dorian Voorhees. The letter needs to address why the Graduate College should honor the request for funding and what funding is being provided by the program to recruit the student (for either first or second year). Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

University of Arizona 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 a UA netID and complete the Graduate Access Fellowship application form. A letter of recommendation from the University of Arizona academic unit on University letterhead should be emailed to Dorian Voorhees. The letter needs to address why the Graduate College should honor the request for funding and what funding is being provided by the program to recruit the student (for either the first or second year). Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

Contact

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