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Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez - Marshall Dissertation Scholarship

At a glance
Number Awarded: 
7 awards
Amount Awarded: 
$10,846 plus full base graduate tuition and student health insurance for term of award
Application Period: 
Spring 2021 award - Deadline: October 12, 2020
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
By Application
Eligibility Category: 
Domestic Doctoral Students

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 Tuition Scholarship that covers in-state base graduate tuition is provided by the Graduate College.

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

Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Awardees

The Dr. Maria Teresa Velez – Marshall Foundation Dissertation Scholarship


In honor of Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean, University of Arizona Graduate College, and her lifelong commitment to promoting graduate student diversity and inclusion, the Marshall Foundation and the Graduate College establish the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez doctoral completion scholarship. This award will be given annually to a graduate doctoral student whose dissertation shows a significant impact to the economy of the state of Arizona. One of the applications to the Marshall Dissertation Fellowship will be selected to be the Dr. Velez – Marshall Dissertation Scholarship. A separate application is not required.


UA doctoral candidates

  1. Whose dissertation proposals have been approved by their doctoral committee,
  2. Who have advanced to Doctoral Candidacy, and
  3. Who expect to complete and defend their doctoral dissertation within the one-year period of the award are eligible.

The selected Fellows may not hold concurrent graduate assistant/associateships or student wage positions or defer the award for the following year.

Other requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Legal Arizona residency*
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA or by the student's own statement of financial support needed to carry out the dissertation
  • Expected to defend by December of award year

*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 > Personal Summary > Demographic Information > Residency Information. If the information incorrect, please contact the Residency Office. There are no exceptions to the residency requirement.


Required application information: 

  • A detailed abstract of the dissertation, including the main research question or hypotheses, methodology and summary of result up to date (2 page maximum).
  • A statement explaining the significance of your dissertation and its potential contribution to our understanding or improvement of issues facing Arizona, the nation and the world (2 page maximum).
  • A mention of any peer reviewed publication or significant scholarly presentation of your dissertation research.
  • A detailed timetable identifying dates by when you plan to finish your data collection, data analysis and a draft of each chapter, as well as the expected date of the Oral Defense.
  • A copy of this year's FAFSA determination and/or your own statement of financial need (you must have financial need to qualify for this award).
  • One (1) letter of recommentation from your Dissertation Committee Chair is required. The letter should address your scholarship and verify that you will complete and defend the dissertation by December of the year of award. The letter should be emailed separately
  • Please have your Dissertation Chair send the letter of support to

Online application at


Deadline to submit for Spring 2021: October 12, 2020



For questions, please email