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The Peter W. Likins Graduate Fellowship Award

At a glance
Number Awarded: 
One award annually
Amount Awarded: 
$10,000 plus tuition
Application Period: 
2020-21 Academic Year
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
By Nomination
Eligibility Category: 
All Graduate Students


In recognition of his outstanding vision, leadership, and unwavering commitment to diversity and excellence, the Board of Directors of the University of Arizona Foundation has established a permanent endowment in honor of the 18th President of the University of Arizona, Peter "Pete" Likins. Award recipients will be first or second year graduate students who have, due to circumstances of whatever nature, overcome substantial adversity to be accepted for admission by a degree granting graduate program (masters or doctoral) at the University of Arizona (UA). In addition to illustrating the adverse circumstances that were overcome, candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to express themselves with passion and vitality. Selection shall be determined by the Dean of the UA Graduate College, based on recommendations of the review committee. Applicants MUST be nominated by their UA academic unit (one per UA graduate major program only). Applicants may NOT apply directly.

UA Online students and Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) students are not eligible to apply.

Please note that this is not a recruitment award. Applicants must have successfully completed one or two years of a UA degree program.

Award Amount

$10,000 plus full tuition, excluding mandatory fees and student health insurance

Application Deadline

March 30, 2020, 5 p.m.,  for 2020-21 academic year award

  1. Degree-seeking graduate student who has successfully completed their first or second year of a UA graduate degree program. UA Online students and Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) students are not eligible to apply.
  2. May be a masters or doctoral level candidate.
  3. May be domestic or international.
  4. Must be currently in good academic standing within the UA degree-granting program.


  1. Cover sheet stating name, UA student ID, academic program, and email.
  2. Cover letter of nomination from the UA academic unit head or director of graduate studies (one per degree granting program).
  3. Two to three (2-3) page essay about the adverse circumstances that have been overcome in order to pursue the dream of attaining a masters or doctoral degree at the UA.
  4. Short summary (no more than 1 page) of why the applicant is interested in pursuing the higher degree.
  5. One (1) letter of recommendation from a UA faculty advisor.
  6. Nominating department to send application as one pdf including letter of recommendation to Dorian Voorhees, Associate Dean, Graduate College, Administration Building room 322, or

Please contact Dorian Voorhees at or (520) 626-6908