The Peter W. Likins Graduate Fellowship Award

At a Glance

Number Awarded
One Fellowship is available for the 2024-2025 AY
Amount Awarded
$10,000 plus full base (main campus) graduate tuition (excludes mandatory fees, departmental fees and student health insurance)
Application Period
Deadline to apply is April 8, 2024
By Nomination
Funding Type
Cash Award/Stipend
Tuition Award
Eligibility Category
Domestic Doctoral Students
International Doctoral Students
Domestic Master’s Students
International Master’s Students



In recognition of his outstanding vision, leadership, and unwavering commitment to diversity and excellence, the Board of Directors of the University of Arizona (UArizona) Foundation has established a permanent endowment in honor of the 18th President of the University of Arizona, Peter "Pete" Likins. The nominee must be a current graduate student in their 1st or 2nd year at the time of application and is a student who has, due to circumstances of whatever nature, overcome substantial adversity to be accepted for admission and demonstrates successful academic progress in the graduate program (Master's or doctoral) at UArizona.  In addition to illustrating that adversarial circumstances were overcome, candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to express themselves with passion and vitality.  Selection shall be determined by the Associate Dean of the UArizona Graduate College, based on recommendation of the review committee. Applicants must be nominated by their UArizona academic department (one appication per graduate department only). Applicants may not apply directly.  It is suggested that faculty coordinate with their Director of Graduate Studies to ensure only one application per academic department is submitted.  The recipient may concurrently hold a graduate assistantship.  This is not a recruitment award - it is for current 1st and 2nd year graduate students at the time of submitting the application.

Award Amount: $10,000 cash fellowship plus full base (main campus) graduate tuition (excluding mandatory fees, departmental fees and student health insurance).

Application Deadline:  April 8, 2024.


  1. A current (main campus) 1st or 2nd year doctoral or Master's student, domestic or international - Accelerated Master's Program (AMP),UA Online, JD and MD admitted students are not eligible to apply.
  2. Applicant must be in good academic standing.
  3. Applicant must be nominated by the academic department (one application per academic department) and may not apply directly.
  4. Recipient may concurrently hold a graduate assistantship.

*Please note that this is not a recruitment award. The nominee must be a current 1st or 2nd year graduate student at the time of application.


Applicants must be nominated by their UArizona academic department (one per UArizona  academic department only). Applicants may not apply directly.

Nominating department should fill out the application and upload the following documentation: 

  1. Nomination cover letter from the UArizona academic department Head or Director of Graduate Studies.
  2. Nominee written statements:
    • Two (2) page, double-spaced, essay illustrating that adversarial circumstances were overcome in order to pursue the dream of attaining a master's or doctoral degree at the University of Arizona.
    • Short summary (no more than 1 page) of why they are interested in pursuing the higher degree.
  3. One (1) letter of recommendation from a UArizona faculty advisor (may be same or different from the nominating faculty).


Please contact Donna Treloar, Director, Graduate Diversity Initiatives