Funds for Graduate School

If you have been thinking of applying for a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Arizona, this may be the time to apply.

New funds are available.  Please send Adriana Miramontez <> your questions.

The UA Graduate College’s Graduate Access Fellowship 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 are newly admitted for the summer 2017, fall 2017 or spring 2018 terms and who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic, or educational obstacles. Each fellowship provides $4,000 to students admitted to a Master’s program, or $8,000 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. Graduate Access Fellowships are expected to be supplemented by other financial support provided by the academic program, particularly at the doctoral level.


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

  • Are newly admitted for summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018 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 Masters Program students are noteligible),
  • 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 incollege.
  3. Other significant or serious challenges in gaining access to higher education or personal experiences withdisadvantage.

The Graduate College has an established web form to nominate students or potential recruits Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 per academic program. The Graduate College review committee will review nominated candidates and strive to quickly notify nominating units and applicants when awards are decided.

Process to Nominate:

Admitted students for the eligible terms may apply directly: The student must be officially admitted and have a UA NetID. They should login with their UA NetID and complete the application form application. They will need a letter of recommendation from the academic unit on University letterhead stating why the Graduate College application review committee should honor the request for funding and what funding, if any, is being provided by the program. Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

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 your UA NetID and complete the application form application. Please upload a letter on University letterhead that states why the Graduate College application review committee should honor the request for funding and what funding, if any, is being provided to recruit the applicant. Awards are dependent upon the availability of funding and are limited to 4 awards per academic program.

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Advocacy and Storytelling Workshops

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Pregnancy Planning and Birth Spacing Webinar

Registration: Pregnancy Planning and Birth Spacing Webinar
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 EDT
Hosted by HV-ImpACT
Featured speakers include the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and UnplannedPregnancy and awardees from Florida and Rhode Island.
Participants will be able to:
  • Identify resources to share with LIAs to support pregnancy planning and birth spacing
  • Describe strategies that two states are using with families in the Federal Home Visiting Program
  • Name one innovation to support pregnancy planning and birth spacing
We are re-sending the link, as some were having trouble registering with the embedded link in the previous email.
To register, click on the link below:
You should receive an immediate confirmation from Adobe Connect following your registration.  Please contact if you do not receive it. You will receive a reminder with the link to log in on the day of the broadcast.
We look forward to your participation in the HV-ImpACT January webinar!
Mary Mackrain, Technical Monitor
Home Visiting – Improvement Action Center Team
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AZ Early Childhood Workforce Registry Event

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Help Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Prevent Child Abuse Arizona provides education about coping with crying to more than 45,000 new parents annually in participating birth hospitals throughout the state. Nurses deliver this education to prepare new parents to manage a crying baby and to be aware of the life-threatening dangers of shaking a baby.
At a recent high school health fair, a 14-year-old girl lingered at the Prevent Child Abuse Arizona booth nervously looking at the Never Shake a Baby materials. Finally she spoke and said that she had gotten into trouble because her mother saw her shake her infant brother. She said she did not know why her mother was so mad.
Eventually, the girl revealed the infant was actually her son. A Prevent Child Abuse Arizona program leader carefully explained why babies cry, how to soothe them, and how dangerous shaking an infant can be. The girl was extremely attentive and asked a number of questions. The information she received that day on the dangers of shaking may very well have saved her baby’s life.
“My work with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is so rewarding. To be able to keep babies safe – saving precious lives – is something I get up determined to do each and every day. An educated mom equals a safe baby.”
– Nicole Valdez, Never Shake a Baby Arizona Statewide Coordinator

Shaken Baby Syndrome can cause seizures, blindness, paralysis, learning disabilities and death. Please consider making a year-end gift today so we can continue our important work educating the community and training professionals who serve children and their families.


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What Works Symposium


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UA offers behavior, family transition classes for TUSD parents

By Gabriella Vukelic For the Arizona Daily Star

A University of Arizona family engagement program is helping TUSD parents cope with their children’s behavioral issues, coaching them through family transitions. The free program offers classes that focus on different aspects of behavioral issues and how to talk to children whose parents are going through a divorce or separation, said Debbie Curley, who runs the program.

What might be appropriate for one family might not be appropriate for another, so parents learn to be aware and there for their children, she said. The program is based on knowledge and research from the university and seeks to help child brain development.

“The importance of this is learning how to keep kids out of the middle,” Curley said. “Don’t blame them, they are not the cause, and say that mom and dad will work it out.”

The sessions, taught at TUSD’s Palo Verde Family Center, 1302 S. Avenida Vega, are open to parents with children of all ages.

Children don’t attend the classes with their parents, but child care is available. The care center has trained professionals and is education-based.

The child-behavioral management classes give parents a “tool box” of skills, said Ana Morales, a facilitator and trainer of the program. In the first session, parents learn positive parenting skills and set their first goals. Then, in the second session, they develop relationship techniques related to better communication and social skills.

Each week, parents are required to log in any meltdowns that their child might have had. If one happens, they need to log what happened before, what triggered them to melt down, and what happened after.

Michelle Naour, a TUSD parent with 5-year-old twin daughters, takes the child-behavior management classes for an opportunity to be a better parent. The most interesting part about the classes, she said, is interacting with other parents and knowing that she is not alone in dealing with behavioral issues. “My twins are very different, so I can’t parent both of them the same way,” Naour said. “That’s the change I need to focus on.”

Gabriella Vukelic is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at

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