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 <agaribay@email.arizona.edu> 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.

Eligibility:

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 https://grad.arizona.edu/forms/graduate-access-fellowship-application. 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 https://grad.arizona.edu/forms/graduate-access-fellowship- 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 formhttps://grad.arizona.edu/forms/graduate-access-fellowship- 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.

Please refer to our web page https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/opportunities/graduate-access-fellowship.

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