Graduate College

Completion Fellowship

Completion Fellowship (CF) – For Masters and Doctoral Students in their last year 

Graduate College actively engages in programs that support the degree completion of graduate students at Arizona State University. Students must be nominated by their academic unit.


Spring 2018: November 13, 2017

Fall 2018: March 12, 2018

Summer 2018: April 9, 2018 

*Note: Schools should submit no more than five ranked nominations.


To support outstanding, impactful doctoral and MFA students in last year to work full-time on dissertation and finish degree during award term.


The Graduate Completion Fellowship provides funding to graduate students in their last semester or year of their graduate program. It is expected that recipients will have completed all course work for their degree and will only need to register for 1 credit hour.  Students should not be nominated for more than two terms.

  • Fall - $8,500 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Spring - $8,500 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Summer - $3,500 (no tuition)
  • Student health insurance - provided by the academic unit for awarded term(s)

International awardees should consult with the ASU International Students webpage for current immigration regulations on last semester enrollment, or email them at

Note: Mandatory fees, program fees or any other fees are not covered as part of the fellowship


The nominee must:

  1. Demonstrate impact of research for social change, or relevancy between academy and the public
  2. Outline summary of 200 words for each section and/or chapter of dissertation/project
  3. Clear indication of time needed for completion
  4. Indicate length of time in program
  5. Publications & other accomplishments     

Nomination Materials and Submission Procedures 

Academic unit representative directs questions, ranks, and electronically submits a completed nomination form to Along with the nomination form, please provide:

  1. A 1-2 page double space statement of student's Knowledge Mobilization outline that demonstrates significance of research, impact of research for social change, or relevancy between academy and public
  2. Outline summarizing each section and/or chapter of dissertation/project (200 words per section)
  3. Department nomination rankings and criteria for rankings
  4. Letter of support from dissertation/thesis/project committee chair
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Completion timeline outlining with clear indication of time needed for completion

When submitting the documents, please type the name of the award and student’s last name in the subject line heading.  For example:  Completion Fellowship – Smith

Once all documents have been submitted, please allow 72 hours for document review and confirmation email from the graduate education office.  If, after 72 hours, you have not received an email confirmation of nomination, please telephone 480-965-3530. 

The number of applications received will determine the turn-around time for awardee announcement.  Please allow six weeks processing time.  Once awardees have been selected, they will be notified by email.


All fellowship recipients

  1. Must enroll for a minimum of one credit hour during the term of this award
  2. May not be appointed as a TA, RA or in any other position at ASU during the semester of this award
  3. Be in good academic standing
  4. Demonstrate the ability to complete research projects of high quality
  5. Have the ability to finish in one semester
  6. Be highly meritorious
  7. Department covers health insurance
  8. Submit semester progress report

Post-Award Testimonial

Final report on research accomplishments, including graduation photo, and lay-language abstracts (200 words) outlining impact of research for social change, or relevancy between the academy and public.  


Important information


Each fellow is personally responsible for individual taxes related to this award. Additional information regarding tax issues related to awards can be found at tax considerations. Specific questions should be directed to a tax advisor or contact the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

An "overaward" is when a student’s need based awards exceed his/her financial need, or the total of the awards exceeds the cost of attendance. If a student has been overawarded, federal regulations require ASU to adjust his/her awards which may result in a reduction in awards or a bill. Need based aid include grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans,  and outside resources (i.e. faculty/staff tuition benefits, scholarships, stipends, etc.). Non-need based aid includes unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans and Private Education Loans. Questions regarding overawards should be directed to the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.