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Achievement Rewards for College Scientists

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) awards unrestricted funding to talented scholars at more than 50 top American research universities. The ARCS® Foundation is a nonprofit organization of women who sponsor students in science and technology research.

About this Award

The ARCS® Foundation Phoenix Chapter advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding doctoral students studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. Read more about the ARCS Foundation: National organization and Phoenix chapter

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, scientist and host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," may be the best-known scholar alumnus of the ARCS award.
  • Nine out of 10 ARCS Scholars work in their chosen fields after graduation.
  • ARCS Foundation members are volunteers. One hundred percent of contributions they receive directly fund scholars.
  • ARCS Foundation has provided nearly $87 million in funding to more than 14,700 scholars since their founding in 1958.

Complete nomination details outlined at the bottom of this page.

Questions can be directed to

Award Details

  • $8,500/academic year ($4,250 in Fall and $4,250 in Spring)

Terms of Award

  • Recipient must be a U.S. citizen enrolled full-time in an on-campus immersion doctoral program from approved degree programs list
  • Recipient must maintain 3.5+ GPA
  • Recipient must be enrolled in 6 or more credits during funding period

ARCS Scholars at ASU for 2023-24

Submission Procedures

Graduate Faculty Program Director or designee, submits the ARCS Scholarship Nomination Form* electronically, uploading the following materials as part of the process:

  • Completed ARCS application (sent to eligible academic units via email), with student signature in Section 1
  • Letter of Recommendation (one (1) single space page max)

Once the nomination form has been submitted, an automatic confirmation will be received immediately. After the submission deadline, all completed eligible applications will undergo faculty review and finalists will move forward to the ARCS Foundation for final selection. Once finalists have been selected, approximately one month after the nomination deadline, departments will be notified by email. 

Any questions should be submitted to

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Nominations for the 2024-25 academic year are due by October 1, 2023 at 5 p.m. Arizona time.

Note: Schools/departments should submit no more than three nominations per program. Nominations are not required for current fellows.


In order to be eligible for nomination:

  1. Students must be enrolled full-time in an on-campus immersion doctoral program conducting research in an approved degree programs list. The list will be provided in the call for nominations per the specifications of the ARCS Foundation.
  2. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  3. Students must be a citizen of the United States (permanent residents and international students are not eligible). 

Note: Current ARCS fellows do not require department nomination or count toward the above-mentioned limitations. Current scholars will re-apply directly to the Graduate College.

Additional Information


Each fellow is personally responsible for individual taxes related to this award. Additional information regarding awards-related tax issues 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 includes 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.