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Completion Fellowship

The Graduate College Completion Fellowship is a merit-based award to support degree completion of outstanding graduate students enrolled in one credit for their last semester or last year of a doctoral, MFA, or terminal degree campus-immersion graduate program. This is a competitive fellowship award; all applications are reviewed by faculty and selected based on required application materials listed below. Students must be nominated by their academic unit.

Each department may submit no more than two (2) nominations per program. 

About this Award

Award Details

  • Fall - $12,300 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Spring - $12,300 plus tuition for 1 credit hour

NOTE: ASU student health insurance - funding for the premium is provided by the academic unit for the awarded term(s).  Mandatory fees, program fees, or any other fees are not covered as part of the fellowship

Terms of Award

  • Recipient should enroll for a maximum of 1 credit hour each semester of award
  • Recipient should not be appointed as a TA/RA or hold any other form of employment within the university
  • Academic unit commits to providing an award for ASU health insurance premium during the time of award
  • Recipient should be able to finish degree according to the timeline submitted in their application

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



Academic Year 2024-25 Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

Note: Schools should submit no more than two nominations per program. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. local time.


In order to be eligible to receive this award:

  1. Student must be enrolled in an on-campus immersion doctoral, MFA, or other terminal degree program.
  2. Student will have completed all course work, exams, and/or oral comps for their degree and will only need to register for 1 credit hour in each awarded term.
  3. Student must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  4. Student should not plan to hold a TA/RA position or any other form of campus employment during the award term(s).

Note: Students should not be nominated for more than two terms. Recipients can not hold a TA/RA position or any other form of campus employment during the award term.

Submission Procedures

Graduate Faculty Program Director, or designee, submits Graduate College Completion Fellowship nomination form and uploads a single pdf of the complete application packet to the dropbox link provided in the application form. Application packet must include the following, all of which will be evaluated by faculty review committee:

  • Student written two-page statement which outlines: students' research/project in layman's terms, significance and impact of research/project, how research/project aligns with and advances the ASU design aspirations
  • Timeline, an outline with a clear indication of the time needed for completion, no more than two (2) pages single spaced
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from dissertation/thesis/project committee chair
  • Departmental Support Letter (evaluation from Academic Unit signed by Department Chair/Director) including: additional commentary of nominee's contributions to the department/college/discipline, confirmation of timeline viability,  normal time to degree for the program, as well as their commitment to providing the recipients’ ASU health insurance premium (1-2 pages)

Once the nomination form has been submitted, an automatic confirmation email should be sent from the Graduate College immediately.  If you do not receive an email confirmation of the nomination, please email

After the submission deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a minimum of two faculty from various disciplines across the institution.

Please allow up to six (6) weeks from the deadline date for recipient announcement notifications from the Graduate College. Once recipients have been selected, academic units will be notified by email.  Academic Units are responsible for notifying the student.

Any questions should be submitted to 

Additional Information


Each fellow is personally responsible for individual taxes related to this award. Additional information regarding tax issues related to awards can be found on the tax considerations webpage. 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 their financial need, or the total of the awards exceeds the cost of attendance. If a student has been over awarded, federal regulations require ASU to adjust their 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.