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Completion Fellowship

The 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 other terminal degree on-campus immersion graduate program. This is a competitive fellowship award, all applications are reviewed by faculty and selected based on the significance and impact of a students' research/work and strong support from the chair and academic unit. Students must be nominated by their academic unit.

About this Award

Award Details

  • Fall - $9,300 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Spring - $9,300 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Summer - $3,500 (no tuition); however student should be enrolled for 1 credit hour (must be enrolled in Summer A or C sessions)

NOTE: Student health insurance - is provided by the academic unit for 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 health insurance during 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 2021-22: Monday, March 1, 2021

Note: Schools should submit no more than five 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 complete application packet to the dropbox link provided in application form. Application packet must include all of the following:

  • Student written one- to two-page statement in layman's terms demonstrating significance of research, impact of research for social change, relevance between academy and public, or other form of impact
  • Timeline, an outline with clear indication of time needed for completion, no more than two (2) pages single spaced
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from dissertation/thesis/project committee chair
  • Academic Unit evaluation including confirmation of timeline viability and support of recipients' health insurance (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 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.