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Graduate College Enrichment Fellowship

The Graduate College Enrichment Fellowship (GCEF) is a merit-based award to support recruitment and professional development of outstanding incoming underrepresented* masters and doctoral students enrolling in a on-campus immersion degree program who exhibit interdisciplinary qualities that make them an excellent match for success within our university design. Students must be nominated by their admitting academic unit.

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

*This may include individual circumstances of an exceptional nature and those inadequately represented in their field of study; including socioeconomic background; first-generation college students, and minority student populations. First generation college students are individuals whose parent(s) or other immediate family (i.e., parents and siblings), as well as extended family (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.), have not earned a bachelor's or postsecondary education degree in the United States.

About this Award

Award Details

  • In their first year, graduate students receive $19,200 ($9,600 per semester) stipend and 1st-year tuition award from the Graduate College and the academic unit provides student health insurance.
  • In the second year, the academic unit will provide at least a 50% TA or RA position (at the department standard program rate) or similar funding which includes student health insurance, assuming satisfactory academic progress as defined in Graduate College and program policies manual.  

NOTE:  Tuition award applies to Arizona resident, non-resident, or international tuition. No fees are covered as part of this fellowship, including mandatory program fees and program tuition.

Terms of Award

  • Recipients must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours during their first year
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, award will not disburse if GPA is below a 3.0
  • Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by their academic program and the Graduate College
  • Recipients must meet regularly with faculty advisor/mentor
  • Recipients should not be appointed as a TA/RA or hold any other form of employment within the university in their first year
  • Recipients will be invited as a cohort to join both a pre-matriculation workshop series to prepare for graduate school sucess as well as a peer mentor group which will be led by a previous Fellow



Academic Year 2022-23: Friday, February 11, 2022

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:

  • Student intends to enroll in an on-campus immersion graduate program (Masters or Doctoral)
  • Student is underrepresented in their field of study at ASU 
  • Student demonstrates academic excellence, scholarly promise, and a design mindset focused on relevance, social impact, perpetual innovation, outcomes, and creative collaboration that promotes effective solutions in previous work and/or their desired academic study/research

Submission Procedures

The Graduate Faculty Program Director or designee must submit the following:

  • Grdauate College Enrichment Fellowship nomination form (link availble beginning December 1, 2021)
  • Nominee's application documents including previous transcript, resume/CV, and Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent
  • Departmental Endorsement Letter (signed by Graduate Program Director/Chair) - this 1-2 page evaluation should include all of the following:
    1. the nominee’s strengths and scholarly promise  as demonstrated previously
    2. the nominee’s capacity to contribute to the diversity of the graduate student community and/or to their discipline
    3. how the department plans to support the success of this specific student (eg. creation of scholar suucess plan with mentor and monthly meetings, department steps to create open and welcoming culture of inclusivity, multiple mentorship plan)
    4. how the nominee demonstrates a design mindset focused on relevance, social impact, perpetual innovation, outcomes, and creative collaboration that promotes effective solutions in previous work and/or their desired academic study/research

Once the nomination form has been submitted, an automatic confirmation email will be sent for reference. If you do not receive an email confirmation of the nomination, please email

There will be a 4-6 week turn-around time for recipient announcement notifications from the Graduate College deadline date. Once recipients have been selected, departments will be notified by email. Academic Units are responsible for notifying the student and obtaining signed Confirmation Form.

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 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.