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Graduate College Fellowship

The Graduate College Fellowship (GCF) is a need-based award to support new and continuing masters and doctoral students with financial need as determined by information taken from the FAFSA. The GCF is intended to support in recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students at Arizona State University. Students may receive this award for a maximum of four semesters throughout their degree study. Students must be nominated by their academic unit.  

Each department may submit no more than five (5) nominations per program unless otherwise specified below.

About this Award

Award Details

Awards can be for one semester or one academic year. Students may be awarded up to $5000 per semester (fall and spring only).

Terms of Award

  • Recipients must enroll for a minimum of 6 credits per semester 
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, award will not disburse if GPA is below a 3.0
  • Award only applicable for period of nomination and is not automatically renewed. Nomination is required for each new award period.



Spring 2020 Awards:  November 1, 2019

Note:  Due to limited funding, schools should submit no more than two nominations per program for Spring 2020. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. local time.

Fall 2020 & AY 20-21: Friday, February 28, 2020

Spring 2021 Awards: TBD

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

*Fall only nominations will not be not be considered for Spring

*Spring nominations will only be accepted should there be available funding


In order to be eligible to receive the award, each new or continuing student:

  • Must be an eligible domestic student as defined by Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
  • Admitted or enrolled in a campus immersion (on-campus) graduate program (Masters or Doctoral)
  • Have a FAFSA on file and an unmet need as defined by the financial aid office
  • Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA, award will not disburse if GPA is below 3.0
  • Cannot exceed four semesters of Graduate College Fellowship funding

Submission Procedures

Spring 2020 Graduate College Fellowship Nomination Form

Graduate Faculty Program Chair/Director or designee electronically submits a completed Graduate College Fellowship Nomination Form. 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 call 480-965-3530.

Nominating units will receive email notifications from the Graduate College three to four weeks after the nomination deadline.

Note: If you have any issues accessing the nomination form, please ensure you are using your ASUrite when trying to access the form. In some instances, using a different browser may be necessary.

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.