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Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship

The Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (IEF) is a merit-based award to support recruitment and professional development of outstanding new underrepresented* masters and doctoral students enrolling in a campus immersion degree program. Students must be nominated by their admitting academic unit.

Each department may submit no more than five (5) 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

About this Award

Award Details

  • Doctoral and Master's students receive $16,000 ($8,000 per semester) stipend and 1st-year tuition waiver
  • 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, assuming satisfactory academic progress as defined in Graduate College and program policies manual
  • Student health insurance (provided by the academic unit for the first year)

NOTE: No fees are covered as part of this fellowship, including mandatory program fees.

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 unit and 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
  • Recipients are highly encouraged yo participate in the 1 credit hour Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC) course in fall semester 



2020-21 Academic Year: Friday, February 14, 2020

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 the award:

  1. Student intends to enroll in a campus immersion (on-campus) graduate program (Masters or Doctoral).
  2. Student demonstrates academic excellence and scholarly promise.
  3. Student is underrepresented in their field of study.

Submission Procedures

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

  • Electronic Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (IEF) nomination form*.
  • Department evaluation - this one (1) page evaluation should include the nominee’s strengths and scholarly promise demonstrated at previous institution (ex: Leadership, Professional Development, Conference Presentations). The nominee’s capacity to contribute to the diversity of the graduate student community and to their discipline.  

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.

There will be a four (4) 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.

Any questions should be submitted to

*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.