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Presidential Graduate Assistantship Program

The Presidential Graduate Assistantship (PGA) is a merit-based award created to support the recruitment, professional development and faculty mentoring of doctoral students in all fields whose research teaching and service will contribute to advancing the ASU Charter.  The program creates opportunities to recruit and mentor doctoral students enrolling in an on-campus immersion degree program who offer great potential to advance into the professoriate and other careers. Part of the LIFT Initiative, ASU's commitment to Black students, faculty and staff and other underrepresented groups and individuals, this program ensures our continued evolution as a premier public research institution with a fundamental responsibility to the communities that it serves. Students will be chosen and appointed to this program by their admitting academic unit.

Information for Students

About this Program

Program Details, Eligibility and Terms

  • Selected nominees will receive a 50% TA or RA position at the minimum ASU stipend (or higher) per academic year, 100% tuition support* and student health insurance.
  • The funding will be continued for up to four years, assuming satisfactory academic progress as defined in Graduate College and program policy manuals.
  • Recipients are expected to enroll in an on-campus immersion doctoral graduate program for a minimum of 9 credit hours each academic semester (or as many as determined by their academic unit)
  • Recipients demonstrate 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
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by unit and Graduate College
  • Recipients must meet regularly with faculty advisor/mentor
  • Recipients will be invited to join a peer mentor group and participate in special events and training opportunities to build a community of support through networking, professional development and cohort-building activities with other Presidential Graduate Assistantantship recipients as well as with the broader community at ASU.

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


Incoming students should contact their academic unit to be considered for this program.

 Academic units with approved funding

College Department/School
College of Global FuturesSchool for the Future of Innovation in Society
College of Health SolutionsSpeech and Hearing Sciences
College of Integrative Arts and SciencesCounseling and Counseling Psychology
Edson College of Nursing and Health InnovationEdson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Herberger Institute for Design and the ArtsSchool of Art
Herberger Institute for Design and the ArtsSchool of Music, Dance and Theatre
Ira A. Fulton Schools of EngineeringSchool of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Ira A. Fulton Schools of EngineeringSchool for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Ira A. Fulton Schools of EngineeringSchool of Biological, Health Systems Engineering
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeMary Lou Fulton Teachers College
The CollegeSchool of Social Transformation
The CollegeDepartment of Psychology
The CollegeHugh Downs School of Human Communication
The CollegeSchool of  Earth and Space Exploration
The CollegeSchool of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning
The CollegeSchool of Life Sciences
The CollegeSchool of Social Work
The CollegeT. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics