Funding Opportunities

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, 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 Assistantship recipients as well as with the broader community at ASU.

*NOTE:  Tuition support applies to base tuition. No student fees or mandatory program fees are covered as part of this assistantship.


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

 Academic units with approved funding

College  Department/School
College of Global Futures School for the Future of Innovation in Society
College of Health Solutions Speech and Hearing Sciences
College of Integrative Arts and Sciences Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Art
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Music, Dance and Theatre
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School of Biological, Health Systems Engineering
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
The College Department of English
The College Department of Psychology
The College Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
The College School of Earth and Space Exploration
The College School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning
The College School of Human Evolution and Social Change
The College School of International Letters and Cultures
The College School of Life Sciences
The College School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
The College School of Molecular Sciences
The College School of Politics and Global Studies
The College School of Social Transformation
The College T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions School of Social Work