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Getting Started

Distinguished Awards are highly competitive and often have complex application requirements, so prior to working with an advisor or seeking feedback on an application, you should first be familiar with all award guidelines and application criteria and processes.

Steps to applying for a distinguished award:

  1. Determine your objective (more than “just” winning a distinguished award). Consider where and what you want to study, such as in a program abroad focusing on a foreign language or at a specific institution well known in your field of study.
  2. Review the resources. The Graduate College has identified various distinguished awards, but there are many others to consider. You may which to begin by exploring ONSA’s scholarship database or many of the other links provided for you in the Resources section.
  3. Plan your application process. After you identify the awards you are interested in applying to, carefully review the deadlines, criteria, and application process. Some awards, such as Fulbright, Boren, and Schwarzman require ASU endorsement or other pre-application screening.

    Meet with your advisor to discuss the award and schedule time to review your application.

    Allow yourself plenty of time for well-thought out writing and revisions.

  4. If you are applying for an award that requires ASU endorsement, you will need to work with ONSA to ensure that your application is complete and any supplementary materials properly submitted on your behalf. You may also need to participate in a committee interview.
  5. Once you have successfully submitted an application for a distinguished award, be sure to let your advisor, director of graduate studies, and the Graduate College know so that they can recognize your time-consuming efforts.

    If selected as a finalist for an award that has an interview stage, ONSA and the Graduate College will organize practice interviews to help you prepare.