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Getting Started

Distinguished Fellowships and Awards are highly competitive and often have complex application requirements, so prior to contacting the Distinguished Graduate Fellowships office, 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 wish to begin by exploring ASU's ONSA 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.
  4. Allow yourself plenty of time for well-thought-out writing and revisions.

  5. If you are applying for an award that requires ASU endorsement, you will need to work with the Distinguished Graduate Fellowships Office to ensure that your application is complete and that supplementary materials are properly submitted on your behalf. You may also need to participate in a committee interview.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  6. Even if you are applying for an award that does not require ASU endorsement, you will still need to notify the Distinguished Graduate Fellowships office to ensure that your application is complete and that you have availed yourself of all the resources available to make your application competitive.                                                                                                                         
  7. 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, the Distinguished Graduate Fellowships Office will organize practice interviews to help you prepare.