Graduate College

Graduate College Fellowship (GCF) - For New and Continuing Masters and Doctoral Students


Graduate College actively engages in programs that support recruitment, retention, and professional development of graduate students at Arizona State University. Students may not receive more than three Graduate College need-based fellowships during their graduate programs.


Spring 2018:  Friday, November 3, 2017

Fall 2018: Monday, February 26, 2018

Note: Schools should submit no more than five ranked nominations.


Up to $10,000 (up to $5,000 per semester, based on need)


  • Student must have FAFSA on file and an unmet need as defined by financial aid office.
  • Student enrolls for a minimum of 6 credits per semester
  • Student must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA at the time of the nomination
  • Student must meet regularly with faculty member
  • Students cannot receive a Graduate Fellowship more than 3 total terms during their entire degree program

Nomination Material and Submission Procedures

Graduate Faculty Program Director or designee directs questions, ranks and electronically submits a completed Graduate College Fellowship  Nomination Form to  Along with completed nomination form, please provide:

  • Department provides nomination rankings and criteria for ranking (if submitting more than one nomination)
  • Frequency of advisor interaction with fellow
  • When submitting the documents, please type the name of the award and student's last name in the subject heading.  For example:  GCF - Smith
  • Once all of the documents have been submitted, please allow 72 hours for document review and confirmation email from the Graduate College office.  If, after 72 hours, you have not received an email confirmation of the nomination, please telephone 480-965-3530
  • The number of applications received will determine the turn-around time for awardee announcement.  Please allow six weeks for processing time.  Once awardees have been selected, they will be notified by email

Terms of the Award

1. Have FAFSA on file and an unmet need as defined by financial aid office

2. Enroll for a minimum of 6 credits per semester  

3. Submit semester progress report

Post-Award Testimonial

Submit progress report at the end of each semester. Report should include:

  • Goals established for the semester and progress in meeting these goals,
  • Goals and objectives for the next semester and overall professional growth and/or development activities completed since last report 


Important 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.