Graduate College

Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship

Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (IEF) -  For New 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 must be nominated by their admitting academic unit.


First Monday of March (For New Fall Admits)

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


Merit-Based Fellowship To:

  • Support recruitment of outstanding new underrepresented* students beginning their 1st year of graduate school
  • Augment university interdisciplinary and knowledge mobilization initiatives through the Interdisicplinary Research Colloquium
  • Support retention of students through professional development through faculty and peer mentorship

*This may include individual circumstances of an exceptional nature and inadequately represented in their field of study; including socioeconomic background; first generation college students, and minority student populations.  First generation college students are individuals whose parent(s) or other immediate family (i.e., parents and siblints) as well as extended family (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) have not earned a bachelor's or postsecondary education degree.


  • IEF provides Masters students a $15,000 award for the first academic year plus tuition
  • EF profides PhD students a $17,000 award for the first academic year plus tuition
  • In the second year, the academic unit will provide at least a 50% TA or RA position (at the department stardard program rate) or similar funding, assuming satisfactory academic progress
  • Student health insurance (provided by the academic unit for the first year)

*Note: Mandatory fees and program fees, or any other fees, are not covered as part of this fellowship

Terms of Award

  • Student participates in Graduate College colloqium that fosters professional development and inclusivity
  • Student enrolls in minimum of 9 credit hours each semester
  • Student can't be appointed as TA/RA or hold on-campus employment during 1st year

Submission Procedures

Graduate Faculty Program Director or designee submits completed Graduate Fellowship nomination form electronically to


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.