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Completion Fellowship



The Completion Fellowship is a merit-based award to support degree completion of outstanding graduate students enrolled in an immersion (on-campus) graduate program, in their last semester or last year of their doctoral, MFA or other terminal degree program.  Students must be nominated by their academic unit.

Each department may submit no more than five (5) nominations per program. 


  • Fall - $8,500 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Spring - $8,500 plus tuition for 1 credit hour
  • Summer - $3,500 (no tuition); however student should be enrolled for 1 credit hour (must be enrolled in Summer A or C sessions)
  • Student health insurance - provided by the academic unit for awarded term(s)

International awardees should consult with the ASU International Students webpage for current immigration regulations on last semester enrollment, or email them at issc@asu.edu

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





Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (for Spring 2019) - Nominations are closed for Spring 2019.  

Monday, March 11, 2019 (for Fall 2019 only, or Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)* 

Note: Schools should submit no more than five nominations per program. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Arizona Standard Time.



The Graduate Completion Fellowship provides funding to doctoral, MFA or other terminal degree program graduate students in their last semester or year of their graduate program. Student must be enrolled in an immersion (on-campus) graduate program.  It is expected that recipients are in good academic standing, minimum 3.0 GPA ,and will have completed all course work, exams, and/or oral comps for their degree and will only need to register for 1 credit hour.  Students should not be nominated for more than two terms.

Procedures and Terms

Submission Procedures 

Graduate Faculty Program Director or designee, submits nomination form electronically, and the  following information:

  • Student written one- to two-page double-spaced statement in layman's terms demonstrating significance of research, impact of research for social change, relevance between academy and public, or other form of impact
  • Timeline, an outline with clear indication of time needed for completion, no more than two (2) pages single spaced
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of support from dissertation/thesis/project committee chair
  • Department evaluation (one (1) single space page max)

Once the nomination form has been submitted, an automatic confirmation email should be sent from the Graduate College office immediately.  If you have not received an email confirmation of the nomination, please call 480-965-3530.

If you have any issues accessing the nomination form, please ensure you are using your ASUrite when trying to access the form. In some instances, using a different browser may be necessary.

There will be a four (4) week turn-around time for recipient announcement notifications from the Graduate College deadline date. Once recipients have been selected, departments will be notified by email. 

Any questions should be submitted to GCFellowships@exchange.asu.edu

Terms of Award

  • Recipient should enroll for a maximum of 1 credit hour each semester of award
  • Recipient should not be appointed as a TA/RA or hold any other form of employment within the university
  • Department commits to providing health insurance during time of award
  • Recipient should be able to finish degree according to the timeline submitted in application


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.