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Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship



This merit-based fellowship is intended to support recruitment of outstanding new underrepresented* students enrolled in an immersion (on-campus) graduate program, beginning their 1st year of graduate school.  The fellowship will:

  • Augment university interdisciplinary and knowledge mobilization initiatives through the Interdisciplinary 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 siblings) as well as extended family (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) have not earned a bachelor's or postsecondary education degree.

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.


  • IEF provides Master's students a $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) award for the first academic year plus tuition
  • IEF provides PhD students a $17,000 ($8,500 per semester) 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 standard program rate) or similar funding, assuming satisfactory academic progress
  • Student health insurance (provided by the academic unit for the first year)

Note: No fees are covered as part of this fellowship, including mandatory program fees.





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018  (BOTH dates are for new fall admissions Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

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



  • Student must be enrolled in an immersion (on-campus) graduate program
  • Student demonstrates academic excellence as defined by the academic unit (GPA, test scores, national training program)
  • Student is underrepresented in their field of study, as defined by the academic unit
  • Academic unit commits to providing healthcare during 1st year and 2nd year funding equivalent to IEF funding package during student's 2nd year

Procedures and Terms

Nomination Material and Submission Procedures

The Graduate Faculty Program Director or designee electronically submits a completed Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (IEF) nomination form to gradinfo@asu.edu. Along with completed nomination form, please provide: 

  1. Department nomination ranking and criteria for ranking (if submitting more than one nomination)
  2. Student's personal statement

When submitting the documents, please type the name of the award and student’s last name in the subject line heading.  For example:  IEF – Smith

Once all documents have been submitted, please allow 72 hours for document review and confirmation email from the graduate education office.  If, after 72 hours, you have not received an email confirmation of nomination, please telephone 480-965-3530. 

The number of applications received will determine the turn-around time for awardee announcement. Once awardees have been selected, departments will be notified by email.

Terms of Award

  • Student participates in the 1 credit hour IRC course in fall semester 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by unit and Graduate College
  • Meet regularly with faculty mentor
  • Student should not be appointed as a TA/RA or hold any other form of employment within the university
  • Submit semester progress report
  • Department provides 1st year health insurance and 2nd year funding

The Graduate Faculty Program Director must submit progress report to gradinfo@asu.edu at the end of each semester. Report should be reviewed and signed by faculty advisor and include:

  • What goals were established for this past semester by student and faculty mentor/advisor and what progress was made in meeting these goals?
  • What are the goals and objectives for next semester?
  • Describe the overall professional growth and/or development activities completed since last report, such as conference attendance, professional development, or giving a talk
  • Please provide in non-technical (lay) language in a 200-word synopsis of your research/studies (i.e., impact research will have on social change)
  • In what way has funding had an impact on your graduate experience?

Important Information

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.