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Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship



The Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship (IEF) is a merit based award to support recruitment and professional development of outstanding new underrepresented* doctoral and masters students enrolling in a campus immersion degree program.Students must be nominated by their admitting academic unit.

*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.

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


  • Doctoral and Master's students receive $16,000 ($8,000 per semester) stipend and 1st year tuition waiver
  • 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 as defined in Graduate College and program policies manual
  • 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.



Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019  (BOTH dates are for new fall admissions Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Nominations are closed and are under review for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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



In order to be eligible to receive the award:

1. Student intends to enroll in a campus immersion (on-campus) graduate program (Masters or Doctoral).
2. Student demonstrates academic excellence and scholarly promise.
3. Student is underrepresented in their field of study.
4. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for this award, award will not disburse if below a 3.0 GPA

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. Along with completed nomination form, please provide: 

  • Department evaluation, this one (1) page evaluation should include the nominee’s strengths and scholarly promise demonstrated at previous institution (ex: Leadership, Professional Development, Conference Presentations). The nominee’s capacity to contribute to the diversity of the graduate student community and to their discipline.  

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

There will be a three (3) week turn-around time for recipient announcement from the deadline date. Once awardees have been selected, departments will be notified by email


Terms of Award

  1. Student participates in the 1 credit hour Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC) course in fall semester 
  2. Enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours during their first year
  3. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by unit and Graduate College
  4. Meet regularly with faculty advisor/mentor
  5. Student should not be appointed as a TA/RA or hold any other form of employment within the university

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

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.