Graduate College

Reach for the Stars Fellowships


Monday, February 6, 2017  and Monday, March 6, 2017


Reach for the Stars Fellowships (RFTS) support newly-admitted first-year master students who demonstrate academic excellence and are underrepresented in their field of study. Students must be nominated by their admitting academic unit.

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RFTS provides a $15,000 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 standard program rate) or similar funding assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Student Health Insurance (provided by the academic unit for the first year)

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


The nominee must:

  1. be regularly admitted into a masters degree program at the time the award is disbursed
  2. demonstrate academic excellence and contribute to diversity in the field of study and the profession
  3. be a U.S. citizen or assigned an IP visa

application process

The academic unit submits a Diversity Support Program Nomination Form to the Graduate Education; mail code: 1003, or email the nomination form or questions to or fax to 480-965-0375.

If more than one nomination is being submitted, department must rank students based on the quality of the applicant.

The Graduate Education review committee will review all nominations and notify the academic unit 2-3 weeks after the submission deadline date.


All fellowship recipients are required to:

  1. register and participate in the one-credit hour Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC)
  2. enroll for a minimum of nine (9) graduate-level credit hours during fall and spring semesters during the award period
  3. meet with IRC staff at least once before the start of the fall semester (before the first IRC meeting), and once before the end of the spring semester and once the following year of your award year
  4. meet regularly with a faculty mentor to discuss program goals, objectives and progress toward degree completion
  5. meet regularly with a peer mentor provided by the Shades Multicultural Mentoring Program to discuss getting acclimated to graduate school and student life
  6. must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the academic unit and Graduate Education
  7. not be employed as a TA, RA or in any other position at ASU during the year of this award

important information

fellowship disbursement and health insurance

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.