Graduate Excellence Awards

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Recognizing outstanding doctoral and master's degree students

Graduate students are central to the mission of Arizona State University as the New American University for research excellence, global outreach and local embeddedness. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences values excellence in graduate education, and we are pleased to continue the Graduate Excellence Awards program. This program recognizes outstanding doctoral and master's degree students who were honored nationally and internationally during academic year 2019-20 through receipt of monetary awards (e.g., fellowships, grants, scholarships, travel awards).

Graduate Excellence Awards

The college recognizes outstanding graduate students who have been nationally acknowledged through funded fellowships, scholarships, and grants. Eligible students receive funds to advance their research and are recognized at an annual ceremony in the spring.

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Eligible students

  • students (PhD or master's) in graduate programs administered by academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • students (PhD or master's) whose committee chair has a primary faculty affiliation in an academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Eligible monetary awards

  • fellowships and scholarships awarded directly to the student from national agencies, private foundations or international organizations (e.g., NSF, NIH, NEA, Fulbright, Ford Foundation, United Nations)
  • grants awarded to support a specific graduate student to a faculty advisor at ASU from national agencies or private foundations (e.g., NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)
  • travel awards from non-ASU societies or organizations to attend conferences
  • awards from non-ASU societies and organizations (e.g., best poster award, best oral presentation award)

Eligible period

  • Notification or receipt of award between March 18, 2019 and March 20, 2020 (i.e., Summer 2019 through Spring 2020)
  • Start of fellowship or grant between March 18, 2019 and March 20, 2020
  • Continuing receipt of a multi-year fellowship or grant extending into the period of March 18, 2019 and March 20, 2020

Not eligible

  • grants awarded to faculty members that include general support for graduate students (e.g., NIH R01) but not awarded for a specified graduate student
  • honors received without a monetary award
  • monetary awards or grants received from ASU academic units, colleges, through the ASU Foundation or ASU-affiliated organizations
  • training grants awarded to academic units or graduate programs

Monetary awards will be distributed in the amount of $100 until allocated funds are no longer available.

  • Eligible students may only receive one award per year from the college regardless of the number of awards submitted for eligibility.
  1. Complete the application form and include in your submission:

  • An official email with notification of the award, scholarship or fellowship OR
  • A scanned PDF of an award statement letter (if received as a paper copy)

      2. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 20, 2020.

      3. Funds are distributed through ASU student accounts. We anticipate distributing the funds in late April. Students are encouraged to apply early as awards will be distributed until allocated funds are no longer available.

      4. Please be aware that the award may affect your financial aid package; contact Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for information specific to your account. The award will apply to any outstanding balance you may owe to ASU first and any remaining funds will be provided to you via direct deposit or check.


Please contact Kim Castillo with any questions. 

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