University Fellows Award

The University Fellows Award is a prestigious fellowship offered only to the University of Arizona's highest-ranked incoming graduate students. The Graduate College and Graduate Center administer the award.

Award Overview:

  • In year 1
    • $32,000 fellowship -- $13,500 of which will be disbursed in the fall, $13,500 in the spring, and $5,000 in the summer.
    • A Graduate Tuition Scholarship (GTS) that covers base graduate tuition in fall and spring for courses taken through main campus in the first year (excludes program fees, differential tuition, and mandatory registration fees)
    • Coverage under the UA Student Health Insurance Plan
  • In year 2
    • $500 for attending conferences or professional development activities
  • Access to ongoing professional development programs as well as social events, community collaborations, networking opportunities, and interdisciplinary colloquia throughout their graduate career (visit the Cohort Experience page for more information)
  • College and departmental support in years 2 through 5 equal to or greater than what is consistent with a 0.25 FTE Graduate Assistantship (stipend, healthcare, and 0.5 base graduate tuition coverage)

Eligibility

  • Any newly admitted doctoral student who will matriculate in the fall semester (Outstanding recruits from Master’s programs that require a minimum of 60 units are also eligible.)
  • Students entering Professional degree programs such as MBA, Master of Architecture, Juris Doctorate, Medical Doctorate, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) are not eligible
  • Students with stellar undergraduate or Master’s academic/creative records
  • Students who are accepted to programs that are primarily on campus, and who will reside in the Tucson metropolitan area during their first year (Distance and UA Online programs are not eligible.)
  • Students interested in interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, mentoring, leadership, and engaging with multiple communities

Expectations for University Fellows

To ensure that Fellows benefit from the program, they

  1. Do not engage in other paid work in their first year. Programs should exempt Fellows from first-year teaching responsibilities or research assistantships. If programs require such work, it will be limited to a 0.25 FTE position and will require approval from the Faculty Director.
  2. Participate for an average of 3 hours per week in programming, including enrollment in a 3-unit colloquium, during the first year of studies.
  3. Serve as a mentor in their first year for either a K-12 student, an Honors student, a refugee, immigrant, or an undergraduate recruited through a diversity program; in their second year, Fellows will mentor the new cohort.
  4. Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  5. Enroll as a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters (at least 9 units per semester).

Expectations for Departments and Programs

To facilitate the Fellows’ success, home departments are expected to collaborate with the UA Graduate Center in the following ways:

  1. Provide funding for University Fellows after the first year. Colleges and programs that recruit a Fellow will be expected to commit support equal to or greater than what is consistent with a 0.25 FTE Graduate Assistantship (stipend, healthcare, and 0.5 base graduate tuition coverage) for years 2 through 5, pending satisfactory academic performance and availability of funds. This support can be made in the form you see fit (tuition waivers, scholarships, assistantships, etc.) as long as it is equal to the support offered by a 0.25 FTE Graduate Assistantship. If a Fellow is awarded external funding, such as an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, in the amount equal to or greater than a 0.25 FTE Graduate Assistantship, the commitment can be met by the external funding source.
  2. Exempt Fellows in their first year from serving as teaching or research assistants and from other paid work. All participation in paid work in the first year requires approval by the Graduate Center Faculty Director.
  3. Maintain open communication with the Faculty Director and Program Coordinator of the Graduate Center. This communication is crucial to ensuring that the University Fellow completes academic requirements and fellowship programming through the first year.
  4. Encourage the student to attend all University Fellows programming. Fellows’ experiences augment their skills in leadership, communication, community engagement, interdisciplinary research, and collaboration. Such development enriches the students’ academic performance and professional standing, thereby enhancing their department’s success.
  5. Excuse Fellows from attending activities during the University Fellows colloquium. The University Fellows colloquium is a central component of the first year cohort experience.

In order to make it as simple as possible for departments with a University Fellow, the Graduate Center takes responsibility for

  1. Administering the financial award associated with the University Fellows Program. The Graduate College, the institutional home of the Graduate Center, will disburse fellowship funds.
  2. Ensuring that University Fellows attend programs and other fellowship events. The Graduate Center provides an added level of mentoring and support for each Fellow. We work with the home department to maximize engagement in both academic and fellowship programming.

 

For additional information about the award, please contact the Graduate Center Program Coordinator, at gradcenter@email.arizona.edu.

Last updated 9 Nov 2018