Scholarships and Fellowships

Paying for graduate school can be challenging. We’ve provided you with some resources for finding scholarships to help defray the cost of your education.

Northern Arizona University scholarships 

NAU Foundation Scholarships

There are two separate applications for NAU Foundation scholarships: one available through the Office of Student Financial Aid and the other available through the NAU Foundation.  In order to see what your maximum eligibility might be, you must complete both applications.

Some university scholarships are need-based; therefore, you should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available January 1st of each year. Visit

Office of Student Financial Aid scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. Whether you are a new or continuing student, we encourage you to fill out the NAU Scholarship Application which is available at every January. This application is used to award University Foundation Scholarships and allows the Office of Student Financial Aid to match you up with external scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Complete the NAU Online Scholarship Application by March 1st of each year to be considered for Foundation Scholarships. After March 1st, the application will act as a search engine to assist you with funding external scholarships.

Learn more at the Office of Financial Aid Scholarships

NAU Foundation scholarships

To learn more about scholarships available through the NAU Foundation, click here.  The application program closes at midnight on January 31.

NAU Graduate College and Graduate Student Government Scholarships

DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
The Graduate College and Graduate Student Government offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 for the 2017-18 academic year.  Generally, the scholarship is disbursed evenly between the fall and spring semesters.  Applicants must be fully admitted to a graduate program, enrolled full-time during the academic year for a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a four-point scale.  A FAFSA is required for all applicants that are US residents.

Louis H. and Betty J. Quayle Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
The Louis H. and Betty J. Quayle Scholarship provides up to $15,000 to graduate students who are members of a federally recognized Native American tribe or nation for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Scholarships by academic department

Additionally, your department and college/unit, as well as the Graduate College, offer a limited number of graduate scholarships. Deadlines may vary, so become familiar with the application process and deadlines for scholarships that you are eligible for by visiting your program, department, and/or college websites.

View Scholarships by academic department

Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships

The Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships provides information on national and international scholarship and fellowship opportunities.  For more information, visit their website or like them on Facebook to receive announcements and reminders.

External scholarships and search engines

Learn more about external scholarships.

K Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award - DUE October 4, 2013

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning; and who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others.  The awards are sponsored by K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley. All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Additional information on the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award is available here

Search Options for External Funding

You can us Spin Search, sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Research, to search for fellowships, scholarships, internships, and funding for summer educational experiences, travel, publication, research, thesis/dissertations, and more. Customize by discipline, location, dates, and more.

NOTE: you must be logged in through the NAU VPN to access these pages or search from an NAU computer.

Graduate Fellowships Search
Other free scholarship/fellowship search engines include:

We do not recommend applying to any scholarship that charges an application fee.

External scholarships by subject

External scholarships administered through NAU

For these scholarships and fellowships, you must be nominated by NAU. Check for internal NAU deadlines.

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists(ARCS)
Please start with your department for information. Departments must endorse your candidacy.

Doris Duke Conservation Fellowships  
IGERT Fellowships

Wyss Scholars

Harry S. Truman Scholarship: apply as junior

Presidential Management Fellowship

Marshall Scholarship

External dissertation/thesis awards through NAU

For these awards, you must be nominated by NAU. Check for internal NAU deadlines.

How to prepare competitive scholarship applications

If you want advice on how to prepare scholarship applications, we can help.