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 FAFSA.gov.

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 nau.edu/finaid 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 closed at midnight on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

NAU Graduate College/Graduate Student Government Scholarships

DEADLINE: March 1, 2014
The Graduate College and Graduate Student Government offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.  Generally, the scholarship is disbursed evenly between the fall and spring semesters.  A FAFSA is required for all applicants that are US residents.  Click here for more information.

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

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

Fellowship Opportunities database

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.