Graduate Funding

The Department of Mexican American Studies encourages all MAS Graduate Students to create an account thru Scholarship Universe in order to access the applications to our departmental scholarships. Once you have created a profile with Scholarship Universe and if you are a major in our progam you will have access to apply to some, or all, of our departmental scholarships.  Please find here below a list of scholarships we offer and the requirements: 

Consuelo I Aguilar Scholarship Fund ($1,700 Award) *Award can be used for tuition only.

  • Must be MAS major, MAS MA candidate or MAS PhD Candidate
  • GPA must be over 3.0 to qualify
  • Previous recipients not eligible
  • Documents required as attachments:
  • Essay stating why student chose Mexican American Studies as a Major, explain need for this scholarship, how the funding will be used, and why they are a deserving student.  Response should not exceed two double-spaced typewritten pages. 
  • A letter of recommendation written by a community organization, a community leader or a supervisor to community work/involvement stating student’s investment and involvement in the community of underrepresented minorities. 
  • Application deadline is March 20th of every year. 

Fundación México Graduate Student Research Endowment (Up to $2,000 Award) 

  • Graduate student(s) must be enrolled in the Department of Mexican American Studies. Applicants should demonstrate that the award funds will be used to further their research and should submit a writing sample from their research, thesis, or dissertation.
  • The award will support graduate students pursuing research in Mexico or the United States/Mexico border region. 
  • Student(s) working toward a master’s or doctoral degree in Mexican American Studies may apply for research activities /research related travel funding.
  • The applicant should complete the application form by March 20th of every year.
  • The student should submit a one page budget and budget justification.
  • The student(s) should submit a letter of reference addressed to the Fundación México Graduate Student Research Endowment. Graduate student(s) letters are typically from their master’s or doctoral faculty advisor.
  • Recipients are expected to write a letter of thanks to the President of Fundación México 
  • Recipients may re-apply for the endowment award.

Richard Ruiz Memorial Scholarship  (1 award of $400) *Award can be used for tuition only

  • Full time undergraduate or graduate student studying in Mexican American culture and social justice in Mexican American Studies
  • Preference given to first generation students.
  • FASFA must be on file            
  • The Richard Ruiz Memorial Scholarship was established by the College of Education, The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, family and friends to honor the passion and dedication of Professor Richard Ruiz. This scholarship will support a full time undergraduate or graduate student studying Mexican American culture and social justice. 
  • Application deadline is March 20th of every year.

Graduate Access Fellowship

University of Arizona Master’s or Doctoral graduate students who:

  • Will be newly admitted with a 3.0 GPA or higher admitting GPA,
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • Are admitted to and enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral degree granting program on the University of Arizona main, UA South or Phoenix campuses (UA Online students and Accelerated Master's Program students are not eligible),   
  • Have filed the FAFSA form, and
  • Have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic or educational obstacles by meeting 2 of the three following criteria:
  1. Documented financial need as an undergraduate, e.g., Pell Grant eligibility, Work Study.
  2. First-generation student, i.e., having parents or guardians who have not earned a baccalaureate degree, or who did not earn one until the applicant was already in college.
  3. Other significant or serious challenges in gaining access to higher education or personal experiences with disadvantage.

The UA Hispanic Alumni Scholarship Program

  • Be a domestic degree seeking graduate student in good academic standing admitted to a Doctoral or Master’s program in the Department of Anthropology, History, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Mexican American Studies, and Sociology at the University of Arizona,
  • Demonstrate sufficient need by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
  • Enrolled full-time,
  • Be an Arizona resident*,
  • Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of and a willingness to serve the Latino community.

Graduate students hired on graduate assistantships or receiving QTR are eligible for this one-time award.

*Applicants must be listed as Arizona residents in the UA system of record at the time of application to qualify for the award. To verify your residency, please log into UAccess Student> Personal Information> Demographic Data> Residency Information. If this is incorrect, please contact Residency Office. There are no exceptions to the residency requirement.

The Russell J. and Dorothy S. Belinski Fellowship

Eligible University of Arizona Ph.D. programs: American Indian Studies, Communication, East Asian Studies, English (Literature and Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English), Gender and Women's Studies, History, Linguistics, Mexican American Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Persian and Iranian Studies, Philosophy, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, Spanish and Portuguese, Transcultural German Studies.

Applicant Eligibility (no exceptions):

  • Be US citizens or Permanent Residents eligible to apply for US citizenship,
  • Have at least a graduate 3.9 GPA,
  • Be a full-time doctoral student
    • in one of the eligible graduate programs listed above,
    • who is making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree,
    • who has passed all comprehensive examinations and course requirements,
    • has completed at least 6 units of dissertation credit (updated from 9 units to 6 units on January 26, 2018), and
    • advanced to candidacy or, at initial selection, be a student who advances to candidacy in the upcoming academic award year, (the dissertation may not be substantially completed),
  • need of financial support to complete his or her degree demonstrated through the FAFSA and outlined on the application budget form,
  • Has demonstrated exceptional ability and potential in his or her field of study and will maintain good academic standing throughout the award period,
  • Will devote full-time effort toward dissertation completion for each semester (including summer semesters) in which fellowship funds are provided,
  • Be prepared to commit an average of 2 hours per week participating in various professional development workshops offered through the Graduate Center,
  • Available to present research to the Bilinski Education Foundation Board, and
  • Be willing to provide a semester report showing significant progress towards the completion of the degree.

Thesis/Dissertation Tuition Scholarship

Students must be:

  • A non-resident graduate degree-seeking student for tuition purposes (master's, doctoral, or S.J.D.) (graduate students enrolled in UA Online programs are not eligible to be nominated),
  • Enrolled for 1 to 6 units of 900-level units ONLY for the term of award (units through UA Online cannot be covered),
  • Within two years of degree completion, and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Eligibity: The applicant must be a degree seeking graduate student in good academic standing admitted to a doctoral or Master’s program at the University of Arizona. The awardee must demonstrate sufficient need by filing the FAFSA if domestic or the FAFSA equivalent for international students found at Financial Need Calculation for International Student form.

SBSRI Grants and Professorships