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Innovation Fellowship Program

The information on this page is specific to the Innovations Fellows Program. For questions about the Innovations Fellows program, or to schedule a meeting to discuss the Innovations Fellows program, please email


No late applications will be accepted.

First day of each month:

  • September 1
  • October 1
  • November 1 for November and December Fellowship requests
  • January 1
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 1 for April and Summer Innovation Fellowships



The Innovations Fellow program is designed to encourage graduate students to complete projects that help the graduate community or further GPSA initiatives. We hope the money will enable graduate students to complete projects that will benefit graduate students and Arizona State University. Applications can be submitted with co-authors; however, awards are split between all authors.


Fellows receive a small scholarship ($100-$300) to implement a new project or bring new insights to an existing GPSA priority. Proposed projects can be totally new to GPSA or you can take an idea from this list. If you’re unsure about your project idea, please contact Zee Wilson, Special Projects Director at


To be eligible for the Innovations Fellow program, fellows must be a graduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in at least 1 credit hour at Arizona State University, for the entire time they are working on their project. To be eligible for the Summer Innovation Fellowship, graduate students must be a graduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in at least one credit hour at Arizona State University.

Fellowship Awards

Fellows may be awarded either a personal award and/or an events award. Fellowship awards may not exceed $300 per application. Awards will be applied to student accounts as a scholarship or a reimbursement for event items or food.

Eligible Expenses

The following are eligible expenses

First day of each month:

  • Food for events
  • Printing/Copying
  • Equipment rental
  • Materials and supplies (Biological supplies must be purchased through the applicant’s school or department. The department or school will then be reimbursed through a transfer up to the award amount.)
  • Professional services for data analysis, typing, transcription, or copying


Ineligible Expenses

The following expense cannot be reimbursed using the Innovation Fellowship:

  • Equipment purchases (laptops, cameras, camera equipment, etc.)
  • Purchases made by departments, faculty, or by other grant funds
  • Travel of any kind
  • Tuition
  • Terminal publication charges for thesis or dissertation
  • Salaries ad wages for research assistants
  • Items or services that require the university to enter into a contract with any non-approved vendor
  • Any other expense prohibited by university policy or deemed ineligible by the program’s administrators.



Fellowships are available for the following project types:

  • Personal Projects
  • GPSA Projects
  • Volunteer Service


Please email to request an application.

Past Award Recipients

2019-2020 Awardees
Terrance Balousek-Thunderbird Art Entrepreneur Event
Dakota Hohenwalter-Veteran’s Mixer Event
Niveditha Muthukrishnan-GSO Best Practices Manual
Jonathan Roll-GPSA Graduate Weekly Meet-Up
Amanjot Singh-GPSA Database Analysis Project
Parvika Singhal-GPSA Database Analysis Project
GPSA Engineering Committee-Ira Fulton School of Engineering Current Student and Alumni Event

2018-2019 Awardees
Vipanchi Chacham-Women’s Mixer Event
Zaellotius Wilson-International Student Advocacy Event