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Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

Attention Students: This page contains important information on how to apply for fellowships and scholarships in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Please take time to read each section thoroughly.

The College of Social and Behavioral Science provides merit-based and need-based scholarships and fellowships for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, thanks to the generosity of many individuals and families. As noted below, consideration is only given for those who have declared their major in the college, not pre-majors.

Fellowships and scholarships are primarily in the form of tuition reduction, and typically range from $1,000 - $5,000. Often the amount of a scholarship depends largely on the competitiveness of the pool of the applicants and the amount of available funding.


(estimated September)

University General Online Application Available
(Please note that the CSBS online application must be filled out separately)

December 1

Graduate Fellowship/Scholarship Online Application Portals Open

April 1

Graduate Fellowship/Scholarship Online Application Portal Closes

No later than April 30

Graduate Fellowship/Scholarship Offers Issued

May 1

Acceptance Materials Due

10 Steps to a Successful Application


Completely explore this webpage, its active links and sorting features. Undergraduate students will find one application for each major, with description of each scholarship opportunity available within that major. Note, there are several applications at the college-level.

Note: Graduate students will find one application for the CSBS fellowships, for application information regarding department fellowships inquire within your specific department or program.

You must be declared in one of the following departments to be eligible to apply for scholarships/fellowships offered by the college:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Family and Consumer Studies
  • Geography
  • International Affairs & Global Enterprise
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Haven't declared your major yet? Meet with your advisor!


We have a number of scholarships/fellowships by our donors that are need-based. To be eligible for need-based scholarships, make sure to submit a FAFSA application as well. FAFSA applications become available every year on October 1. Use the button below to fill out your application.


DREAMers interested in need-based donor scholarships/fellowships should contact the University's Scholarship Office at or 801-581-6211 to complete a paper FAFSA application. 

College fellowship opportunities are accessed through the CSBS Graduate Fellowship Application. 

To access the fellowship application within your major or the CSBS Fellowship application, you must first complete the University's Scholarship Application through the online application portal.


Once you complete the online University’s General Scholarship Application you can access scholarships offered throughout the college and university. For example, if you are majored in Political Science, you will scroll through to the Political Science Scholarship Application. Please note that you will be required to sign in to your profile on Academic Works before you are able to access any of the scholarship applications.

Come in and out of your application by selecting the “save and keep editing” button at the bottom of the application.

Graduate Students: You can edit your fellowship application until the application closes at 11:59 PM on April 1, 2020.

There are essay question(s) in each application and your essay matters! Each essay question will guide you to topics to consider as you write. Be thorough and thoughtful. We recommend that you prepare your answers in Word and paste them into the application keeping in mind that most essays have 300-500 word limits.

A personal statement or essay is not an autobiography. Instead you may be asked to describe:

  1. Why you’ve chosen your area of study
  2. Your academic achievements or awards
  3. Professional interests
  4. Demonstrated community service and leadership opportunities
  5. Your motivation and capacity to succeed or unusual or extraordinary circumstances regarding your situation which you feel should be known in considering your application and
  6. Why you feel you are a viable candidate

The University Writing Center can be a great resource.

You may be asked to upload your degree dashboard (Formerly DARS) or an unofficial transcript with grades depending on your major. If you have been at the University of Utah for less than two semesters, you’ll be asked to submit a transcript from other schools attended.

All of our fellowship applications are required to have two letters of reference. At least one MUST be an academic reference, a current or former professor/teacher. The other can be an employer, volunteer supervisor, but not a friend or family member.



  1. Your reference must agree to write a letter BEFORE you put their contact information into your application because the very moment their contact information is input, an auto notification will be sent to them. If your reference did not agree to write a reference letter for you, they have every right to reject the system’s request!
  2. Once your reference has agreed to write a letter for you, it is up to YOU to check your application to make sure the letter was submitted. You cannot see the letter but will be able to tell if it was received.

If you have any questions about your application or scholarship/fellowship opportunities in the college, etc., please submit them to or utilize the online chat feature when it is open.

Before you submit your application, ask yourself the following:
  • Have both of my letters of reference been submitted?
  • Have I checked spelling, grammar, and punctuation throughout my application?
  • Have I attached all of the required documents?

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Last Updated: 9/16/19