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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 for exceptional 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.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION OVERVIEW

Graduate students must complete their FAFSA, University Scholarship Application, and College of Social and Behavioral Science Scholarship Application. When you complete these applications, you will be considered for all applicable fellowships offered throughout the College of Social and Behavioral Science. For application information regarding department fellowships, inquire within your specific department or program.

DATES TO REMEMBER

September 10

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

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ ALL 10 STEPS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION.

Completely explore this webpage, its active links, and sorting features.

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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
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Family and Community & Human Development
  • Geography
  • Geographic Information Sciences
  • International Affairs & Global Enterprise
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

 

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.

FAFSA APPLICATION

Dreamers interested in need-based donor scholarships should contact the University's Scholarship Office at scholarship@sa.utah.edu 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.

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

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 declared in Political Science program, 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. You can edit your scholarship application until the application closes at 11:59 PM on April 1, 2020.

 

Note: The database lists the scholarships you will be applying for in Academic Works.

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.

HOW TO ASK FOR LETTERS OF REFERENCE

TWO VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  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 scholarships@csbs.utah.edu or utilize the online chat feature.

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?

graduate fellowships/scholarship database

The graduate scholarship database lists all scholarships offered. To apply for these scholarships follow the instructions above.

view graduate database


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Be sure to inquire within your specific department or program for additional department scholarships, faculty funded research grants, or research assistant jobs.

Last Updated: 11/20/19