Scholarships and Fellowships

A number of scholarships and fellowships are available for qualifying graduate students who enroll in degree programs. Some of these are awarded by the Graduate School based on a competitive review process, while other awards are made by individual programs and departments. Below is a partial list of available scholarships and fellowships.

Are you a Summer/Fall applicant? You will be invited to submit an application for the Chancellor's and Provost's Fellowships if you meet the minimum criteria for consideration, are applying for Summer/Fall admission, and submit your completed application by no later than March 1. Additional eligiblity criteria can be found in the individual award descriptions linked below. Fellowships are awarded to Summer and Fall admits; if funds become available at the end of Fall semester, Spring admits will be considered.

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

North Carolina Tuition Scholarship (NCTS)

These scholarships are available for a limited number of main campus, out-of-state degree-seeking students who are attending graduate school full time at Appalachian State. The scholarship covers a substantial amount of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees during the regular academic year (excluding Summer sessions). Interested students may inquire about the availability of this scholarship with their respective program director.

Criteria for Eligibility and Guidelines for Nomination

  • New students must be unconditionally admitted.
  • New and continuing students must have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA.
  • All students must complete full-time enrollment (at least 9 hours during Fall and Spring) in graduate program of study (POS) courses. Courses numbered 5989/7989 can only count if the student has completed all other POS coursework, and can only count up to 3 of the 9 required hours.
  • All students must also have RA/TA/GRAM funding of at least $2000 per semester from Appalachian.
  • No student may hold a tuition scholarship for more than four (4) semesters, regardless of how many degrees he or she pursues at Appalachian.
  • Tuition scholarships must be awarded to one student for one semester or for the full academic year, and cannot be further subdivided.
  • Any tuition scholarship funds not committed by July 31 or December 31 will be returned to the Graduate School.

Chancellor's Fellowships and the Lovill Fellowship

Priority Review Deadline: March 1

We anticipate that up to seven Chancellor's Fellowships ($6,250 for the academic year) and one top Fellowship ($8,830 for the academic year) will be awarded to outstanding new degree-seeking graduate students each academic year. If you are applying for Summer or Fall admission and you meet the eligibility criteria you will be sent an email inviting you to apply after the March 1 deadline. One $8,830 Fellowship will be awarded to the top-ranked Chancellor's Fellowship applicant. Applicants will be required to provide a 500-word essay on the importance of graduate education at Appalachian State to their career goals.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Unconditional admission to a graduate degree program at Appalachian for Summer or Fall
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 in an earned bachelor's degree
  • Full-time status required (minimum planned enrollment in 9 or more graduate credit hours per semester)

Chancellor's Fellows who demonstrate excellence their first year by maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or higher will automatically receive a second year of funding.

Provost's Fellowships

Priority Review Deadline: March 1

We anticipate that up to five Provost's Fellowships ($4,000 for the academic year) will be awarded to outstanding new degree-seeking graduate students. If you are applying for Summer or Fall admission and you meet the eligibility criteria you will be sent an email inviting you to apply after the March 1 deadline. Applicants will be required to provide a 500-word essay on the importance of graduate education at Appalachian State to their career goals.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Unconditional admission to a main campus graduate degree program at Appalachian
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 in an earned bachelor's degree
  • Full-time status (minimum planned enrollment in 9 or more graduate credit hours per semester)

Provost's Fellows who demonstrate excellence during their first year by maintaining a GPA of 3.6 or higher will automatically receive a second year of funding.

 

Continuing Student Scholarship Portal

The Appalachian Scholarship Application Portal (ASAP) is a resource available for continuing students to find and apply for more scholarship opportunities, such as scholarships offered by individual programs.

 

Individual Program Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships offered by the School of Graduate Studies, many departments offer discipline-specific scholarships for graduate students. Contact the program director in your area of interest to inquire about scholarship opportunities, deadlines, and application procedures.