Interested in research & considering a PhD?

The Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants of School Success (AWARDSS) training program might be right for you!

This UROC affiliated program at the University of Arizona can prepare you for doctoral study in higher education through an exceptional year-long training program.


Who should apply?

The AWARDSS program is looking for students* who would benefit from college preparation courses, dedicated mentorship and specialized research experience before applying to graduate school who preferably have a sincere interest in exploring and pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education.

*The program is designed for upper division and masters students at the University of Arizona as well as recent UA graduates (within the last five years).

Possible Majors

The AWARDSS program is not restricted to specific majors. Here are some examples of degrees that AWARDSS fellows may have obtained or plan to pursue:

  • Psychology
  • Administration of Justice
  • Family Studies & Human Development
  • Commerce
  • Literacy, Learning, & Leadership
  • Computer Science
  • Public Health
  • Cyber Operations
  • Educational Psychology
  • Government and Public Service
  • English
  • Disability Studies
  • History
  • Elementary Education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Neuroscience
  • Mathematics

How can you benefit?

Fellows will receive specialized training in education research (with a focus on examining individual and societal contributions to student success), conduct research with faculty mentors, develop their writing skills, and receive specific assistance in applying to doctoral programs, all via our specialized funded program.

  • Fall/Spring graduate writing courses
  • GRE training and fee waivers
  • $4,000 Summer stipend and $1,000 Fall stipend
  • Summer room and board provided (or off-campus housing equivalencies)
  • On campus parking, mileage (if applicable)
  • Summer tuition and fees paid by UROC for the UROC-PREP credit-bearing courses

"IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THAT PROVIDES ENOUGH STRUCTURE AND FLEXIBILITY FOR STUDENTS TO RECEIVE A REALISTIC AND VALUABLE GRADUATE-LEVEL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE." Alyssa Begay, 2017

Note: The application website (UROC) uses a generic form for all programs, and some of the information contradicts our requirements (i.e. UROC states that you must be a continuing UA junior or senior with a certain graduation date planning to apply to grad school in Fall 2019, but the AWARDSS program has broader acceptance standards as described above*). The information you find here at the AWARDSS site is accurate regarding requirements.

"I became more comfortable public speaking and expanded my research interests." - Celeste Celaya, 2017