Interested in Educational research & considering a PhD?

The expanded Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants of Student Success: Publishing, policy, practice, Leadership and life-long learning for Underrepresented Students (AWARDSS or AWARDSS-PLUS) Program, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, is open to students of all disciplines that lead to a PhD program in an education-related field, such as education, social science, and public health.

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

should You apply (2024 Cohort)?

If you can answer that question and meet the above criteria - this program is for you!

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.

"It was not only an opportunity to delve into my research but also a chance to present it confidently, which was incredibly fulfilling. I had a great time being in a room filled with other brilliant minds and sharing insights."  

Faith Johnson, 2023

Possible Majors

The AWARDSS program is not restricted to specific majors - only to those interested in educational research (across the lifespan). Here are some examples of degrees that AWARDSS fellows may have obtained or plan to pursue:

Note: The application website (UROC) uses a universal 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, 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