Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Awards

How to Apply Apply Now

About the Award

Arijit Guha was an ASU graduate student taken by colon cancer who fought until his last moments to bring awareness to issues concerning the health care system. One of his major accomplishments, the Poopstrong campaign, brought unprecedented attention to the issue of coverage caps in student health care. Led by graduate students at ASU, this initiative raised over $100,000 for his treatment. Upon finding the needed financial coverage, he donated thousands of dollars to local nonprofits and research centers dedicated to fighting cancer. The Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award was created to honor his memory.


What is the award?

The Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award recognizes ASU graduate students for their involvement, service, research and leadership in advancing a cause through advocacy efforts on all ASU campuses.

Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in a graduate or professional program demonstrating excellence in their advocacy efforts to advance a cause on all ASU campuses are eligible candidates. Participation in any cause is acceptable. Some examples include hunger, poverty, student debt, education, research funding, open education, human rights, immigrant rights, peace, etc. Advocacy efforts may also involve research programs and projects that emphasize community-improvement.

What is the prize?
The winners of the Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Awards receive a $500 monetary prize, cross-campus recognition, and are honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony in the spring.

What’s the process?

The process is very simple and is comprised of only two steps: Application and Decisions.

  • Application: January 15 – March 2
    • All applicants need to submit an online application through Zoom Grants along with a portfolio including a CV and letters of reference (see required documents below) by March 2, 2018.
    • Each application will be thoroughly evaluated—in a blind review process—by the trained reviewers of the Awards Committee. Their evaluation criteria will consist of (but not be limited to) the efforts, goals, and knowledge of a chosen advocacy subject, as well as its impact on students and the overall community.
  • Decisions: April 2
    • The Awards Committee reaches the final decisions based on the online application and the required documents.
    • GPSA promptly notifies the winners, who then receive their prize, and are invited to the GPSA Awards Ceremony where they are bestowed wall plaques in recognition for their advocacy efforts and their effects on ASU students’ lives and society at large.

Application and Required Documents

All the online applications are completed through Zoom Grants website.

Applicant Rubric

  • If you are applying for more than one award, you will need to create an additional alias. The software program will only allow one award to be submitted per email address, in order to prevent duplicate applications.
  • You can create an alias through your MyASU by going to Profile > Contact Details > Public Email > Click the pen sign beside Current alias and create a different alias like Alias1. Your email will now be

The application consists of questions regarding the efforts, goals, involvement, and advancement of your advocacy subject.

The portfolio (to be uploaded to each individual application) is comprised of the following documents:

  1. A current CV (4 page maximum) focused on service, leadership, and advocacy.  
    • Please do not include your name on the CV, as we maintain a blind review process.
  2. One letter of reference from community or faculty members
    • Ask your reference to not include your name on the letter, due to the blind review process.


Dates and Deadlines

Application period: January 15 – March 2, 2018
Evaluation period: February 19 – March 30, 2018
Winners announced: April 2, 2018

*Note: Dates and deadlines may be subject to changes



The Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award program is run by the Office of Professional Development, overseen by the Vice President of Professional Development and the Director of Awards.


If you have questions, please contact GPSA’s Awards Team (


Past Recipients

Please select an award year: 2013-2014