Excellence Through Diversity Fellowship

Excellence Through Diversity Fellowship

The Excellence Through Diversity Fellowship (ETDF) is designed to help support and recruit historically underrepresented graduate students to the University of Utah. The ETDF offers financial support to promising underrepresented graduate students who have been admitted to a graduate program and will begin their studies in the next academic year. The Graduate School Diversity Office is dedicated to collaborating with university departments and entities to administer the ETDF.  This fellowship award supports scholars whose engagement in the academy will contribute to diversity in higher education. We look for incoming graduate students who have a sustained personal commitment with communities historically underrepresented in the academy throughout the U.S., and who are able to bring diversity into their learning, teaching, service, and/or scholarship. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, promise of academic success, financial need, and a sustained personal commitment with historically underrepresented communities in the U.S. and in the academy. Recipients will be encouraged to participate in networking sessions, recruitment efforts, and community building activities throughout the year.

Level of Support

The Excellence Through Diversity Fellowship award has a maximum level of support of $7,250 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the level of tuition benefit for the graduate student. The Diversity Office is dedicated to collaborating with university departments to establish matching funds.

For example, if a department has offered support to an applicant in the amount of $3,625 per semester, the ETDF could potentially provide the applicant with an additional $3,625 per semester. In this example, the combined awards would bring the student up to a total income of $7,250 per semester, which would make the student eligible for a full tuition benefit at 100%. The awards will qualify the student for the university’s tuition benefit program, provided all other tuition benefit program criteria are met*. The award cannot be used to supplement a student’s income beyond the minimum support level required for a 100% tuition benefit ($3,625 per semester).

All students receiving a fellowship will meet minimum financial support requirements paid through the University of Utah for each semester that a benefit is received. According to the Office of Fellowships and Benefits, the minimum support levels for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

  1. $7,250 per semester: 100% tuition benefit
  2. $5,468 per semester: 75% tuition benefit
  3. $3,625 per semester: 50% tuition benefit

Required minimum support level is indexed annually to general salary increases to prevent gradual erosion of graduate student salaries and stipends.

The ETDF award is for one year only and is non-renewable. We encourage all applicants to apply for the Emerging Diversity Scholars Fellowship to help fund their second year of graduate school.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Self-identifies as a member of a historically underrepresented population,
  • Accepted into a graduate program at the University of Utah,
  • Full-time master’s or doctoral student (university employees are not eligible),
  • Earned have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher,
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident,
  • Able to demonstrate their sustained personal commitment with historically underrepresented communities in the U.S. and in the academy, and who are able to bring diversity into their learning, teaching, and/or scholarship, and
  • Department nomination.

 Required Application Documents

  • Application,
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • Official copy of all undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (you can request for your department to forward your official transcripts in your ApplyYourself graduate application to afrias@gradschool.utah.edu),
  • Essay that describes the applicant’s contribution to their academic field of study, their sustained personal commitment with historically underrepresented communities in the U.S., and how the applicant self-identifies as a member of a historically underrepresented population on campus (maximum of 500 words double-spaced), and
  • Department nomination and commitment form.

Deadline

Please submit all application documents to the address below by Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, which is the priority deadline. The Diversity Office will consider applications submitted after March 14th only if funds are available.

The Graduate School Diversity Office
University of Utah
201 S. Presidents Circle, Room 302
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Awards will be announced by April 1, 2016.

Questions

If you have questions regarding the Excellence Through Diversity Fellowship, please contact Dr. Araceli Frias, Assistant Dean for Diversity by phone at (801) 581-6233 or via email at afrias@gradschool.utah.edu

* Click here for the Tuition Benefit Program guidelines.