Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award

This award is to support graduate students who demonstrate scholarly promise at UNI, are committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives, and are (a) from underrepresented backgrounds or (b) underrepresented in ways specific to their academic discipline or field. Please use this form to submit your application for the Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award.

Students who are: a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, plan to enroll full-time in an UNI graduate degree program, hold a minimum GPA of 3.0, and meet the specified criteria are eligible to apply (see award page for full details). Awards are given to new students at the time of admission. With satisfactory academic progress, parts of the award can be renewed for a second year.

This application is due February 15 for consideration. Please review the eligibility requirements and award details.

A committee formed by the Graduate College will review applications. The committee will make award recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College, who will make the final award decisions. Please contact gradcollege@uni.edu with any questions.


Basic Information



The following answers will not affect admission or funding decisions. These items are not reported to the committee reviewing the applications; they will assist with efforts to ensure compliance reporting and are optional.

Eligibility (Program and GPA)
Please select the primary program of interest. If you are applying to multiple programs, please list them in the "additional program" text field.
Eligibility (Criteria Question)

Please enter three references and contact information for each. Further information may be requested by the hiring department in terms of letters or other requirements. Letters of recommendation should not be attached to this form.


Your expression could be shared via a traditional essay or through a creative form/media (film, mix-media, recording, storyboard, visual art, musical art). Please keep the expression to less than 500 words or under 3 minutes. If submitting large creative files, please share them via a public link (Google Drive, Dropbox, wetransfer, etc.) and paste the link in the field below.

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Submission of this form is a certification that the information reported is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. Submission does not guarantee you will be selected for the award. Questions should be directed to gradcollege@uni.edu.