The Graduate College is pleased to announce the new 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 traditionally underrepresented backgrounds or (b) underrepresented in ways specific to their academic discipline or field.

Awards are for new students and will be granted at the time of admission. With satisfactory academic progress, parts of the award can be renewed for a second year.

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Award Details

The Graduate College intends to offer up to two Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Awards for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. The award details include:

  • Year 1: Granted to new students
    • Transition scholarship: A $1,500 scholarship to support the student’s transition to the Graduate College. This scholarship is provided during the first year only.
      • Regarding disbursement, the Graduate College will award the scholarship directly to the student’s account. After prior balances and mandatory fees are covered, the remainder will be a refund to the student.
    • A full-time graduate assistantship (fall and spring semester)*.
    • Full tuition scholarship.
    • Approximately $1,500 to cover costs associated with mandatory student fees.
  • Year 2: Renewal with satisfactory academic progress
    • A full-time graduate assistantship (fall and spring semester)*.
    • Full tuition scholarship.
    • Approximately $1,500 to cover costs associated with mandatory student fees.

* Biology students will receive a half-time graduate assistantship, paid at the Biology Department rates. These students will be eligible to apply for another half-time position (which can be in their department or through non-academic units). Biology students should consider applying for additional positions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident,
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time graduate student in an on-campus, UNI degree program,
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
  • Meet at least one of the criteria below:
  1. Previous participation in a TRIO Program; or
  2. Self-identification as a traditionally underrepresented student (e.g., students who are ethnically or racially diverse; students with military/veteran status, students with disabilities) and/or in ways that may be specific to their academic discipline or field.

Application Process

This application is open to first year students who are applying for admission.  The application is due February 15.

  1. Fill out the electronic application, including the contact information for 3 references.
  2. Upload your resume or CV.
  3. Upload your expression in response to the three prompts that follow. Your expression could be a traditional essay or 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.
    • How do you meet the eligibility criteria for the Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award?
    • What are specific ways your presence on campus will enhance the vibrancy and richness of the UNI community? and
    • What are specific examples of how you will use your UNI experience to benefit others, either during your degree or after you graduate?

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.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Note that applying for the Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award does not guarantee you will be awarded a position. Please consider applying for other funding opportunities as well.